Naturally, she submitted a vegetarian recipe for our article, Black Bean Soup With Toasted Cumin.
“Black beans are a staple in our house, and we use them in several variations. The cumin in this soup makes it very comforting in cold weather, ”she wrote in a text.
With less liquid in the recipe and no tomatoes, it could be used for tacos, she added. It could also be used as a sauce on other dishes, she said.
It is the roasted cumin seeds that make this soup stand out; they pair harmoniously with earthy black beans. The soup is topped with cream, a Mexican specialty similar to sour cream, tomatoes, avocados, and cilantro. If you like cilantro, don’t forget to add it. It makes a good soup even better.
Lia Weber is the owner of Made. By Lia Craft Bakery, a popular bakery in Florissant. She opened the bakery after she and fellow St. Louisan Al Watson won “The Next Great Baker” on TLC.
“The Next Big Baker” was a standard baking competition show, where bakers (or pairs of bakers) were judged on how well they had completed the baking and decorating challenges, a candidate (or a pair of candidates) being eliminated every week. Weber and Watson appeared in the fourth and final season, in 2014.