- Take one 50-lb sack Dipstick County pinto beans. Remove cockleburs, stones, horseshit, ants, lizards, etc. Wash in cold clear crick water. Soak 24 hours in cast-iron kettle or earthenware pot. (Do not use Teflon, aluminium, or Pyrex. This warning cannot be overstressed.)
- Place kettle or pot with beans on low fire, simmer for 24 hours. (Do not pour off water in which beans have soaked. Very important.) Fire must be of juniper, pinon pine, scrub oak, mesquite, or ironwood. Other fuels may tend to modify or denigrate the subtle flavor and delicate bouquet of Pinto Bean Sludge.
- Do not boil. Add water when necessary.
- Stir gently from time to time with wooden spoon.
- After simmering, add one gallon green chilies. Stir gently. Avoid bruising beans. Add one-half quart pure natural sea salt. During following 12 hours stir frequently and add additional flavoring as desired, such as, for example, ham hocks. Or bacon rinds. Or saltpork, corncobs, kidney stones, jungle boots, tennis shoes, jockstraps, cinch straps, whatnot, old saddle blanket, use your own judgment. Simmer additional 24 hours.
- Ladle as many servings as desired from pot but do not remove pot from fire. Allow to simmer continuously thru following days and weeks, or until contents totally consumed. Stir from time to time, gently, when in vicinity. (Do not abuse beans.)
- Serve Voluntary Poverty Hardcase Survival Pinto Bean Sludge on small flat rocks that have been warmed in sun. If flat rocks not available, any convenient fairly level surface will do. After serving, slather beans generously with salsa, ketchup, or barbecue sauce. Garnish with sprigs of fresh sagebrush. (Your guest will be amused and pleased.)
- One cauldron of Pinto Bean Sludge, as specified above, will feed one starving artist for approximately two weeks. A grain supplement, such as rice, wheat, or maize, is needed for full protein complement.
- The philosopher Pythagoras declared flatulence incompatible with thought and meditation. For this reason he forbade the eating of beans in his ashram. We have found, however, that thorough cooking ameliorates the condition, and custom (or solitude) alleviates the social embarrassment.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Big, white sandbar along the river. Notice all the turkey tracks in the sand......
Heading out Red Bird Creek toward Ossabaw Sound.
Two fishing buds from a tripletail/redfish trip the other day.
A view of Ossabaw Island from Ossabaw Sound.
Monday, September 15, 2008
My old lab Sadie and some little kid. As an aside, these two are inseperable buddies....which is how a little boy and a dog ought to be.
Hard to beat drinkin milk naked in a frog lounge chair on the patio on a hot day.
Some black coastal plain dirt. Nice and easy to dig in compared to the eroded red-clay concrete of the piedmont.
Instead of going to Tybee Island with Mo and Levi, I chose to go to the swamp to sweat, swat mosquitoes, and bowhunt. Didn't run across any deer, but I did see 6 turkeys, a gopher tortoise, and two beautiful canebreaks...the smallest of which had 15 rattles and a button and is pictured here. Gorgeous snake. He is laying against a massive water oak that's dropping a ton of acorns in the swamp. The deer are hitting them pretty good....Since I made friends with this guy I'm hoping he'll keep anybody else out until I can collect a little fresh venison.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
It's a great everyday resource - for making smart green consumer choices - everything from what fish to choose in the grocery store (fish guide click HERE) to how to save money and the earth in your laundry room (guide to a 'lighter load' HERE).
I always find something new... some small act that makes a great impact.