White Chicken Chili for the Slow Cooker or Crockpot®

By Heather Solos | February 8, 2012

Heather says: Last month Deneice, a member of the Home Ec 101 Community*, shared several of her recipes with me, including a recipe for white chicken chili. This simple recipe is easily adaptable to use what is in your refrigerator and pantry. Deneice’s recipe  called for lima and cannellini beans, but as I had neither I…

No Tomato Chili Recipe

Sue Polinsky’s No Tomato Chili Recipe

By Heather Solos | December 22, 2011

Heather says: When it comes to chili, I’m not picky, really. There have been very few chili recipes I’ve met that I haven’t enjoyed. That said, I know how some of you feel about chili, there are those who feel it isn’t chili if it contains: [insert ingredient here]. I’m just happy when you share…

Silky Smooth Green Pea Soup Recipe

By Bobbie | December 7, 2011

Bobbie says: Now is the perfect time of year for hearty soups to warm the body and spirit. Served with bread (homemade or from the store) and perhaps a salad, this thick, creamy soup makes a great lunch or light supper, and pea soup is surprisingly easy to make from scratch. Once upon a time,…

What to Do With Dried Beans: An Ask the Audience

By Heather Solos | December 6, 2011

Dear Home-Ec 101, I’m hoping you will have a couple of ideas – we stocked up on a bunch of pantry things before going car-free, and I now have a surplus of every kind of dried bean, and no clue what to do with them. I’m hoping to find a few good main dish recipes,…

Last-Minute Bean and Corn Salad Recipe

By Bobbie | July 22, 2011

Bobbie says: Have you ever been almost, but not quite, ready to serve dinner when a giant light bulb goes on over your head (so brightly that everyone in the room gets an instant tan) because you suddenly realized that all you actually have prepared for dinner is grilled chicken and potatoes? Or burgers on…

Lentil Burgers

By Heather Solos | January 10, 2011

Heather says: In our house we try to keep meatless Monday in the rotation, but before we get into the recipe itself, let’s get one thing straight. You aren’t ever going to convince an omnivore that a lentil burger is just like a real hamburger. Just get that out of your head right now, it’s…

Hoppin’ John

By Heather Solos | December 27, 2010

Heather says: In my corner of the south, Hoppin’ John is a traditional New Year’s dish believed to bring good luck. I’m not superstitious, but some traditions, like this one appeal to me. Every year on New Year’s Day we serve Hoppin’ John, collard greens, and cornbread. Hoppin’ John is a nice, flavorful version of…

Important Info for Cooking Dried Beans in a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker

By Heather Solos | September 29, 2010

Heather says: Yesterday when I wrote the post on how to cook with dried beans, I had that nagging feeling, you know the one that says I was forgetting something important. It turns out I was, I edited it into yesterday’s post, but I wanted to be sure everyone saw the update. Unless you are…

How to Cook with Dried Beans

By Heather Solos | September 28, 2010

Dear Home Ec 101, I thought if anyone might have the answer to my questions about dried beans, it would be you – I need a “definitive” guide to dealing with dried beans. So far, my Internet and even cookbook searches always yield really varied results.  Should I add salt? Vinegar? Baking soda? None of…

Collard Greens and Northern Beans

By Heather Solos | December 9, 2009

Heather says: The North and South get along just fine when there is bacon involved. I’m hoping to begin adding more recipes that focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables. Here’s to the first of many. Don’t be too heavy handed with the cheese, in this case it is just an accent, just let the smoky…





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