baked beans with mesquite

To master a pot of baked beans – with or without the pork – is to master capture-a-cowboy – with or without the chuck wagon! There’s just something to be said for the appeal of a cowboy – especially a naughty one – sigh! I’m back – right, the beans – the main ingredient is time – and maybe that’s why I haven’t captured one yet! Along with the beans, a little bacon (if you’re going there), a little savoury and a little sweet – you’ll be savin’ a cow and ridin’ some beans! But by all means serve these up alongside a mess of grilled burgers, brisket, sliders & slaw – nothing like beans slopped on a bun with a burger, brisket and slaw to finish it (including you) off!

baked beans/finished dish

And remember – just ’cause you put your boots in the oven, that don’t make ‘em biscuits! So cowboy up or go sit in the truck – let’s make ourselves a pot ‘o beans, ’cause no matter what you’ve heard –  a cowgirls work is never done – but it’s close, if you rustle up a pot of baked beans! So get ready – you’ll be all over this like a chicken on a June bug! I believe I just channeled Dolly Parton and I’m doin’ it waaaay past 5! Now don’t make me get out my cattle prod – go bake some beans!

corn on the cob with garlic & lime

corn roasted in a pan with citrus

Corn and the cob can be enjoyed like it came hot off the grill, but didn’t! Thanks to a hot pan, you can roast it to caramelized perfection, as if it did. It sears up beautifully right on your stove-top, ready for whatever you’d like to throw at it.

cornmeal cakes with bacon, scallions & corn

cornbread cakes/feature

What better way to enjoy your veggies than folded into a batter headed for a hot pan to become a nice crisp cake or fritter!

black olives seared in lemon, garlic & herbs

black olives seared in olive oil feature

Canned black olives get a complete makeover with the simple addition of lemon, garlic and fresh herbs. And it doesn’t stop there – the whole load gets dumped into a ho pan to sear and caramelize, transforming the canned variety to rival the souped up ones from the deli.

tomato soup roasted italian-style

roasted tomato soup/feature

Roasting tomatoes before they turn into soup is the only way to make tomato soup – along with a few cloves of garlic, an onion and a little olive oil – you will be enjoying an intense tomato flavour you never thought possible.

ricotta with herbs

Making ricotta at home from a pot full of heated milk with a little cream (or not), laced with a shot of vinegar, strained through cheesecloth and what’s left is homemade ricotta – instant cheese waiting for any flavour combo you can imagine!

granola bar bits & pieces

granola bar bits & bites

Granola bars are a quick and easy thing to put together at home, and bits & pieces is even easier. So do yourself a favour, bypass the calorie-laden options at the grocery store and put together a little granola bar action in your very own kitchen

wild rice salad with toasted nuts & grapes

wild rice salad

Wild rice in a salad is a great way to enjoy this pricey seed – cook up a cup or two , and have it on hand to toss into all sorts of dishes – soups, omelettes, frittatas, muffins, cookies, pancakes, crêpes – enjoy it in combination to extend your stash!

banana bread with olive oil, cranberries & chia seeds

banana bread with olive oil dried cranberries & chia seeds

Banana bread is a classic quick bread with so many possibilities! The add-in possibilities are endless as is your choice of flours, fats and sweeteners. So next time you have over-ripe bananas headed for a batch of bread, don’t miss the opportunity to make it memorable!

dutch baby pancake

dutch baby 10

Make pancakes in one fell swoop with this classic dutch baby recipe! You’ll never make pancakes any other way again!