Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day Traditions

I cast my vote about 10:30 am -- didn't have to wait in line at all! I was surprised! Then, I went to get my Free Starbucks Coffee -- and on to the grocery store. By the time we got home, it was lunch time. So, I made lunch and went ahead and made supper, too. I made our traditional election day meal - Election Stew!

Because of being out and about this morning, we didn't start school until the afternoon. So, my day has been sort of topsy turvy!

Tonight, we will watch the Election Returns together as a family, until we can't keep our eyes open any longer, or until we've had our fill!

I've already printed out maps of the US for the children to color, so we can keep track of the electoral votes on our own, as the votes come in. This has become a tradition for us on Election Night!

Here is the recipe for our Election Stew, which got its name because I made this recipe for the first time while watching the 2000 Election returns. The stew was long gone before we quit "stewing" over who would be the next President of the United States!!

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup raw basmati rice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp pepper
3 cans diced tomatoes
4 cups shredded cabbage
2 cans beef broth
2 cans of water

Brown ground beef with onion and garlic in large dutch oven. Drain fat. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer until rice is done and vegetables are tender. Add more water, if needed. We like it thick like a stew, but it could also be made more like a soup.

Serve with a salad or raw veggies and fresh bread or biscuits.

1 comment:

Christie said...

Sounds yummy! I'll have to give this one a try... we love making soups when it starts getting cool :)

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