Black Beans and Cookies and Nutella..Oh My!

It’s time for another homework break!

Basically, I have been doing math all day. And not the fun kind of math where Jen+chocolate=happy. The kind where you have to use multifactor productivity ratios and such. Yucky.

I did get my foodie pen pal stuff in the mail today, but I can’t write about it until the last day of the month.

I spoke with my wedding photographer today. She probably thinks I’m psychotic, but really I was just jacked on coffee.

I made black bean soup!

I used to always get the black bean soup from Panera back home, and I got the sudden craving the other day, so I bought the ingredients while I was out (basically, just the beans) and finally got around to making it this afternoon.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 big cans of black beans
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 T olive oil

Here’s what you do:

  1. heat the oil in a saucepan. add the onion. after a few minutes (allowing the onion to soften), add the spices. After another minute, add the beans, salsa and water.
  2. bring the stuff to a boil for a few minutes. turn the heat down, cover the pot and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or so.
  3. Take half the soup out and place in a blender. Blend. Add it back to the rest of the soup in the pot. Bring it back to a boil, cover and simmer until you’re ready to eat.

And because I have a stupid huge sweet tooth, I made an old favorite- with a little twist. Think chocolate chip cookies meets cake pan meets jar of nutella. YUP.

It’s just your average chocolate chip cookie recipe

  • a bag o’chips
  • 1 cup o’butter
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • JUST UNDER 2 c flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 t vanilla
  • 1 t baking soda

  1. Beat the butter. Add the brown sugar until fully incorporated. Then the sugar. Beat in each egg one at a time. Add the vanilla. The soda. Then the flour. Last is the chips.
  2. Grease an 8×8 dish. Coat the bottom of the dish with about 1/2 the cookie dough (do this immediately. AKA: don’t let the full batch of dough sit in the fridge)
  3. After you coat the bottom of the dish with 1/2 the dough, stick THAT in the fridge. Leave the other half out. As soon as you put the dish in the fridge, preheat the oven for 375. When it beeps telling you it’s ready, take the dish out of the fridge, smear with nutella (like 3/4 cup). Then cover with the remaining dough.
  4. Baking for 30 minutes (it might be different where you are- I’m at high altitude)

If loving this is wrong, I don’t EVER wanna be right.


I’m gonna go drink a gallon of water and run 5 miles now. Bye bye.

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