Meal Inspiration Monday: Black Bean Soup and Quesadillas. Before3pm.com

Many of us have those standby dishes that we can throw together at a moment’s notice.  For me, one of these recipes is black bean soup and quesadillas.

I pretty much always have the ingredients on hand for black bean soup, and it comes together so fast, I can whip it up in no time.

And cheese… well I ALWAYS have cheese in our refrigerator!   Read More →

Chili-Crusted Pork Tenderloin features perfectly paired sweet and spicy rub with an apple mustard sauce. Before3pm.com

Today’s recipe inspiration is from Bobby Flay.  The title that Bobby Flay gives this recipe is “Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Ancho Chile-Mustard Sauce.”

His recipe title makes me think of this really great book I just read called Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong.  The book takes place sometime after 2040, and the movie titles are basically plot summaries.  An example he uses in the book is “James Bond Investigates the Space Station and Sleeps with Four Women.”

If this is what the future holds, then I guess recipe titles must be ahead of their time!!  At least you know exactly what to expect!!! Read More →


Homemade meatballs stuffed with cheese make for a surprisingly quick weeknight dinner. Before3pm.com

Spaghetti with meatballs is one of those meals that pretty much everyone likes.

Make the meatballs cheese-filled, and it really ups  the “wow” factor! Read More →