Black bean salad: a southwest staple for potluck perfection

It’s July here in Vermont, and that means it’s BBQ and potluck season. With so many pasta and potato salads out there, I like to mix it up and bring something less traditional to these events. One of my go-to recipes has been this southwest-inspired black bean salad. It’s...

Creamy Cassoulet: A hearty one-pot meal

Until a year ago I couldn’t tell you the difference between a Chevrolet and a cassoulet, but after my last two visits to Trealy Farm in Wales I am all about the cassoulet. If you didn’t guess a cassoulet is very closely related to what Americans call casseroles, at...

Slow-Cooked Barbecue Beans is an Awesome Sidedish

I was inspired to make my own barbecue beans after receiving a gift of Saint Louis BBQ sauce from a former coworker. You can make these vegetarian or carnivorous. It is important to wait until the beans are completely cooked before adding the BBQ sauce, as the acid in...

Black Bean Soup From the Box is Still Good on a Cold Night

Normally I am not a box-of-this, can-of-that type of cook, but sometimes you hit upon a shortcut that is truly tasty and healthy. And this black bean soup is one of those shortcuts for when we want soup, but haven’t soaked any beans. I hope you enjoy this as...

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