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Three Sisters Pottage

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With thanks to @le Voyageur

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1-1/2 cup butternut squash, chopped
  • 14 ounce can pinto beans
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic (2-3 cloves, if fresh)
  • 2 quarts vegetable broth 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup barley

DIRECTIONS
Peel and chop all vegetables. Add to large soup pot. Add 1/2 cup broth and saute until veggies are soft.  Stir in broth and spices.  Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer 30 minutes.  Add oats and barley. Simmer uncovered 20 minutes or until grains are cooked. Stir in vinegar, adjust seasonings to taste, then serve with a thick and hearty corn bread.

Edited by mrkstvns

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1 hour ago, mrkstvns said:

Interesting ideas here.  I had to do a bit of research to figure out what the heck "Three Sisters" meant, then more research to figure out what the heck "pottage" was, since it's not exactly something that comes natural to my kitchen.

"Three Sisters" refers to the Native American practice of growing corn, squash, and beans together in the same plot, or mound. "Pottage" was a thick stew made in medieval times, consisting of veggies and grains with little or no meat. 

I guess that in your part of the country, the schoolkids don't all take field trips to Plimoth Plantation.  Around here its hard *not* to know what the "Three Sisters" and "pottage" are:

Plimoth Plantation's explanation (for kids) of how the three sisters were grown:

https://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/homework-help/growing-food

And see the sobaheg recipe:

https://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/recipes

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5 hours ago, Treflienne said:

I guess that in your part of the country, the schoolkids don't all take field trips to Plimoth Plantation.  Around here its hard *not* to know what the "Three Sisters" and "pottage" are:

Plimoth Plantation's explanation (for kids) of how the three sisters were grown:

https://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/homework-help/growing-food

And see the sobaheg recipe:

https://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids/recipes

No, I'm afraid Plimouth Plantation would be well outside the 10-hour driving limit that BSA's G2SS recommends...

That sobaheg recipe looks interesting!  And the addition of turkey probably makes it a richer, and tastier dish than the veggie-focused pottage.  

Thanks for the pointers to interesting reads!

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5 hours ago, mrkstvns said:

No, I'm afraid Plimouth Plantation would be well outside the 10-hour driving limit that BSA's G2SS recommends...

That sobaheg recipe looks interesting!  And the addition of turkey probably makes it a richer, and tastier dish than the veggie-focused pottage.

I should probably give a few of those recipes a try, since one of the folks on my mother's side of the family was a moderately known member of the Plimouth Colony. 

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