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Mexican corn and bean soup flavored with chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon. Photo by: In Praise of Leftovers/Guest Blogger/The Christian Science Monitor
Feeling Freezing? Winter has arrived in earnest; it’s the long, bitter, double-up-on-socks cold of January and February. It’s time for a little perspective, a bowl of soup, and tips on cheap ways to stay warm.
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Mexican corn and bean soup:
Frozen corn and canned beans work just fine for this recipe.
2 tablespoons olive oil 
1 large yellow or white onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoon chili powder (ancho is my favorite)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar
Coarse salt
2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 14-ounce can kidney beans
1 14-ounce can pinto beans
2 cups frozen corn
Water
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
sour cream, diced avocado, crushed tortilla chips, and more cilantro for garnish
In a large stockpot, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Mix chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, salt, and sugar with a couple tablespoons of water to form a paste.
Add paste to onions along with tomatoes, beans, and corn. Add enough water to cover by 1 inch, bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for about 20 minutes, until flavors meld. Taste and add more salt if you want. Add chopped cilantro at the end and serve with garnishes.

Mexican corn and bean soup flavored with chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon. Photo by: In Praise of Leftovers/Guest Blogger/The Christian Science Monitor

Feeling Freezing? Winter has arrived in earnest; it’s the long, bitter, double-up-on-socks cold of January and February. It’s time for a little perspective, a bowl of soup, and tips on cheap ways to stay warm.

The five coldest places on Earth

Stay warm this winter with some of Stir It Up’s! favorite soup, chowder, and stew recipes

Cheapest way to heat your home? Four fuels compared.

Mexican corn and bean soup:

Frozen corn and canned beans work just fine for this recipe.

2 tablespoons olive oil 

1 large yellow or white onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoon chili powder (ancho is my favorite)

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon sugar

Coarse salt

2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes

1 14-ounce can kidney beans

1 14-ounce can pinto beans

2 cups frozen corn

Water

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

sour cream, diced avocado, crushed tortilla chips, and more cilantro for garnish

In a large stockpot, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Mix chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, salt, and sugar with a couple tablespoons of water to form a paste.

Add paste to onions along with tomatoes, beans, and corn. Add enough water to cover by 1 inch, bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for about 20 minutes, until flavors meld. Taste and add more salt if you want. Add chopped cilantro at the end and serve with garnishes.

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Floods, landslides, and collapsed infrastructure killed at least 66 as of Sunday, with heavy rain to continue through Wednesday. Blogger Tim Muth looks at how El Salvador, one of the worst hit Central American countries, prepared for the rain and the impact it could have on harvests.

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