Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sassy Black Beans & Rice

The list of ingredients for this sassy black beans and rice recipe sound like a very strange combination.  However, you will be pleasantly surprised by how the flavors combine.  This is a great quick throw together kind of meal.  Homey and satisfying.

1 15 oz can black beans
1 4 oz can diced green chilis
2 tsp onion powder
1 tbs tomato paste
2 tbs molasses
1/2 tbs chili powder
1/2 tbs cider vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1/2 tbs sugar
1 lb diced ham
4 cups cooked rice

Place everything except the cooked rice into a skillet and bring to a boil.
Cover and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
Serve over the hot cooked rice.

Friday, April 2, 2010


I am a sucker for quick pickles done in the refrigerator.  They are so easy and flavorful!  I like mine kind of sweet yet still with a sour kick.

Simple Refrigerator Pickles

4 cucumbers (the seedless English type are especially nice)
1 large sweet onion
2 cups white vinegar
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 tbs salt
1/2 tbs black pepper
1/2 tbs garlic powder
2 tbs dried parsley (or 1/3 cup fresh parsley)

Cut the cucumbers in 1/2 lengthwise then slice into thin half moons.
Chop the onion into 1/2 inch pieces.
Place the vegetables into a large seal-able container.
Bring the water, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a boil.
Allow the brine to cool some then stir in the pepper, garlic powder, and parsley.
Pour the brine over the vegetables.
Add extra water if needed to cover all the vegetables.
Stir to combine.
Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.