greens 'n' beans...

A friend brought me a beautiful big bunch of mustard greens from her garden. They have a good bite, she warned me, but I already knew that. Mustard greens are wonderful, hot and dense in flavor, but they want cooking.Now this is not really the "southern" style of cooking greens, although it could be. You know how my "recipes" are; you can (and I hope you <i>will</i>) change it up to suit yourself! This time I made it vegetarian-style and sort of "Mediterranean" (olive oil, no butter or lard or...) just simple and good.It is a take on an appetizer I had at......more

HOT! A Lesson on Life from Cooking with my Little Girl.

The other day my youngest daughter pulled up a chair to help me cook beans and rice.  I have to let her chop the onions and garlic with a butter knife and help me pick herbs from the garden.  We have fun!  All in all I am pleased that she wants to cook.  She even recently made a raw kale and strawberry salad for her brother.  ...more

Slow Roasted Italian Pork Roast with Rosemary White Beans

This dish is what the Bennett crew calls “pork and beans”.  Most definitely not the traditional pork and beans I grew up on, you know, the kind that is heavily laced with barbeque sauce and lots of smoky bacon.  And although the traditional pork and beans is delicious, this Italian slow roasted pork with rosemary white beans is a lovely and aro...more

On Slightly More Successful Pickled Beans

As part of my ongoing obsession of all things in vinegar, I have revisited bean salad. I finally ate through the last batch which featured two major flaws: Flaw #1: the olive oil in the dressing coagulated when cold (duh) and left a thick layer on top of all the nice beans. (Now that I think about it, I could probably have left them on the countertop un-refrigerated. Hmm. There may well be a Pickled Beans, Volume III coming up.) Flaw #2 was using canned, french-cut green beans....more

Broiled Fish Parmesan (fish, lemon)

I was never a huge fan of fish while I was growing up.  The only time we had fish in our house was during lent and that always consisted of fish sticks and french fries with tons of tartar sauce and ketchup.  Not the healthiest meal, but it served its purpose at the time!...more

Vegan Dream Beans

Most of the time, my dreams are just mental chatter, with no usable content worth remembering, and certainly nothing prophetic. Sometimes I'll wake up humming a song I've never heard before, but I'm not a musician, so I don't try to hold onto those. Sometimes I'll wake up with a phrase or sentence that seems ever-so-sage in the moment, but when I write it down and look at it an hour later, it's just plain silly....more

My sister just asked me the other day for a vegan quinoa she could prepare with ingredients she ...more

It's Time to Talk About It

I'm always amazed at how many people are afraid of one food in particular.  It's not big, threatening or harmful unless not prepared properly (which is quite easy, so no excuses).  The big, scary food is the DRY BEAN.  (cue scary music...dum, dum, duuuummmmm....)...more

Let's Eat

For some reason the Cooking Devas have been talking to me a lot lately. Recipe ideas just fling themselves into my head out of nowhere, and there's nothing to do but write them down and then try them out. Last night I made the best Fettuccine Alfredo ever. No kidding. And totally vegan and healthy. This morning I tried out some oat scones made with quinoa flour. Another success! Then a salad stood up and yelled, "Make me!...more

a chili by any other name…

Today (February 1st) marks the first anniversary of the first andthenmakesoup post. I’m amazed at how quickly the year passed, and that I have yet to make a dent in my recipe files!A big thank you to all my friends (including those I’ve yet to meet in person) for support, comments, on and offline feedback, and especially for putting up with me saying “Wait, wait, don't eat it yet, I have to take a picture of it first!!” I appreciate all of you....more