Jan 26, 2010

Southwest Chipotle Burgers

The weather has been so nice here the last couple of days. I'm almost thinking that it's Spring time. Here is a good recipe for a nice Saturday afternoon.


Southwest Chipotle Burgers


Burgers:
1 1/2 lb ground chuck or ground sirloin
1-1/2 chipotle peppers canned in adobo sauce
1 1/2 T adobo sauce (from the chipotle chili can)
1/4 C grated onion
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t cumin
1 1/2 t kosher salt
1/4 t pepper

Chipotle-lime Mayo:
1/2 C Mayo
2 t lime juice
1 1/2 t adobo sauce (from the canned chipotle chilis)
2T chopped fresh cilantro

4-6 good quality buns
1 tomato
1-2 avocado
lettuce
optional: jack, cotija, or queso fresco cheese


Start by making the sauce.


Place mayo, adobo sauce, lime juice and cilantro in a small bowl.

Now this is the hard part. Stir it all together. Cover it and set in the fridge. You can make this part up to a day ahead of time if you want to. And it's seriously so good I could dip anything in it. Fries, chips, my fingers... I actually usually double it so I can serve extra on the table.

Now place the beef in a bowl and gently crumble with your fingers. Add the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, grated onion, garlic powder, cumin, kosher salt, and pepper. Use your hands (yes, your hands!) to gently mix things together. If you go crazy and over-work ground beef it gets a yucky texture. Just mix it enough to distribute the ingredients and call it good.

Divide into 4 patties (or 6 little ones) and place on a preheated grill, indoor grill pan, or skillet.


If you want to top with cheese, do so in the last few minutes of grilling. I'd use jack (not pepperjack), cotija, or even some queso fresco. While the burgers are cooking, toast buns and spread chipotle-lime sauce generously on each side of each bun.

When the burgers are done to your liking let them stand for 5 minutes off the grill/pan and then pop onto your prepared buns. Top with tomato slices, avocado slices, and a crisp piece of lettuce.

If you made extra sauce, serve it on the table so people can slather it on every bite. Just wait until you sink your teeth into this baby!

Southwest Chipotle Burgers

The weather has been so nice here the last couple of days. I'm almost thinking that it's Spring time. Here is a good recipe for a nice Saturday afternoon.


Southwest Chipotle Burgers


Burgers:
1 1/2 lb ground chuck or ground sirloin
1-1/2 chipotle peppers canned in adobo sauce
1 1/2 T adobo sauce (from the chipotle chili can)
1/4 C grated onion
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t cumin
1 1/2 t kosher salt
1/4 t pepper

Chipotle-lime Mayo:
1/2 C Mayo
2 t lime juice
1 1/2 t adobo sauce (from the canned chipotle chilis)
2T chopped fresh cilantro

4-6 good quality buns
1 tomato
1-2 avocado
lettuce
optional: jack, cotija, or queso fresco cheese


Start by making the sauce.


Place mayo, adobo sauce, lime juice and cilantro in a small bowl.

Now this is the hard part. Stir it all together. Cover it and set in the fridge. You can make this part up to a day ahead of time if you want to. And it's seriously so good I could dip anything in it. Fries, chips, my fingers... I actually usually double it so I can serve extra on the table.

Now place the beef in a bowl and gently crumble with your fingers. Add the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, grated onion, garlic powder, cumin, kosher salt, and pepper. Use your hands (yes, your hands!) to gently mix things together. If you go crazy and over-work ground beef it gets a yucky texture. Just mix it enough to distribute the ingredients and call it good.

Divide into 4 patties (or 6 little ones) and place on a preheated grill, indoor grill pan, or skillet.


If you want to top with cheese, do so in the last few minutes of grilling. I'd use jack (not pepperjack), cotija, or even some queso fresco. While the burgers are cooking, toast buns and spread chipotle-lime sauce generously on each side of each bun.

When the burgers are done to your liking let them stand for 5 minutes off the grill/pan and then pop onto your prepared buns. Top with tomato slices, avocado slices, and a crisp piece of lettuce.

If you made extra sauce, serve it on the table so people can slather it on every bite. Just wait until you sink your teeth into this baby!

Jan 25, 2010

Here piggy, piggy

This weekend Kendall showed a pig. This was not her first time to show, last year she showed a goat. My sister and I grew up on a ranch so showing animals is what we did. I hope that Kendall will want to do this when she is old enough.

Kate was nice enough to lend Kendall her pig. Kendall was all smiles before she went out into the ring



And than she lost her pig...and cried



The girls with the 1st place ribbons. And yes, they are filthy!

Here piggy, piggy

This weekend Kendall showed a pig. This was not her first time to show, last year she showed a goat. My sister and I grew up on a ranch so showing animals is what we did. I hope that Kendall will want to do this when she is old enough.

Kate was nice enough to lend Kendall her pig. Kendall was all smiles before she went out into the ring



And than she lost her pig...and cried



The girls with the 1st place ribbons. And yes, they are filthy!

Jan 21, 2010

Pray

Please Pray for the Jost family. Click here to read Rachel's story.

Pray

Please Pray for the Jost family. Click here to read Rachel's story.

Jan 19, 2010

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups...seriously, do I need to say anything else?



1 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup shortening

1. In a small bowl, combine confectioner's sugar, peanut butter, brown sugar, butter and vanilla; cover and set aside.

2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and shortening. Pour teaspoonfuls into 2-inch foil muffin cups. ( I used my silicone cupcake cups for this- if you want to make bite sized peanut butter cups then use mini cups). Drop a rounded teaspoonful of peanut butter mixture into each cup; top each with 2 teaspoons of the chocolate mixture.

3. Refrigerate until set. This is the hardest part of the recipe....waiting to eat one. Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups...seriously, do I need to say anything else?



1 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup shortening

1. In a small bowl, combine confectioner's sugar, peanut butter, brown sugar, butter and vanilla; cover and set aside.

2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and shortening. Pour teaspoonfuls into 2-inch foil muffin cups. ( I used my silicone cupcake cups for this- if you want to make bite sized peanut butter cups then use mini cups). Drop a rounded teaspoonful of peanut butter mixture into each cup; top each with 2 teaspoons of the chocolate mixture.

3. Refrigerate until set. This is the hardest part of the recipe....waiting to eat one. Store in an airtight container.

Jan 13, 2010

Starting to Simplify

Did anyone see Oprah on Monday? Her show was about stripping down. No phones, No computers, No TV just spending quality family time together. We are not going to that extreme but that is what I have been wanting for our family by trying to simplify our lives.

Peter Walsh said start by decluttering and organizing your house. Now, those of you who know me know that this is one of my favorite things to do. I even wanted to be a professional organizer at one time. But over the last couple of months life has gotten in the way and my organizational skills have vanished. So yesterday I did a complete overhaul of our house. Going into every room in this little house and organizing anything and everything I could. And let me tell you I feel like I can breath again.

He also said that having just 1 date night a month will help out your marriage. Jeff and I try to do this. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We also will be having family night once a week. Jeff will come home from work early and we eat dinner together as a family and play a game or just chat about the day we had...with out the TV in the background. I'm probably not doing this little Oprah segment justice go over and check it out yourself. It was really interesting and is exactly what I meant by simplifying our life. Forget about all the games, phones and emails and just get back to the basics.

Starting to Simplify

Did anyone see Oprah on Monday? Her show was about stripping down. No phones, No computers, No TV just spending quality family time together. We are not going to that extreme but that is what I have been wanting for our family by trying to simplify our lives.

Peter Walsh said start by decluttering and organizing your house. Now, those of you who know me know that this is one of my favorite things to do. I even wanted to be a professional organizer at one time. But over the last couple of months life has gotten in the way and my organizational skills have vanished. So yesterday I did a complete overhaul of our house. Going into every room in this little house and organizing anything and everything I could. And let me tell you I feel like I can breath again.

He also said that having just 1 date night a month will help out your marriage. Jeff and I try to do this. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We also will be having family night once a week. Jeff will come home from work early and we eat dinner together as a family and play a game or just chat about the day we had...with out the TV in the background. I'm probably not doing this little Oprah segment justice go over and check it out yourself. It was really interesting and is exactly what I meant by simplifying our life. Forget about all the games, phones and emails and just get back to the basics.

Jan 12, 2010

Carnitas Tacos

Last weekend we got together with our friends and really I think I might have had the best tacos I've ever eaten. My friend Tammy is a amazing cook and she whipped us up some Carnitas Tacos. This is her exact recipe not only is she a great cook she is super funny too.




Carnitas Tacos
(4 servings)

2 lbs boneless country style pork ribs or pork shoulder (Boston butt) cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces. (this part is gross! - make the butcher do it.)

2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp dried mexican oregano
1/2 large yellow onion, cut into 4 pieces


Toss pork in crock pot with salt, pepper and oregano to coat. Place onion pieces atop pork. Cook on low until meat is very tender and falling apart (at least 6 hours). Using slotted spoon, transfer pork to cutting board. Discard onion pieces. Using fingers shred pork (and take out any weird stuff). transfer to bowl and serve with warm corn tortillas, avocado, red peppers, cilantro, pico de gallo and favorite salsa.

Carnitas Tacos

Last weekend we got together with our friends and really I think I might have had the best tacos I've ever eaten. My friend Tammy is a amazing cook and she whipped us up some Carnitas Tacos. This is her exact recipe not only is she a great cook she is super funny too.




Carnitas Tacos
(4 servings)

2 lbs boneless country style pork ribs or pork shoulder (Boston butt) cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces. (this part is gross! - make the butcher do it.)

2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp dried mexican oregano
1/2 large yellow onion, cut into 4 pieces


Toss pork in crock pot with salt, pepper and oregano to coat. Place onion pieces atop pork. Cook on low until meat is very tender and falling apart (at least 6 hours). Using slotted spoon, transfer pork to cutting board. Discard onion pieces. Using fingers shred pork (and take out any weird stuff). transfer to bowl and serve with warm corn tortillas, avocado, red peppers, cilantro, pico de gallo and favorite salsa.

Jan 5, 2010

Green Enchiladas

My brother in law made these for Christmas and man oh man where they good!


Green Enchiladas

4 skinless chicken breast
salt and pepper
olive oil for chicken breast
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic
corn tortillas
Monterrey jack cheese
sour cream



Tomatillo Sauce

15 tomatillos…. Husks removed, rinsed.

½ yellow onion

½ poblano pepper, seeded

1 tsp. Adobo seasoning

1 tsp Chili powder

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp lemon pepper

1 tsp cumin

1 large bunch cilantro, stems removed

Juice from 3 -4 big limes

½ tsp fresh garlic

Dash ground pepper

2-3 stems fresh oregano


Mix all ingredients in food processor and give it a whirl.


Enchiladas directions...


Drizzle the chicken breast with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for 20 minuets. Let cool and shred with 2 forks.


Chop onion and garlic and sauté in butter until lightly browned.
Add the shredded chicken to the onions and garlic. Add chicken mixture to warmed corn tortillas and roll. Top with tomatillo sauce. You then top the rolled corn tortillas with the tomatillo sauce and jack cheese and bake for about 30 minutes on 350. Add sour cream if desired.

Green Enchiladas

My brother in law made these for Christmas and man oh man where they good!


Green Enchiladas

4 skinless chicken breast
salt and pepper
olive oil for chicken breast
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic
corn tortillas
Monterrey jack cheese
sour cream



Tomatillo Sauce

15 tomatillos…. Husks removed, rinsed.

½ yellow onion

½ poblano pepper, seeded

1 tsp. Adobo seasoning

1 tsp Chili powder

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp lemon pepper

1 tsp cumin

1 large bunch cilantro, stems removed

Juice from 3 -4 big limes

½ tsp fresh garlic

Dash ground pepper

2-3 stems fresh oregano


Mix all ingredients in food processor and give it a whirl.


Enchiladas directions...


Drizzle the chicken breast with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for 20 minuets. Let cool and shred with 2 forks.


Chop onion and garlic and sauté in butter until lightly browned.
Add the shredded chicken to the onions and garlic. Add chicken mixture to warmed corn tortillas and roll. Top with tomatillo sauce. You then top the rolled corn tortillas with the tomatillo sauce and jack cheese and bake for about 30 minutes on 350. Add sour cream if desired.

Jan 3, 2010

Our New Year's Eve

We spent it out at our friends families ranch out in the hill country. It's so beautiful out there.



The girls chatted



While the boys hunted. This is them just as they came in right before midnight




And the kids played and played and played




This was our 10th year to spend New Year's together with our friends. My how the years have changed. This year we all were fighting to stay up till midnight.

Our New Year's Eve

We spent it out at our friends families ranch out in the hill country. It's so beautiful out there.



The girls chatted



While the boys hunted. This is them just as they came in right before midnight




And the kids played and played and played




This was our 10th year to spend New Year's together with our friends. My how the years have changed. This year we all were fighting to stay up till midnight.