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Category Archive: Beans

Amazingly Easy Navy Bean and Ham Soup (Tasty Tuesdays)

Navy Bean and Ham Soup, simple yet delicious soup made with a leftover ham bone and dried beans. Perfect winter soup.

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Moroccan Lentil and Tomato Soup plus Tasty Tuesdays Linky

Oh, do I have a treat for you! This Moroccan Lentil and Tomato Soup is flavorful, vegetarian, gluten free and “guaranteed” to bring you good fortune in the new year if you eat a big bowl on New Year’s Day. Well, the last part is folklore, but these lentils were fabulous! The spice combination in …

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Holiday Recipes Trending Now (Tasty Tuesdays on Break)

Barilla 4 layer lasagna recipe

The Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party is on break this week so your hosts can enjoy the week with their families. We will be back on December 29th with more great recipes and links to share. Hope to see you then! In the meantime, here are a few of our recipes that are …

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Authentic Red Beans and Rice: 3 Ways to Prepare

New Orleans classic Red Beans and Rice recipe with three different cooking methods: stove top, pressure cooker and slow cooker. Great for Mardi Gras.

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Easy Black Beans and Rice

We have been in a food rut lately, especially side dishes. Rice (brown or white), potatoes (baked, fried, mashed) and pasta. YAWN! While converting the old recipes from the original site to the new format, I came across these Easy Black Beans and Rice. This can be made as a side dish as well as …

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Portuguese Beans with Linguisa

Here’s another family recipe. Well technically it is friends of family, but you don’t really care how I got it, do you? You just want to get on to the deliciousness. And make no mistake, these Portuguese Beans with Linguica are incredible. And pretty easy to make too. They are a spicy kin to American …

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Meatless Main Courses

Are you following us on Facebook? You are missing out if you aren’t. The other day I asked for people’s best Vegetarian / Meatless / Lenten meals and I got some delicious responses. Too bad you missed them.  Just kidding. Of course I am going to share them with you here too. You might also …

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Ham Hocks and Black Eyed Peas in a Pressure Cooker

Ham Hocks and Black Eyed Peas with Cornbread are a family tradition on New Year’s Day. My brother and I were told (as Ma’am and her brothers were told and probably generations before were told) that you will earn a dollar in the coming year for every black eyed pea you eat on New Year’s Day. I …

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Chasen’s Chili and Cornbread

Chili can be a very controversial dish. Some people wouldn’t dream of putting beans in it, where as others will omit the meat entirely and make it vegetarian. Some want it scorching hot from the peppers put in, others prefer it mild. There are contests all over the place to determine the “best” chili. I am not going to …

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Garlic Garlic Everywhere!

Another year, another missed Gilroy Garlic Festival. Some year maybe M won’t have summer school. But, if any of his campuses are offering him a class to teach at any time, he’ll take it! If you have never been to the Garlic Festival, put it on your Gotta Go list. Great music, fun arts/crafts sale, and INCREDIBLY …

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Summer Side Dishes

It is officially summer here in California as of 10:04 p.m. tonight! To me summer means grill time. Here’s a list of 21 great side dishes to go along with whatever you are grilling up. Salads Caesar Salad Claremont Salad Cold Celery Salad Creamy Bacon Broccoli Salad Lime Gelatin with Pineapple and Cheddar Cheese Melon Pineapple Fruit …

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And all my rowdy friends are coming over tonight – Super Bowl Party

And they’ll be saying, “Who’s got it better than us? NOBODY!” I have waited 18 years for this, as have the rest of the 49er Faithful. Oh, and I suppose Ravens fans are pretty excited too. But, for the rest of the world that doesn’t care who wins or loses, this coming Sunday is about …

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New Years Good Luck Recipes

If you are like most people, 2012 was a pretty rough year. I am hoping to bring in plenty of luck in 2013 by having some black-eyed peas. Ma’am always told us we’d have a dollar at the end of the year for every pea we ate on New Year’s Day. One year, Michael heard …

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Isn’t That Conveeeenient.

My mother-in-law has recently been diagnosed with some pretty serious health issues and has had to drastically change her diet. No fried foods, less fat, whole grains, and toughest of all little to no sodium. You know, the way we all should be eating. Besides the dietary restrictions, she hasn’t had any energy to move …

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Bring to me my big old sweater

It has FINALLY turned chilly here in my neck of the woods. It seems like just last week the mercury was topping 100 degrees. Oh wait, it was just last week. May and October are so much fun in Southern California. If your taste buds are like mine when the weather gets cold, they scream …

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Money’s scarce and that ain’t funny

Cheap is small and not too steep But best of all cheap is cheap Circumstance has forced my hand To be a cut price person in a low budget land Times are hard but we’ll all survive I just got to learn to economize (Low Budget by The Kinks) I recently read an article in …

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That time of year ALREADY?!

  This year is just flying by, I can scarcely believe it is already time for Mardi Gras/Pancake Tuesday and the beginning of Lent. I don’t have to much new to add since I have already posted some ideas for Mardi Gras and a few Pancake recipes as well as some meatless meal ideas in the past. Our Meatless …

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Waste Not Want Not

Confession time, I have a few skeletons in my closet.  More accurately, I have a few skeletons in my freezer – chicken skeletons that is, and some beef and pork parts too! With the market on its roller coaster ride and the economy still attempting to recover from the recession that allegedly has already ended …

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Laissez les bon temps roulez!

On March 8 of this year, the Christian world will celebrate Shrove Tuesday aka Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras aka Pancake Day. The Reader’s Digest explanation of the day is that it marks the final day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season. The 40 days of Lent commemorate the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert and …

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auld lang syne

As we count down the final days to the roller coaster ride that was 2010, I am preparing my resolutions for 2011 both for cooking and for the website. prepare vegetables with (or in) every dinner.  Yes, I know it should be every meal, but the way I have been lately this is shooting for the moon, …

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