Tag Archives: Beans

versatile. [cuban black beans and rice]

June 6th, 2012 by | comments

As I’ve said multiple times, I love the versatility of beans. They can be eaten plain, in a tortilla, in a dip, in a casserole…the list goes on. This recipe for Cuban black beans and rice made for a hearty and healthy meal served alongside grilled chicken. Check out another bean recipe I made here.

I spent this past weekend in Palm Springs with a group of friends, so I figured I’d share a few photos. With a temperature of 100-plus degrees, we didn’t get out of the pool very often. :)

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keep it simple. [spicy bean dip w. corn & habanero salsa]

July 11th, 2011 by | comments

By Uncle Steve

This bean dip is the perfect appetizer or side dish for any get together or party. My Uncle Steve whipped up this dip for our 4th of July party, and once I took a bite, I knew I had to make it again. Though extremely simple, the dish doesn’t lack in flavor–the habanero salsa gives it just the right amount of kick.

My uncle is always coming up with new and inventive recipes, which we get to enjoy when he visits us here in California from Ohio. I was sad to see him, my aunt and cousin leave last week, but we all had such a great time together, from shopping to laying out to BBQing, etc. Keep an eye out for more of my Uncle Steve’s recipes!

Thanks for holding the tortilla in the photo, mom. ;)

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ham it up. [hearty ham & 15 bean soup]

June 9th, 2011 by | comments

Although this ham and bean soup recipe has been in my family for years, I’ve never made it before – I’ve always left that part up to my mom or grandma. While visiting home, my mom pulled a gorgeous honey baked ham out of the fridge. Almost immediately, I decided that I wanted to make use of the ham bone, and what better way to do that than make this extremely simple, yet hearty, healthy and delicious soup. I would even call it a stoop.

I’m always tricked into thinking this soup is unhealthy, because of its thickness and heartiness; however, there’s not one ingredient in this recipe that’s unhealthy – beans, ham carrots, onions.

Even though this isn’t the ideal summer dish, it’s made for the perfect meal this week with the start of California’s June gloom.

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dish up. [sweet barbecue baked beans]

June 2nd, 2011 by | comments

While visiting home over Memorial Day weekend, my mom and I made our family recipe for barbecue baked beans. For some reason, this particular batch was exceptionally delicious. Greg, from Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guides, inspired me to make the dish after reading his post.

Although our recipe isn’t entirely homemade (we use canned beans), it doesn’t take away from the abundance of flavor. The beans are sweet, with the perfect amount of salt from the crisp bacon strips.

We paired the beans with sweet corn, succulent turkey burgers (here) and a crisp green salad. My dad and I weren’t afraid to grab a second helping of the beans.

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