Let’s Cook: Louisiana White Beans and Smoked Ham

Here’s a traditional Louisiana-style recipe for “White Beans and Smoked Ham.” Although the recipe, “Red Beans & Rice,” is commonly associated with Louisiana cuisine, white beans are served in the South, too. This dish is often found as part of “plate dinners” or on cafeteria lines. White beans are mild flavored — and combined with some seasonings the beans are quite tasty. Dried beans have many health benefits — they are high in fiber (the kind that lowers cholesterol and controls blood sugar) and protein — so I’m trying to eat them more frequently. And a pound of beans makes a large batch — enough for several meals. Continue reading

Luscious Blueberry Pound Cake

It is Mother’s Day today. Here’s an easy and elegant cake for the occasion. The first batch of blueberries on the bushes in my backyard are ready for picking and I decided to bake an blueberry pound cake. This recipe is a simple dessert to make. Last summer my teenage grandson came for to visit; we had a baking session and baked this cake. Continue reading

Spring Green Salad with Jalapeno Pepper Dressing

A salad dressing which is becoming increasingly popular on Louisiana restaurant menus is “Jalapeno Pepper Salad Dressing.” Some variations use red pepper jelly and others Tabasco pepper jelly. I made homemade jalapeno pepper jelly last summer and figured that this would be a good use for own jars of jelly. This salad dressing is a vinaigrette-style of dressing with a sweetness. It complements tart salad green blends nicely.

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