LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event for most people.  And what better reason to fix up some special snacks.  Cloverfields Farm & Kitchen's Janine Washle is sharing some ideas she came up with to celebrate the eclipse.

On August 21, 2017, day will literally turn into night for a brief few minutes. In itself, this is an awesome experience, but what makes this even more spectacular is that this is the first total eclipse visible only in the United States since the country was founded way back in 1776.

If that isn’t enough, it is the first total eclipse to pass over the entire country in almost 100 years. It will start in Lincoln Beach, Oregon at around 9:05 a.m., PDT, and end a few hours later close to Charleston, South Carolina just before 3:00 p.m., EDT. For a couple hours before totality, and a couple hours after, there will be a partial eclipse before the lunar shadow leave the U.S. just after 4:00, EDT. 

By the time nature’s fabulous show finishes, it will be dinner time. There’s no need to spend the afternoon in the kitchen prepping dinner as long as you have a few easy make ahead, or quick meal ideas. Kick up supper by adding a little eclipse fun to mealtime in celebration of this historical event. Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup surrounded by wedges of Golden Cornbread will bring smiles. Add the soup ingredients to the slow cooker, turn on, and walk away. Literally, fix it and forget it.  Get some eclipse glasses, enjoy the show without worrying about that age old question, ‘What’s for supper?’

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Serves:  6-8


3 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed

2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained

2 cups mashed, cooked sweet potatoes or Idaho potatoes (adds body)

1 cup frozen corn, or hominy

1 cup chopped onions

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

3 TB, or 1 packet prepared taco seasoning

1 TB minced garlic

1/4 cup minced cilantro, or parsley

salt to taste


Shredded cheddar


Stir together black beans, diced tomatoes with green chilies, sweet potatoes, corn, onions, broth, taco seasoning, garlic, and cilantro in a slow cooker insert. Cover, turn slow cooker to High for 4 hours, or Low for 6 hours.  

After cooking time has ended, taste and adjust salt if necessary. If too thick, add a little more broth. If too thin, mash up black beans to desired consistency.

Garnish serving with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar. Serve hot. Refrigerate leftovers in a covered container. Freezes well.FREE RECIPES BY EMAIL! 

Cloverfields Farm and Kitchen also has a special Solar Eclipse Recipe Booklet available by email. To ask for a complimentary copy, just email Janine Washle at cloverfields.farm.ky@gmail.com

Janine Washle's CloverFields Farm & Kitchen
Hardin Springs Area
Big Clifty, KY 42712 

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About Janine Washle: 

CloverFields Farm & Kitchen is primarily an on-line destination.  They are not open to drop-in visitors as it is a private residence. 

"Authentically from Farm to Table"

CloverFields Kitchen researches and reinterpretes many traditional recipes using local produce, much from their own gardens, and adding a global perspective.

"Exploring Global Tastes through Local Foods"

Janine is working on her first cookbook, but she also has a long resume developing recipes for several companies. She has also won several contests and cook-offs with her original recipes. 

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