Jambalaya truly reflects a cultural heritage carried into the New World, nurtured and melded into its own special blend – hundreds of years ago, displaced French Canadians settled into the Louisiana area and adapted this dish to their new surroundings. A lovely melange of vegetables, earthy sausage and chicken are in this version, as well as just the right amount of spice to be interesting.
What can I say about this casserole? All the appeal of tacos combined with a nacho like topping, hearty, with vegetables and added fiber from the beans? I tried it, thinking my teenager would like it. I was wrong, he loved it. A little salsa, a few slices of avocado and a dab of sour cream add a freshness to this substantial meal.
Cuban Black Bean soup is simply one of the most wonderful meals – the soft, flavorful beans, the smoky ham, the rich broth, the indescribable warmth of the cumin. Even after the left overs are put away, it’s one soup at our house that generates a lot of activity in the kitchen – no sooner am I in bed then I hear the refrigerator door open, then the pip, pip, pip of the microwave as my son heats up a bowl.
This lentil soup is flavored subtly with cinnamon, bay and thyme. I almost didn’t try it except for I was in a bit of a mood for something different – and I’m so glad I did.
Buried in my Grandmother’s recipe box on an old scrap of paper was a true treasure, my Grandmother’s Ham Loaf. I can still taste that ham loaf, the top brown and crusty and the inside moist, fragrant and flavorful, almost exotic with its little touch of allspice and clove.
For as long as I can remember, the hallmark of Navy Bean soup has been the old standby, Senate Navy Bean soup – wonderful as it is, I’ve found that even those who don’t care for it like this highly flavorful Navy Bean Soup with Bacon. I’ve been making this soup for close to 40 years, now, and it is, hands down, my family’s all time favorite.
There is just something about this soup that is almost haunting. It is reminiscent of a Greek soup, yet the wild rice is clearly not a flavor normally found in the classic Greek soups. Just a lovely conglomeration of different flavors from around the globe (like so many of us are…) Easy, too.