Black Beans and Pork

by kara on January 10, 2012

I made this recipe before Christmas and am just now getting around to sharing it.   I got a new camera from Courtland for Christmas.   It takes much better pictures than the one above taken by my old camera.  But, I just had to share this recipe.  So good!  And easy.  I put the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning before leaving […]


Huevos Rancheros

by kara on July 11, 2011

Breakfast for dinner frequently occurs at our house.   It’s usually scrambled eggs with chives and toast.  This time, I decided to switch things up and make my own version of Huevos Rancheros from the ingredients in my pantry and refrigerator.   This may not be the classic Huevos Rancheros with a tomato-chili sauce, but I think it turned out quite delicious and satisfying.   In fact, […]


Bean and Bacon Soup

by kara on March 31, 2011

The calendar says it’s spring.  The birds are chirping outside, and the snow is melting.   And yet  I’m still in search for comforting, hearty meals to warm me up.    This soup is always a winner with my guy.  I don’t know any man that doesn’t like bacon.   In an effort to use what was in my fridge, I used […]


Tex-Mex Chili

by kara on November 28, 2010

I’m pretty sure this is my favorite chili.  After Thanksgiving dinner and eating leftovers, this meal was a pleasant alternative.   I’ve made it several times, and always get rave reviews.  I have mixed feelings about Rachel Ray, but I have to give her credit for coming up with a few staple recipes.  This recipe calls for ground beef, but ground turkey could […]


Tunisian Vegetable Stew

by kara on October 14, 2010

My in-laws, Steve and Janet, just moved to Minneapolis, MN from Bismarck, ND and had us over for the first family dinner this weekend.  We have been blessed with summer-like weather and got to sit outside to enjoy our feast.  Steve grilled up some steaks and Janet made a delicious stew from  “Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home,” […]

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Veggie Chili

by kara on September 9, 2010

Fall is in the air.  The Minnesota State Fair is over, the leaves are starting to turn,  and the air is crisp.  Most people who know me are well aware that I love the heat and dislike colder weather (I know. . .why do I live in MN?).  That being said. . .I’m ready for football, cuddling up on the couch […]


Easy Weeknight Meals

by kara on August 26, 2010

I’ve gotten a few requests to post meals that are easy to make during the week.  Black bean tacos and BLTAs (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado) Sandwiches are frequently on our weekly menu at home.  I came up with the bean taco recipe back when I was living by myself and living on a tight budget.  I’ve […]