Best Ever Black Bean Soup for Instant Pot

So, you don’t want to wait all day for Best Ever Black Bean Soup? I can’t blame you! Maybe you still need to pick up some ingredients, or just don’t like leaving the slow cooker on when you’re not home, or maybe you just like how little clean-up is needed with your Instant Pot. Fear…

Broccolini Farro Salad

Can we have this every night? It’s that good! As with many of my favorite recipes, this one originated at Smitten Kitchen. I rarely tweak anything from that site — Deb Perelman is just that brilliant — but here I opted for broccolini rather than broccoli. It’s a bit sweeter, and the stems are more tender. Otherwise, it’s…

Homemade Hummus

Hummus is one of my favorite foods of all time. I can vividly recall the first time I ever had it. Yes, there was a dark time in the US of A when “international foods” involved a bottle of Kraft salad dressing or a can of Campbell’s soup and a couple of pinches of something…

Dal (Instant Pot)

Here’s my Slow Cooker Dal recipe, reworked for making it in the Instant Pot. The IP user manual stresses that the pot shouldn’t be filled more than halfway “when cooking foods that expand during cooking such as grains, beans, and dried vegetables.” Lentils don’t expand as much as dried beans do, but I decided I’d better cut the…

Homemade Lasagna

“Lasagna: the world’s most perfect food!” — Garfield (Jim Davis) There are no two ways about it, lasagna is a labor of love. Whether you’re making it for someone you love, or because you really love lasagna, I can’t imagine making lasagna with indifference. If I just wanted pasta with sauce, I’d make spaghetti or…

Apple-Barley Chickpea Curry

Colorful, delicious curry! I started developing this easy recipe several years ago. I recall making it several times, adjusting the seasonings and refining the instructions, but never being quite satisfied. It went on the back burner, so to speak, for a few years. Long enough ago that I can’t remember what put the idea in…

Three-Bean Chili For A Crowd (Slow Cooker)

  Nothing beats a hot bowl of chili on a blustery winter day. Plenty of things are tied, mind you, such as Homemade Hot Cocoa, French Honey Bread, and Beef Stew. But did you ever notice that chili is just as delicious in hot weather? There’s something about spicy food that makes you feel warmer in the winter and…

Garlicky Pasta With Beans and Broccoli Rabe

​This is one of our favorite Meatless Monday dishes. So much flavor for so little effort! It’s an adaptation of a recipe I first saw on Smitten Kitchen, one of my favorite food blogs. I rarely tweak anything Deb publishes, as she’s brilliant and always spot-on. Really, all I’ve done is add the beans for…