Salads in a Jar in fridge

Reflections on 30 Days of Beans–Salads

It’s been a month since I completed my 30 days of beans series, and I wanted to share some thoughts about the experience.   We had anticipated that enduring 30 different bean dishes for the month of April might present a hardship, but it wasn’t.  We thought that we might get sick of beans and not eat them for a while, but we continued to eat […]

chili mac topped with shredded cheese and ready to eat

Chili Mac

What can you do with leftover chili?  There are many possible answers to that question, but a hearty and delicious option is to turn it into Chili Mac.  This recipe requires only three ingredients–chili, pasta, and shredded cheese.   There are canned version of chili mac available, but there’s no substitute for the homemade version, and it’s not difficult to make at all. All you need […]

A slice of navy bean pie

Navy Bean Pie

I decided to finish out my 30 days of beans with another dessert recipe, the Navy Bean Pie.  This pie recipe is not something made by the Navy, at least not to my knowledge.  It is, in fact, made from navy beans which are reported to have been a staple food of the US Navy in the early 20th century. This pie has its roots […]

Chicken Tortilla Soup topped with melted cheese and tortill chips top the soup.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup is one of my favorites.  It’s a very easy recipe and is delicious.  My favorite part is the layer of chips and melted cheese on top of the bowl of soup, but the whole thing is a special treat. This recipe for chicken tortilla soup  begins with ground or chopped chicken that is sautéed with onions, garlic, carrots, and celery.  The mixture […]

Southwestern crescent squares out of the oven

Southwestern Crescent Squares

I made this for dinner and had the hardest time coming up with a name for it.  I wanted to call it a pot pie, but in my opinion, a pot pie should have gravy.  There’s no gravy in this recipe.  I considered calling it a pasty, but pasties are supposed to be little half round things that are crimped shut.  It’s sort of a […]

salad of beans with a sweet and sour dressing

Sweet and Sour Bean Salad

I decided that my 30 days of beans needed another bean salad.  For this one, I decided to switch up the flavors and try something new.   I selected beans that would create a pretty color combination–garbanzo, edamame, and kidney beans.   I added onion to enhance their flavor.  I believe that onions and beans are a natural pairing. I combined all of the beans and […]

cholent ready to be served

Cholent

I had never heard of Cholent. My introduction occurred as I was walking down an aisle that ran from the back to the front of a grocery store.   I should mention that this was not my local grocery store.   As I was walking,  I noticed a bag of mixed beans on the shelf that was labeled Cholent Mix. Since I was in the […]

A slice of corn pone ready to eat

Hillbilly Corn Pone

Remember those pinto beans that I cooked a while back?  I still had some leftovers, and I needed to find something to do with them.  Beans and cornbread are a great combination, and this recipe for corn pone is a combination of beans covered by a layer of what is best described as a corn bread souffle.  The recipe indicates that you should use a […]

bean pie with coconut

Coconut Bean Pie

You read the title to this post correctly.  Coconut Bean Pie is not a typo.  I did not mean Coconut Cream Pie.  This recipe is also made from pinto beans.  I enjoyed the Pinto Pecan Pie so much that I decided to try another recipe. For this one, we opted to leave out the brown sugar and considered using a different extract such as rum […]

Shrimp float on top of the mongo guisado

Mongo Guisado

No series of bean recipes would be complete without an Asian style bean dish. This one has its roots in the food culture of the Philippines.  I had never done anything with mung beans besides sprout them until a few months ago when I decided to cook some with onions and garlic and bacon.  The taste of cooked mung beans reminded me of black eyed […]