trying to cut out marshmallows with cookie cutters was a misery! i gave up. phooey. they may look ugly but they taste good.

in other good-tasting news, i just had some soup, and it was yum. try it!

sweet potato, white bean, and swiss chard soup

1/2 cup dry small white beans (i think they were navy beans?)
a sprig of fresh rosemary
1 onion, chopped
3 or 4 small sweet potatoes (mine were kind of small - you need enough to make about 2 cups mashed
4 big cloves of garlic
1 tbs olive oil
salt & pepper
1 bunch swiss chard, rinsed, ribs cut out, and roughly chopped
4 cups stock (chicken, veg, whatever - i used vegan onion bouillion cubes)

combine the beans with rosemary and onion in a stock pot, cover with lots of cold water. let soak for 6+ hours (overnight works)

cut sweet potatoes into chunks of about an inch maximum. toss with garlic and olive oil in a baking dish; season with salt & pepper. bake for 1 hour at 325F.

while potatoes are roasting, simmer the beans over low heat. about 5 minutes before the potatoes will be ready, add the chard.

mash the cooked potatoes; add to the stock and puree until smooth. drain the beans/chard, pick out the rosemary, add the potatoes/stock to the beans.

cook all together over medium heat for about 15 minutes. yum!

i also made baked beans yesterday, here's that recipe too since it's so easy:

baked beans

2 cup beans (i think they were kidney beans? whatever my husband picked up and the bulk food store)
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup chopped onion, sauteed in olive oil
1/2 tsp mustard powder

put all ingredients in dutch oven. cover with cold water to about 2" above the level of the beans. bake at 250 - 300F for about 12 hours. check periodically to make sure they aren't cooking too hard or drying out; add water as necessary.

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