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 […]

beans and pumpkin puree make these chocolate muffins healthy

Chocolate Bean Muffins

I know someone is going to read the title of this recipe and think that I’m using cacao beans in the recipe.  Unfortunately, that’s not the case.  Today, I am going to bring you a sweet recipe that’s great for breakfast, a chocolate muffin.  I know that you’re thinking that I’m forgetting about my 30 days of beans, but I’m not. These muffins are moist and delicious, and they contain more fiber than if they had been made with whole wheat flour.  Incidentally, these muffins contain no flour.  Their substance comes from a combination of  white beans, oats,  and pumpkin […]

A bowl full of lima beans and ham

Lima Beans

An acquaintance of mine told me how he would cook Lima beans with the leftover bone and skin from his Easter ham.  He also shared how he would use the leftover ham glaze and drippings from the pan in the pot of beans to get a great flavor.  He glazed his ham with a combination of brown sugar and crushed pineapple, and he inserted whole cloves into the skin of the ham. I still had some skin leftover from the ham in my freezer, but the leftover glaze and pan drippings were long gone.  Like him, I had  pierced my […]

sloppy joes made from scratch

Sloppy Joe’s

This recipe was born out of desperation one evening.  I had planned and promised Sloppy Joe’s for dinner, but when I reached into the cabinet to pull out a can of that sauce that rhymes with sandwich, I realized that I didn’t have one.  That was a problem. This group can be tough to cook for, so I knew that I had to produce an entrée that would meet with their approval.  Not wanting to deal with a dinner time mutiny, I began searching the recesses of my mind for the ingredients in a can of “sandwich sauce.”   I […]

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 […]