Broccoli Salad

Bacon and Broccoli Salad

This delicious Broccoli Salad is very simple to prepare, and it’s loaded with flavors.  It’s a perfect side dish for grilled meats, and it’s a great alternative to potato or macaroni salad.  Once you taste Broccoli Salad, you will wonder why you would ever want to eat any other salad.  It’s that good, or maybe, I’m just really in love with it. 

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 […]

three bean salad featured photo

Three Bean Salad

The first time I ate three bean salad was in a restaurant on a family vacation.  The next time I encountered it was on a salad bar in a pizza parlor.  Stores sell it in jars and cans, but I have never tried to make it myself until today.  Probably, the best way to make this salad would be to cook the beans from scratch, but I wanted to make this as simple as possible. The only real work that was needed was to thinly slice some red onion and bell pepper.  We used half of a small-medium red onion.  […]

taco bean soup topped with a scattering of green onion

Chipotle Taco Bean Soup

I first learned of this recipe while I was at a party at a friend’s house.  She had requested that each guest bring something to contribute toward the meal.  The young woman who brought the soup course brought a pot filled with beans, corn, and meat that was reminiscent of a pot of chili.   She explained that this soup was made with whatever combination of southwest vegetables you choose and a package of taco seasoning.  She said that her family often left out the meat and just added extra vegetables. On that night, she served the soup plain, but shared […]