Posts Tagged 'Beans'

Salsa and Red Bean Dip — Sometimes simpler is better

Serves 6 to 8
Adapted from Woman’s Day magazine

We had some friends over the other night and I wanted to make something new. A dip maybe?
My wife had found this recipe in Woman’s Day magazine and I decided to give it a try.
It is just store bought salsa and red beans (or black or white) mixed in a blender. What could be more simple?
The results: a delicious dip that is ready in a minute or two. Give this a try. You will not be disappointed.

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Outrageous Baked Beans

Adapted from recipe found at

Makes about 1-1/2 quarts and serves lots of people; this recipe is easily doubled

As my family will testify to, I am not a big fan of taking the easy road when it comes to cooking.   If the recipe calls for lemon grass, go get some. If you are going to the trouble of making a home made pie, why not make your own pie dough? I believe there is something rewarding in mastering a recipe or getting a technique down just right. And, I believe that the end result tastes better. too.
Buy the best ingredients you can afford and use the best recipe you can find. Together these two things will deliver better results every time over anything store bought.
But, as with all rules, rules are made to be broken.
The follow recipe is one my wife found on the Internet and she gave it a try. It’s an “open-the-cans-and-dump-them-in” kind of recipe. It’s quick and easy.  And, it tastes amazing.
Every time we have made this recipe (usually we double it), family and guests leave nothing in the pot.
So even though this is an open and dump recipe, I highly recommend you give it a try.

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Brew House Chili

Adapted from a recipe by Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan published in Detroit Free Press in October 2007
Serves 10 / Preparation time: 20 minutes Total time: 2 hours

Oh boy, another chili recipe.  But, trust me, this is one of the best chili recipes I have ever made and if you make it it will be one of the best you have ever tasted. It is unusual because it uses chunks of meat (like in Texas), ground meat (like in the Midwest) and, yes, beans.  I like chili with beans, so this recipe is shown with beans. It also uses Mexican beer and lots of spices.  The ingredient list is long, but this is a very easy recipe to cook.  Gather the ingredients and it practically puts itself together.  The little bit of work it takes is worth it. I usually start with half of the chili powder, one  jalapeño peppers, and half of a chipotle pepper.  Then I taste and increase from there if it needs it.  But, my family does not like spicy hot dishes so I back off of the spices.  However, I always have hot sauce on the table for those who want it hotter.

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California Bean Dip

From an Internet search years ago.
Serves 10 to 12

This eye-pleasing combination of white corn, black beans and Mexican-style seasonings is irresistible! Serve it with corn chips or Scoops.

Recipe follows.

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