Jamaican Chicken Stew

Andrea Meyers - Jamaican Chicken Stew

We are big fans of robust Caribbean spices. Allspice, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger are all staples in our pantry and add tons of flavor to both savory and sweet dishes. They are an important part of the iconic jerk spice mix, which we rub all over grilled meats, and they are a perfect addition… 

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From the Pantry: Chana Masala (Cardamom Pods)

Andrea Meyers - Chana Masala

Dishes with beans are some of my favorite vegetarian sources of protein, and I especially like them flavored with many kinds of spices, such as this chana masala (chana = garbanzo beans/chickpeas; masala = spices). If you like Indian food, then chana masala is a must to add to your repertoire because it truly is… 

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Grilled Corn Salad with Black Beans, Tomatoes, and Bell Pepper

Andrea Meyers - Andrea Meyers - Grilled Corn Salad with Black Beans, Tomatoes, and Bell Pepper

I can’t believe it’s already Labor Day weekend. The summer seemed to fly by and suddenly September is here. We’ve been super busy with the garden this year and have hit that time when we know there’s only a month or so left for the summer crops. The tomatoes and peppers are slowing down, the… 

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Southwestern Falafel Sandwich with Guacamole

Andrea Meyers - Southwestern Falafel Sandwich with Guacamole

I remember my first falafel in Saudi Arabia, thinking how it was like a hush puppy, only different. Perhaps a silly response, but it’s true. The texture and flavor are different, but the general idea is the same. Instead of fried balls of soaked cornmeal, it’s fried balls of soaked fava bean or chickpea meal…. 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine with Chickpeas and Root Vegetables

Andrea Meyers - Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine with Chickpeas and Root Vegetables

I spent a couple years working in Saudi Arabia, and when you live in an area so remarkable for such a short amount of time, there will always be opportunities missed. One of the things I wish I had been able to fit in while living in the Middle East was a trip to Morocco…. 

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Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans (Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans

Putting a pot of beans in the slow cooker overnight is a great way to cook a meal and have it ready the next day, and it’s also a good way to get the kids to help make the meal, too. Our son Hockey Guy, 9 years old, helped make a pot of Boston baked… 

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Harissa Hummus

Andrea Meyers - Harissa Hummus

The inspiration for this harissa hummus came while I was devouring an amazing bowl of grilled harissa chicken tagine at Urban PL8 in Atlanta last May. A group of us had gathered there for dinner on the last night of BlogHer Food and everything they brought out was delicious. There’s something about the incredible flavor… 

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Spicy Mexican Black Beans (The Kids Cook Monday)

Spicy Mexican Black Beans (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Some kind of Mexican food is on our menu every week, whether it’s tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, soup, whatever. It’s a meal our boys always look forward to, especially if there’s guacamole, too. We always have beans on the side, black beans being our favorite. We spice them up with onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle… 

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