Category Archives: Beans

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans

Adapted from an America’s Test Kitchen recipe

When Jan asked for chicken mole for her birthday, the email at the top of my list was from America’s Test Kitchen with a video about chicken mole and drunken beans. The beans sounded like a good side dish for the mole, so I decided to make it myself.

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans

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Karl’s Quick Turkey Chili

Jan is on a soft food diet—nothing where she has to bite with her front teeth—and I have spent the last two weeks thinking up interesting foods that she can still eat. She decided that chili with small bits  of vegetables and meat would fit the bill. Although I would prefer beef or pork chili, she has asked for ground turkey.

Karl’s Quick Turkey Chili

Karl’s Quick Turkey Chili

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Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas

Jan had brought some ghost chili products back from a trip to Monterey. As a result, I was doing a Cal-Mex cuisine Sunday dinner. I did not want the usual beans and rice, so I decided to make enchiladas.

Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas

Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas

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Hopi Pinto Beans and Hominy

Jan recently came back from Hopi, and had high praise for Hopi beans and hominy. I decided to do a Hopi/Southwestern Indian meal for last Sunday. In addition, to Hopi beans and hominy, I am making Southwestern Indian chicken and blue corn tortillas.

Hopi Pinto Beans and Hominy

Hopi Pinto Beans and Hominy

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Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

I roasted a chicken with the express intent of having a carcass to make bone broth later in the week. When the kids decided not to come for dinner, I was left with more than the usual amount of leftovers. After the first meal, I made tacos with the breast meat. With the bits that remained I made this soup.

Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

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Karl’s Weekday Beef Chili

I like slow cooked chili with tender chunks of beef, sometimes I just want a quick meal for a weekday. While I have been known to simply use a brand name chili, occasionally I like to go just a step further. This may take a few more minutes than simply opening a can, but the flavor is worth the effort.

Karl’s Weekday Quick Beef Chili II

Karl’s Weekday Quick Beef Chili II

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Karl’s Three Bean Salad

I bought a Safeway ham the other day and I was thinking about a weekday dinner. I wanted something other than my usual sweet potatoes and steamed green beans to go with the ham. I decided what I needed was a dish that covered both my starch and vegetable. Three bean salad seemed the way to go.

Karl's Three Bean Salad

Karl’s Three Bean Salad

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Karl’s Santa Maria-Style Beans III

This Sunday is son-in-law Chris’ birthday. We settled on Santa Maria tri-tip and the main course. Santa Maria-Style beans are a required side dish for this main dish.

Karl’s Santa Maria-Style Beans III

Karl’s Santa Maria-Style Beans III

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Karl’s Guinness Ham and Beans

Jan asked for this dish in the morning, as a result, I was not able to pre-soak my beans overnight. This left me with the “quick soak” method—bring a pot of water and beans to a boil and then let them rest for an hour off the heat. My variation to this method is that I make a rich ham broth and then soak the beans in this flavorful, salty liquid.

Karl’s Guinness Ham and Beans

Karl’s Guinness Ham and Beans

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Karl’s Weekday Quick Beef Chili

While I like slow cooked chili with tender chunks of beef, I sometimes just want a quick meal for a weekday. While I have been known to simply use a brand name chili, sometimes I like to go just a step further. This may take a few more minutes than simply opening a can, but the flavor is worth the effort.

Karl’s Weekday Quick Beef Chili

Karl’s Weekday Quick Beef Chili

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