25 Must have spices for your pantry

25 “Must Have” Spices for your Pantry

What are your “must have” spices? Every home cook has certain spices, or seasonings, that they always reach for. These are the dried spices, or spice blends, that absolutely have to be in their pantry in order for them to create meals. I was recently cleaning out my cabinets and discovered that I had many dried spices that I’ve only used once or twice. They aren’t spices that I routinely reach for, and many were purchased simply because I wanted to try a recipe that called for them. As I separated these spices, hoping to find them new homes where […]

Easy Black Bean Soup

Easy Black Bean Soup

Easy Black Bean Soup is one of my favorites, and this recipe, which begins with canned black beans and jarred salsa, doesn’t skimp on flavor. It’s simple to prepare and makes a quick and tasty lunch or dinner. If you love black bean soup, but don’t like labor intensive recipes, this one is for you. What do you need to prepare this recipe? From the Pantry Black Beans Salsa Cumin Bouillon (Chicken or Vegetable) That’s all that you need to make a tasty black bean soup. No chopping, no sauteing. Just mix everything together. Actually, I used my immersion blender […]

Southwestern Couscous Salad

Southwestern Couscous Salad

Southwestern Couscous Salad was born out the the necessity to create a vegan salad to take to work for lunch.  I realize that traditional southwestern cuisine doesn’t contain couscous, but I made use of what I had on hand.  I had wanted to make a more traditional couscous salad that contained garbanzo beans, and a lemon dressing, but the only recipe that I knew contained feta cheese which is definitely not a vegan food option.  I considered what I could use as a vegan substitute for the cheese, but I couldn’t find anything in the house that would be an […]

Vegan Steak Chili

Vegan Steak Chili

Vegan Steak Chili is another one of those improbable vegan recipes, yet here we are in the midst of our 30 day of vegan, and I’m writing this recipe.  I love chili, and today was a very cold day.  The weather can’t seem to make up its mind around here.  Chili is one of the hearty soup type recipes that my family can agree on, so we decided to make a vegan chili, and because we had the meat substitute, we made a vegan chili with “steak” pieces.  

Chili con Carne with Beans

Chili Con Carne with Beans

This recipe for Chili con Carne with Beans is a simple and easy way to make a pot of chili that uses canned roast beef in place of the usual hamburger.  It’s simple, delicious, and loaded with flavor.  Because this recipe uses a large number of canned ingredients, it’s on the table in about 35 minutes. 

Navy Bean and Bacon Soup from Canned Beans

Navy Bean and Bacon Soup (from Canned Beans)

This recipe for Navy Bean and Bacon Soup is made from canned beans.  It’s simple to make, uses readily available ingredients, and makes it possible to have dinner on the table in just a few minutes.  That’s what makes this recipe for Navy Bean and Bacon Soup a keeper.

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 […]