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                              BLACK BEAN STEW
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   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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      1/2   c            Brown rice
    1       c            Water
    2       c            Cooked black beans,
                         -reserving some of the
                         -cooking liquid
    1       sm           Onion, chopped
    2                    Cloves crushed garlic
      1/2   ts           Cumin
      1/2   ts           Oregano
      1/2   ts           Basil
      1/2   ts           Ginger
    1                    Bay leaf
      1/4   ts           Red pepper (optional)
      1/4   c            Cheap red wine (optional)
    1                    Vegetarian sausage link,
                         -crumbled (optional)
                         Salt and pepper
    4       oz           Shredded sharp
                         -cheddar cheese
   Prepare the rice in the water according to package directions or your own
   procedure (white rice is OK, but it makes for a bland and fairly gummy
   While the rice is cooking, combine all the rest of the ingredients except
   the cheese in a saucepan and simmer, at least 15 minutes.
   Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon the cooked rice into a casserole dish.
   Remove the bay leaf from the bean mixture; pour the beans over the rice and
   stir; it doesn't have to be thoroughly mixed. Top with the cheese and bake
   uncovered 20-35 minutes or until cheese is browned and bubbly. Let stand
   five minutes before serving.
   I tell people this serves four, but that’s a fairly skimpy serving. It
   doubles easily, but you'll need a pretty good-size casserole. Also, the
   wine is optional for those who don't use it, but it really does make a
   difference, and since the other flavors are pretty assertive, I'd suggest
   using a fairly cheap, strongly flavored wine. Posted By Teresa Lauren Marx
   <tm37+@andrew.cmu.edu> On rec.food.recipes or rec.food.cooking
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