Not Your Average Baked Beans!

baked beans

I don’t know why it is but baked beans seem to be a generational thing.  They seem a little bit old fashioned or out dated when it comes to food trends.  You don’t see them very often at a party or on a menu except if you are in England where they eat them for breakfast. But I love baked beans and have shared my very favorite baked bean recipe before. Whenever we have a BBQ I make a big batch of baked beans and I am always amazed that [Continue Reading…]

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

Today I’ve got another Recipe Redo for you.  A recipe that is buried deep in the archives of the blog.   It is also  one that had no pictures with it – just a recipe.  It was actually the third recipe I ever shared on this blog! Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken is one of those easy, easy dinners.  It is what I like to call a “dump” recipe.  You just dump everything in the pan or in this case the crock pot and let it cook.  Doesn’t get much easier.  I made [Continue Reading…]

Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

  This post was originally shared over at Time Out for Women Blog.  I am the mom of four young adults and an empty nester. My husband and I are going on our second year of being empty nesters and we are still trying to figure it out. Some days I am better at being an empty nester than others. I love being a mom and I loved being part of my children’s lives, being involved in their day to day activities. I am a much better supervisor than I [Continue Reading…]

Cafe Rio Black Beans

cafe rio black beans

This will be my last installment of Cafe Rio recipes for now. First there was Cafe Rio Sweet Pork .  I had previously posted the Lime Cilantro Rice and today you get Cafe Rio Black Beans.  You now have everything you need to make a Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Salad.  If you have never been to a Cafe Rio you are now totally equipped to create your own delicious Cafe Rio at home!  You will thank me. I have never been a big bean fan.  It is something about the [Continue Reading…]

Black Bean Hummus and a Giveaway

black bean hummus

Several weeks ago Tessa came home from the local Hillsboro Farmer’s Market where she had been working, raving about a black bean hummus she had tasted from one of the vendors at the market. It turns out the vendor was someone I already knew – Charles Hartz of Hartz Spice.   Charles lives here in Portland and he has developed a wonderful line of spice blends and recipes to go with them.  The black bean hummus is one of them. Our neighborhood Fourth of July BBQ was the perfect time to [Continue Reading…]

Balsamic Black Bean Salsa

Balsamic Black Bean Salsa

I have lost track of how many times I have made this salsa.  It has been my go to appetizer for the last few months whenever I am asked to bring something to a potluck.  Every time I have made it I’ve been asked for the recipe – that’s a good sign it is definitely a keeper. This recipe comes from my friend Melanie over at My Kitchen Cafe –  my go to food blog for recipes that don’t disappoint! Not only is it delicious but the colors are so [Continue Reading…]