Pasta E Fagioli (Pasta Fazool) (Pasta And Beans)

: : Pasta e fagioli , meaning “pasta and beans”, is a traditional Italian soup, (although beansoup with pasta is served the World over, with different beans, different pasta, meats or seafood and vegetables, and of course different local names). Like many other Italian favorites, including pizza and polenta, it started as a peasant dish, being composed of inexpensive ingredients. It is often […]

Chicken Noodle Soup (Chicken Soup With Carrot-Noodles & Green Beans)

> > > Thanks to its ease of preparation and its wonderful taste and texture, chicken noodle soup in its never-ending varieties is one of the dishes I prepare at least once every week.  🙂 I remember the noodle soups from my youth, which had the same flaw as all other pasta dishes at the […]

Who’s Ball’s Are Prettier Than Mine? – Rice Bowl With Spicy Meatballs, Black Beans & Garbanzo Stew

> > Not all meatballs are created equal. Some are different from others,  some are worse than others, and some are better than others. And then you’ll come across these delicious, juicy, pretty Meatballs here, which are in a class all by themselves. Different? – For sure!  Better? – absolutely! Well, at least that is my […]

Crappy Weather Food – Beef, Beans And Other Stuff

> Hurricane season has finally arrived in Florida, and boy, has it ARRIVED 😦 While God has spared us a hurricane so far, we had constant rainstorms for the past two weeks, resulting in extensive flooding, turning many streets into rivers and parking lots into lakes. Hearty food is the partial answer to that misery, […]

Spinach Wrap With Smoked Spicy Sausage, Coleslaw And Black Beans

Before  I started this post today, I googled “Wrap”, to see some comparison to what I had prepared for dinner. To tell you the truth, almost all of them, especially the ones from food chains, look absolutely gorgeous – well balanced with equal amounts of protein, lettuce and other “Stuff” 🙂 The problem??? Almost all these […]

Shrimp And Black Beans Taco Bowl

> > I do realize that taco bowls are sooo 80’s, but I feel they still look great today, and this piece of once “in” popular food culture deserves a place within the classics we should re-visit once in a while so as not to forget them 🙂 In order to be a bit more […]

Salmon In Beurre Noisette With Beans & Carrots In Honey-Mustard Dressing

> > I pity  the folks who’ll never taste a properly cooked salmon 😦 What a shame to miss-out on he texture of salmon (as well as most other fish and seafood) which has been cooked the old-fashioned way: “Au Pointe”  – to the point (of being done) , perfect doneness. I have written about this a […]

Breakfast Of Champions # 53 – Burrito With Scrambled Eggs, Re-fried Beans And Avocado

> > Today’s  breakfast – another winner, easily whipped up in minutes.  (Assuming you have some leftover re-fried beans at hand). If you don’t, just replace the re-fried beans with sautéed red beans, black beans or even chick peas (garbanzos), seasoned with cumin, kosher salt cayenne, garlic paste and diced onion, which will only just add a […]

Japanese Pork, Korean Rice Cakes And French Beans (Teriyaki Feast)

> > While  the ingredients for this dish (and the cooking methods) are not exactly a traditional combination, for my personal palette they compliment each other perfectly. They are typical for the dishes I prepare for myself at home. On the other hand, would I still cater to guests at a restaurant or at home, […]