feta cheese and cannellini beans star in this pasta salad flavored with basil pesto

Chicken Orzo Salad

Basil pesto, olive oil, and lemon are tossed together with melon seed shaped pasta which is also known as orzo,  feta cheese,  cannellini beans, and diced chicken to make this refreshing pasta salad.    The salad was easy to assemble.  It required no chopping or cutting, except for cutting a lemon in half to get the juice.  The end result received Baker’s Man’s seal of approval, and after 22 days of bean recipes, that’s not an easy task. The next time you find yourself wondering what you should make with some leftover basil pesto, consider this recipe.  If you want to […]

kidney bean and corn salad

Corn and Kidney Bean Salad

This salad was supposed to be made with black beans, but I made a little mistake.  When I was preparing the salad, I inadvertently grabbed and opened a can of kidney beans instead of black beans.  With that one error, this salad changed from what I had imagined to something deliciously different.  I used the techniques from my faux homemade salsa recipe to give the illusion that this dish was more complicated to prepare, but there’s a minimum of chopping required for the recipe.  The entire dish can be assembled in about 10 minutes. Many variations of this salad are […]

Garden Vegetable Soup and a couple of jars for lunch

Garden Vegetable Soup

You may be asking yourself why I have a vegetable soup listed during my 30 days of beans.  If you’ve looked at the photo, you’re probably thinking that you don’t see any beans in the soup, and you’re right.  There are no beans added to the soup, but the broth it is made from is that quart of ham and bean broth I saved from the pressure cooker pinto beans and ham.  Bean broth is, after all, a vegetable broth, isn’t it.   In this case, it’s a vegetable (bean) and bone broth.  You know that I don’t like things […]

Southwest cheesebuger pie

Southwest Cheeseburger Pie

A few decades ago, Bisquick introduced the impossible pie recipe.  The recipe was so named because a batter was poured into a pie plate and made a pie.  It was called “impossible” because the pies were made without a crust.  I have an old cookbook that belonged to my mother that contains a collection of these “impossible pies.”  Basically, these recipes require you to fill a pan with whatever savory food items you choose.  The filling is then topped with a batter made from Bisquick, milk, and eggs and baked in a 400 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes […]

A cream sauce filled with rich flavor and super foods Kale and Cannelli beans.

Penne with Creamy Kale and Canellini Sauce

I really love beans and greens, and one of the things I sometimes add to the basic dish is a pound of Italian sausage.  The addition of that one extra ingredient transforms the dish from a side into an entree.  Of course, I could eat the vegetarian version as an entree, but Baker’s Man prefers meat in his entrees.  As I was contemplating what to make for dinner this evening, I kept thinking of beans and greens, but the recipe had already been published.  I considered just adding Italian sausage to the recipe and publishing it as a variation, but […]

A slice of pinto pecan pie

Pecan Pinto Pie

A lady at a local bookstore and I were talking one day about unusual recipes, and she shared that she had once eaten a delicious pie made from pinto beans while visiting a friend’s home.  I was incredulous, but she was adamant that the pie tasted just like a pecan pie. A few weeks later, she supplied me with the recipe, but I never got around to trying it until today.  The recipe is surprisingly easy to prepare using a minimum of kitchen equipment and the pie really is delicious. It does remind me of a pecan pie, but it’s […]

pinto beans and ham are cooked in the pressure cooker with onions and garlic

Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans and Ham

Beans and ham are a perfect combination. My usual method of cooking them is to sort and degas the beans, then cook them on the stove top or in my slow cooker. Today, I decided to try something different. I have been having a love affair with my electric pressure cooker, and I have been enjoying how much faster things cook using this method.  I was busy doing other things, so I decided to use my pressure cooker to prepare the pinto beans and ham.  First, I sorted through the  beans then completed the procedure for degassing. After this was completed, […]

beans and kale atop a pizza

Kale and Cannelini Pizza

It’s pizza night again, and this week, we are having a more traditional pizza, but I’m still skipping the tomato sauce.  This pizza crust was brushed with chopped garlic sauteed in olive oil.The crust was then topped with Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and then dusted with Italian seasoning.  Italian sausage, canellini beans, and shredded kale were artfully arranged on top, then  the whole thing was placed in the oven.  Actually, I randomly scattered the toppings, but doesn’t artfully arranged sound better? The final pizza was simple and delicious.  Who knew that beans and red kale on a pizza could be […]

Black eyed pea salad, or Texas caviar, is a delicious and healthier side for your barbecue.

Texas Caviar

A few years ago, Texas caviar could be found in the salad section of every grocery store and free standing deli in our area.  I don’t remember exactly how the stuff from the different delis was made, and I was planning on buying some in an attempt to reverse engineer it.  Unfortunately,  I noticed that it’s not in the deli cases anymore.  Since I was working through my 30 days of beans, I decided to try my hand at recreating the recipe.  The only things I knew with any certainty was that it contained black eyed peas along with chopped […]

Chili, served piping hot from the stove.

Our Favorite Pot of Chili

Chili always makes me think of how different families do things differently.  When Baker’s Man and I were just starting out, I made him a pot of chili.  He complained to me that it was too runny.  “Chili is supposed to be thick.”  He proclaimed.   In my parent’s house, chili was very soup like.  It was definitely not thick.  I began to adjust my techniques to produce a thicker chili in order to please my new husband.  Years later, I was talking to a coworker as we were eating chili.   She shared how the first time she made chili for […]