Sunday, January 13, 2013

French Onion Style Thirteen Bean Soup and a Giveaway

Call me a purist. Or maybe old fashioned. Or maybe too lazy to learn a new way of cooking? Whatever it is, I just cannot get excited about the pressure cooker I bought not too long ago. I tried, I really did! I see lots of folks using them and lots of folks that love them.  Heck, no one loves her pressure cooker more than my friend JL of JL Goes Vegan!  Even my own Mom used to use one.



Though I really thought I needed one, for whatever reason, I just cannot get into it. I guess for me, cooking is something I do to relax; I suppose I am not concerned about reducing cooking time. I like to slowly create as I go- I think it is more about the process than the actual end result.  Well, maybe not more but as much.

As such, I have decided that I am going to part with my pressure cooker and thought it would be great to give it away to one of the folks that read this blog!  All you need to do is leave me a comment about why you would like a pressure cooker and I will randomly select a winner and gladly ship you my pressure cooker. Please be sure to include your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win.



I do want to make you aware that the 6 quart Presto Pressure Cooker I am giving away is barely used but does not have a box or instruction manual. I am also going to need to look around for the rack that came with it (that I never used).  I would guess you can get the instruction manual online and order a rack if you think you need one.

And for those of you that are interested in what a pressure cooker can do check out JL's version of my soup- cooking time start to finish- about 90 minutes.  Including soaking he beans it took me about two days start to finish so if you are cooking for a family, super busy at work or if time spent cooking is important to you a pressure cooker may be just what you need!

I will choose a winner on 01/20/2013. Good luck!

Update! We have a winner and I am thrilled to be sending a pressure cooker to someone whose pressure cooker just gave up on them1 I hope it is enjoyed for years to come!

French Onion Style Thirteen Bean Soup

1 cup Bob's Red Mill 13 Bean Soup Mix beans, soaked for 6-8 hours
6 cups low or no sodium vegetable stock (I use home made and do not add salt)
2 bay leaves
1 large white onion sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp red pepper flake (or more depending on taste)
~ 6 rounds toasted baguette bread
~6 slices daiya havarti style wedge slices cut into thin strips

Drain the soaked beans and add to a pot. Cover with five cups of vegetable stock and add the bay leaves.  Bring to a boil over high heat, cover and reduce the heat to a simmer.  Allow to cook for two hours or until the beans are soft.

Once the beans are soft, in a large skillet add olive oil and heat over medium. Add the onions, salt and pepper to taste and saute until soft but not browned- about 10 minutes.  Add the garlic and red pepper flake and cook for a few more minutes.

Add the onions and the other cup of vegetable stock to the soup mixture and continue to cook for another half hour.

While the soup continues to cook preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

When soup is finished remove the bay leaves and add soup to a crock.

Beans and onions!


Top each with a bread round and add the daiya havarti.

Ready for the oven.


Place in the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Depending on your oven and how browned you want the top this may take more or less time so check it frequently.

Serve immediately.

Ready to eat!


Note: Due to shipping costs the giveaway is open to residents of the USA only.

38 comments:

  1. I got a pressure cooker a few years ago as a gift, but I used it so much that a spring in the handle rusted out! I've wanted to replace it for the last year, but haven't been able to. I'd definitely give yours a good home :)

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    1. Good luck. Please let me know your email address in case you win!

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  2. I have wanted a pressure cooker for forever and my life has become extremely hectic, so I would love to win one!

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  3. I have been wanting to give pressure cooking a try but just couldn't see spending the $$ on a new kitchen item I wasn't sure about. I would love to win yours to give it a try. If I found it wasn't for me as well, I would absolutely pay it forward as well.

    mail4victoria@hotmail.com

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  4. My grandmother used a pressure cooker so many years ago. I had never really thought about using one until last year when I decided to change my diet to a healthier vegetarian diet. I must say that cooking from scratch sure takes a lot more time than grabbing processed foods but the benefits of eating a cleaner diet sure outweigh the time savings of processed. Have been looking for fast vegetarian recipes and am thinking a pressure cooker is definately the way to go. Would love to win yours. Thanks for the opportunity. My email is cherigillean@comcast.com
    Thanks again,
    Cheri

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  5. with family of four and working id love to make meals faster! i see JL and her love with it and her amazing recipes.... barely used works
    btw this recipe looks good

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  6. The speed in which it can cook beans sounds awesome to me. I would love to have beans done so fast!

    jennifer_k_ford@yahoo.ca

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  7. I'd love to finally have a pressure cooker! Would make
    JL's jackfruit tacos and BBQ sandwiches for sure. She's pretty much converted me, just don't have a pressure cooker! Would be so great to have dinner ready at a decent hour when there's already so much going on in one's life.
    Maria
    Mariamashta@gmail.com

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  8. Lee, this looks great, I'll be making this one day this week. I have two Fagor pressure cookers 6 and 8 quart and like JL I'm hooked on them. Thanks for another creative recipe!

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  9. I would love to cook all sorts of delicious soups quickly!

    Shanna.sanders@gmail.com

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  10. Amazing giveaway!!! Thanks so much for this! I would love to be able to make fresh beans in a flash! ammauceri@gmail.com

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  11. oh, boy! a pressure cooker giveaway! i've been eyeing these things for a couple of years now and would love to own one. we use a lot of beans at our house (mostly canned) because i can never get on top of soak and prep time for dry beans. i guess that's the main reason i'd like to have a pressure cooker. thanks for sharing!

    stinksopurdy at gmail dot com

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  12. I would love to use a pressure cooker to make veggie stews and soup! :) waan0401 at gmail dot com

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  13. I've actually had a pressure cooker on my wish list at Amazon for quite a while now. I'd like to make dishes more quickly with this. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail (dot) com

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  14. I'd like to win because I can't cook right now due to an injury, so this would be a lifesaver! Thanks!

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  15. I've never had a pressure cooker and would love another option for cooking for my family. Due to a health issue I can't spend much time in the kitchen, but still try to provide healthy meals for my family vs. fast food. Thank you for the opportunity! kar at cox dot net

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  16. I love pressure cooking, unfortunaly my beloved cooker gave up on me this week! Thank you for the chance for such an awesome prize!
    Jenna Bailey
    mrsjennabailey@yahoo.com

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    1. Congratulations on winning the pressure cooker!!! Please check your email so I can get it to you.

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  17. I've visited with JL and saw her pressure cooker and wanted to give it a try but never got to. There are 2 vegans in my home and with both of us working, a pressure cooker will certainly help with our meals.
    mymoremail2@gmail.com

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  18. I didn't get one for Christmas :-(. blainewilkes@yahoo.com

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  19. i would love a pressure cooker, thanks
    sanielj@gmail.com

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  20. I was going to enter but aside from living in a small Manhattan apartment with a tiny kitchen that is almost filled with equipment, (that I use!), there seem to be folks who can use your generosity more than I. Good luck to everyone. I also have a giveaway of Linday Nixon's Happy Herbivore Abroad, (although only 1 day remains to enter), on my blog so those that need some other simple low fat vegan inspiration can enter here. www.martysflyingveganreview.com

    I love your blog and will be following. Thanks for the recipes!!

    Marty

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  21. I have an old pressure cooker that I have just started to use (following JL's insistant acclaim) but it is old style and that concerns me with cooking beans plus I think the gasket needs to be replaced!

    Thanks for the chance to win a give a way!

    srhholladay AT gmail DOT com

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  22. Not a vegan meal, but my mom always makes pot roast with carrots and potatoes on Sunday in her pressure cooker! In fact she has three pressure cookers!

    Love to win this!
    gaileee at yahoo dottith com!

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  23. i used to have a pressure cooker but my daughter stole it when she got married... sadly she's cooking meat in it. love to cook my cabbage and potatoes, beans and the new indian recipes i've been seeing on youtube! \o/

    ginduf@gmail.com

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  24. One of my grandmothers used to use a pressure cooker for just about everything. Me? I'd like to try cooking dried beans in it as a start. Thanks for the give away! cpsignups at gmail dot com

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  25. a pressure cooker is so important in providing home-cooked meals to a family, while reducing the time needed to cook foods. I remember many stews made in one by my friend's mom...and would love to recreate it!

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  26. I have been wanting to try using a pressure cooker FOREVER but *ohmygahd* I'm the worst about buying too many kitchen toys. My dad use to use one all the time when I was a kid but I think I find them a little daunting and haven't caved in to trying quite yet. This would be a good excuse to finally take the jump. First test would be this awesome recipe I just pinned! ;-)

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  27. I have a pressure cooker and it is invaluable to me. I would really like to get one for my son, who is living on his own now :)

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  28. I eat a lot of beans and would love to have a pressure cooker to cook them in. Would save time and $.

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  29. I would like it to help with my canning. I don't have one.

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  30. This looks like a great recipe. Can't wait to try it. As a family we switched to being 90% vegetarian about a year ago. At the end of 2012 we went fully vegan (Plant Based) due to ongoing medical issues with my daughter that seems to have stumped the doctors. Since then we have seen strong improvements with her YAY!
    I would love a pressure cooker because I cook beans multiple times weekly and would love to be more efficient.
    Thank you!
    juliannie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I am so glad a plant based diet is helping your daughter! Great news!!! I think you will really like the soup. Delicious.

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  31. My parents have a garden (I am starting one soon) and they grow green beens, peas, potatoes, etc.. And I would love to win a pressure cooker so that I could cook the vegetables faster. Thanks for the review and the opportunity.

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    1. Not sure why it says unknown. My name is amy D
      hisbygrace99 at gmail dot com

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  32. Wow, what a nice post ! This soup looks yummy. Thanks for sharing nice recipe with us. I will try this at home. I like french cuisine food very much and i have tried many french recipes which i got from youtube and many other website. I like visiting French restaurants in weekend.

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