Easy Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice

For some reason, beans don’t make it to our dinner table very often. Although they’re high in fiber and a healthy alternative to meat, they’re just not on my radar. Our good friends, Felix and Bruce, host us for dinner on a regular basis. Felix, a first-generation Cuban-American and an awesome cook, makes black beans… [read more]

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