Archive for the ‘Home Made’ Category

I have this thing about punishing myself.  I don’t cook a lot and when I invite people over I tend to think that what I normally cook is not good enough for company so most of the time I try something that “looks” really good and go thru “is it going to taste good or not?”  Yesterday was one of those days.

Delaney and I met because of this blogging thing I do.  I was googling information about a TV show that was coming to Fresno.  I either posted something on her blog or put a link on my blog to hers.  We found out we were both from Fresno and about a year ago we met for lunch.  Yesterday she come over to my home for lunch.  She brought the most delicious home-made blackberry little pies and I fixed “Black Beans and Corn Salad”.  I actually liked it a lot and so did my friend.

1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 sm. yellow and red bell peppers, chopped
1 sm. tomato, chopped
1 cup frozen corn, thawed (I don’t know why not use fresh if available)
2 scallions, chopped (I used green onions)
1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Juice of 1/2 lime
Kosher or sea salt to taste
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

I don’t like raw bell peppers all that much so I sauté the bell peppers and green onions in a little bit of Virgin Olive Oil.  I also added 1 small chopped mango and I meant to add 1 sm. chopped avocado, but forgot and next time I’m going to add a 1 tsp. of chili powder.

You can use this salad as a dip and use corn tortillas chips,  as a filling for tacos or even fill 1/2 a pita bread.

¸¸.•*¨*•☆ Bon Appétit ☆•*¨*•.¸¸


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For dinners, I tend to cook the same thing over and over again – Tilapia, Salmon, Chicken and I like it that way, and since we been home – eating every meal at home, my husband got tired of the same old thing, so last week I tried a new dish and OMG! it was delicious – I found a new dish that I can add to my “repertoire”.  This is a shredded juicy beef dish that tastes similar to the Cuban Dish called “Ropa Vieja”.

It calls for a pound of flank steak, I used beef loin tri-tip roast, trimmed (it was a lot cheaper than the flank steak).  Cut the meat into big chunks –  about 4 or 5 pieces – put the meat in a nonstick pan with about 2 cups of beef broth, 3 or 4 garlic cloves, peeled. Bring all of this to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer covered, until the steak is very tender, about 1 and 1/2 hours or if you want, you can also cook the meat on a slow cooker for 4 to 5 hours on high or 8 to 10 hours on low.  Let it stand a while.  Transfer the meat to a cutting board and with 2 forks shred the beef apart.  You are going to need about 1/2 cup of the broth from the meat.  You can wipe the pan or wash it, I like to wipe mine, add about 1 tsp. of oil to the pan and set the heat on medium.  Add an onion (all cut up or if people want to take the onion out after the meat is done, cut the onion in big pieces) and about 3 garlic cloves, minced and cook all of this stirring until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes.  Add a 14 -1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, about 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced, 1 tsp. oregano, cumin to taste (I put 1- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin) and 1/2 tsp. salt; cook –  stirring in  the beef and 1/2 cup of the broth from cooking the meat.  Cook for about 5 minutes longer.  I served this dish over brown rice and some steamed vegetables.  This makes about 3 cups of meat, enough for 4 people. 

You can use this meat for tacos and add some fat free sour cream  to the tacos (OK go ahead and use the real sour cream).

I forgot to take a picture of the finish product, so I used a photo taken from somewhere else (can you imagine, me forgetting to take a photo?)

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If you have any questions about how to make tamales, just watch this video and you’ll be an expert.  Just kidding, but it was fun seeing us work so fast.  Enjoy it family.

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This is how Nancy’s home has looked every December 23rd for the last 14 years 


Our labor of Love….



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I have been out of town, eating out every meal.  I left Fresno November 6 and returned home on the 16, so my first home cooked meal was on Monday.  I baked Salmon (from Costco) Brown Rice and Frozen Mix Vegetables.  I usually cook 1 1/2 cups of brown rice on a rice cooker and divid it into 1/2 cup servings, put them in the freezer and take them out as I need them. Easy and so good.

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