Sunday, August 26, 2007

Frijoles Borrachitos-Beans with beer

I am always browsing for new things to do with dry beans. We aren't drinkers but I had bought beer as a natural garden helper and so when I saw this recipe I was happy to be able to get clear out the fridge of the beer!
I make beans a lot because they are inexpensive and we all like them. Corrine loves beans. However these beans just didn't do it for us. Corrine made it through one small bowl and then wasn't going to even try for a second. Wouldn't make them again...
In case someone else normally loves beans with beer it had great reviews on recipezaar so here is the recipe:
1 1/4 cups dry pinto beans
1 (12 ounce) can beer
1/2 cup chopped onions
4 bacon, slices
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon snipped cilantro
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Soak beans in 4 cups water at least 5 hours.
Place in large stockpot.
Add beer and bring to a boil.
Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours.
Cook bacon until crisp, drain and crumble.
Add bacon to beans along with onion, tomatoes, cilantro, salt and red pepper.
Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Easy Beef Enchiladas

Got this one off recipezaar last night when I was looking for a quick meal. I really had my doubts and it had no ratings but I gave it a whirl and it was good! I'll be making this again for sure. We all gave it five stars except Hunter and he didn't like the salsa.

1 lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
3 cups salsa (your favorite)
16 ounces shredded cheddar
10 or so corn tortillas

Brown Beef in skillet.
Add taco seasoning and about 1 cup of salsa(more or less to taste) to beef and heat until salsa is warm.
Remove from heat.
Spoon meat mixture and cheese into totillas, making sure not to over fill.
Roll up and place in 13x9 baking dish.
The enchiladas will pack together tightly.
Spread remaining salsa over enchiladas and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake at 350 until cheese is melted and edges of tortillas start to brown and crisp.(aprox. 10-15 mins.).

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Strawberry stuffed crepes

These were SO good. I can't wait to make them again but it will have to be at least a double batch! There were plenty of crepes leftover but we ran out of strawberry filling(and didn't have any more cream cheese to make more). We had these as "breakfast for dinner" along with sausage, bacon, hashbrowns and scrambled eggs. If it didn't take so long I'd happily have that every night=)
The whole family agreed these were awesome.

Strawberry Cream
2 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar

To make strawberry cream: Combine the strawberries and sugar and chill, anywhere from an hour to overnight.
Drain excess water from strawberries and sugar.
In mixing bowl blend cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
Stir in strawberries.
Crepes(we used the recipe that came with the crepe pan)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoond vegetable oil
Put all ingredients in blender and process until smooth.
We used a crepe pan but another recipe using a skillet is here.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Iced coffee

This was really easy and pretty good. I can't quite get over the milk...but I'm not sure why it bothers me? It's definitely no Mocha BK Joe.

6 cups brewed coffee

1 can sweetened condensed milk.