Smoky Bean Soup

spoonful of soup resting on side of the bowl

Reminiscent of canned bean with bacon soup — without the bacon or the can! — this Smoky Bean Soup is an economical and filling, without much fuss. If you grew up eating soup from cans with red labels, you may have been a fan of Bean with Bacon soup. I know I was. I can […]

Make Your Own Spice Mixes to Add Zest & Flavor

Make your own spice mixes to add zest and flavor and to save money! Making your own custom spice blends allows you great flavor without the expense. When you open my spice cupboard, you’ll find rows of little bottles of herbs and spices and bulk containers of herbs and spices, but you’ll also find mason […]

Carne Asada Recipe

Enjoy the smoky, savory goodness of homemade carne asada that you marinate yourself. With this carne asada recipe, you can avoid the unhealthy additives of commercial marinades and focus on real food flavor. I grew up in Southern California, with tacos and tortillas regular staples in our home just as much as peanut butter and jelly. My parents […]

Basic Spice Blend

Making your own custom spice blends is a great way to add flavor to your meals. This basic spice blend is a great all-purpose mix. You know how much I love making my own spice blends, right? It’s like a hobby of mine. I find that I can make my own seasoning mixes cheaper, tastier, […]

Favorite Slow Cooker Pot Roast

A slow cooker pot roast is a welcome sight on a cold and busy evening. The slow braise allows the flavors to develop, making this one of my favorite recipes. When I was a newlywed, slow cookers did not have a great reputation. They were as outdated as the avocado-colored refrigerators they were designed to […]