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What better fits this time of year in January than a wonderful tasting and warming Ribollita, what means boiled again. Of course with lots of beans, white beans and in this recipe they are Great Northern Beans. In Italy, Cannellini Beans are used and the famous Ribollita comes from there, more precisley from Tuscany, but is popular throughout the country. Especially on the days of the blackbird, that are the last three days in January. Originally it’s a leftover soup which is served the next day with stale bread and sprinkles of olive oil.
This is one of my family’s favourite recipes and it’s so simple! I crave it all year but especially when the weather starts to change in the fall. It used to be the first meal I’d ask for when I’d come home on break from college!Top it with sour cream and Fritos and it’s a match made in cozy yummy heaven!
Brenebon soup (red kidney bean soup) is a Manado (North Sulawesi of Indonesia) recipe adopted from the Dutch from their colonialism period. It has become the family recipes from generations, even now it is considered one of the best grandma's soup, that flavor of cloves will get anyone down with a fever feel better! The surprise is not only brenebon can be enjoyed as soup for rainy days, it can be enjoyed as shave ice for hot and sunny days. The texture of kidney beans goes so well with the smoothness of avocado and the sweetness from pandan-scent-brown sugar, and the mountain of crystal shaved ice ? It's like having magical snow and the ethnicity of tropical land into your mouth.
My mom makes this chili for many of our family gatherings, and it's so tasty that we all take some home with us (only if there's any left!). It's a delicious and filling recipe, and very simple, too! You can also used canned beans, if desired. : )
My granny would make this soup for us when we would come over to her home and I loved it! I especially loved the way the weenie's were cut with slits and the neat bowls that she would serve it in. She also loved Weiner dogs also I had to include them in the illustration too.
The Great Northern bean soup was always my father's favorite. I think it reminded him of his midwestern roots. I wanted to share this recipe (modified as a vegetarian version) and honor the farmers and that grow our food and the story of where it comes from. This scene harkens to those sweeping fields of beans grown in the heartland of America.
As a New Year's tradition for having good luck in the coming new year, my family would enjoy a meal with black-eyed peas, ham and a dark leafy green like Jamaican callaloo leaves. I created this soup recipe when my children were sick over New Years Day, so that they could enjoy our family's tradition while getting lots of nutrients.