We're delighted to share our Aunt Nettie with you. She's agreed to answer any questions you might ask about vegetarian food, its preparation, and even clean-up tips. But we have to prepare you. She just might want to come right over to your house and help you fix dinner.
To send any questions to Ask Aunt Nettie, .
Dear Aunt Nettie,
I make a simple navy bean soup, but my husband is getting bored with it. Can you suggest a recipe for soup that has beans but is not too complicated?
Your friend, Frieda
Howdy there Frieda,
Well darlin', yer husband is gonna be huggin' you tight tonight 'cause I gots a recipe that I'm shure will send him dancin' 'round the kitchen. It's easy as pie, an' you probably have all the fixin's right there in yer own kitchen. All's you need is a big stockpot an' a few minutes ta put it together. Then set back an' let the stove do all the work!
I jes know yer gonna have a fine kettle o' soup tonight!
Yer ever lovin' Aunt Nettie
AUNT NETTIE'S COUNTRY BEAN KETTLE
1/3 C. (80 ml) brown lentils
1/3 C. (80 ml) pearl barley
1 1-lb. (450g) can kidney beans, with liquid
2 to 4 T. lemon juice
Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.
Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.