White Bean Salad

This goes together quickly for a wonderful side dish but is also great the next day for leftovers. It’s a riff on a recipe I saw in a magazine. (Can’t remember which and I left out the mint it called for, as I’m not partial to mint in salads. I remember the original recipe called […]

How to Cook Dried Beans

Dried beans are a great money-saver, but using them means you need to plan ahead a bit and have a few hours to cook the beans. If you make your menus ahead of time, you can plan this out fairly easily and just cook them on the weekend or start a pot of beans while […]

Four Bean Casserole

This recipe came from my good friend Elizabeth. It’s always popular at potlucks and goes great with just about any barbecued meal. 1 15-oz can pork and beans (undrained) 1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained 1 15-oz can lima beans, drained 1 15-oz butter beans, drained 1/2 pound bacon (optional) 1 onion, chopped 1/2 cup […]

Black Bean Quesadillas / Fried Tacos

I am enjoying Love Your Leftovers (affiliate link) by Nick Evans.  I cooked up his Spicy Black Beans yesterday morning and then realized I could try out his self-described cross between tacos and quesadillas.   Basically, put a thin coating of oil in a pan, add a corn tortilla, 1/4 cup black beans and a handful […]

Quick Sausage and Black Bean Soup

This is a great weeknight soup as it goes together fast, has lots of flavor and doesn’t make too much.  Adding salsa to a soup is a great way to quickly add a lot of flavor. I like soup but many recipes just make too much for me. My sister shared this recipe with me […]