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Favorite Food and Recipes

Coconut Sugar a Better Sugar Substitute?

Coconut Sugar a Better Sugar Substitute?

  Coconut palm sugar can be a healthier choice and a better sugar substitute for highly refined or processed sweeteners, it does NOT taste like coconut, but rather more like brown sugar with hints of caramel or molasses. Also known as Gula jawa, coconut palm sugar has been one of my better discoveries. Coconut tree [Continue]

Ham Bone Bean Soup Recipe

Ham Bone Bean Soup Recipe

Ham & Bean soup is one of my favorite cold weather cooking recipes. 1 1/2 lbs of smoked ham and one ham bone from previous festive meal. 6-9 slices of thick butcher cut hickory smoked bacon 1 20oz bag of dried beans for Hurt’s 15 bean soup (After soaking over night or several days should [Continue]

Cajun Turkey Spicy Sausage Chili Recipe

Cajun Turkey Spicy Sausage Chili Recipe

2 1/2 lbs of ground Turkey 14-28 oz hickory smoked Spicy Andouille Sausage ( Andouille Sausage is typically made with pork, but can also have turkey and beef combinations that has been seasoned with garlic and cajun seasoning. Cut the sausage into small bite-sized pieces 1/4 inch slice cut in half or quarters) 1 20oz [Continue]

Coconut and Cherry Brownie Recipe

Coconut and Cherry Brownie Recipe

(aka Ken’s Killer Ultimate Coconut & Cherry Brownies) Start with any brand or box of brownie mix, however, if possible I would prefer to use Trader Joe’s Brownie Truffle Baking Mix because it contains real Dutch Coco and Chocolate Chips. Ignore the directions on the box In a large mixing bowl add: Brownie mix 1/2 [Continue]

Outrageous Orange Soup Recipe

Outrageous Orange Soup Recipe

I have found it best to just serve this Carrot Soup dish as an appetizer before the main and not tell people what it is made from. This carrot soup has slowly become a holiday tradition. Outrageous Orange Soup Recipe (aka Ken’s Killer Carrot Soup Recipe) Carrots 4 cups peeled and cut into chunks 1/2- [Continue]

Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette

Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette

Trader Ming’s (from Trader Joes) Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette is excellent on salads and for marinating. I often resort to using this product when I am feeling lazy and don’t want to make my own dressing, but typically it is because I don’t have enough: Sesame seeds to toast Fresh lemon Juice Soy sauce Sesame [Continue]

Terrific Tarragon Chicken Salad Recipe

Terrific Tarragon Chicken Salad Recipe

If you or anyone else you know likes the taste of black licorice or anise then this simple Tarragon Chicken Salad Recipe is worth a try. 2 cups chopped cooked chicken (or perhaps two 12 oz cans of chicken breast) 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup chopped red onion 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup dried [Continue]

Father Knows Coffee Best?

Father Knows Coffee Best?

A freshly ground steaming cup of Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Wake Up Blend Coffee beans is a great way to literally wake up and smell the coffee. I make enough to last the whole day, starting around lunch time especially when it’s hot outside I end up pouring it over ice to make iced [Continue]

Trader Joe’s Latin Style Black Bean Soup

Trader Joe’s Latin Style Black Bean Soup

The next time you are in Trader Joe’s do yourself a favor of great flavor by picking up a 32 oz (1 Qt) box of “Trader Joe’s Latin Style Black Bean Soup”. It’s pretty awesome by itself and doesn’t have to be refrigerated until after it’s opened. The soup is a creamy blend of black [Continue]

Southwest Crockpot Chicken Chili Recipe

Southwest Crockpot Chicken Chili Recipe

How to make an entire crockpot full of Southwest Chicken Chili. Also known as Ken’s Southwest Five C (5C) Chili: Chicken, Corn, Chipotle, Cumin & Chili Powder In a large skillet fry: 5 slices of thick butcher cut hickory smoked bacon, fry then cool, cut and/or crumble into bits. Also reserve some bacon grease and [Continue]