From the category archives:

Beans & Legumes

Not Yo’ Grandma’s Three Bean Salad

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Why does deli Three Bean Salad look Granny?  As in, Don’t Eat That Old Fogey Food?  I LIKE beans. What’s my problem? Maybe it’s ego because the beans are canned. But I LIKE canned beans. AHA!  The funky bottle of White Glaze got me thinking, “this would be awesome on bean salad!”

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Split Pea Soup ~ All Hail The Christmas Ham Bone!

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46 degrees yesterday morning. Split Pea Soup time. Making homemade pea soup is a snap. And the reason I snag the bone from Christmas or Easter family dinners {this one courtesy of sis Janie} – it makes split pea soup REALLY great.

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Fava ~ Greek Yellow Split Pea Puree. I Insist You Try This Recipe

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A split pea side dish that’s also a vegan main entrée – it’s this surprise called Fava.  The pools of lemon juice and Greek olive oil give you a visible idea of the flavor profile here, then you add those yummy capers.

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Non-Cooks: Yes YOU Can Make Homemade Tamales

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Marty, my co-volunteer at the hospital, says he doesn’t cook.  In an effort to fix that, his wife, Irma gave him a series of cooking classes taught by Fresh Food in a Flash blogger, Chef Patricia Rose. April’s class sounded like too much fun (a reasonable $40 price was the clincher to me), so Larry, […]

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Gorgeous Green Greek-ish Salad

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Some lovely things, I’ll just never be in real life — Southern is one. Another is Greek. I love Greeks. My high school/college posse included two Greek brothers, John and George, who provided a peek into an ethos far removed from mine. They may have been native Californians, but they were GREEK. Loud. Multi-generational home. […]

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Red Lentils, Tomatoes & Mushrooms ~ A Hearty Bowl ‘o Vegan Eats

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Following on the heels of a flubber-inducing two week holiday (read my going Vegan for a day on cruise), it was time to detox from all the great grub. Mushrooms convinced me I needed to cook them pronto; they were growing frantically. What, YOU don’t grow your own mushrooms?

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Mary Sue and Susan’s Chipotle Black Bean Turkey Chili

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Question: can a household have too many chili recipes? Not in our book, as Larry and I seem to be working on collecting a library of them. Our standard Green Turkey Chili, is darn yummy. But, let’s try more! Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, the Two Hot Tamales have restaurants, cookbooks and some online […]

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Machines Made Dinner ~ Sausage, Red Beans & Rice

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This day, Larry was focusing all his attention on a case (he’s a legal expert witness), I was volunteering at UCLA Hospital (Info Desk Lady). Crockpot + rice cooker = dinner. Now, this is not a New Orleans Sausage, Red Beans and Rice, it’s a Patti version. Nor is it “cooking fresh” — it’s what […]

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Red Lentils and Sausage

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This is a simple post. When our pantry is looking pretty empty, there’s always lentils. Make some. Include sausage. Spoon hot over cooked brown rice. Sprinkle with fresh-snipped chives from a pot on the patio (this is making me sound hippie-ish. COOL). Yes, I could write about their nutrition. Or how cheap they are. Or […]

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Faki Salata – Greek Lentil Salad

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Yes, it has been a while since I attended LA Greekfest but I had one more recipe from the cooking class of salads to share with you: this tangy Faki Salata. One of the instructors brought her own jar of fresh-squeezed lemon juice and used it generously here.

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Andersen’s Pea Soup

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Pea Soup Andersen’s is a California classic for road trippers up beautiful Highway 101. Heading to our Santa Ynez wine country, setting for the movie, Sideways? Visiting the showstopper Hearst Castle? Blasting thru from LA to SFO? Pull off in Buellton for a bathroom break and incredibly luscious all-you-can-eat split pea soup. I love the […]

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Garbanzo, Onion and Tomato Salad from LA Greekfest

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OPA! For years, I’ve wanted to attend Greekfest at LA’s stunning St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral. I’m a native Angelino, yet had only been inside once before for the wedding of our favorite Greek, Helen. Larry’s been there often; his high school, Loyola, is next door.  No waiting for the right year, I attended yesterday, […]

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Lemon Lentils

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Autumn ~ the automatic trigger for my tummy to crave comfort food. Ordinarily, that means mashed potatoes or mac n’ cheese, but the ol’ hippie in me decided to cook lentils with lemon. Larry scarfed them down, and he doesn’t have an ounce of hippie in him. Lentils are legumes. Cheap eats. No soaking. Nutritional […]

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