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Family Dinner + Microcosmos

June 22, 2011

As you can probably tell, I love cooking dinner for my family and being able to sit down and enjoy it together.  I’m definitely going to need some people to come eat dinner with me this fall in Tuscaloosa — any takers? Tonight’s menu: oven-friend panko chicken (a hit from Sunday’s Fathers’ Day dinner), a sweet potato for this non-meat eater, beer glazed black beans, sauteed zucchini and squash, corn, a simple mixed greens salad with mushrooms, broccoli, and avocado, and baba ganoush & feta on the side.

Beer Glazed Black Beans, courtesy of Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

1. Sautee onions with a little olive oil for around 5 minutes or till soft.

2. Add a tablespoon of minced garlic and allow to cook for another minute.

3. Add a pinch of pepper and salt, 1 tsp. of chili powder, 1 cup of beer, 3 cups of black beans, and 1 tbsp. of honey.

4. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes, when most of the liquid should be absorbed. Serve and enjoy!

If you have ever wanted to know exactly how beautiful the world is, watch the documentary Microcosmos. I just found out today that it’s been newly added to the instant movies on Netflix, and I’m SO excited. I first watched it in 10th grade Biology class and hadn’t been able to get it out of mind since then. It was made by a French directors Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou in 1996, and it documents various insects living and interacting with one another. It’s an amazing film because you get to see teeny tiny creatures up close and watch plants grow over a period of time — there’s really nothing like it. It sounds like it wouldn’t be terribly entertaining, but it captured my attention and I hope it will do the same for you.

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