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I was brushing my teeth this morning when a little tuft of hair and dirt in the corner of the bathroom caught my eye.  I went over and peered down at it, and I’ll be damned if it didn’t look exactly like a fat unicorn with two eyes and a smile and a mane.  I yelled “SCOTT! YOU HAVE TO COME HERE!!!” because–and I really didn’t think I’d have to explain this to him–when you see the secular equivalent of The Virgin Mary In A Tortilla, you tell people.  You don’t just quietly fill the tortilla with chicken and cheese and eat it.  That would be dumb and possibly disrespectful.

When Scott heard me yell, he came skidding into the bathroom like OH MY GOD DID YOU HURT YOURSELF?  And I was like SPEAKING OF GOD, CHECK OUT THE UNICORN. 

But he wasn’t listening.  He was scanning me for signs of injury and, finding none, he started to look disgruntled.

Why did you scream for me?  he asked.  Are you bleeding anywhere?  Did you fall down?

I love the man, but sometimes I wish he’d focus on what’s important.

Honey, you’re not listening to me, I said, pointing to the floor.  LOOK at THAT.

Oh, he said.  It looks kind of like a dog.


God only knows how many real live unicorns he’s spotted over the years and not captured.


My mom is coming to visit in a few days, so the dogicorn (unidog?) has been swept up, the stove top has been scrubbed, and restaurant reservations have been made.  Until she gets here, we’ll be finishing off two pots of soup–a tomato pumpkin bisque, and this black bean number.

black bean soupI like this soup because it’s good for you, it’s hearty, and it’s fast.  The cinnamon, cumin and chili powder give it a rich flavor, and it’s even better the day after you make it.

Easy Black Bean Soup {vegetarian & vegan} {download & print recipe}
by eggton


3 Tbsp. butter or olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 ribs celery, peeled and diced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

6 cloves garlic, chopped

2 c. low sodium vegetable broth

1 15-oz. can tomato sauce

3 15.5-oz. cans black beans, drained but not rinsed

1 1/2 Tbsp. ketchup (use a vegan ketchup if you’re vegan)

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (omit if vegan)

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cumin


In a large pot or a big skillet with raised sides, melt the olive oil or butter over medium heat.  Add the chopped onion and celery and carrot.  Sauté until the onion is tender and translucent but not browned, lowering the heat if necessary.  Add the garlic and cook another couple of minutes.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.  Raise the heat to bring it to a boil and then lower it so that the soup simmers for 20 minutes (or less–but if you cook it really fast your veggies might still be a little crunchy).  Purée half or all of the soup in a blender or food processor, then stir it back into the pot (or just use an immersion blender).  Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning as desired.  If it’s too thick for your taste, add more broth and reheat.  Serve with sour cream and cheese if you like (provided you’re not vegan).

thunder 10.26.14Someone’s got to keep an eye out for early trick-or-treaters.


26 Comments Post a comment
  1. I think pregnancy brain is officially setting in LOL seeing unicorns in corners – Scott will have his hands full 🙂

    October 26, 2014
    • Shelley, the other day Scott and I walked to the car and he got in the driver’s seat and I got in THE BACK PASSENGER’S SIDE SEAT. He looked at me like “….Whatcha doin’?” It took me a few seconds and then I was like “woah! What AM I doing back here??”

      October 26, 2014
      • yep – you get pretty spacey for a while – own it – tell Scott he is the chauffeur LOL

        October 29, 2014
  2. I vote unidog- sounds more unique haha!

    October 26, 2014
  3. Cindy #

    Scott’s unicorn phase was soooo long ago — well before he moved on to autobots and decepticons. He should be forgiven.

    October 26, 2014
  4. Nice wedding allusion.

    October 26, 2014
  5. This soup sounds so good! Also, I’m glad you got that all swept up, because it’s a universal fact that moms always notice unidogs first thing when they arrive for a visit.

    October 26, 2014
    • Kate's Mom #

      You betcha!

      October 26, 2014
  6. Jessica #

    #1. Your meals always looks like fancy restaurant dishes. I just don’t understand how they always look so perfect. I really try – for the sake of Pinterest – but mine always look so sloppy and not picture-worthy. #2. My favorite Facebook days are the ones where I’m scanning my feed and one of your lovely posts pop up. They’re my favorite things to read!

    October 26, 2014
    • Jessica, thank you! I totally know how you feel about being frustrated when trying to take food photos. I’ve really struggled with it. First of all, some things are delicious but rarely photograph well no matter what you do. For me, that includes chicken, things in casserole dishes, and uncut cakes (among many others). Second, I’ve found that I have to take photos in natural light (all the lights in the room off, using just light from the windows) during the day. This means I can’t ever tale pictures at dinner. I have to cook and photograph way before dinner and reheat it later. (Maybe try practicing on your lunch– I bet you’ll like the results better than your dinner photos!) I wish we lived closer–we could have so much fun playing around with our food and cameras sometime!

      October 26, 2014
  7. Where is the photographic proof? Thanks for a veggie recipe.

    October 26, 2014
  8. You didn’t take a pic of the unicorn?!?!

    October 26, 2014
  9. jenny_o #

    You didn’t call your local newspaper?!

    Thunder be cute.

    October 26, 2014
  10. Stephbo #

    Ummmmmm???? Pictures, or it didn’t happen. And that soup sounds fantastic!

    October 26, 2014
  11. God only knows! And seriously, did you really not take a photo of the unicorn?

    That soup looks like a bowl of comfort food to me. I could eat bean soup for several days in a row, no problem. Hope you have a lovely visit with your mom!

    October 26, 2014
  12. It sounds yummy! I hope you have a good visit!

    October 27, 2014
  13. I saw this post in my feed last night, but saved it for my morning coffee. I was not disappointed. I bet that soup tastes like it has been infused with unicorn tears.

    October 27, 2014
  14. Thunder: “I sawz the unicorn, Mom, and look! Fairies! And–Oh! Squirrelz!”

    October 27, 2014
  15. Seriously, with no photographic evidence, how am I supposed to weigh in on whether it looked like a unicorn or a dog or a unidog? Or a dogicorn. OR A CORNDOG. *shakes head*

    Thankfully you have photographic evidence of this soup, because otherwise I don’t think I could believe in its tasty, tasty existence. Cinnamon, cumin, and chili powder are one of my favorite flavor combos in soup. I will definitely be making this soon!

    October 27, 2014
  16. Amazing! Love the recipe! And want photographic evidence of the unicorn, please 😉

    November 1, 2014
  17. Oh, we are a mistrusting lot! Why do you continue to put up with us?

    November 2, 2014
  18. hold on, let me get this straight. you DIDN’T take a picture of the unidogcorn? NOT EVEN ONE?! I WILL NEVER KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE?? I didn’t care before because I didn’t know it was a thing and so I didn’t know what my life was missing…. NOW MY LIFE WILL NEVER BE COMPLETE!!!

    November 3, 2014
  19. I like your writing, but you lost me at Vegetarian… 🙂

    November 4, 2014
  20. This recipe looks and sounds delicious. I’m always looking for new veggie recipes to try. I can’t wait to try this one!

    January 1, 2015
  21. iamchefblog #

    Great blog! This recipe sounds absolutely delicious! Your dog is adorable too! 🙂 if you get a moment, you may be interested in following my blog at x

    January 20, 2015
  22. I am going through a soup addiction right now, literally cannot stop making different batches and recipes.

    March 15, 2015

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