February Skill of the Month: Rice & Beans for a week!
How did you do with January’s Skill of the Month? Did you discover bread-baking for the first time, learn a new technique, or discover the best recipe ever? Many of you shared tips and recipes on the original post, and you might want to copy some of those comments for your next round of baking bread.
This month the challenge is a little different. You probably have a nice stash of rice and beans (if you don’t, you should!), but have you ever thought about serving them day after day? How would you make the meals creative? What could you do to avoid a bad case of food fatigue, or mutiny? This month you get a chance to find out! Currently, there are no food riots here in America, and store shelves are as full as ever. Now is a really good time to put to the test some of your survival plans, and that includes survival cookin’!
You can serve rice & bean meals seven days in a row or seven days throughout the month. The challenge will be more helpful if you try to use only what you already have on hand. I’ve posted a couple of my family’s favorite rice & bean dishes here and here, and you’ll find hundreds more on the internet. Later this month I’ll be sure and post my Mom’s recipe for a basic bean dish she’s been serving for fifty years.
We all want to hear from you! What recipes will you be using? Which ones were hits? Which were misses? Did you discover anything brilliant about cooking with beans? Did you try cooking them in a Sun Oven or a Dutch oven? Be sure to print out helpful info and recipes for your Survival Mom binder. You never know when your computer might crash or a power outage might leave you in the dark with nothing but hard, dry beans and rice!
I’m really excited about this challenge, which is also quite a skill. If you have the rice and beans, put them to good use this month!
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