Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy Weekend!

We are home and love having a weekend to just rest!  Some laundry to catch up on...and homemade tortilla soup...

And...I am planning my spring garden!!!  Can't wait to get started on planting herbs, tomatoes, peppers....and maybe some other yummy stuff!  
"Sunshine on my shoulders...makes me happy"

Have a happy weekend!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cocktails and sea life...

The DQ convention this year is in Corpus...and our first night here was a treat!  A cocktail the Texas State Aquarium!  Here are some of the photos I took of my new friends....

The sea turtle has only one flipper (arm)...he was rescued.  

This little guy really charmed me!  He just stared at me for a long time...I think we had a connection.

Moon Jelly's

Mr. Shark

Friday, February 12, 2010

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic....

Page and I went to the same high school...but never knew each other!  Isn't it funny how life takes you places and saves certain people for you to just the right time?

Page and I "saw" each other at Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic in 2000...started dating shortly after...and the rest is history!  I had gone to the Willie's festivities with my parents because Rodney was actually playing the picnic that year.  We sat in the front row...
I was 27 years old...

The picture above was taken in Sept 2000...we were at a high school football game (of course we were almost 30 year old...)  I have always loved this picture!  Since this weekend is Valentine's Day...I thought I would share this sweet photo...and maybe a couple of others...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tangy Avocado Dressing

"Find me a man who's interesting enough to have dinner with and I'll be happy"

At the end of the day...take time to sit down to dinner with the ones you, laugh and enjoy the moments...

As you know...I love to cook!
Therefore I am going to share quite a few recipes that are new and goal this year was to try out at least one new recipe each week.  Some may turn out...some may not.  I will only share the ones that are yummy!

Tangy Avocado Dressing
Recipe #2 from cookbook author - Rick Bayless...
from my new cookbook entitled:   "Mexican Everyday"

This creamy dressing is good tossed with crunchy romaine.  It's luxurious drizzled over - or used as a dip for raw vegetables.    

1/2 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup mayo
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 avocado (pitted and flesh scooped out)
cilantro (about 1/2 cup)
3/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
I added a touch of ground pepper.

Page and I enjoyed this very much!!!  We had a romaine salad and this yummy dressing was really tasty!  Such a big difference than the bland store bought!!!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Port Aransas dreaming...

The rainy weather makes me long for sunshine and morning walks on the beach....

I was just looking back through some pictures taken last year on our Port Aransas trip...

Sunshine...where are you?

Monday, February 1, 2010

"Excuse me sir...where are the Guajillo peppers?"

Guajillo-Spiced Pork and Potatoes...yummy!  We just finished dinner...and the recipe came from my new cookbook....

Dinner tonight was delicious...I would say the hardest part of preparing this recipe is stemming, seeding and toasting the chile pieces.  The recipe calls for dried guajillo chiles...this might sound scary to some people...but let me assure you...not spicy!  I was surprised!

I will share the recipe...and the best part is...dinner is ready when you get home.  That's right...the good old crockpot!  I was able to go the gym tonight, come home and was greeted to a wonderful aroma...

Guajillo-Spiced Pork and Potatoes
Puerco y Papas al Guajillo

6 medium red-skin potatoes (cut into wedges)
1 to 2 lb boneless pork shoulder roast, cut into cubes
8 medium dried guajillo chiles, stemmed, seeded and torn into flat pieces
One 15 ounce can diced tomatoes in juice (preferably fire-roasted)
4 garlic cloves (minced)
2 tsp dried Mexican oregano
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Cilanto (garnish)
One white onion

Spread the potatoes over the bottom of a slow-cooker and top with the pork.
Set a medium skillet over medium heat.  When it is hot, toast the chile pieces a few at a time, pressing them against the hot surface with a spatula until they are aromatic and lightened in color underneath (about 10 seconds per side).  Transfer the toasted chiles to a food blender jar (cuisinart)

Add the tomatoes with their juice, garlic, oregano, Worcestershire, a generous 1 1/2 tsp salt and 1 1/2 cups water.  Blend until as smooth as possible.  Strain the mixture through a medium mesh strainer directly into the slow cooker, over the meat and potatoes.  Stir to mix thoroughly.

Set the lid in place and slow cook on high for 6 hours (actually I cooked on low for a longer amount of time).

I also put some additional water in the crockpot and added one can of stewed tomatoes.

Enjoy!!  This is how ours turned out...

Love to all!!!