Archive for the 'Random Recipes' Category

Speaking of Cornbread…

My Buddy found a great recipe for Jalapeno-Cheese Cornbread and shared it with us a few years back. The proportions described in the recipe are perfection in my opinion… Chili with cornbread, Navy beans with onion and cornbread, Hoppin John with cornbread – you name it and cornbread is the perfect match! (Heidi loves it […]

Classic Macaroni Salad

In an earlier post, I mentioned my Buddy’s GREAT Macaroni Salad – he originally found the recipe on and admittedly does not follow it precisely, (real cooks never do), but here is a slightly modified version of their original recipe.  He uses a food processor for the veggies – makes sense, but he isn’t […]

Lazy Man’s “Spanish Rice”

When it comes to side dishes, just about anything will go along with a good pot of red – but we are particularly fond of having some rice to go along as a “side”.

Spicy Pickled Carrots

These spicy pickled carrots are not exactly a side dish, they are very strongly flavored so they are usually eaten in small amounts along with the main dish. Spicy pickled carrots add a wonderful zing of flavor to any meal.

Lentil Chili??? (Never again!)

Found this recipe out on the Net – sounded good enough I slightly “tweaked” it and will be making a batch real soon. (I did – see below)… LENTIL CHILI Lentils make great chili. Unlike beans, they don’t need to be soaked first, so you can make this dish more spontaneously than traditional chili. If […]

Global Warming the Asian way! (Chili oil)

Global Warming the Asian way! (But its still about chili).. My career in the Navy took me completely around the world 5 1/2 times, but most of my time overseas was spent in the Western Pacific (WestPac) where I found many, many kindred souls who loved spicy foods. From Korean “Kim Chee” to their hot […]

Huevos Rancheros – Emril style

This year we are using quite a bit of pepper jack cheese around the old Pondee. Wouldn’t you know Emril Lagasse beat us to it when it came to Huevos Rancheros using pepper jack in place of our normal fare – gotta try this one again soon!

TexMex Meatloaf

Meatloaf is one dish that just begs for the title “comfort food” and fits *any* time of year perfectly. Of course, I just HAVE to kick it up a notch with Chili & Cumin powder, jalapeños, cayenne pepper and some refried beans.

Black-Eyed Peas and Hamhocks a.k.a. “Hoppin’ John”

Black-eyed peas with Hamhocks equals comfort food in my opinion…

Passable Texas Chili Beans?

…a little off-topic, but not too far, (I hope). Chili beans are a part of life in the Southwestern U.S.