Guatemalan Rice & Beans

Guatemalan Rice & Beans

One of my very favorite meals on my site is Guatemalan Chicken in Coconut Milk, Pollo en Leche de Coco. It’s the perfect thing for a cold, winter day – fast and easy and flavor for days! In the past, I’ve served the dish with rice cooked in coconut milk instead of how I first had it, with Guatemalan Rice & Beans.

Pollo en Leche de Coco - Guatemalan Chicken in Coconut Milk

Pollo en Leche de Coco – Guatemalan Chicken in Coconut Milk

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White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker - Instant Pot - Stovetop

White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker – Instant Pot – Stovetop

It’s been pretty bitter in the Twin Cities, but we’re having a little heatwave and are up to 12 degrees. Which would be great if we didn’t get about 7 inches of snow last night and even better if the high tomorrow wasn’t expected to be -5 with a low of -25 and worse on Wednesday. But that’s exactly the time you want soup! And even better a pretty much pantry soup (if your pantry is anything like mine) and not just any soup. You want this little White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker – Instant Pot – Stovetop number coz it’s going to warm you from the inside out!

White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker - Instant Pot - Stovetop

White Chicken Chili Slow Cooker – Instant Pot – Stovetop

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Minnesota Cassoulet "Bean Pot"

Minnesota Cassoulet “Bean Pot”

It’s easy to always think about St. Paul & Minneapolis, the Twin Cities, as a Swedish/Norwegian city and we do have a large population. Maybe our weather made them feel at home. But it’s just as easy to forget that our earliest settlements were French and/or French Canadian. So in honor of our French, here’s a “Bean Pot” or if ya want to be fancier, I’ll just call this a Minnesota Cassoulet Bean Pot.

Minnesota Cassoulet "Bean Pot"

Minnesota Cassoulet “Bean Pot”

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Navy Beans Quick Instant Pot Soak 2 minutes

Brining Beans Traditional or Instant Pot Methods

I know I’ve been posting a few “basic” recipes lately (hiya hard-boiled eggs) but I’m fixin’ (sorry) to cook up a big old pot of my Cheer’s Boston Baked Beans & thought this would be the perfect time to talk about Brining Beans Traditional or Instant Pot Methods. You’ll see I’ve been hoarding pics of beans soaked using different methods from the last few times I’ve made beans.

Uncooked Navy Beans

Unsoaked and Uncooked Navy Beans

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The Best Instant Pot Chili

The Best Instant Pot Chili

Merry Christmas, everyone! Here it is, Christmas Eve Day, and I thought I’d show you one of my favorite Christmas Eve dinners, this time done in the Instant Pot. It’s Chili. The Best Instant Pot Chili, to be exact. I know, it’s strange to some people to have Chili as a Christmas Eve dinner.

The Best Instant Pot Chili

The Best Instant Pot Chili

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Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup

The Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup

A while back, in a discussion with some friends about food that’s great to eat when you’d like to knock off a few pounds, someone mentioned Cabbage Soup – in a rather derogatory way. They were talking about The Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup, a recipe that’s been around for ages and ages.

Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup

Original Fat Burning Cabbage Soup

 

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Canned Refried Beans Restaurant Style

Canned Refried Beans Restaurant Style

Refried beans are so often misunderstood – unless you’ve had great ones, preferably made homemade from dried pintos, OG style. Face it, though, we don’t all have the time to make a from scratch version, heck sometimes we don’t have much more time than it takes to heat up a can of refried beans as a quick side for just about anything Mexican or Southwestern. Here’s my “top-secret method” to take any old can of refried beans and doctor it up into creamy goodness: Canned Refried Beans Restaurant Style. And it takes just minutes.

Chilaquiles Verde,

Chilaquiles Verde, here’s the whole spread with refried beans and egg in the back corner

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Old Fashioned “American” Chili

There was a time when the most popular Chili used to be quite a bit different than the trendy varieties of today. A time when it was made with simpler ingredients and was served as a family meal, not a culinary adventure. A time when it was saucy enough to add a few crackers – and saucy enough that one HAD to use a spoon. I miss that chili.

Old Fashioned American Chili

Old Fashioned American Chili

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Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans

Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans

I didn’t use to care for Minestrone. And that’s putting it mildly. I’d had a couple at restaurants that weren’t great and I never explored it further. What I had was kind of muddy and dull in flavor and that pasta in it? Ummm, no thank you! This recipe for Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans is the one that turned me around. If you’re like I was, it’s might be time to revisit Minestrone.

Minestrone with Sausage & Beans

Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans

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Chipotle Chicken Chili

Chipotle Chicken Chili

I have a few different Chicken Chili recipes here on my site and a couple of Beef Chilis, too. And they all have their place and all serve their purpose. This one here, this Chipotle Chicken Chili is a serious chili. This is an adult Chili. This is the Chili you want to serve to score points on game day or at the ski condo when you’re serving to those you know can man up and take it, even if they’re maybe not men. Maybe even if they’re a Grandma five times over like me!

A few of my other Chicken Chilis: Barbecue Chicken Chili, Easy White Chicken Chili, Creamy White Chicken Chili.

 

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