Navy Bean Soup

There are a lot of different recipes out there for Navy Bean Soup. I guess I never really knew what it was, despite having eaten it, or something similar many times. I happen to really enjoy ham and bean soup, bean and bacon soup, and so on. I think these are closely related to Navy … Read more

Red Enchilada Sauce

I wanted to call this recipe “Authentic Red Enchilada Sauce”, but I am not sure if it is actually an authentic Mexican recipe or not. It is, however, very tasty. This recipe is actually a combination of a couple I found on the internet, written by ladies who moved to the United States from Mexico, … Read more

Hamburger Pie

I got this recipe from my mom. I have no idea where she got it, but I remember her making it when I was a kid. I always remembered how delicious it was. It is a very simple recipe to make, is a complete meal by itself, and really is very tasty and filling. Ingredients: … Read more

Cast-Iron Cookware…Should I Avoid It?

Cast-iron cookware has been around for many years. There are some benefits to using it for certain foods. There are also some drawbacks to it as well. I personally love cooking with cast iron. So let’s dig into the pros and cons of cast iron cookware. What Is So Special About Cast Iron? The truth … Read more

Cookbooks…How Many Do You Really Need?

I cannot tell you how many times I have been to a book store, looking for one thing, and somehow find myself in the cookbook section. I have bought a few. I was given quite a few by my mom. And then I inherited a large number of them when my mom passed away. Needless … Read more

Kitchen Safety-Pay Attention to What You Are Doing

I have talked about several things geared toward someone just getting started cooking. I have talked about kitchen gadgets, cookware, and even how to cook on a tight budget. What I have not talked about is safety. Think about this for a second. You are using heat, whether electric or gas, sharp knives, foods that … Read more

Calico Beans

This is my own recipe. I have a recipe somewhere that my mom gave me, but I couldn’t find it. I checked out a few recipes online, and then just kind of went with my own variation. I made these in an enameled cast-iron Dutch oven on the stove. You can bake them in the … Read more

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

From Wikipedia: Red beans and rice is an emblematic dish of Louisiana Creole cuisine (not originally of Cajun cuisine) traditionally made on Mondays with red beans,[1] vegetables (bell pepper, onion, and celery), spices (thyme, cayenne pepper, and bay leaf) and pork bones as left over from Sunday dinner, cooked together slowly in a pot and … Read more

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

This is my modification of a recipe from The Cajun Ninja. He has a Pinterest site, as well as Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. I took his recipe and made a few modifications to suit my taste. Here is what I came up with. Ingredients: 1 stick of unsalted butter 1 cup of all-purpose flour 1 … Read more