Lake George Foodie Blog - Recipes Plus Cooking

winter coup


when i owned the cafe, we had a soup school.....people paid "tuition" for 3 weeks to come to make soups.  each team made a soup and then everyone tried each soup.  here's one of the most popular ones: 


2 pounds black beans soaked overnight

2T. lemon juice

1 cup olive oil

3T. cumin

2 cups chopped onion

4 bay leaves

1 red pepper, diced

2T. salt

10 garlic cloves, chopped

2T. blacl pepper

1teasp. cayenne pepper

6T. dried parsley

1/2 cup dry sherry

4 quarts water

sour cream

meaty ham bone (optional)


heat oil in soup pot, add onions, red pepper and garlic, cook til tender.  drain beans, add to pot with ham bone and water.  stir in spices.

bring to boil, reduce heat and cook covered about 11/2 hours, stirring often.  remove ham, if using, shred and return to pot.  cook for another 1/2 hour or so, uncovered.  stir in sherry and lemon juice.  simmer for 15 minutes.  serve with dollop of sour cream.  note: more water may be needed during cooking, although soup will thicken up as it cools.

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as the former owner of Samantha's Cafe & Catering, carole loves to eat. she grew up on a farm in northern ny, where at a given time of year, there was fresh meat for the freezer. often, on a sunday, a chicken made its way into the "pot". there was unpasteurized milk, cream for homemade ice cream and sulfur water from the well. life was as good as it gets. after college at potsdam, she made her way to glens falls. in 1986, with her husband's help, she started her business named after her daughter the focus was originally on homemade soups, breads from scratch, customer service and having a great time. still, there is the same focus, but now we factor in "green", and local products. good, healthy food can always be found at samantha's. we hope you love to eat, too!