Southwest Baked Beans

No barbecue or picnic is complete without a tasty side dish or two of baked beans, and this flavorful version is a worthy contender!  It uses canned beans, (which might make a purist frown, but the saved time brings a smile to a cook’s face… ), and using a combination of beans makes it more interesting and visually appealing.  Bake it long enough for caramelization and for the flavors to deepen. Read More

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Sweet potato cakes

Sweet potatoes are tasty, inexpensive and chock full of vitamins A, C, B2, B6 and an army of other dietary  friends.  But they can be a bit, well, sweet, and bland, and when made into fries or chips,  they are downright soggy.   Here is a simple recipe which avoids all of those pitfalls.  Read More


Cute little quinoa patties!

So quinoa is now so widely available it has been spotted at Costco.  What can we do with it, beyond plunking a mound of it next to our grilled chicken breast? Here is one recipe almost as miraculous as the grain itself.  Tasty,  low fat, plus child and adult approved, it can be made ahead, freezes like a charm, and is remarkably versatile:

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