Thursday, April 1, 2010


  • bay leaf, small or 1/2 of one
  • black beans, 1 can not drained
  • garlic, 1 medium to small clove, chopped
  • green bell pepper, 3 T chopped
  • olive oil, 1-2 T
  • onion, 1/2 large sweet, chopped
  • onion, yellow cooking, 3 T chopped

  1. Sauté finely chopped onion, green bell pepper and garlic in olive oil
  2. Add liquid from a can of black beans and bay leaf
  3. Simmer on very low heat for 20 minutes
  4. Add beans to warm but not cook them
  5. Garnish with chopped sweet onion

    Serve plain or over yellow rice (I use Vigo brand).

    If you don't have black beans, you can substitute any other kind and they will taste great with this recipe.

    You can also chop or blend the finished product and serve cold as a chip dip.

    I like to add a cup of water, 1 t chicken bouillon, and if I have any leftovers, chicken and rice from the chicken dinner I often serve with these beans.


    Tuesday, March 30, 2010


    • Chicken breasts, boneless, 4, diced in chunks or strips (or any meat you like)
    • Chinese water chestnuts, 1 can, sliced and drained (I use the drained liquid when I cook the rice)
    • Garlic cloves, minced, 2-4 (to taste)
    • Mushrooms, button, sliced, about ½ c (canned or fresh)
    • Olive oil, 1-2 T
    • Onion, 1 hot, yellow, medium, slivered
    • Sesame oil 1 T
    • Sesame seeds, toasted
    • Sugar
    • Soy sauce 1-2 T
    • Veggies – broccoli, snow peas, sweet sugar peas, scallions, bell peppers, bok choy, …whatever greens you like, cut thin enough to sauté easily
    • Rice, white or brown, 1 c: I buy Lundberg Sushi Rice and cook according to directions adding sugar or Splenda and rice wine vinegar all of which are in the grocery store. This rice sticks together like rices in the sushi restaurants. It's wonderful!
    • Rice wine vinegar
    1. Put olive and sesame oil in a wok or big fry pan (add more oil as needed)
    2. Saute diced chicken breast chunks until done and slightly browned
    3. Remove from pan and set aside
    4. Sauté slivered onion and garlic cloves in wok on low heat
    5. Remove from pan and set aside
    6. Add veggies and saute until done
    7. Add water chestnuts, stir gently
    8. Re-add all cooked ingredients until all is warmed, tossing gently, then add some soy sauce, sprinkle on sesame seeds and serve over rice with some soy sauce as a condiment
    9. Serves 4 - correct ingredients to serving size desired
    This was given to me by my dear friend Margaret. All our kids loved this. You can use a regular fry pan if you don't have a wok. It is very tasty and mild.


    • beans, can of red drained
    • pork loin, center cut fillet
    • rice, Zatarain's red beans and rice
    • steak seasoning, Canadian or Montreal
    1. place loin on a plate
    2. dust with steak seasoning
    3. grill with lid closed until internal temp gets to 160 degrees or oven bake according to the package directions if you don't have a grill.
    4. prepare rice
    5. stir in a can of red beans when rice is done and let sit for 5 minutes before serving with stove turned off to warm the beans
    You can substitute the rice and the bean type as I did here but I do prefer the red beans over any others.

    These pork loins come in vacuum sealed packages and there are different flavors. I like the Lemon Garlic but you can choose anything you like. They are very lean, tender and delicious.

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010


    • brown sugar, 1 T
    • butter, 2 T
    • butternut squash,1 
    • ginger and nutmeg, ground
    • salt and pepper
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
    2. Slice squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds
    3. Place cut side up on cookie sheet
    4. Melt butter and brown sugar together
    5. Spread in squash cavities 
    6.  Sprinkle with ginger and nutmeg 
    7. Bake 40 minutes  
    I separate the seeds from the pulp, bake them the last 5 minutes on a cookie sheet and throw them outside for the birds.If you have leftover squash, you can blend it and make soup by adding water and chicken bouillon to the blended squash.
    How this should look

      prepare to bake

    ready with butter and sugar added

    sprinkle on spices

    done, oops, I ate one!


    Wednesday, March 17, 2010



    This recipe reminds me of the one my mother-in-law Peg used to make on Sunday....George says this too as she was his mom! channeling Peg ;)
    • *aluminum foil, heavy duty
    • beef chuck roast, about 3 1/2 lbs, sides trimmed
    • beef broth, 1 c
    • carrot, 1 small, chopped
    • celery, 1 rib, chopped
    • **chef’s thermometer
    • chicken broth, 1 c
    • Dutch oven with lid
    • garlic, 3 cloves, chopped
    • olive oil, 2 T
    • onion, 1 medium, chopped
    • paprika, 1 T
    • pepper, 1/8 t, fresh ground
    • salt, 1/2 t
    • sugar, 2 t
    • thyme, 1 sprig fresh or 1/8 t dried
    • Uncle Ben’s Original Recipe Long Grain and Wild Rice or potatoes 
    • water
    • wine, red, 1/4 c

    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
    2. Dry roast with paper towels
    3. Sprinkle trimmed roast with paprika on all sides
    4. Heat olive oil in Dutch oven over medium high heat until shimmering (not smoking)
    5. Brown meat 15 minutes on all sides (reduce heat if it starts smoking)
    6. Transfer roast to plate and set aside
    7. Reduce heat to medium
    8. Add carrot, celery, and onion and cook, stirring occasionally until brown, 6-8 minutes
    9. Add garlic and sugar, cook another minute
    10. Add beef and chicken broths and thyme, stir to scrape bottom of pan
    11. Return roast to pan and add enough water to come half way up sides of roast
    12. Bring liquid to simmer, then place foil over pan to seal it tightly and cover it again with pan lid
    13. Transfer pan to oven
    14. Cook 3 1/2 - 4 hours (internal temp should be 200-210 degrees)
    15. Transfer meat to plate and cover with foil
    16. Skim fat off liquid in pan, discard thyme sprig, bring to boil and reduce to 1 ½ cups, about 8 minutes
    17. Add red wine and simmer about 2 minutes
    18. Season with salt and pepper and serve with pan liquids

    This will melt in your mouth! I serve this with Uncle 

    Ben’s Original Recipe Long Grain and Wild Rice to 

    which I add a small hot onion chopped and chicken 

    bouillon as it cooks. Sometimes I use Lundberg 

    Christmas Rice, a red wehani rice with a slightly nutty 


    If I don't have any thyme, I substitute rosemary. If I 

    only have one kind of broth then that's what I use for 

    the two cups of broth.

    Do NOT use anything but a CHUCK roast for this.

    I use rice but potatoes are good, too and something 

    green like green beans or a salad are nice sides to this 


    I think you'll LOVE is so good, so tender, kind 

    of like pulled pork. The only tedious part is chopping 

    up the veggies that go in with the meat. They are NOT 

    the sides for the meal but are in the sauce that 


    *The secret of this is to cover the open pot tightly 

    with the aluminum foil AND then put on the pot lid 

    as it makes the meat extra moist and flavorful, rather 
    than just with the pot lid alone.

    ** I recommend using a small chef’s thermometer to 

    check the internal temp of the meat.

    Err on the side of cooking it longer rather than shorter 

    as it becomes better and better that way. 

    Should look like this:

    Brown the meat

    Brown the meat sides

    Set meat aside

     Gather veggies

    Chop veggies

    Brown veggies

    Gather garlic

    Three cloves

    Slice lengthwise,

    then cut across

    Chopped garlic

    Veggies done

    Add broths

    Ready to add meat

    Add the meat

    Cover tightly with foil

    Cover and place in oven

    Monday, March 15, 2010

    Cooking Tidbit - Know How

    Gosh, how do you know how to cook...if you do? how do I know how to cook? what if you don't have a clue how to cook? 

    I never really thought much about this before I started this blog. I think we are influenced from a very early age about whether we even can cook as well as if we are doing well as novice cooks. Think about that any time you have an opportunity to have a very young person in your kitchen. Is it, "Watch out! hot! don't touch the stove! get away!" or is it, "It's hot, and I am here to teach you how to be careful around the stove so that you can learn to cook safely. You're smart and I know you can do it. I won't let you get hurt." Attitude can make all the difference in how you feel about cooking and in how you may influence someone else to feel about their ability, no matter what their age.

    I am not a chef. I am not a professional. I am a humble housewife cook. Those are my roots, my beginnings and I am very proud of them. My very early memory is learning to cook from my mom, Adrienne. She would teach me and she would also tell me where the recipe came from, especially if it was one from her family or the neighborhood when she was growing up, which was pretty much an immigrant neighborhood of many peoples from other places than our country. My parents were both first-born Americans, their parents having migrated from Canada and England. Because my mom loved to cook, she also took the time to learn the recipes from her mother-in-law, Mary Jane, who was English, so I am very lucky to have gotten some of those treasured recipes in addition to the French recipes from my mom's side of the family. She also gave me the recipes of her mother, Zoe, who she lost to cancer when she was only fifteen years old. My mother had to learn to be my mother without the benefit of watching how her mother mothered. She had to become a "mother" to her younger siblings at fifteen. There were nine children and  she was about in the middle so there were younger ones to raise and she, who was a good student and loved school, quit to help my grandfather raise the children. She never graduated from high school. She never let me forget it and she was the one who made sure I graduated from college. She gave me an education college never could have and I will never forget it. I am always grateful. Thank you mom! I love you! Her recipes are my treasure.

    In addition, when I married in 1965, I had the supreme pleasure of having the most wonderful mother-in-law ever, Peg. She never said a critical word or looked askance at anything I did. She also gave me some wonderful recipes which I still make for my husband, George, to this day. Thank you, Peg. I love you!

    So, I say to you, get your recipes where you can but try to get some from a dear one to you. Why? because, somehow,they are there with you when you are cooking their recipe. It is truly magic....not to be missed in your life. Love to you, Linda

    Sunday, March 14, 2010


    Postpartum Birth Warrior Chicken Soup for the Soul

    This soup is a shot in the arm to postpartum mothers, so use only pure, organic, free range, local, when possible, ingredients.

    This soup is also excellent for anyone who is convalescing from anything!!
    It is very healing.

    • bay leaf, 1
    • carrots a handful baby cut up (or 3-4 big carrots)
    • celery stalks -1,2 chopped (optional)
    • Chicken -1 already prepped rotisserie from the grocery store – remove skin, use all the parts of the chicken: legs, breasts, wings, back, etc - anywhere there's meat, pull it off
    • chicken stock, 1 box (32 oz) or cans of the liquid or use 1 t. Better Than Boullion chicken flavor per each cup of water
    • greens,1 bunch, de-stemmed and cut into 1" pieces (you could use collard, mustard, spinach, kale too or a blend of greens – I use frozen chopped spinach)
    • garlic - 4-5 cloves, minced
    • Olive oil, 2 T.
    • onion - 2 white or yellow, diced
    • pasta,1 handful of (tube pasta or egg noodles)
    • poultry seasoning blend - dash
    • red pepper flakes - to taste
    • salt & fresh ground pepper – to taste
    • thyme, dry – dash
    • water - 2-3 cups

    1) Look at your chicken & thank it for giving its life for your meal, then, pick over the chicken to get all the good meat off, set aside.

    2) Heat up a couple T. olive oil in a deep pot on med-high heat - sauté onion for a minute or two, then add garlic, stirring often so it doesn't burn.

    3) Saute onion & garlic for a few minutes add chopped carrots & cook for a few minutes until slightly tender. Add chopped celery at this point if you have it.

    4) Add stock & let come to a “gentle” boil

    5) contemplate the chicken - thank it for coming into your meal with selflessness. Breathe deeply.

    6) Add chicken and some water, let get back to high heat

    7) Watch as all the flavors magically meld together and create your meal. Thank all the parts of this soup for nourishing the heart and soul. Breathe deeply.

    8) Add herbs and seasonings - thank mother earth for bringing such rich flavor to your soup. - you might need to add 1-2 t. of salt, depending on your taste.

    9) Allow soup to cook on med-low heat for 15-20 minutes until all flavors are mingling. Breathe deeply.

    10) Add the greens (it will look like too much at first, but greens cook down to NOTHING - don't be afraid of the mound of greens). Give the greens a chance to cook down first, then add more water or stock if necessary.

    11) Add pasta last - your soup will be piping hot at this point and the pasta will cook fast. Give it 5 minutes to bathe in the soup before serving.

    This soup freezes well. Fill up a quart jar, leaving at least an inch at top as the soup will expand. Thaw in the fridge for about 24 hours before heating soup.

    This soup recipe was submitted by Lanell Coultas, Birthing From Within Mentor, Austin, TX