Happity Hoppy Pinto Beans

Cooked in a Micaceous Cooking Pot

1 cup pinto beans soaked overnight

3 cups water

3-5 cloves garlic chopped

bits of bacon, ham, beef (optional)

salt and pepper

Oil (olive or vegetable)

Fresh Colorado Pinto Beans

Fresh Colorado Pinto Beans

Oil micaceous cooking pot all inside the pot, and heat.  Then add beans that have been soaked and drained.  Add water, cover, and bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally.  When water comes to a rolling boil, turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 2-3 hours or until beans are tender.  Stir beans occasionally.

When beans are tender, add garlic and chopped meats.  Simmer at least another hour until liquid is thick and beans are very soft and skins are loose.  Before serving, add salt (approx 1 tsp, depending on if salted meats are used) and pepper to taste.

Tips:

  • Soak beans as long as possible (e.g., from late afternoon to late morning) before cooking, keeping water cool.
  • If you need to add more liquid during cooking, be sure it’s boiling before adding to the beans.
  • Add sauteed chopped onions, celery, carrots about 10-15 minutes before serving.
  • Add seasonings such as cumin (up to 1 1/2 tsp), coriander (up to 1/2 tsp) and red chile (to taste) any time during cooking.  The earlier you add the seasonings, the more the flavor cooks into the beans and the hotter the chile will become.  Remember to compliment the flavor of the beans with other foods you are serving.

The Queen’s Clean Quinoa

Cooked in a Micaceous Cooking Pot

1 cup quinoa (1/2 red, 1/2 white is best)

2 cups HOT water or broth

1/4 white onion chopped fine

2 cloves garlic chopped fine

2 Tbsp olive oil

First wipe inside of micaceous cooking pot with vegetable oil and heat for 5 minutes or so.  Then heat olive oil in the pot over medium heat; saute onion and garlic in olive oil with a wooden or plastic spoon til transparent.  Add quinoa and stir to absorb oil and flavors.  Heat, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes (while water or broth is heating).  Carefully add hot liquid (it will steam!), and stir.  Bring to rolling boil, then turn down the heat to low, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and little holes appear.  Turn off heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes.  The micaceous pot will keep the grains warm for up to 1/2 hour.

Quinoa growing in Peru

Quinoa growing in Peru

Quinoa is the indiginous grain from South America that comes the closest to having all amino acids present, which creates a complete protein.  Quinoa rather bland and yet nicely compliments steamed greens, sweet potatoes, pieces of meat, nuts, seeds or other fresh, clean foods  Try placing any of these ingredients on top of the cooked grains to steam before serving.

Greetings, fellow traveler

I’d like to introduce myself.  I am a free spirit, a “hippy freakin” artist.  Adventuring far and wide across the planet, I have lived off my wits and creative talent in the Rockies, the Yukon, the Yukitan, and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts.  I hitchhiked across our continent several times.  I experienced communal living and living off the land before landing in Arkansas.  And then lived in Little Rock long enough to acquire a mortgage, a couple of degrees and raise an amazing kid.  My involvement with educational technology grew out of my love of the visual space, creating, learning, teaching, and logistical processes that bring about transformation.

During a spiritual retreat in Santa Fe, I worked in my studio with micaceous clay.

first batch before fire clouds from wood firing

first batch before fire clouds from wood firing

Now back in Little Rock, I teach from my sweet new studio overlooking luscious gardens. In my spiritual growth, I believe that goodness, grace and light prevail.  I am trusting the process of life.  Every experience and path taken so far has led to this very moment.  And that’s the gift, this very moment.  Breathing, being and creating right now.

In a deep, rich broth of ideas, feelings, facts, phrases, glimpses of the truth and beauty, we stir the creative lusciousness of mud soup.  Out of this broth is born our expression of the liminal, the divine from within our clear, true selves.

Divine lusciousness and prosperity,

Aimee Colmery

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St. Theresa’s Prayer:

Saint Theresa

Saint Theresa

‘May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.’