Monday, July 6, 2015

A Farmers Market

 On Saturday we visited a nice farmers market.

 I get so excited to see what local offerings we will find.

 We always try to arrive at opening time which means leaving very early in the morning.

 This little guy was working at one of the booths.

 Lots of these markets sell crafts too.  Here you can see woven rugs,shawls and scarves.  They sell their own wool too.

 This guy is having better luck with his zucchini than I am.  I have only harvested one so far.

 The people at these markets are always so friendly and are happy to tell you all about their products.

 I bought lots of these potatoes and I will show you what I made with them tomorrow.

 Great display of these greens.

We stocked up on food for the week.
 More and more grass fed beef and free range chicken is available at all of these markets. 
 We always head home through the country.  You never know what you might find for sale at roadside stands.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Mexican Fideo

I have been cooking lots of Mexican food recently.  This is always a family favorite.  Think of it as Mexican spaghetti. 
I inadvertently deleted the first couple photos so we will just have to pick up here.  Saute 1 diced onion in a few tablespoons of oil. Add 5 diced garlic cloves.  Sprinkle it with salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons of cumin and add 1 tsp. of oregano.

Add 1 pound of ground meat and cook until it is browned.

In another pot, cook fideo noodles in a couple tablespoons of oil.  I can now buy fideo noodles in my grocery store but if you can't find them, break up one pound of spaghetti noodles.  Cook them until they start to brown.

Add 4 cups of beef stock.

Add 2 bay leaves.

Add 1- 28 0z. can of tomato sauce.

Add the onion and beef mixture.

Stir it thoroughly.

Cover and let it simmer for about 8 minutes.  Test it to make sure the noodles are cooked through.

It will thicken.

Stir in some diced cilantro.

Sprinkle it with some crumbled Queso Fresco cheese.  I also sprinkled on some grated Cotija cheese too.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July

For all of you celebrating today, have a very happy 4th!

I will try to sleep through these tonight!  Stay safe out there!

Friday, July 3, 2015

This is What I've Been Doing

Seriously, I have an excuse for why my Fall signs are out already.                                                                                                
 I just spent the last week cleaning my garage.  I am thrilled that I can finally see from front to back and I actually have empty shelves.  Lots got tossed, lots donated and all the rest went into plastic containers which I labeled.

 This might not look like a big deal to you but it was a huge job.  I couldn't even walk through here until yesterday.  Someone, I am not mentioning who, likes to just drop things when he is done with them.  This nameless person also likes to stuff the shelves full of anything and everything. I removed carloads full of things to donate.  If I see a mess in here in the future, someone is in big trouble.  Husbands sure can be a pain in the ass sometimes.

 The reason the car is still in the garage is that it won't start.  I am calling AAA today.  They couldn't have gotten to it a couple days ago.  Time to trade the Camaro in. I never drive it and it just sits and takes up room so it is time for it to go.

 I put together these growing shelves four years ago and only used them once.  I really like starting my plants from seed and was very disappointed that I couldn't use them this past winter.  I will be using them next year! These are easy to build.  You just buy metal shelves and fluorescent shop lights.  You attach the lights on chains so they can be moved up as the plants grow.  The system works very well.

The whole project made Teddy very tired.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Arroz Blanco: Mexican Garlic Rice

This is a bit different than the Mexican rice you are used to.  It is creamy, garlicky and delectable. It makes a great side for many dishes.
 Dice up lots of garlic.  Use as much as you like. You can see that I used 6 cloves.

 Dice 1 medium onion.

 Put 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy pot and add the onion and 1-1/2 cups of rice.  Cook this for about 4-5 minutes stirring often.

 Add the garlic.

 Add 1 diced jalapeno pepper.

 Add 2-1/2 cups of chicken broth and some S&P.

 Add 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice.

 Cover the pot and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.

 Toss it with some diced cilantro before serving.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Black Raspberry Cobbler and a Gift

It's Black Raspberry season.                            
 My black raspberries are producing like they never have before and somehow I am getting them before the birds.  I planted these behind our other house two doors away 9 years ago. They disappeared for a year or two and then showed up in my neighbors yard where they grew and grew.  No one lives there so I can just go over and pick away. Yesterday I got about 4 cups.

 They have such a short shelf life that I needed to use them right away and nothing is simpler than making a cobbler.

Mix 2-1/2 cups of berries with 3/4 cup of sugar and the zest and juice of 1 lemon.  Toss them gently and let them sit until they start to give off their juice.

 In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of flour, 1/3 cup of sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt.  Whisk this together and add 1 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of melted butter.  Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.

 Pour the batter into a small pan.  I doubled this recipe which is why you see two.  If making a single recipe, use an 8X8 inch pan.

 Top with the berry mixture.

 Bake at 375 degrees for 45-55 minutes until the middle is set and the crust is golden.

 Is there anything better than receiving an unexpected gift in the mail?  My friend Bev from Bee Haven Acres sent this to me.  What a surprise! Thoughtful gifts are the best and she sure put a lot of thought and work into this.  Look closely and you will see owls all lined up with eyes made with black beads  on my favorite Fall colors.

A gorgeous shawl which she took the time to knit on her vacation in St. Lucia. 
 A closeup of the owls.  I will cherish this forever!  Thanks so much Bev!!!  Not to mention that she made this in the middle of planning the wedding of the year!