Posts Tagged ‘Jalapenos’

Its Time for Migas Y’all

Thursday, February 26th, 2015


I’m taking y’all on a trip down to sunny Austin, TX for a traditional Tex Mex breakfast. You can step into nearly any self-respecting breakfast establishment in Austin and order Migas. This is the way that I make Migas but it can be made in a variety of ways.  The key is to scramble eggs with corn tortillas and some veggies. The result is always flavorful, comforting and a great way to start the day. (more…)

Jalapeno Popper Pizza

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


I’m OBSESSED with the pizza rounds.  I maxed out on my first contribution because I knew that they would make easy lunches for my daughter but I find myself using them all the time for dinners instead.  Anytime I don’t feel like cooking, I pull out the pizza rounds and top them with some ingredients out of the fridge.  This pizza was a little more planned than my typical.  As soon as I saw those beautiful jalapeños in the basket, I wanted to make a pizza inspired by one of my favorite appetizers – jalapeño poppers.

One of my favorite things about the pizza rounds is that everyone in the family can have a pizza tweaked to their preference.  I didn’t put jalapeños on my daughters because she doesn’t care for the heat but I really loaded up hubby’s pizza with the jalapeños.  I was somewhere in between. (more…)

Comfort Chili

Monday, January 26th, 2015

There is nothing better for warming the tummy than a bowl of homemade chili. It is even better if that bowl is a sourdough bread bowl. This recipe can easily be changed up to make it totally yours, so jump in and play with it!

Comfort Chili

Comfort Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 medium green peppers, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 14.5 oz undrained diced tomatoes with chilis
  • 3 cups pre-soaked dry beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 jalapena, finely minced (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 cups water (more if the chili gets too thick while cooking)

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef, onions, peppers, and celery in a large pot until cooked and soft
  2. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute
  3. Add tomato paste and cook for another 2 minutes
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 6 hours or until beans are cooked.

Notes

Try adding one cup each of pinto, black, and kidney beans for a nice change. Add water during the cooking as needed for desired thickness.

 

 

Undemanding Chowder

Friday, November 14th, 2014

 

We have enough demands in life, don’t you think?  Everyone that I know is running high on “to do” and short on time (and maybe patience).  Sometimes we have to start making demands of the things in our life.  Today, I demanded that dinner be quick, easy and comforting.  It is darn cold around here and I can’t tolerate for one of these demands not to be met.

Luckily, dinner met all of my specifications.  I chopped up everything and put it in the crockpot this morning.  I had red corn in the freezer from a case that I processed and froze over the summer.  I also put in a jalapeño to add a little bit of spice.  If you like more spice, you can add more jalapeño than this (or leave the seeds in).  If you don’t like it you can leave it out.  When we got home from my daughter’s dance class, I added the butter and cream. (more…)

Jalapeño dressing, better than pancakes

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Salads are a great way to use up my basket contents and it is just so convenient for me to keep a huge bowl of salad in the fridge. I serve salad as sides several nights per week so I try to keep salads interesting for my family and one of the easiest ways to do that is by keeping tasty dressings on hand. We all love jalapeños in my family (even my 5 year old) so I wanted to make a jalapeño dressing. The result is bright and flavorful jalapeño vinaigrette. My daughter declared that this dressing was better than pancakes. (more…)

Guacamole Citrus Twist

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

I love guacamole!  Guacamole is a dip made traditionally from avocados, with additions of tomato, onion, lime juice, and seasonings. It ranges in texture from a thick sauce to a chunky dip. Health tip–Avocados are packed with more than twenty vitamins, contain “good fats” that reduce cholesterol, can help fight cancer, and can be used as a substitute for butter or shortening in baking! (more…)

Caribbean Hot Sauce

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Have I ever mentioned that we go through our veggies way faster than our fruit? We do. We’re just a savory, veggie type of family. So anything that I can do to use up the fruit in more savory ways is always welcome.

And hot sauce. Hot sauce is always welcome too. Which brings me to this recipe. While perusing Caribbean flavors it occurred to me that I could probably create a hot sauce with the fruit I have on hand. That’s how this recipe came about.
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Green Chile Sauce

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014


I am neither Irish nor Mexican, but that didn’t stop me from making some delicious St. Paddy’s Day green chile enchiladas using a homemade, to-die-for green chile sauce. It was about time I used the 6 green chiles that were still sitting in my fridge from the Bountiful Basket I got a week and a half ago. (more…)

Corn, Jicama, & Green Chile Salsa

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Corn, Jicama, & Green Chile Salsa

After picking up this week’s Basket and before heading to the grocery store for supplements, I sat in my car creating my menu plan for the next two weeks. I wrote meatloaf and turnip mashed potatoes down on my list, thinking I could turn what I thought was a turnip into a nice mash. About 10 minutes later, I was in the produce section at the grocery store and thought I’d check to see what turnips look like to be sure that what I had was, in fact, a turnip. (more…)

Squash Quesadilla

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

The challenge was on.  What can you do with an acorn squash that is different and tasty?  At our house, we love quesadillas!   A quesadilla is a flour tortilla filled with a savory mixture containing cheese, vegetables, chicken, beef, or even, tofu.  It is a basic tortilla “grilled cheese sandwich” but with a spicy kick!  I cooked the acorn squash in the oven until tender and mashed it.  I added lots of jalapeno chiles and onions to the squash.  I made the quesadilla by layering the squash mixture in the tortilla with cheese and heating it.  It was a great new way to use acorn squash! (more…)