Refried Beans [RECIPE]

Refried beans

A big pot of refried beans are the perfect complement to any Mexican or Tex-Mex meal. Best of all, they’re easy to make! (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Is it possible to serve Mexican food without a big pot of refried beans (aka frijoles)? Well, I guess it’s possible, but not recommended! Not only are they delicious, but they’re nutritious and a great source of fiber too. Plus, they just mix well with a side of Mexican Rice and the left overs are perfect stuffed inside a great big burrito. Best part is, they are easy to make and you can let them cook away while you get other things done. So stop buying that stuff in a can, and make up a batch today! Read more of this post

Cole Slaw [RECIPE]

Cole Slaw

Sweet and delicious, cole slaw is an easy way to add something healthy to your favorite comfort food meal. (Photo by Shihmei Barger 舒詩玫, Flickr)

Cole slaw is a Southern staple. It goes great with everything from fried chicken to barbecue, is rich in vitamins C and K, and adds about 25 grams of fiber to your diet per serving. Mostly, however, I dish it up to my guests because it’s a simple way to add something green to the menu and it tastes delicious! Read more of this post

‘The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook’ Is A Must Buy for Foodies and Bibliophiles [REVIEW]

James Patterson's Grandma's Killer Chocolate Cake

Serve up one of your favorite mystery writer’s yummiest recipes, like Grandma’s Killer Chocolate Cake from James Patterson. (Photo courtesy Quirk Books)

Jathan and I love to cook nearly as much as we love to read. Or maybe it’s the other way around! Either way, when I received a copy of The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For, written by a host of my favorite authors and edited by Kate White, I was in awe. Read more of this post

Glazed Carrots [RECIPE]

Glazed carrots are an easy way to add this wholesome root vegetable to your diet.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

I’m always looking for new ways to add vegetables to my diet, particularly carrots since they have such great health benefits. This powerful orange root veggie is chock full of beta carotene, fiber, antioxidants, not to mention vitamins A, C, K, B8, and other powerful nutrients. As a result, they not only improve our eyesight but also helps lower the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. This simple, delicious recipe is one of my favorites and pairs well with practically any meal. Read more of this post

Braised Cabbage with Apple and Onion [RECIPE]

Braised Cabbage with Apples and Onions

Fresh cabbage is sweetened with sliced apples and a touch of sugar. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

I’m not someone who usually craves cabbage on his plate, but this dish is so delicious, even I went back for seconds. The apples and cider vinegar give this side a slightly sweet flavor and make this one vegetable you’ll want to make time and again. It especially pairs well with pork dishes like my Apricot-Glazed Pork Tenderloin or a plate of Hoppin’ JohnRead more of this post