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Hot and Smoky Baked Beans

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” I might have a thing for baked beans, maybe because I grew up in Massachusetts where I swear we had franks, beans and brown bread every Saturday night. This recipe from Bon Appetit has been a winner twice in the last month or so, both times for family cook-outs. It has a bit of smoky heat from the chipotles (don’t they make everything better?), sweetness, bacon and beer — everything good beans need! I made it once in the oven and once in the crockpot. It’s a keeper. If you don’t use all the chipotle and sauce in the can, save it, either for a little time in the refrigerator or in the freezer. Once you know you have it ready to go, you’ll … Read entire article »

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What’s for Dinner? – May 24, 2013

Friday evening, May 24, was a cold and breezy evening (May!?!), so I thought about making a pot of chili. On weekday evenings, I usually don’t do a long, slow, simmering pot, though that is really the best way to do it. Anyway, I thought, “Why not make your own chili seasoning mix with Obis One black garlic products?” Great idea! I did a little research online and came up with what turned out to be a pretty good mix (maybe a new Obis One product?). Here it is: 4 teaspoons Obis One black garlic chili powder 3 teaspoons Obis One black garlic salt 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 3 teaspoons onion powder 1 teaspoon ground oregano This batch of seasoning was cooked with 2 pounds of nice lean ground … Read entire article »

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What’s for Dinner? – May 18, 2013

Wow!  What a great time last night celebrating Mary’s accomplishment of receiving her Master’s degree and also celebrating Obis One black garlic!  A great group of friends and relatives sitting around a table enjoying food, wine and each other!  We started with a couple of spreads to put on crackers, baguettes and bread sticks – Black Garlic Hummus and White Bean, Olive and Black Garlic Tapenade – along with nuts, pickles, olves and Deviled Eggs – topped with a little black garlic … Then on to Black Garlic Beef Burgundy with lots of crusty bread to sop up the gravy.  Followed that with a big salad with Black Garlic Vinaigrette and some lovely cheese brought over by Gregg Tate.  All of the guests sampled cloves of black garlic and loved … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – August 2, 2011

Getting ready to go to the beach on Saturday for the week, so to get in the spirit, I’ll make something from the sea!  How about crabcakes?  Always a hit and easy to make.  Crab meat is on sale at the Harris Teeter, so I’ll grab a pound or so and make crab cakes.  I found a recipe that uses Panko bread crumbs – I love their extra crunch when frying, and I think they’ll work well with crab to give it some body, but without too much bread in the actual cake.  Panko Crab Cakes and Tartar Sauce also includes a recipe for homemade tartar sauce – though I always thought that was just mayonnaise and sweet pickle relish!  This recipe looks like it has a little more depth … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – July 29, 2011

The question right now (at 8:45p.m.) is not “What’s for dinner”, but “How was dinner tonight?”  Simple answer – delicious!  Friday and Beautiful Wife not working today – also had Big Girl + BF, Little Miss and Only Son.  I decided to go healthy (sort of) and make a Creamy Pasta Primavera with lots of good veggies and a creamy sauce (with heavy cream – that’s the “sort of” qualifier).  I love long pasta and especially like linguine, so I made the primavera sauce and finished in my giant pan with cooked linguine and lots of fresh parm cheese.  It was a successful meal, that’s for sure.  And not only did I make the main course, but made dessert as well.  Ice cream!  We all scream for it!  Little Miss … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – July 25, 2011

There is still a bounty of beautiful, ripe tomatoes at our house. Large, small, roma, etc., they keep coming! And nobody is complaining! This past week, I made Tomato and Cheddar Pie for dinner one night. It was rich, with layers of sharp cheddar cheese, tomatoes and a mayonnaise/dill filling.  However, I did not make my pie crust from scratch.  I bought the rolled-up pie dough things from where the canned biscuits are at the grocery store – they worked out fine.  It was delicious – hot and bubbly from the oven, a real hit. We had some leftovers and like many casserole-y type dishes, it was almost better heated up the next day. Yesterday, I ventured into new territory and made Tomato Ice Cream. I think the end result is … Read entire article »

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Corn Salad and Plum Clafouti

Courtesy of Deirdre Reid and her blog “Grabbing the Gusto” Corn on the cob season is here! My guy was making ribs so I thought corn salad would be the perfect accompaniment to them. I have a corn salad recipe somewhere but since I couldn’t put my hands on it I took a look at some online recipes and relied on my memory to make what turned out to be a yummy dish. Corn Salad Ingredients — sorry, no real specifics, just eyeball what looks right to you 4 slices of bacon chopped red onion minced garlic 5 ears corn lima beans — frozen okay, thawed chopped red bell pepper chopped cherry or grape tomatoes vinegar — my old recipe called for champagne vinegar (can substitute rice wine vinegar for that), I used red wine vinegar chopped basil salt and pepper Cook the bacon … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – July 17, 2011

The harvest continues unabated! We have now gotten out the big, beautiful bowl we use for large quantities of pasta or salad and filled it with fresh tomatoes and using it as a centerpiece for the dining room table! Lots of ‘maters! So the other day I made a Simple Cooked Tomato Salsa – though I only used four tomatoes. Still with eating a tomato sandwich for lunch every day and finding new recipes for tomatoes, we’ll enjoy every fat, delicious one of them. Heck, we might even have a half-bushel to bring to the beach in a few weeks to share with our 30-some relatives we’ll visit with then. But tonight, I think I’ll use the Simple Cooked Tomato Salsa as an ingredient in a nice, big pot of black … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – July 11, 2011

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Our backyard is becoming a bounty of wonderful summer vegetables – cucumbers, zucchini, squash and lots of tomatoes!  Beautiful Wife has been working “the back 40” and we are reaping the benefits.  There are already 20-30 plum (roma) tomatoes sitting on the counter, so today I will make homemade pasta sauce.  I’ll stick with an all-veggie recipe so everyone can enjoy!  I found a recipe that sounds delicious and not too awful time-consuming.  It’ll be a couple of hours of slow simmering, so it will have that “all day” taste (I hope!), but don’t want the stove on all day in the house.  Even with air conditioning, it is a hot day, so a couple of hours slaving over a hot stove will be enough for me … … Read entire article »

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What’s for dinner? – June 14, 2011

Kind of an overcast afternoon here and I’ve got a bunch of leftovers in the fridge.  Tonight will be what we call “pick up sticks” – AKA leftover night.  I’ll make a big salad with greens, spinach and maybe some protein (chicken, ham, cheese?), but we have mac and cheese, a zucchini and squash pasta sauce with linguine, and a pasta dish I made last night.  Big Girl sent me some recipes she had collected over time and one of them was Mom’s Baked Chicken & Spinach Pasta.  The picture looks delicious, so I decided to give it a try.  I followed the recipe very diligently, but I just wasn’t crazy about the result.  To my taste, it needed a bit more moisture of some sort – something to sauce … Read entire article »

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