Left-Over Turkey

This is a left-over from Thanksgiving week. I was busy that week and never got around to publishing it. Note that it’s a lazy adaptation of what we did the week before. But the rotation of the jumps from box to pinwheel gave it an entirely different flavor.

I’d share the interesting variety of training sequences we got out of this. But it’s all a but fuzzy right now. You’ll have to use your imagination.

Bud’s Atomic Beans

With two pounds of turkey meat left over I figured it would be a good add-in to my favorite pot o’ beans recipe. This recipe will require a sturdy 2 gallon pot with a lid. Let’s see, it goes something like this:

2 ham hocks

1 cup pinto beans

1 cup navy beans

1 cup black beans

½ cup kidney beans

½ cup lintels

½ cup split peas

1 white onion (finely diced)

1 bunch carrots (finely diced)

3 celery stalks (chopped)

2 t salt

2 t pepper

2 t Bay seasoning

and the left-over turkey, cut in chunks

After sorting through the beans to pick out rocks (you always do that part, right? It’ll save you a trip to the dentist); I’ll soak the beans overnight in +2” of water. The beans will swell to double-size. Do not add lentils and split peas yet.

Add the ham hocks and all the chopped veggies.

Bring to a boil; then simmer for 2 hours

Add pepper and Bay seasoning. Add lentils and split peas now.

Bring to a boil for about 20 minutes; then simmer for two more hours. Add the salt while simmering (if you add the salt too soon, the beans won’t get properly mushy.)

You can tell when beans are done by blowing on a spoonful. The skin of the beans will curl away if the bean is cooked. I like to simmer for an hour or more after they say they’re done; it thickens the soup.

Critic’s Note

The beans were fabulous. Funny thing, I could not see any evidence of the turkey. The vigorous boil and simmer apparently made it all fall apart into the stock. It’s good with hot sauce seasoning to taste, served with corn bread (or hot buttered French bread) and over white rice.

One of my favorite students



Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston BudHouston@hughes.net. The Country Dream web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You know… I have five volumes (over 100 pp each) of The Joker’s Notebook available on my web-store at an embarrassingly inexpensive price. These are lesson plans suitable for individual or group classes for teaching dog to work at a distance.


3 Responses to “Left-Over Turkey”

  1. Karen Bales Says:

    Not sure I want to try anything that has the word “Atomic” in the title. LOL! However I did LOVE the run that you posted on YouTube of you student. That move at the last tunnel was pretty smooth and very much Bud-like. Very nice to watch.

    • budhouston Says:

      My younger brother gave my beans that title a few years ago… beans beans, the magical fruit, don’t you know.

      That’s Katie in the YouTube… who had a private with me a few days before she went to that trial. At the last jump, turning to the tunnel she’s doing a Flip: consisting of a Front Cross (pre-cued in this case) followed by a Blind Cross. What I really liked is that she held the Cross until she saw her dog react before slipping into the Blind. It was very well done and I’m proud of her.


  2. katie Says:

    Ha! Well, thanks, Bud. It is very fun when things all come together in the ring. And then, this past weekend, I got beaten by a coonhound. Of course, that was fun, too. 🙂

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