A Tutorial on Using Dried Beans

Ah wonderful beans.  We all love them for their taste.  I love them for their nutrition.  My boys love them for their, er, musical properties.

UPDATE (12/10) :Since first writing this post almost two years ago, I have been experimenting with different ways to cook beans.  While I still use the crockpot method most often, I have changed on something.  I use salt at the beginning of the cooking time.  Really!  It doesn’t slow down the cooking of the beans…

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Eggs in A Basket: Baked Eggs in Toast Cups with Melty Cheese

This one is for Liam.  "Straight up with green onions, please, Mom."

Update:  This recipe was submitted as an entry in the NYC Eggland’s Best Recipe contest… Yesterday, Bacon Toffee.  Today?  Eggs in a Basket.  Bacon and eggs.  See?  I’m practical… And this dish?  It hits all the right buttons. It is flavorful, cheap, easy to prepare, simple to customize, cheap, and kid friendly.  And did I mention…

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Everyday Omelet

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Today I won a battle in my semi-perpetual war to make myself prepare homemade breakfasts for my kids.  And I had a major ‘duh’ moment.  I made eggs.  DUH!  The original convenience food.  Why do I not break these out for breakfast more often? Break eggs for breakfast.  I crack me up.  Oh someone stop…

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Greek Quinoa Salad

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Right.  Let me get this out of the way now.  This post is going to be short and sweet.  Actually short and savory.  My water heater has been broken since the wee hours of Saturday morning and  I’m afraid that if I stay in one place too long (to type a wordy post, par example)…

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Warm Quinoa Pilaf

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Contrary to what you might assume from the recent lack of posting, we have not dropped from the face of the Earth.  I have merely been draped over the couch in my jammies with stacks of books, knitting needles and yarn, empty cookie plates and dirty dishes piling up around me.    I have spent the last…

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Golden Crunchy Pickled Onions: Foodie Christmas Gift #7

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These golden rings of crunchy, flavorful pickled onions are just about the perfect thing for topping salads or roast meat sandwiches,  adding a unique touch and pop of color to buffet spreads and antipasto trays, and accompanying cold meat loaf.  Plus, when you’ve fished the very last onion ring out of the jar, the leftover oniony,…

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Dabo Kolo

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The boys and I are members of a homeschooling co-operative group in the area.  I peel the baby off of my leg, then teach a baking class to the teens, and assist in an “American Political System” class.  The boys take World Geography, Physical Education, Hands-on Science, International Cooking and Exploring the World through Art….

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Frito Pie

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I think it is safe to say that with five sons, one loving husband, two useless male hound dogs and a male goldfish I inhabit a man’s world.  I am outnumbered 9 to 2.  That the cat is also ‘non-male’ is immaterial.  She can run and hide under beds or our vast piles of laundry. …

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