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.
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
2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 14-ounce can kidney beans
1 14-ounce can pinto beans
2 cups frozen corn
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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In case you were wondering, Foursquare Hurricane Irene locations have been created in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. See this clip from the Daily Dot.
As Hurricane Irene threatens the east coast, residents in its path are taking the appropriate precautions: stocking up on toilet paper, boarding up the windows and most importantly, checking into Hurricane Irene on Foursquare.
The forecast track of Hurricane Irene continues to develop and has the potential to affect a large area of the East Coast from Georgia to Maine from Saturday 27 August. At present the storm is a category 3 hurricane and may reach category 4 status before it makes landfall. Current projections place landfall in either North or South Carolina.
There are a number of things you can do to prepare yourself if you live in, or are planning to travel to, this region including:
Giving family or friends the address and telephone number of where you are staying, and calling them to let them know your plans if a hurricane is forecast to affect the area you are in.
Paying close attention to weather reports on local TV and radio stations.
Keeping important numbers handy such as family, and friends, airlines, tour operators, travel insurance providers and that of the nearest British Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate.
Ensuring that you have access to supplies of food, water, radios, torches and first aid kit.
Yeah, that’s possibly heading for DC, too: Days after the U.S. capitol felt an earthquake for probably the first time ever, they may just have to deal with a Category 2 hurricane. Hurricane Irene, which has been picking up steam for a few weeks, looks most certain to hit North Carolina as a Category 3, and will likely go up the coast, possibly hitting such hurricane-prone locales as DC, NYC and Boston along the way. Hoping it’s just a brush, kids. source