Quinoa Bites with Southwestern Spiced Dip

The Super Bowl is almost upon us.

I have to be honest, I’ve never had a vested interest in who wins. Ever. Going to live games is fantastic, I love that. Especially when you get caught up in a 20 minute wave.


But when it comes to watching games on TV, it’s just not my thing. For me, football season is exciting for another reason.

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Zucchini Fritters with Garlic-infused Yogurt

Stop the presses!

I’m interrupting today’s regularly scheduled dessert post to bring you something better.

And it’s made with vegetables.

I know, I just saw the pigs fly by my window too, but seriously guys – you’ve got to try these. Right now. Go to your local farmers market, buy some zucchini, clear your schedule and make some zucchini fritters.

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Polenta with Black Beans, Tomatoes and Spinach

Have I mentioned how much I adore Cooking Light? They have a great selection of delicious and healthy recipes, and every time I try something new from their cookbooks or magazines I end up with a winner.

Why? Because (and I truly do believe this despite previous posts like these Big Butt Bars) healthy options can be just as scrumptious as those loaded with oil and salt.

Case in point: polenta with black beans, tomatoes and spinach.

Since I first tried out this fast and easy recipe, it’s become my go-to for Summer cooking. It’s light, filling, and doesn’t require you to heat up the house.

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Event Review: GrillFest!

This past weekend I got the chance to go to Minnesota Monthly’s GrillFest. I don’t know too much about grilling beyond the basic BBQ chicken or steaks, so it was exciting to see all the vendors and sample the creations that can be born on the grill.

There were vendors for grilling tools and toys (my favorite was the mini fishing-pole-style marshmallow roaster), wine and beer samplings and, of course, food!

There were local restaurants and caterers present as well as food trucks, and it was really interesting to see how many different ways pulled pork could be served. Sliders were also a hugely popular offering.

Top 5 standouts for me:

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Easy Bean Tacos

Too long since my last post! I’m sorry everyone, but I promise the things to come will be worth the wait because…I’ve been working on a Halloween series!

I love Halloween. It’s in my top three favorite holidays list, fighting with Thanksgiving for second place. Ever since the first time I went trick-o-treating and I realized that wearing a silly pumpkin outfit, while being carried by my dad through the blowing snow, meant the funny little bag I was holding would be filled with candy by the end of the night; I was hooked. I love everything about Halloween, from the creepy/corny decorations to the reruns of 90’s horror movies, and of course, the treats!

So this year, to celebrate my 3rd 2nd favorite holiday, I decided to create a halloween treat list to suit all your celebratory needs! So far this post may seem a bit misleading, after all, I’m supposed to be showing you an easy bean taco recipe, but I just wanted to take a moment to invite all of you to become a part of the series! Send me your favorite Halloween recipes, I’ll give them a try, and one of your favorites could end up featured on The Culinary Capers!

Now to the fiesta!

Easy Bean Tacos


  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove
  • a pinch of paprika (I used a Spanish smoked paprika here)
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • your favorite taco fixings!
1. Crush the garlic and add it to a frying pan over medium heat. Stir for 30 seconds, then add the spices. Stir for another 30 seconds.
2. Rinse and strain both cans of beans. Add them to the spice mixture, along with the water, and stir to combine. Cook until the beans become soft and break easily, about 10 minutes.
3. Scoop some beans into tortilla shells, hard or soft, and top with your favorites! I like corn tortillas with mango salsa, spinach, cheese and greek yogurt. I’ve found greek yogurt is a good substitute for sour cream; similar flavor and texture, but with lots of protein. You discover these types of things when you travel over seas and are at a loss for sour cream when you’re making tacos. Give it a try next time you run out!