Frijoles Moledos y Fritos (Refried Beans)

I know I posted on Friday, but you know me! I can’t resist posting on a holiday!

So this recipe came from a Mexican cookbook was given to my mom by my abuela, and she passed it on to me. It has a great and easy recipe for refried beans. All you need is cooked pinto beans, such as the ones from Slow Cooker Pinto Beans recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Cooked Pinto Beans
  • 2 Tsp of Oil
  • 1 Tbsp of Chopped Onion
  • 1 Crushed Garlic Clove or 1/2 Tsp of Minced Garlic
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup of Shredded Cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat oil and add beans.
  2. Mash beans thoroughly, add a little water, garlic, onion, and salt.
  3. Cook beans until they are well heated.
  4. Add cheese and cook until it melts completely.
  5. Serve hot as a side dish or as a dip.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It might not photograph well but it’s delicious!

Party Time!!

For more Cinco de Mayo recipes, go to Arroz (Mexican Rice)

For more holiday posts, go to Easy Northumberland Pan Haggerty

For more Mexican food, go to Chorizo Breakfast Burrito

Arroz (Mexican Rice)

So Cinco de Mayo is coming, and to get you all ready for the holiday I am going to share with you how to make authentic Mexican Rice.

I know it technically is called Spanish Rice, but I’ve been calling it Mexican Rice ever since I was a child. It made sense to me, my mom is Mexican and making Mexican Rice.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp of Oil (Safflower, Canola, etc)
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1 Cup of Rice
  • Small Amount of Onion, Sliced
  • 1 Bouillon Cube of Chicken Stock
  • 6-oz Can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder or Cumin

Directions:

  1. Pour oil into pot, and rotate pot so bottom of pan is covered in oil.
  2. Cook onions in oil until tender.
  3. Toss in rice, water, chicken stock, chili powder or cumin.
  4. Put in enough tomato sauce for “color”-(my grandma would always say this. There is no exact measurement, just put in enough to give it a nice orange color.)
  5. Cook rice over medium heat, covered, stirring from time to time to keep from sticking.
  6. Cook until water has disappeared and rice is tender.

For more Cinco de Mayo recipes, go to Fajitas

For more Mexican food, go to Chorizo Breakfast Burrito

Slow Cooker Enchilada Casserole

I’m Mexican

I thought it would be fun to share.

So I love enchiladas. When I saw this recipe I thought it sounded good…except they mix red sauce with chicken. We NEVER, EVER, EVER do that in my house. Red sauce with meat, green with chicken. NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER exchange it.

So I was very wary, but I thought I’d try it. It comes from The Magical Slow Cooker.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs of Boneless, Skinless, Raw Chicken Breasts
  • 1-28 oz Can of Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 10 Corn Tortillas
  • 3 Cups of Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1-3.8 oz Can of Olives

Directions:

  1. Put the chicken and sauce in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours.
  3. Shred the chicken with two forks in the slow cooker.
  4. Cut the tortillas in to strips, add to the chicken and sauce.
  5. Stir.
  6. Add 1 cup of cheese and half the olives.
  7. Stir again.
  8. Flatten mixture and add rest of cheese and olives.
  9. Cook on low for 40-60 mins longer.

Thoughts After Cooking:

What did I think? I didn’t like it.

Ugh!

Red Sauce with Chicken is just gross. I didn’t like it and recommend skipping it.

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Peanut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie

For more Mexican food, go to Chorizo Breakfast Burrito

For more casseroles, go to Spanakopita Penne Bake

For more crock-pot recipes, go to Slow-Cooker Bread

Chorizo Breakfast Burrito

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I love burritos and so does my husband. So as you can see, I make this a lot-or other versions of it. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Half a Mexican Chorizo Sausage
  • 2-4 Eggs
  • Milk
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Shredded Cheese

Directions:

  1. Cut the chorizo in half.
  2. Cook the chorizo through, about 5 mins.
  3. Drain grease out, but leave the chorizo.
  4. Crack eggs into a bowl and add a little milk. Whisk them together. Pour them in the pan with the chorizo.
  5. When eggs are finished, throw some cheese on top.
  6. Warm tortillas on the comal, when ready wrap up the eggs and serve.

Thoughts After Reading:

Delicious and fast, you should try it out.

For more Mexican recipes, go to Fajitas

For more recipes, go to Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta

 

Fajitas

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I thought this would be the perfect time to share this recipe! It comes from McCormick

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breasts or Chicken Thighs Cut into 1/2 inch thick strips
  • Onion, Sliced
  • 1 Bell Pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/4 Cup of Water
  • 1 Package of McCormick Fajita Mix
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Oil

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in large skillet on medium-high heat.
  2. Add chicken; cook and stir 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from skillet.
  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet. Add onion and bell pepper; cook until soft, about3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Return chicken to skillet.
  5. Add water and Seasoning Mix; cook and stir 3 minutes or until heated through.
  6. Warm up tortillas on comal.
  7. Serve chicken and veggies together, with tortillas on the side.

Thoughts After Cooking:

They came out great and were easy to make.

For more Cinco de Mayo recipes, go to Crazy Cantina Chili

For more McCormick recipes, go to Italian Wedding Soup

For more holiday posts, go to Simple Charoset

For more recipes, go to One Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

Chilaquiles

Thoughts Before Cooking:

This is a recipe my mom used to make whenever she had a surplus of tortillas and wanted something easy to cook. My grandma used to make it when my mom was growing up wjen they weren’t able to afford meat. My grandma and mom used to call it Mexican lasagna as the way you put it together is similar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of Ground Beef or Turkey
  • About a Dozen Corn Tortillas
  • Red Chile Sauce ( Make your own or buy a can. I use Las Palmas brand)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Oil

Directions:

  1. Heat up a little oil in a small pan.
  2. Cut the tortillas into triangle shapes.
  3. Fry the tortillas lightly, just enough so they are firm but not so much as they become chips.
  4. In a separate pan cook the meat.
  5. When both are finished cooking, take out a 9×13 casserole dish. Spoon some sauce into the dish, just a thin amount to cover the pan.
  6. Lay the tortillas in the dish, covering the bottom.
  7. Add meat, sauce, and cheese.
  8. Continue to layer with tortillas, meat, sauce and cheese until dish is full.
  9. Cook at 350 degrees F, until cheese is melted.
  10. Serve.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I love this recipe and love making it!

It is cheap, easy, and delicious.

For more Mexican food recipes, go to Best Guacamole Ever! (Plus Make Your Own Tortilla Chips!)

For more mom recipes, go to Basic Hamburger

For more recipes, go to Simple Charoset

Crazy Cantina Chili

So today is:

As I am part Mexican, this is a holiday I celebrate every year. I haven’t posted anything for this day yet as haven’t made anything that would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. But today I have something:

Chili

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So a friend of mine entered me in a chili competition and I was at a loss of what to do. I’ve never really cooked chili, but then I decided to do a recipe from The Star Wars Cookbook:Wookie Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes by Robin Davis.

Ingredients:

  • 1 16-0z Can of Kidney Beans
  • 1 16-oz Can of Black Beans
  • 1 16-oz Can of Garbanzo Beans
  • 1/2  a Large Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Chili Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 28-oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes with Juice (I used the Diced Tomatoes with Chiles as I like my food HOT!)
  • 1 Cup of Tomato Juice
  • 1 lb of Ground Beef or Turkey (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt

Directions for Vegetarian Chili:

  1. Open the cans of beans. Drain off the liquid from the cans in the sink. Rinse and set aside.
  2. Chop the onion and set aside.
  3. Put the oil in a large saucepan and set the pan on medium heat.
  4. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onions and stir with a wooden spoon until tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chili powder and cayenne pepper and stir for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato juice; and stir well.
  7. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve Chili with cheese and/or sour cream

Directions for Meat Chili:

  1. Cook meat in a pan on the stove.
  2. Follow the directions above, adding the meat during step 7.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought the original recipe was good, but wasn’t as hot as I liked it so I added the chiles. I also included meat as I thought it would be more appealing.

I didn’t win the contest, but I had fun trying.

For more recipes to help with your Cinco de Mayo, go to Best Guacamole Ever! (Plus Make Your Own Tortilla Chips!)

For more from The Star Wars Cookbook, go to Twin Sun Toast

For more holiday posts, go to Yoda Soda

For more soups, go to White Bean and Barley Soup with Tomatoes and Greens

For more vegetarian recipes, go to Two-Cheese Roasted-Veggie Pasta

Carrot Cake Murder

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Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swenson Mystery #10) by Joanne Fluke

I did not like this book.

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I thought the story wasn’t that good and very under developed. And that the author went for an easy ending, instead of creating something that made sense and was actually mysterious.

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This was extremely lackluster and boring.

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But review I must.

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Plot Synopsis:

So it is summertime and Lisa and Herb are having a big family reunion, inviting every single relation. It is a huge affair and Hannah, her family, and two boyfriends are also joining the crew.

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One person that Herb’s mom Marge’s long-lost brother Gus who took off years ago never to be found, ends up showing up to the party.

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He  said he was just in the area and happened among some flyers and thought he would join the group. He has a a lot of money and fancy suits.

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However, at the reunion a lot of old hurts come up. Gus was a master manipulator, a borrower and not returner, and a blackmailer. He has a lot of people that he has upset over the years.

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He asks Hannah for her special carrot cake as he just loves it, and Hannah gives him a whole one.

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The next day no one can find Gus for the group picture, so they of course send Hannah and she finds the dead body.

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So let’s start with what was wrong in this book.

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A) If It Is Such a Big Party With So Many to Feed, Why Are Hannah & Family & Boyfriends Included?

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I know that Hannah and such are great friends of Lisa and Herb, but it seems weird to invite so many non-family members to a family event. I mean it is not just a few people but Hannah, her sister Andrea, her husband Bill, their two children, Bill’s mother, Hannah’s mother Dolores, Hannah’s sister Michelle, Michelle’s boyfriend Lonnie, Hannah’s boyfriend Mike, Hannah’s boyfriend Norman, and Norman’s mom.

What?

Do they really need a dozen more people, at a family only event? No. And Hannah is helping to cook means she should come, yeah her but why are there 11 extra with her? It is just another plot by the author to have Hannah a part of everything that goes on in her town.

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B) Gus Just Happened To See the Reunion On A Flyer

Come on, Mack

Why do they have flyers to a family only event that they sent marked mailers to? You are not expecting the whole town to come, why paper the streets?

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C) Hannah Goes On A Huge Derail On the Size And Weight Of Hockey Pucks

What?

Sometimes I feel as if Fluke is paid by the word or something. She is constantly derail on the weirdest subjects, weird as in THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PLOT! I’m tired of it, please STOP!!!!

Stop this stupid love triangle!

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D) Don’t Eat Hannah’s Food, You Will Die

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I’m pretty sure in every, single book the person dies eating Hannah’s food. All I can think is why hasn’t anyone made the correlation and Hannah have gone out of business already. Eat her signature dish and you might be signing your death warrant.

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E) Hannah Finds Another Dead Body

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In almost every book Hannah finds the dead body. It is boring! Come on Fluke, change it up.

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F) Mike & Hannah Drama Continues

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In every book Hannah complains about Mike not being a great boyfriend because he won’t let her investigate with him. What do you think Hannah, that any cop would love to have an amateur bungling things and getting evidence illegally. Listen up Hannah, why don’t you become a real cop or private investigator, and then Mike will leave you alone.

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G) Rocky Road S’Mores?

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Lisa makes a bar cookie she calls Rocky Road Bar Cookies, after the Rocky Road Ice-Cream.  She puts nuts, marshmallows, chocolate, etc.; the same ingredients in the ice-cream. Hannah tries it and says that it tastes like S’mores

What?

What kinda S’mores are you making Hannah? They don’t have nuts. And they have graham crackers in it instead.

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H) I Have Never Had A S’More Before

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Lisa tells Hannah she has never had a S’more before which makes no sense. Every store that sells food sells the fixing for s’mores. Hershey’s advertises it on TV as soon as we hit May, so does Honey Maid, etc. I cannot believe she has never tried a S’more “because she didn’t learn in girl scouts”. Get real.

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I) Red Velvet Cookies Cure Alzheimer’s

Come on, Mack

As someone who has multiple family members who suffer from the disease, words cannot describe how deeply hurt and offended I am at you even suggesting that, whether it is in jest or not.

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J) Randomness That DOES NOT ADD TO THE STORY!

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We spend too much time on random acronyms to remember Native American tribes, the Great Lakes, colors of the rainbow. Just stop!

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K) Mexican Hotdish Mexican Not Dish

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Your Mexican Hotdish isn’t even Mexican. Jack cheese? White rice? Fritos corn chips? Offensive to the Max! If anything it is Tex-Mex. Get it right.

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L) Don’t These People Have Jobs?

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Man Hannah and Norman spend so much time NOT working I wonder how they can provide for themselves.  I mean Norman just decides to fly to Atlantic City, doesn’t he need to work? Doesn’t Hannah? I mean it is one thing to work investigating around work, but these guys just totally disregard it.

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M) Exposition, Exposition, Exposition to Make the End Work

In the last 42 pages we get this big exposition rush about one of Lisa’s relations who is bad at the stock market and wasted away the money, mean to his wife, mad that Gus won’t give the money he borrowed from his wife back, blah, blah, blah. Listen Fluke, you do this a lot and it is horrible. I don’t know if you can’t decide on a killer or feel you need a “twist” for the reader but it is really bad, really bad.

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N) If He is So Horrible Why Are You Still Married?

What?

So Peggy is the wife of the murderer and the deliverer of the exposition about how Mac is totally the murderer. You go on about how horrible and threatening he is, why are you still married? Why don;t you leave.

And if you love him as much as you say and act, why are you so willing to give him up to the police. It just didn’t make any sense and felt like Fluke was rushed and just did the ending the night before it was due to print.

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O) Ross is Back

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This bland saltine of a man is back? Seriously? Come on, just stop. Isn’t it enough you have two guys fighting over Hannah, do we have to include another guy who is blander than a heart patient’s diet?

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Thoughts After Reading:

Hated it. Two out of Five stars.

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For more Hannah Swenson Mysteries, go to Candy Cane Murder

For more reviews, go to Grave Peril

 

Best Guacamole Ever! (Plus Make Your Own Tortilla Chips!)

While My Pretty One Knits

So in While My Pretty One Knits, one of the characters, Suzanne Cavanaugh, makes guacamole. They give a recipe for it at the back of the book, but I chose not to follow that one. Instead I’m going to give you the best recipe for Guacamole ever, our old, very healthy, family recipe (I’m Mexican if you were wondering).

Guacamole

Thoughts prior to cooking:

I never used to like avocados or guacamole as a kid, but now it is like I want it on everything.

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  • Avocados
  • Lemon Juice

Wash the avocado and cut it in half. Remove seed.

Using a spoon, scoop out the innards, separating it from the outer skin, and placing it in a bowl. Mash the avocado.

Squirt a bit of lemon juice and serve. 🙂

Tortilla Chips

Now what is guacamole without chips? Well I’ll tell you how to make your own, healthier and cheaper ones.

  • Corn Tortillas
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Cut the corn tortillas into 8 wedges and lay them on a baking sheet.

When you have filled the sheet, lightly spray or squirt olive oil on them. Add salt to taste.

Bake them in the oven until crispy, be sure to flip them over from time to time.

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For more recipes involving avocados, go to Zucchini-Tomato Soup

For more recipes, go to Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken