Dry Beans and Legumes Cooking Chart

Andrea Meyers - Dry Beans and Lentils

I will use canned beans in a pinch because they are convenient, but increasingly I cook dry beans from scratch because I control the ingredients, such as the amount of salt which is often high in canned beans. I also prefer the flavor of freshly cooked beans over canned, though possibly the best reason is… 

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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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Creamy Polenta (Grits) with Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions

Andrea Meyers - Creamy Polenta (Grits) with Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions

There’s something about cool air and the color of autumn leaves that causes me to start craving comfort foods. I start adding soups and roasted vegetables to our weekly menu, which will often include grits and polenta. I like my grits both savory and sweet, and this simple bowl of homey grits and mushrooms hits… 

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Skillet Chicken with Orzo and Tomatoes

Andrea Meyers - Skillet Chicken with Orzo and Tomatoes

Last week we quickly harvested the last of our summer garden just before the night temperatures plunged into the 30s. We had baskets full of fresh basil to process and share with friends. I chopped and froze a bunch of tomatoes, threw several in this dish, and our kitchen counters are still completely covered with… 

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Mu Shu Pork Lettuce Wraps

Andrea Meyers - Mu Shu Pork Lettuce Wraps

“Mommy, you know me so well!” That’s what I hear from Top Gun every time I tell him that we are having Chinese food for dinner. Seeing the excitement on his face always make me smile and feel happy that I’m making his favorite dishes, and that he has an adventurous palate and likes a… 

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Beef Fajitas with Lime Beer Marinade

Andrea Meyers - Beef Fajitas with Lime Beer Marinade

So far our garden is doing very well. The tomato plants are hanging heavy with fruit, the basil plants are bushy, and some of the peppers have started turning yellow, purple, and red. With all the vegetables coming in from the garden now, we are busy harvesting each day, and cooking and putting up what… 

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Grilled Pork Chops with Tandoori Spice Rub

Andrea Meyers - Grilled Pork Chops with Tandoori Spice Rub

It took a while, but I finally brainwashed my boys. When I make grilled pork chops, instead of grousing they now cheer, “Yay! We’re having chicken!” In my defense, I have never ever fibbed and said that we were eating one thing when it was actually another, but I’m pretty sure they got the idea… 

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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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Grilled Chicken Sliders with Mango Avocado Salsa and Mexican Slaw (The Kids Cook Monday)

Andrea Meyers - Grilled Chicken Sliders with Mango Avocado Salsa and Mexican Slaw

Weekly dinners at Casa Meyers can be a challenge with juggling the family schedule, and I try to keep things as easy as possible, including cleanup (my least favorite part). Some kind of Mexican food is on our menu every week, and it’s always a favorite for our boys. For our latest Mexican meal we… 

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Baked Curry Chicken with Tomatoes and Cilantro Raita

Andrea Meyers - Baked Curry Chicken with Tomatoes and Cilantro Raita

I adore flavorful baked chicken recipes, especially when they are easy, and it hardly gets easier or more flavorful than this baked curry chicken. I adapted this from a recipe in Ten, by Sheila Lukins. Her version mimics tandoori chicken with only a little sauce and feeds a crowd, but my family likes sauce, the… 

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