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You get all sorts of results when experimenting in the kitchen. Some are better than others. This week I experienced the whole range.

The Good:

Mmmm. 15 Bean Soup. I call it “Anything Goes 15 Bean Soup”. Because basically anything can go into it. My mom was big into soups and stews, and chowders and such in the colder months growing up. 15 bean soup is one that I never fully appreciated until I got older.

I start with this: Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup Mix. It is found where ever you find dried beans in your grocery store.

Mom prefers the original mix that isn’t as spicy. I like to heat it up with the Cajun mix and hot sausage. Either one of them is good. Generally I follow the cooking directions on the bag except I add every vegetable in the house – onion, peppers, carrots, celery, potatoes, spinach, etc. Go to town. I even added the left over rice from my veggie casserole this time. You might want to add a little extra water if you are adding lots of extras. The tougher veggies, like carrots, go in early and then you add the other stuff later. An easy and hearty meal. It does take a little planning though. This one is not ready in 30 minutes.

Yesterday I tried it in the crock pot for the first time. I chopped the veggies and cooked the sausage the night before. I also put the beans in water to soak overnight. In the morning I threw everything into the crock pot. I set it on low for 10 hours. I did not bring beans to a boil first since they were going to be cooking much longer than normal. It was great coming home with dinner ready to be served!

The Bad:

I love bruschetta. There isn’t anything about it I don’t like. So when I found about 15 bazillion recipes online for a chicken bruschetta bake I thought I had hit the jackpot. There were so many variations of this recipe with high ratings I assumed this had to be a no-brainer. Well, this must be like the hardboiled egg for me. I’ve tried it a couple of times and my husband and I are always just a tad disappointed. Not really bad – just meh. I have a couple of ideas of how to make it better for us but I am not sure I want to put in the time to figure it out. Go out and try it though. The rest of the world seems to think it is good, so it might just be the cook!


Doesn’t look so bad right? I’ll admit, the topping was pretty good it was just the casserole over all that didn’t meet expectations.

The Ugly:

Flax Seed Crackers. I have been DYING to try these. Highly suggested to me a couple of years ago but was told I needed a food dehydrator. Well, since I wasn’t running out to get one of those, I saw that there were a very small amount of recipes online for how to make them in the oven. I thought I would give them a try. Eeeeew. Ok – maybe blame the cook again. I needed to make them flatter for one thing – so they were more like crackers. They were a little soft, which really wasn’t a big deal but the taste was AWFUL. Remember the old stereotype about healthy food tasting like cardboard? Well yep, I made healthy food that tasted like cardboard. I am sure someone out there has a good recipe. I think I need to just up about everything flavor-wise (garlic, pepper, parmesan cheese, red pepper, etc) and flatten them to see if that helps. This might get a second chance but not any time soon!

flax crackers

The dogs liked them but since flax is high in fiber and I didn’t want to be woken up in the middle of the night for a potty run, they only got the smallest of nibbles.

So – there you have it. The ups and downs in my kitchen recently!

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