Turkey, Red Beans, & Barley; a mysterious island

Turkey & Barley

This is not Red Beans & Rice which usually has andouille sausage in it. I love the red beans and the rice, but am not overly fond of the andouille sausage. I’ve never had andouille sausage in the U.S. and I don’t know if it’s made with tripe (stomach linings of various animals) like it … Continue reading…

My Instant Pot Vegetable Guide

Artichoke

I’m writing this so I can stop searching my electronic post-it notes for how to cook vegetables in my Instant Pot. I’d be very happy if it proved useful to the rest of the online world as well. I use my slow cooker for making main courses or complete meals once a week or so, … Continue reading…

Cassoulet, for two (sort of)

Cassoulet

I normally only make Cassoulet for big dinners with 6 or 8 or 10 people. It’s one of those dishes that is best made for a crowd. Properly made it should have duck confit and sausages and, maybe, some lamb chops or slabs of pork belly. You can find my original Cassoulet recipe here, along … Continue reading…

Bean & Ham Soup; colors of the day

Bean Ham Soup

The first sign that marriage #1 was not going to last was when then hubs refused to eat rice. He wouldn’t touch rice of any kind in any form. The second sign was when I found out he wouldn’t eat bean soup. Seriously….. how could I be expected to go through life without risotto or … Continue reading…

Instant Pot Beans, with Pinto, Cannellini and Kidney Beans

Instant Pot Mixed Beans

When I bought my Instant Pot last summer it was with the intent of being able to cook dried beans during the pandemic. I was in the process of stocking my pantry and my second freezer for a winter lock-down and decided having dried beans on hand was a logical choice. Our friend who lived … Continue reading…

Three Bean Salad; cat tales

Bean Salad

I grew up in a small town, population 288. In a small town everyone knows everything about everybody. They all knew I liked candy bars, fresh green beans, and dogs; and I hated chocolate covered cherries. I had the paper route so they probably knew more about me than the other 5 kids that lived … Continue reading…

Bean and Roasted Pepper Salad; blog re-design

Bean & Pepper Salad

I’ve gotten very used to eating from my garden over the years. If we want a salad I pick enough lettuce or spinach for a salad. I pick the summer squash when they are big enough for two but before they will feed a family of six. Eating from the pantry is different…. There are … Continue reading…