This hearty and delicious Italian Sausage and Kale soup is loaded with vitamins from superfoods like kale and butternut squash.

Italian Sausage and Kale Soup

An Italian themed soup with Italian Sausage, Kale, and beans is the perfect hearty and satisfying meal after a long day.  Paired with a loaf of warm crusty bread or accompanied by a salad, this soup is sure to satisfy. 

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 beans at least once a week  during the month of May.   Apparently, their incredible versatility prevents boredom. Because I was blogging about beans, I challenged myself to come up with new ways to use them. […]

beans on toast

Beans and Toast

When I was a child, my parents didn’t have a lot of money.  In spite of that, I rarely felt that we had to do without.  There was always food on the table, and my mom was a very good cook. This recipe had originally been planned as part of my 30 days of beans series, but I discovered that pies could be made from beans, so I abandoned beans on toast in favor of another pie recipe.  Still, as I was making myself a breakfast of beans on toast, I thought that I should share this simple recipe with […]

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 […]

bean and cheese tamales

Bean and Cheese Tamales

I love Mexican food, so no month of beans would be complete without featuring at least a couple of Mexican dishes.  Today’s post is about bean and cheese tamales.   I was concerned that these might not be very well received, but I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised. Making Tamales is not for the faint of heart.  Everyone I talked to, and every blog I read, had different opinions regarding the correct way to make tamales.  I am by no means an expert on making tamales.  In fact, my tamale recipe needs some fine tuning,  so I […]

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 […]

Dry Beans in a pot waiting to be rinsed.

30 Days of Beans

30 Days of Beans = A whole lot of beans My food blogger friend over at Kitchen Hospitality and I have each decided to blog a series of 30 posts on only one theme.  She has chosen slow cooker meals, and I’m looking forward to some of her recipes.  For my theme, I chose beans.  I have to admit that when I announced that I was going to blog about 30 days of beans, she looked at me as if she though I was crazy.  Her comment “That’s a lot of beans” confirmed for me that she thinks that I’m […]

Mexican Poached eggs

Mexican Style Poached Eggs

The idea for these eggs came from a suggestion by an octogenarian, an Italian grandmother, who told me that she poached eggs in spaghetti sauce and served them on top of the noodles and sauce when money was tight.  I was intrigued by the idea.  While I still haven’t gotten around to trying her idea, I woke up one Saturday morning and realized that I didn’t know what to make for breakfast.  I though of her Italian poached eggs, but decided to make a few changes. When I checked the kitchen, I noticed that I had corn tortillas that I […]

taco bake is like a lasagna made from tortilla chips, beans, and tao seasoned meat.

Taco Bake

This started out as some leftover beans that I needed to use up.  I started adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that and before I knew it, I had a plan.  At first, I considered making nachos, but I decided that I should just add everything to a 9×13 inch pan and bake it together to make a baked taco casserole. Baker’s Man was initially skeptical, but when he tasted it, he declared it a winner.  I served it with an assortment of toppings–salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, diced avocado,  sour cream and black olives.   […]

Dry Beans in a pot waiting to be rinsed.

De-Gassing Beans

We’ve probably all heard the little ditty about beans at one point or another in our lives, but if you’ve never heard it, I’ll give you a sample now. Beans, Beans, the musical fruit The more you eat, the more you toot The more you toot, the better you feel So lets have beans for every meal. There’s also this version: Beans, Beans, they’re good for your heart The more you eat, the more you…. Maybe I shouldn’t share that version, but according to the American Heart Association,  beans are good for your heart. Beans are an amazing and inexpensive […]