Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mice, mice baby...

Baby, it's cold outside. REALLY really cold outside. If I were a small varmint such as a mouse, I would probably find a nice warm place to hide at night. A nice warm place such as the glove compartment in a 2003 Toyota Carolla.
A few months ago, much to my dismay and horror (I live for music) the radio in the car just went kaput. I mourned and thought it to be a short in the wires. When colder months arrived and we put on the heat, we realized it would only work if the car was going over 25 miles per hour. Then the clock would start to flicker and the check engine light out periodically come on. Yesterday, while searching for a Kleenex to blow my son's nose, I opened the glove compartment and found the source of all the car troubles. He had made a little nest out of Kleenex and I'm sure enjoyed a nice snack of wires. We're hoping to solve this problem quickly before any more wire chewing occurs! I guess that is what happens when 1. you live in Iowa with sub zero highs and 2. You don't have a garage (I also find it amusing that Baylor asked the other day what a garage was)

Now for something completely different. A very good soup recipe! We had this at our New Year's eve party and it was amazing.



  • 10 slices bacon, finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 6 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can reduced-sodium chickenbroth
  • 1 1/2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 4 (15 1/2-ounce) cans black beans, drained but not rinsed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Grated cheddar, for garnish


Put the bacon into a large heavy pot and place it over medium heat. Cook until it starts to give up its fat, about 4 minutes. Stir in the onions and cook, stirring, until they start to turn translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until you can smell it, about 1 minute. Add the broth, tomatoes, ketchup, Worcestershire, and chili powder. Stir in the beans, turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Adjust the heat so the soup is bubbling gently and cook 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, pick off all the thick stems from the cilantro. Wash it and shake dry. Chop the cilantro coarsely and stir it into the soup when it has been simmering 10 minutes. cook until the soup is thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lime juice. Serve with the garnishes.


PhilD41 said...

That can happen even with a garage. We had a little guy make a nest in the blower of the Mazda out of insulation. Neither the heat or air worked since the blower couldn't spin. He didn't attack any wires though. That is a bummer.

Crazy Mom said...

Dude, garages are overrated. I can never back out of mine if there are 2 cars in it. I hit the side mirrors every time. And we have a 3 car tandem. I like the recipe! NO DAIRY!!!! Yay! And I even have some nasty vegan cream cheese for the garnish. yum!