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Page 18 Hells Canyon Journal March 20, 2002 Of Cabbagcsyand Kings Marjorie Baker Scalis Manyyears ago, I taught my kids to make baked beans. It was the begin- Ring of their formal cooking education 'and worked out fine for the school year. They put the beans to soak at night, rinsed and started them cook- ing before they went to school, and when they came home in the after- noon, they were ready for the final touches. It worked well, and of course, since one kid learned it, the next one expected to also. And so we had a series of years of baked beans with coleslaw every Friday, varied with whatever dessert I felt like preparing during the day. To say it nicely, we all got a little weary of beans every Fri- day, even though the girls never seemed to tire of making them. Over the years the kids prepared more and more elaborate meals until the baked beans became only a small part of the meal, but they never quite disappeared. When I started teaching the next generation how to cook, I picked something different. We began on white bread and from there went to dinner rolls, pizza and bread sticks. Beans were almost completely forgot- ten for years until we had the family reunion this summer, and here came one of my daughters with her favorite bean recipe. I realized beans actually were pretty good, so I've gotten out the old bean pot and begun cooking them again myself. The following is a very good vegetarian black bean chili. (Black Bean Chili 2 1/2 cups black beans, rinsed andpicked over for clumps of rock or dirt 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 2 teaspoons paprika 1 tablespoon crushed cumin seeds 1 small dried chili, crushed (you can use almost arLv chili but some are hotter than others) 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped 1 teaspoon diced garlic I bay leaf 7 cups of water 1 (14 oz) can of whole tomatoes (or a quart of home- canned tomatoes) Sour cream (optional) Soak the beans overnight. Rinse and cover with fresh water the next morning and put on to simmer. Using the oil, sautd the onion, pepper and garlic, (making sure it doesn't burrl and turn the garlic bitter). Cook until soft, add the spices (cayenne, paprika, cumin and dried chili) and stir together for a minute. Add to the simmering beans, along with the bay leaf, and cook for about 1V2 hour. Add the canned tomatoes, juice and all, and continue simmering until it is just slightly thickened but be careful it doesn't burn. Season to taste with salt and pepper and more chili if desired. Serve in a large bowl with a dollop of sour cream on top. Eat this with thick slices of French bread to help keep the fire under control. Free Whim Flowering Dogwoods Offered Ten free, white flowering dogwood trees the right time for planting between now will be given to each person who joins the and May 31, with enclosed planting direc- National Arbor Day Foundation duringtions. The six to 12 inch trees are guaran- March, 2002. teed to grow or they will be replaced free The trees are part of the nonprofit of charge. foundation's "Trees for America" cam- Members also receive a subscriptionto paign. 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Policies issued by COUNTRY Mutual Insurance CompanyTM, Bloomington, Ik Insurance & Financial Services www.countryflnanclal.com 2002 CC Services, Inc. Amanda O'Connell 524-9930 Covering Baker, Union and Wallowa counties Dear Auntie, I am a 24-year-old woman who has been dating a man for two months now. I am ve . physically attracted to him. My problem is that, frankly, I am getting bored stiff. He likes to watch television and the conversations we have always center on him, his past and his work. I have tried to suggest we go out and visit with other people and get involved in activities but he does not seem to like the idea. Help me change him, please. Signed, Bored in Boardman Dear Bored, Consider what my Auntie once told me: "Ifa man can't hold your attention, he shouldn't be holding anything else." I suggest you find someone who has greater interests. Your Auntie Dear Auntie, I live out in the country bordered by cattle ranches. Lastyear my neighbor's cattle entered my property and trampled my Oegetable garden, crushed my melons, and ate all the corn. 1 was not happy abo ut it and I don't want it happening again this year. Do I have any recourse? Signed, No Corn in Council Dear No Corn, Having your melons crushed can be a painful experience. Check with BLM about the open range policy in your area. Best to build a good fence and]or work with the neighbor in maintaining proper containment before planting season. Good Luck. Your Auntie Dear Auntie, My fiancee recently escorted me to a large social event, which a few of his family members also attended. During the event my future sister-in-law, who is truly a wonderful person, became drunk and did some very embarrassing things. I felt uncom- fortable and ashamed. My concern is that she might repeat this performance at our wedding. My fiancee says not to worry because she only gets drunk about twice a year. What should I do? Signed, Sober in Sumpter Dear Sober, You say she is a wonderful person. Chances are she realizes her error and will probably be a perfect guest at your wedding. At the least, we can hope she gets her two times a year in before your wedding day. Your Auntie Dear Auntie, I am a 14-year-old female and I feel befuddled about my friend who feels she needs to be "perfect" all the time. She insists on the perfect expensive clothes, perfect weight, perfect hairstyle, etc. She seems unhappy to me. Also, she is starting to drink alcohol. What should I do ? I try to talk with her but she doesn't listen. Baffled in Baker City Dear Baffled, You have given your best effort to help your friend. Now it is time to tell a trusted adult your concerns and ask for assistance m getting counseling for your friend. A trusted adult might be a parent, a school counselor, or a local minister. Your friend might find out about your actions and react negatively toward you but it is the right thing to do and you may just be saving her life. Good luck and God bless. Your Auntie P