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Mickie Sherwood’s Creamy-Style Red Beans and Rice

Please welcome Mickie Sherwood to the blog with bona-fide Louisiana red beans. Mickie – this is one of my favorite comfort foods from home so can’t wait to see how you make yours. I like mine with a little andouille, but I mix it up with the meat and sometimes even go vegetarian.

Everyone, don’t forget to check out Mickie’s book Templet’s Tasty Tails. She’s brought a yummy excerpt that features another Louisiana favorite!


From boudin, crabs, and crawfish to red beans and rice, food is king in South Louisiana. Somebody eats something delicious in all of my novels. But, we get to that later.

Now, I’ll share my version of how to prepare the scrumptious meal of red beans and rice. No two cooks cook red beans the same way. Some people like to cook them so that the bean is done but the skin is unbroken. Others prefer their beans cooked to a creamy consistency, meaning the outer skin breaks open.

I love mine in-between. There is a combination of both. This way my bean juice, or gravy if you want to call it that, is just right for my rice.

Red Beans and Rice Recipe:


Read beans (You determine the amount to cook. I cooked 1 cup.)

1 – Onion

Green onions

Bell Pepper (I used 1/2 each green, orange, and yellow.)

Water (Enough water to cover the beans.)

Ham slice – cubed

Garlic powder



Cooked fluffy rice

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Kim McMahill: The Flavors of Mexico + Giveaway

I love fresh tomatoes and with the mild summer we’ve had a bumper crop this year. Kim McMahill is here today helping us put those tomatoes to use with a yummy Green Chili Stew recipe. Make sure to scroll down and check out her novel, Marked in Mexico. If you comment on this post, you’ll be entered to win a copy of the book. 


Kim's garden-fresh tomatoesI’m thrilled to be here today on Foodie Friday to share one of my favorite recipes, and the timing couldn’t be better. Not only do I love food, but I love to garden and eat seasonally. My other passions are travel, especially south of the border, and writing adventure novels (see blurb below). Mix this all together and you get green chili stew.

For some reason I can grow tomatoes like crazy and I’ve had good luck with Big Jim Chili peppers, both are essential ingredients in this recipe and many Mexican dishes. I don’t really have room in my garden for onions and potatoes, but those are cheap and almost always in my vegetable bin. Throw in some cubed pork and garlic, and that’s all you need to make this simple hot and spicy New Mexican dish.

Green Chili Stew Recipe

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Liv Rancourt: Smoked Salmon Pasta Recipe

My friend Liv’s here today and she brought studs salmon.  Okay, so Liv obviously knows me because she brought both.  Below you will find a recipe with salmon, pasta, wine, and cheese. You can not possibly go wrong with this. Below that are the studs (still in my wheelhouse), in this case King Studs (construction reference goes right over my head as I zoom in on stud). Liv’s kindly included a tasty excerpt from her new release, King Stud. And if you make it all the way to the bottom of the page you can also enter for a $20 Amazon gift card.



Author Liv RancourtLIV:

Thanks so much for having me as a guest, Irene! I’m excited to have the chance to talk about food, because other than eating, I don’t know a whole lot about it, and there’s nothing I like better than having a platform to display my ignorance.

Oh, and I babble when I’m nervous.


Since my favorite recipe usually involves knowing which take-out to order, I had to give some thought to what to feature in this post. I live in Seattle, which prides itself as a foodie town, so my first decision was to choose a recipe with a Northwest vibe.

Then, as I do with most important decisions, I called the husband.

He suggested I try a variation of chef Nick Stellino’s smoked salmon pasta, which totally worked for me. (Jump HERE if you want to see an actual recipe with, like, measurements and stuff.) Back in the late ‘80s, my roommate worked the lunch shift as a waitress at a restaurant called The 1904, and they made an amazing smoked salmon pasta. Sometimes she’d bring me home an order, or sometimes I’d meet her toward the end of her shift and have a bowl. A little white wine, some crusty bread, and the smoky, savory, salty goodness and I was DONE. Too good.

So, without further ado or delay or procrastination, here’s my take on smoked salmon pasta.

Smoked Salmon Pasta Recipe

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