Sausage and White Bean One Pot Stir-fry

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I usually buy Polska Kielbasa to make Jambalaya, but I didn’t feel like making that. I wanted something simpler so I looked in my refrigerator and found cabbage and sweet bell peppers. I also had a can of white cannellini beans in my pantry. It sounded like a winning recipe, so I got started.

This makes a mild tasting one pot stir-fry dish. If you want to add some pizzaz to it, provide some hot sauce. It’s a very healthy dish, and of course, you could substitute other sausages, like German or Italian.

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Coleslaw with Microwave Boiled Dressing

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To Boil or Not to Boil

The good thing about boiled dressing and cabbage is that once the hot dressing hits the cabbage, it immediately wilts it. That’s a good thing if you sometimes don’t want your coleslaw to feel like eating tasty tree trunks. The other good thing about a boiled dressing is that the coleslaw has to refrigerate to get to serving temperature, and while it’s doing that it’s absorbing all that flavor.

Coleslaw made with mayonnaise dressing is great, too, especially if you have other vegetables like carrots, or fruit, like raisins or pineapple in it. Then you don’t want to necessarily use a hot dressing. The hot dressing is also a lot richer than its cold brethren.

Too Hot to Boil Anything!

Considering it’s a holiday, I wanted to have the richness, but I also didn’t feel like standing over a hot stove. Well, I came up with a solution. The Microwave is my friend, and your coleslaw’s friend, too. Boiled Dressing without the fuss!

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Go Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

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Go Green for Saint Patrick’s Day Recipes

Going Green for Saint Patrick’s Day does not mean putting green food coloring in beer and calling it a day. There are so many more creative ways of eating green food, and no, it’s not all vegetables!

Fresh Basil and Pine Nut Pesto
Spring is here and basil is in abundance. There is nothing like the flavor of pesto made with real pine nuts, good olive oil, good Parmesan and fresh basil. This will keep in your refrigerator for quite a while, if you even manage to have any left.
Avocado Fries
Oh my goodness! You don’t know what you are missing. Avocado fries are just the best little bites of heaven. Use avocados that are almost ripe, because frying them softens them up a bit.
Hot Tin Roof Salad
It looks impressive, and it is impressive. The Hot Tin Roof Salad is a composed salad that makes a complete meal with a nice glass of your favorite wine.
Guacamole
Here’s what I have to say about guacamole. Please don’t put garlic in it! Garlic has strong flavor that hides the delicate taste of the avocado. Don’t put a can of peas in to stretch it – people can tell they are eating peas! Since you are adding onions, cilantro, chili pepper and tomato, you don’t have to use Haas avocados. Try one of the other avocado varieties, like Fuentes.
“Snake” Pie
Please, please, there is NO snake in snake pie! It’s actually any kind of pie you want to make, with the top crust cut out in shamrocks and the sides shaped into a snake.
Kiwi Lime Cupcakes
Have you seen these on Pinterest? I’ll bet you have. I made these for Spane’s 3rd grade class, and they were quite the hit.
Veggie Potato Bake
Need to feed quite a few folks? This recipe for Veggie Potato Bake can feed a lot of people depending on how much you make. Enjoy!
Poached Salmon Cactus Tacos
No, the tortillas are not dyed green, they are made from cactus, and you can find them in some Hispanic markets, or believe it or not, the 99 Cents Only stores.
Colcannon
I make this famous Irish dish a lot. What’s not to like? Everyone loves mashed potatoes, add some sautéed cabbage to be healthy, green onions for flavor, and some white cheddar to make it special!

Apartment Vegetable Garden

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Has this happened to you? Have you had a vegetable start growing roots in your refrigerator? Green onions have done that to me numerous times, and I have always thrown the root part out. This time when that happened, I said “If you can live in my refrigerator, then you can live outside in dirt.”

We live in an apartment, and we don’t have a patio or yard, and yet I have always wanted to grow at least some of my own food. Well, Charlie, as my friend called him, started me on our apartment vegetable garden. I will be updating this post regularly as the vegetables grow.

We already had a basil plant that was doing fine living on top of the outside of the air conditioner. We even named her Lucille, but her name is pronounced the way that Little Richard did it in his song by the same name, Lucille. I have provided a video if you don’t remember it.

My good friend, who is the director of United States Soldiers Assistance Center and board member of Heal Children with Cancer Worldwide, suggested I use an unused dresser drawer for my garden. She was right, and the garden is doing fine.

Apartment Vegetable Garden

Apartment Vegetable Garden


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Homemade Charcoal Chimney Starter, Burgers Topped with Cheddar and Coleslaw

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Raleigh Burger - Coleslaw Cheddar on a Kaiser Roll

Raleigh Burger – Coleslaw Cheddar on a Kaiser Roll

There used to be a wonderful coffee-shop in Santa Monica called Nick’s. One day, I went in there and ordered something called a Nick Burger. It had coleslaw and swiss cheese on it. It was so juicy you had to eat it over the plate. It became my favorite burger, and tonight, I decided to recreate it, with a little zip.

I’ve been becoming very brave of late with my Weber. First I started out with Match Light coals because they were pre-soaked, and easy to get started. Then, I graduated to using charcoal fluid and regular coals. Then today, I realized I had run out of fluid, and the corner store was closed. I knew that there are specially made charcoal chimney starters, and I thought I could make one from scratch. It wasn’t difficult at all making a homemade charcoal chimney starter. No more relying on charcoal fluid for me!

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Mexican Feast – Coleslaw, Black Bean Dip and Taquitos with White Sauce

Mexican Feast

Mexican Feast

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This afternoon when I was at the local store, I had a taste for Mexican food. I already had frozen taquitos in my freezer (I’m too lazy to make them myself), so all I needed was avocado. Well, surprise, surprise my little store didn’t have any, so I decided to make the white sauce similar to the fish taco white sauce at Rubio’s.

I also had some cabbage in the refrigerator. I love cabbage and it’s very good with Mexican food. I picked up a can of black beans so I could make the same black bean dip I used for my Black Bean Tacos.

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