Tag: beans

hearty white bean soup

hearty white bean soup

If you put the word ‘beans’ in my search box, you’ll find some great recipes. Go ahead, try it! Once you see some of my bean recipes, you’ll know why I’m an addicted bean lover! Ya know, growing up in Southern West Virginia, coal-mining country, beans were a staple on […]

chicken fajita white bean slow cooker soup

slow cooker chicken fajita soup

There’s nothing that stimulates the senses more than walking into a house and wiffing the aroma of good food cooking. And, this chicken fajita slow cooker soup is perfect for achieving that experience. Honestly, there’s absolutely nothing to making this divine comfort food. Just pull out the slow cooker, you […]

red beans and shredded lamb steak

red beans and shredded lamb steak

Small red beans are just down right amazingly flavorful. They’re pretty, plus when you season them well and let them cook over several hours you get this rich thick mahogany gravy that’s just lusciously delicious! And, this recipe for red beans and shredded lamb steak is one that will make […]

artisan beef kale bean stew

artisan beef kale bean stew

This artisan beef kale bean stew is the kind of meal that you might get if you can go ‘back to the future’, walk into a diner, sit on the red vinyl covered stool, and order up from the blue plate special. Yep, it’s a comfort food to the nth […]

fall harvest butternut squash & collards soup

fall harvest butternut squash & collards soup

Seasonal cooking is always the smartest and best strategy for the kitchen and feeding your family. Seasonal cooking means using those fruits and vegetables that are ‘in season’. Yes, they’re plentiful, which means they’re usually less expensive and tastier because they’re grown during the peak time of the year for […]

buttery lima beans & spinach

buttery lima beans & spinach

What are the world’s healthiest foods? Well, according to WHFoods one of them is buttery lima beans. And, when you add spinach, you make them even healthier! Besides being a natural cholesterol lowing food, lima beans give you lots of fiber and protein. They’re great for folks with diabetes, insulin […]

coal miner's dinner

coal miner’s dinner

Coal miners. Hard working. Sacrificing. A job that is thankless. A job that is exceptionally dangerous. Yes, I grew up in West Virginia. The heart of bituminous coal mining. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, I remember well the river in our little town being jet black. Yes, that was […]

Tri-Blend Bean Tomato Dip or Spread

bean + tomato spread

What do you do when you open one too many cans of beans when you’re making chili? Well, in this case, I decided to make a bean dip, which also can be a pretty wicked sandwich spread!  If you can’t find the tri-blend canned beans, then use whatever bean(s) make […]

beef chunk chili

beef chunk chili

Winter is just made for chili. Now, there are hundreds of kinds of chilis. I mean chili cookoffs are big time popular in the cooking contest circuit. I’m sure many of you’ve been to at least one chili bash where everyone touts their chili as the best. This beef chunk […]

salsa verde latin red beans & pork

salsa verde latin red beans & pork

Just call me the bean queen, bean whisperer, the bean goddess. I LOVE beans. And, I have to say, I make one fine killer pot of beans regardless of what type of bean it is. I haven’t met a bean I can’t tame into something luxurious and chic with spices, […]

farfalle bean breakfast pasta

farfalle bean breakfast pasta

The Italian word for butterfly is farfalla, and that’s why this pasta, which is shaped like a butterfly or ‘bow tie’, has its name. While you can use farfalle like any pasta, it’s best with a creamy sauce or tomatoes. And, you won’t go wrong with this farfalle bean breakfast […]

fresh herb cannellini beans

fresh herb cannellini beans

Cannellini beans~an Italian white kidney bean. So creamy and tasty. I love them best when I cook from scratch. Oh, yes, you can buy them canned, but they’re scrumptuously easy to prepare and just perfect as a side or as the main dish. With the fresh herbs, the flavors just […]

spicy bean salad

This bean salad is what landed me my first cut with auditioning for FOX network show, Masterchef. Yes, in that initial audition I made this dish and served it with pan seared salmon, and with only a taste, the food critic was thumbs up! I’ve been making it for years, […]

black quinoa beans & green chiles

black quinoa beans & green chiles

One thing I love about ‘salads’ is knowing that they can be cold, room temperature, warm or hot~yes, this ‘black quinoa, beans and green chiles’ salad is one that you can serve however you like! Now I want you to use your imagination in how you dress this ‘salad’~you might […]

coal miner's pinto & navy beans

coal miner pinto & navy beans

If you work, you’ll probably want to make these beans on the weekend. Believe me, they keep in the refrig a few days, and you can freeze them. I’d say put the coal miner’s pinto & navy beans in smaller containers, freeze and then use for so many things~~from refried […]

spring salad couture collection

spring salad couture collection

Spring means so many things to folks after a long, and sometimes hard, winter. Well, at least for those of us who live in seasonal parts of the globe! We look forward to so so many things~~from losing all the heavy layers of clothing and wearing flip flops to longer […]

knorr black beans

spiced black beans & ham

This is a sponsored post from Knorr and Zooppa~~I was given an opportunity to create five recipes they sent me, photograph them, then enter into the Knorr contest on Zooppa. These spiced black beans & ham are mighty tasty! Basically, this recipe is pretty simple and makes a tasty meal in […]

mexican chorizo chili

mexican chorizo chili

A pale lager adds some unique dimension to this chili~~the spices, chorizo, cilantro, lime~~yes, all make you realize you are south of the border as you savor each bite. Now if you want to ‘err’ on the side of less spicy, then just omit the chili powder and smoked hot […]

Spicy Garbanzo Beans Cucumbers Red Onions & Grapes

spicy garbanzo beans cucumbers red onions & grapes

Salads can get boring unless you open your mind’s eye to the possibilities beyond the regulars. You know…tomatoes, lettuce. I love a salad that’s a meal, too. When you add beans, you’ve got some seriously wicked protein and more nutrition going on like with this salad. Salads also should let […]

cuban black beans with yogurt sauce

cuban black beans with yogurt sauce

One spoonful of these beans and you’ll think you’ve hit pay dirt!  I mean I totally amaze myself sometimes with the depths of flavor that are created when I start experimenting with spices and ingredients. I really think what sends these black beans over the top is the Dole Garden […]

pulled pork green chile chili

pulled pork green chile chili

My foodie friend, Nancy, who’s host of Empower Radio’s ‘The Dish’ has a motto~~’cook once, eat twice’~~that’s how this recipe came about. I’d done a pork shoulder roast and had plenty of it to go from dinner to sandwiches and now to this chili. That’s the great thing about roasts~~buy one a good size then after you cook it, if it’s all not eaten then you have endless possibilities for other dishes~~yes, total reinvention. So just put the leftover roasted meat in freezer bags, label them, and then when you’re ready to re-invent, your meat awaits you!

spiced & seasoned adzuki beans

~spiced & seasoned adzuki beans~

Most of ya’ll know that one of my favorite foods is beans~~most any kind of bean out there~~well, there is one bean that I just don’t care for and that’s black eyed peas…go figure, it’s so Southern, and being a Southern belle, I should think these things are the cat’s […]

~bourbon ham shank cranberry beans~

bourbon ham shank cranberry beans

I haven’t met a bean I don’t like! But, there are some that I like, no love, more than others, and one happens to be this cranberry bean, which in Italian is known as the borlotti~~but, rather than using that fancy word, I love the cranberry. Now that name comes […]

whiskey smoked cowboy chili

When we’re  in Colorado in the winter, there’s nothing better than chili!  The grandkids come off the slopes after a big day of skiing and snowboarding and are ravenously hungry. It’s always good to have something hot on the stove and sweets and fruit on the kitchen counter. I love […]

Old Bay Green Beans

old bay green beans

Green beans seem to find their way on many holiday tables~~not sure why, but probably one of the most popular recipes is the one with mushroom soup and crispy onion topping. Yeah, the ‘Green Bean Casserole’. Oh, yes, that’s good, but this recipe is better! Healthier and easy to prepare, […]

~~healthy holiday giving~~

healthy holiday giving

Each Christmas I try to have a ‘theme’ for giving to family and friends~~last year, for my three grown adult boys, it was the creation of ‘Legacy Boxes’~~each got three, really attractive hip looking {you know the Pottery Barn or IKEA look} boxes that I had lovingly spent time filling […]

Charred & Roasted Fresh Green Beans

Charred & Roasted Fresh Green Beans

For me food in its most natural state is like works of art~~I mean even the stems of the green beans, the small parts of the vines on which they grew, the ends of the green beans which are usually snapped off~~after they’ve been washed and cleaned, I just leave […]

Smokey Pablano Cannellini Beans & Chicken

Smokey Pablano Cannellini Beans & Chicken

Some dishes don’t need much explanation!  This is one of those recipes~~with some leftover grilled chicken breasts, I decided to cut them into chunks, open a few cans of cannellini beans, then start tossing in good fresh tomatoes, diced poblanos and lotsa smoked paprika~~what I got was a deliciously rich […]

Spicy Chunky Anasazi Bean Chili

Spicy Chunky Anasazi Bean Chili

I made some really wickedly good Anasazi beans, and had about 4 cups left over~~this became the reason for this chili!   There was the ham hock, too, that the beans had been cooked in, so I shredded the meat off the bone and threw it in this chili.  Not […]

Greens & Beans

Greens & Beans

Sometimes I just have a hankerin’ for something different for breakfast, and since I had these beautiful bunches of fresh kale and chard staring me in the face, plus a bag of fresh cut broccoli, I decided why wait to use this for a lunch or dinner…why not breakfast!  Nothing seasons […]

Spicy Harissa Black & White Bean Soup

I’m in love with spices~~ I mean to the point that I think I lived another life sometime thousands of years ago, and I roamed the Grand Bazaaar in Istanbul collecting spices!  Maybe I traveled with Marco Polo.  Maybe I was a spice dealer.  I have no idea, but I […]

Cannellini Beans & Ham with Mustard Greens

If you search my recipes, you’ll find quite a few recipes for beans~~yes, I’m a ‘bean queen’~~reckon it’s them thar West Virginia hills I grew up in where beans were a part of our eats several times a week.  Why wouldn’t they be?  They’re healthy, nutritious, great roughage, protein, low fat, […]

Marco Polo Middle Eastern Spiced Chili

Let your palate begin the journey as you travel the “Spice Route” with an array of Ras El Hanoot seasonings once considered as valuable as gold and silver. There is no one word to describe this “Marco Polo Middle Eastern Spice Chili.”  As you savor the first chunky spoonful, is […]

Red Russian Kale Cannellini Beans & Shrimp

Food does crazy things to me!  I don’t think food is just food.  Food is something that gives me a chance to experience the world right at my own table. I’ve done a little traveling in my lifetime, and one of the most intriguing countries I’ve visited is Russia.  I’ve […]

Creamy Wine & Ancho Chili Anasazi Beans

Creamy Wine & Ancho Chili Anasazi Beans

I admittedly am a ‘Bean Queen’…growing up in the hollers of West Virginia, pinto beans were a staple in our diet several times a week.  They were cheap.  They were healthy.  The went a long way and fed four hungry children’s mouths.  Now, as an adult, I continue to adore […]