Another crispy fall morning here in the Pacific NW. A good day for a big pot of soup.
One of our favorite recipes is based on the Hearty Black Bean Soup in the Fix It and Forget It Cookbook. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fix-it-and-forget-it-cookbook-phyllis-pellman-good/1019601848?ean=9781561486854
I double the recipe and cook it on the stove in our 5 quart cast iron Dutch Oven from Lodge Cast Iron. http://www.lodgemfg.com/ We have a hearty dinner with Blue Cornbread and husband (Master Food Preserver Eric Tworivers) pressure cans the rest to stock our pantry shelves.
Black beans are highly nutritious. High in fiber - one cup of black beans provides 4 grams of soluble fiber - are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients and 15 grams of protein. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=2 They can be the base for several, hearty, healthy recipes.
As to the cast iron, Lodge is an amazing company, founded in 1896 in South Pittsburg, Tennessee and still going strong.
Over the years we have collected several pieces at thrift stores that are in everyday use. From tiny skillets just right for an egg; to a big, two burner griddle we use and love them.
Someday I hope to find a cast iron, stove top waffle maker.