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Tortilla Soup

The temperature was just 32° with a windchill of 25°. We were cold and hungry when we came inside at noon, after working outside all morning.

I grabbed a can of black beans, a can of stewed tomatoes, a large handful of frozen corn kernels, and a pint jar of home-canned turkey. I drained and rinsed the black beans, then dumped everything into a saucepan, added some dehydrated onions and minced garlic, a teaspoon of chili powder and a half-teaspoon of cumin, and a couple of drops of hot sauce. I added about a half cup of water, but the only other liquid was the juice from the can of tomatoes and the turkey broth in the jar. We like thick soup, like Rachel Ray's "stoup", a combination of stew and soup.

Viola! It was based loosely on this recipe for tortilla soup. We crumbled some tortilla chips on top of our bowls. Some grated cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream would have been even better, had we thought of it ahead of time. It REALLY hit the spot, partly because it was hot and we were chilled, but it was also quite tasty.

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