Everything but the kitchen sink . . . well, almost, with this recipe. Green beans, yellow wax beans, navy beans, chickpeas, and lots of vegetables (the recipe inspires, the contents of your refrigerator dictate) come together for this hearty soup.
This is the recipe that my friends and family still beg me to make when the grill is brought out. It's so easy and versatile, and can be tried on several different meats. I like it with scalloped potatoes, baked potatoes or rice pilaf. Try it with cilantro or oregano instead of parsley. Save leftovers for salad the next day.
Cold black bean salad with a bite! It makes a great side dish for any Mexican or Southwestern dish. This recipe has become a healthy favorite in our family. Adjust the amount of serrano pepper to suit your spice tolerance.
The fishermen of Bodega Bay, California shared this favorite, quick and easy recipe with my sister during a Fish Festival. It is one of the best chowders I've had, and my kids love it too! We top with bacon bits and a few shakes of hot sauce for a little spice. Enjoy!
Cheesy sausage-based filling in little cups made from baked won ton wrappers. The baked cups and filling may be prepared a day or two in advance (store covered in the refrigerator) and assembled shortly before serving.
Angel hair pasta is tossed with chicken and roma tomatoes in this simple but flavorful dish. The spicy blackened meat seasoning combines well with the crumbled feta cheese. Easy, but great for a company dinner!
A mix of black beans, black-eyed peas, and garbanzo beans, corn, onion, garlic, parsley, and basil tossed with a red wine and olive oil vinaigrette dressing makes a fabulous dip or side dish. Kidney beans and navy beans can also be used.
This is a wonderful appetizer, a bean spread with a Mexican taste. It looks very festive with the red and green toppings, and it's easy to put together. Your guests will be asking for the recipe, so keep it handy ! The two cheeses can be substituted with one 3-cup package shredded taco cheese.
Sometimes you just need steak soup and this recipe yields a gallon of it. Really, a whole gallon. This is a roux-based soup made with round steak, tomatoes, carrots, and other vegetables. It freezes beautifully.
A sweet, sweet cranberry salad that everyone will think is dessert. Sugared cranberries are combined with crushed pineapple and miniature marshmallows and chilled overnight. Just before serving, this lovely concoction is folded into freshly whipped cream and sliced bananas. Serves six.