No-Cook Fresh Pasta Sauce

This is what  my yard looked like this morning when I went out to check the chickens. I have a serious motivational problem when the weather is this stellar; particularly when it has been raining cats and dogs for a solid week.  The idea of doing anything other than sitting on a blanket with a [Read On]

Crispy Seared Mushroom and Asiago Puffs

We’ve been spring cleaning like crazy around here lately.  It’s so invigorating to be able to open the windows after having them firmly shut since November.  And even though I hate doing laundry, there is something incredibly peaceful about hanging the first couple loads of clothes and sheets and towels on the line.  Everything is [Read On]

Spicy Corn and Black Bean Salad

Oh mercy.  The  Honyaks, The Evil Genius and I are all so sugared out from Easter candy that  it’s not even funny.  We’re all draped over pieces of furniture craving fresh fruits and veggies and some decently Spring-like days.  At this point we’d all settle for a sunny day without the -30°F winds.  Cripes!  It’s April, already.  So [Read On]

FMC Mango Salsa

I am about to become your best friend forever because I am sharing with you the formula for the easiest and most delicious side dish ever, ever, ever.  It is so good that it deserves a ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Amen’.  My FMC Mango Salsa has its roots in desperation, as most of my favorite recipes do.  [Read On]

Spicy Saucy Black Beans

I know I promised the Spicy Saucy Black Bean recipe would be up in the wee hours last night.  I did not get to it. When The Evil Genius got back to our lair we talked, laughed, tucked kids in, and ate our way through an indecent quantity of homemade mint ice cream with deadly [Read On]

Provence White Bean Puree

If you were around yesterday you may have a pot of beans hanging out in your fridge waiting for you. If you are scratching your head and saying, “Huh?” just click here and then rejoin us. It’s okay. We’ll wait…In the meantime, those of us who have beanpots in hand can enjoy this lovely ditty [Read On]

A Tutorial on Using Dried Beans

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 [Read On]

Basic Jook (a.k.a. Juk, Congee or Rice Porridge)

My boys gave me a cold this week.  I cannot tell you the joy this gives me.  Not because I love slobbering and running from the nose, eyes and every other mucus membrane on my head.  I’m just relieved that I got it from them instead of the other way around.  That way there is no [Read On]