Tag Archives: Dried Beans

Smoked Sausage & White Bean Soup – Instant Pot or Stove-top

This down home & classic bean soup is fantastic stove-top or in the Instant Pot!

It could very well be that I’m in denial! I am astonished each time it snows! I do live in Minnesota, but really? Snow twice last week and again the other day. But snow to me = soup, so soup it is. Again. 🙂

Smoked Sausage & White Bean Soup, Instant Pot or Stove Top
Smoked Sausage & White Bean Soup, Instant Pot or Stove Top

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Cowboy Beans – Frijoles Charros Instant Pot

Frijoles Charros: tender, slightly smoky beans flavored with bacon & onion; there's a bit of a kick, they're smokey, saucy and sassy at the same time.

When I lived in the Southwest, I used to miss “Baked Beans.” It seemed that anytime I ate out and ordered beans as a side, they were either Cowboy Beans – Frijoles Charros, or some kind of Barbecued Baked Beans. Now that I’m in the Midwest, I miss those Cowboy Beans. Go figure, huh?

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Frijoles Charros or Cowboy Beans

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Creamy White Chicken Chili

Creamy White Chicken Chili - seriously good. Not too much heat but can easily be scaled up or down.

This Creamy White Chicken Chili is creamy & cheesy with a hint of heat and a touch of smokiness.

Creamy White Chicken Chili
Creamy White Chicken Chili

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Traditional Black Eyed Peas

Talk about good down-home plain cooking, I make black eyed peas from time to time, and with New Year’s coming up (and a bag of peas I’ve been meaning to use up) now is the time~!

Traditional Black Eyed Peas
Traditional Black Eyed Peas

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Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

I wasn’t just going on and on about the Chickpea in previous post for the fun of it!  🙂 I am absolutely enamoured by this main dish salad. It’s full of fantastic good for you ingredients: Spinach, Chickpeas, Olives and Oven Roasted Cauliflower and is set off beautifully by the home-made dressing.

Oven Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad
Oven Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

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A Chickpea by any other name – Garbanzo

The chickpea, sometimes called the Garbanzo bean has been around since Man began cultivating and is a main staple of many diets, yet the lowly chickpea has often been relegated to not much more than a hummus ingredient here in the States.

Chickpeas with Bay Leaves and Herbs
Chickpeas with Bay Leaves and Herbs

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Cowboy Caviar Salad

I just recently learned the history of Cowboy Caviar – along with the original recipe. The earliest recipes were basically pickled black-eyed peas with a bit of onion and garlic! While we’ve come a long way since then with all kinds of additions, bottled salad dressing just isn’t one I approve of! But then you probably already knew that if you’re a regular reader! Simple dressings like this are so easy and inexpensive to make at home and there are no worries about strange additives.

Cowboy Caviar Salad
Cowboy Caviar Salad

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