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

Cafe Rio Black Beans are delicious and easy to make and taste just like the restaurant version. 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!  [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…]