A hearty chili with tender pieces of sirloin steak, bacon, fresh corn off the cob, beans, peppers and onions swimming in a spicy sea of tomatoes.
Red kidney beans were once my nemesis. My picky 8-year old self saw them as ginormous, starchy, foul-tasting enemies to be avoided at all costs. My under developed taste buds found them so repelling I picked them out of my chili along with any onions, garlic or peppers. Every single one. No matter how tiny the piece.
Here is a white bean, bacon and spinach soup that looks entirely unassuming. Like another run-of-the-mill soup. (This is what I thought.) I was wrong. Stuffed inside is the most incredible, full-bodied flavor. I was immediately smitten. With the very first bite. And may have even done a little happy dance.
A heartwarming vegetable soup packed with the wholesome goodness of both sweet and white potatoes, zucchini, carrots, celery, garlic, onion and cannellini beans. Perfectly delicious all on its own, when you throw parmesan dumplings into the mix you create a rock star. The dumplings start out as baby clouds, a mere teaspoonful of batter grows up and out to be 5 times bigger. Soft, fluffy… [Read more]
I am all about alternative burgers lately! I have a big stack of recipes waiting in the wings, some to be posted and others itching to be made. By alternative burgers I mean fish, vegetables and beans. No beef allowed. Not that I have anything against beef, I love a traditional burger just as much as a veggie bean burger. I’m just looking for variety…. [Read more]
White Chicken Chili is a warm and cozy combination of chicken, white beans, roasted red peppers and chile peppers swimming around in a sea of creamy chicken broth. The “white” in the name comes from the broth, which, unlike a more traditional chili, doesn’t include tomatoes but a combination of chicken broth and half & half. The white theme is continued with the tender pieces… [Read more]
One of my favorite vegetables meets my most favorite bean meets bacon, which needs no introduction, in this quick and easy soup recipe. When I laid eyes on the biggest head of cauliflower I’ve ever seen in my life I knew right away it was destined for my soup pot. The place where the transformation of the bland, odorous cauliflower into a creamy, flavorful, satisfying… [Read more]
A salad recipe straight out of my Italian Great Grandma’s kitchen that can be eaten warm or cold. It’s great for a picnic, potluck or barbecue and makes a great side dish, appetizer or light lunch. The best way to eat it is with a slice of crusty bread and an extra drizzle of olive oil. Al fresco doesn’t hurt either. The salad starts with… [Read more]