Roasted-Onion-Potatoes

Roasted Onion Potatoes

Are you looking for a simple and flavorful way to make potatoes? If you are, then this recipe for Roasted Onion Potatoes is perfect for you.  Three ingredients and a hot oven are all you need to have a delicious and filling potato side dish to accompany whatever you’re serving for dinner. 

Garlic Green Beans

Garlic Green Beans

I love green beans.   I especially love small fresh whole green beans.  As a child, my mother always served green beans that were boiled with some sort of bacon grease or salt pork in the water.  As an adult, I steamed my green beans, and though I seasoned them when they were removed from the heat, they never tasted quite right.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally figured out a way to make simple and delicious green beans.  This recipe can easily be modified, too.  One of my favorite things to do is add a little […]

Rice O'Brien ready to serve

Rice O’ Brien

This is a recipe that I got from the most wonderful neighbor.  It’s something she serves regularly for her Sunday Dinners after church.  Friends and family request it, but I had never heard of Rice O’Brien  Apparently, I don’t travel in the same circles that she does.  When I asked about the recipe,  she explained how it was made, and that it can be made from freshly cooked or leftover white rice.  I often have leftover white rice, so I made a note of the recipe.  This recipe can also be made with cooked brown rice. I previously posted a […]

Melting cheese on top of refried beans makes them taste better.

Easy Refried Beans

Someone, specifically Sue Chef and Baker’s Man, pointed out that my April 1 post did not contain a NEW bean recipe, and they believe that means that I either need to blog about beans twice on one day, or I need to continue my 30 days of beans series through May 1.  I don’t want to cheat, so I’m asking for your opinions regarding this.  While you consider my dilemma and what I should do, I want to share a very easy recipe for tasty refried beans. I realize that the easiest way to have refried beans is to buy […]

Rice stir fried with Salsa

Salsa Rice

Have you ever found yourself making dinner and needed to come up with a quick side or two?  That’s exactly the situation I found myself in the other evening.  I had tamales that I was going to reheat, but I needed some sides.  The obvious solution was Spanish rice or beans as well as a salad or vegetables.  The problem was that I didn`t have any canned beans that I thought would be a good accompaniment, and I didn’t want to make any rice because I already had a 4 cup container of leftover white rice in the refrigerator. I […]

Cabbage stir fried with onions and garlic

Stir Fried Cabbage

Since Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, my local grocer has had some excellent prices on cabbage.   Since I always try to shop sales, I picked up a couple of extra heads.  Cabbages tend to store for a much longer time than heads of lettuce.  Historically, they were stored for long periods hung upside down by their roots in an outside building or mulched in the gardens for families to enjoy well into the winter.  Unfortunately, the cabbage you buy at your local grocer has been far too abused to last that long, but they will last for […]

Potatoes and water in pressure cooker ready to be baked

“Baked” Potatoes from the Pressure Cooker

Baked Potatoes are incredibly versatile.  There’s the favorite toppings, and there are the extras you add to serve a “loaded baked potato.”  They can be topped with so many different things to turn a simple baked potato into a complete meal.  A few of my favorites are chili, taco toppings, and veggies with cheese.   Leftovers can be chopped up to make baked potato salad or tossed into a loaded baked potato soup.   These humble little tubers can go a long way to help stretch your grocery dollars, too. Aside from being inexpensive and versatile, potatoes are also loaded […]

Hominy and Bacon

Hominy and Bacon

This is another one of my not really a recipe posts.  I would apologize, but this is something that I used to really enjoy when I was a kid, and I only remembered it the other day.  I decided to give it a try and discovered that I still like it.  We had it with breakfast for dinner the other night, and Baker’s Man thought I was crazy at first, but he agreed that it was good.  He did, however, say that he would prefer grits or potatoes with his breakfast in the future.  I guess I will just have […]

a bin of butternut squash for sale

Candied Butternut Squash

After preparing the candied carrots, I noticed that I had a great deal of leftover sauce in the bottom or the pan.  Not wanting to waste it, I poured it into a container and put it into the refrigerator.  It sat there for over 24 hours before I came up with a plan.  I would use the leftover butter and sugar mixture to make some butternut squash. For those of you who are unfamiliar with butternut squash, they are a pinkish squash that is shaped like an over-sized pear.  They have a lovely deep orange flesh and are full of […]

Candied Carrots

Carrots are another unappreciated and inexpensive food.  Aside for being great as an addition to soups and salads, carrots are a good stand alone vegetable.  When carrots are roasted in the oven, the natural sweetness really shines.    An unexpected way to serve carrots is to “candy” them as my mother called it.    It’s really quite simple, and it’s tasty.  It always amazes me that people who have eaten candied carrots at my house have consistently told me that they were sweet potatoes.  They were sweet and delicious.  There was no way that they could have been carrots.  I’ve never heard […]