The big weather news for the last several days has been the huge, wet storms hitting California. Here on the east side of the mountains in the Coachella Valley, we’ve been spared the brunt of the storms – but have received enough rain in the past couple of days that many streets are closed (flooded). Our heaviest rains arrived last night and are forecast to pound us most of the day.
Mid-morning, Odel put a batch of chili into our crock pot, which reminded me that I had a new recipe to add to my recipe archive: French Split Pea Soup in the crock pot. The recipe came from The Gourmet Slow Cooker cookbook, by Lynn Alley, given to me by my friend Becky when we were in Sacramento a few weeks ago, and it is both inexpensive and incredibly simple. You don’t even have to hang around while it is cooking.
Odel couldn’t get enough of it – the recipe comes with his high recommendation. I made one change to the recipe, substituting smoked turkey wings for the smoked pork chop specified. I first discovered smoked turkey parts in Fredericksburg, Texas, a couple years ago and have substituted smoked turkey for smoked pork in all my recipes (pinto beans, lima beans, greens, and soups) every since. Great flavor with way less fat!
Cabin fever set in by noon, and Odel agreed in a quick second when I suggested we go to a matinee of The Fighter. A movie about boxing? Laurie wants to go? He probably couldn’t believe his ears! It has received great reviews, though, and I’ve wanted to see it since I heard Mark Wahlberg interviewed about his role.
It was GREAT (though I covered my eyes during some of the scenes). The characters were complex and the dynamics of his dysfunctional family were both painful and comic. Phenomenal acting by Melissa Leo as the mother!
Back home through the flooded streets in DRIVING rain, where the aroma of the chili made our mouths water. Too bad, it’s not for tonight’s dinner – it’s for tomorrow (better after it sits for a day), with half destined for the freezer, socked away for our next boondocking interlude. Now, off to make tonight’s dinner!