Suppertime Blues Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a stew of rice, meat, and vegetables with traditional New Orleans spices that is affordable, wholesome, and easy to make. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

Jambalaya is one of my top ten favorite foods. It’s delicious, simple to make, nourishing, and affordable.

Rice with meat, vegetables, and spices. It’s a common combination dish across so many different cultures. The spices vary, to be sure, and the meats and produce are more-or-less based on availability. But the concept is basically the same.

It’s also one of the great answers to the what should I do with these leftovers question.

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Old-fashioned & Homemade Boston Baked Beans

Pot of Boston baked beans sitting on a pot-holder.

Our first adventure with Boston Baked Beans all started one day while sauntering down the back aisle at the grocery store. (We food blog types tend to saunter when surrounded by food.)

And out of the corner of my eye I spied salt pork. From a local (Kansas City) meat company. Calling to me from the refrigerated display case.

I stopped short when I spotted it and grinned. My wife raised one eyebrow and asked simply, “What?”

“I’m thinking New England. Baked beans. Maybe a fish chowder.”

“…?”

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Fagioli e Tonno (beans and tuna)

fagioli e tonno served in a bowl with a side salad

Today, I’d like to share with you a wonderfully simple dish with roots in Tuscany.

Beans and tuna (fagioli e tonno) or beans with tuna (fagioli al tonno), it is the cannellini beans with top billing, always at center stage.

Usually offered as a salad in English cookbooks, I discovered a recipe using big handfuls of herbs and giving it a main dish place at the table and I fell in love.

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