Monthly Archives: July 2011

Fiesta en mi Boca

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Let me just say, I’m a big veggie fan- I really am. I am, however, very leery of veggies taking the place of meat on my plate. Take tacos, for example. Normally my motto is: “No meat? Must taste like feet.” Ok, that’s an exaggeration. I’ve never said that in my life. But you get the idea. I like meat. So you really have to have some hearty substitutes if you’re going to trick me into eating meatless tacos.  That said, try these- they’re good stuff. And they don’t taste like feet.

This recipe is straight out of Kim Barnouin’s Skinny Bitch Everyday Ultimate Cookbook. I definitely recommend this book especially if you’re looking for some fun, veggie dishes. You can snag this baby for less than 20 bucks on Amazon.

P.S I’m a HUGE condiment fan- I’ve gotta  have a whole lotta’ textures and temperatures going on in my dishes. So of course I dolled these guys up good before I ate them. (jalapenos, chopped tomatoes, a few squirts of lime, a dollop of sour cream. OK, maybe a few dollops…)

Black Bean and Yam Tacos


Ingredients

2 tbs grapeseed oil
1 large garnet yam, peeled and cubed
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp dried Mexican oregano
1 (15-ounce/430g) can black beans,
drained and rinsed
1 large tomato, diced
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 whole wheat or sprouted tortillas
1 avocado, sliced, for garnish


Directions

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the yam and sauté until almost soft. Add the green pepper, garlic, cumin, chili powder, coriander, and oregano. Sauté 3 minutes. Stir in the beans and tomato and cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Warm the tortillas in a small skillet and then place on plate. Spread the yam/bean mixture on tortillas, and garnish with avocado.

Srv: 1 Taco, Cal: 380, Fat:17g, Sat Fat: 1.5g, Col: 0mg,
Carb: 51g, Fib: 11g, Pro: 11g

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More Bottle Brilliance

1920’s canning jar

With all my glass bottle/jar craziness lately, it’s no wonder I’m finding amazing sites to accompany my weirdness. Just wanted to share a slideshow that Martha has so conveniently placed on her website. It’s all about how to decipher and date glass bottles. Pre-tty interesting stuff if you ask me. I know…no one asked. But I’m telling you anyway. 🙂

Check out Martha Stewart’s “Collecting Bottles.”

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Re-useful

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I admit: I’m turning into my grandmother on certain levels. Not only am I finding a few gray hairs and leaning towards slightly powdery perfumes, but I’ve also been saving shiz likes it’s nobodies business! I recently found myself saving a butter container. Yes, I have an old Earth Balance tupperware under my sink right now. But ya know what – 1.) It’s the perfect size to save the little bit of frosting I had leftover from making cupcakes this weekend. 2.) It came free with 8 ounces of butter 3.) It’s a #5 plastic, people! It can’t technically be recycled anyway. So go ahead, judge me. You can’t say it doesn’t make sense though.

So plastic butter containers may not be on the top of everyone’s rescue list. But there is one thing I think we can all agree is hard to toss- a glass soda bottle. Yes, you could recycle it, but it’s just so darn charming. I know I’ve talked about my inability to chunk these items before. They really do make for an adorable little vase! But there are only so many bottle vases one little studio apartment can hold. In an effort to save my collection of Coke, Sprite, and Fanta glass bottles that were starting to become somewhat of an eyesore on my kitchen counter, I definitely turned to my bff, Google, for some advice.

First idea I stumbled across- Dish soap dispenser. And who doesn’t want an excuse to get that ugly plastic Dawn bottle off the counter. There’s really nothing to this one at all- wash the bottle, fill it with soap and top it with a pouring spout. I got my spout for $3 at Crate and Barrel. It’s also a good idea to dilute the soap so that it comes out a little easier. ThrifyFun talks about the benefits of diluting dish soap here. So easy, so cute and I saved the life of one more coke bottle! Next project: oil and vinegar dispensers! Ok, maybe I am going a little bottle crazy. I just need to take a deep breath and lay the rest of my collection in their recycle bin grave. Maybe…

Check out these other awesome ways to save the life of a glass bottle or jar!

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Sweet, Sweet Mexican Goodness

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When I lived in Houston, Paul and I would often go to El Canino farmers market in the Heights area. Passing by all the fruit, snatching a few samples and then making our way to the back lot where all the tacos trucks were camped out.  Some of the most delicious freakin’ tacos I’ve ever had- washed down with a Mexican Coca. Doesn’t get much better than that! But wait- it totally does! Right across the street is a not-so-little Mexican bakery called El Bolillo. If you live in Houston- or within 50 miles of Houston, you would be nutso not to swing by this beautiful panadería. Rows and rows of the freshest sweet breads, cupcakes, cookies, rolls, toritillas- a carboholic’s heaven on earth. Go. Now. Don’t walk. Run!

Since relocating to LA, I haven’t had the opportunity to hit many local bakeries, but I DO often walk to the corner market, Jon’s. Recently, I’ve come to find that Jon’s get’s a delivery from a local Mexican bakery every day and THUS, I now have close access to some delicious pan dulce- what you see pictured above. And at 2 for 78¢, I’m definitely not breaking the bank with my sweet tooth. And don’t get me started on those neon cookies. The texture is like nothing else- like biting into a chewy, cookie cloud.

I am DYING to try and bake my own sweet bread but haven’t quite found the time. I came across this recipe from allrecipes.com  that seems to have pretty great reviews: Conchas(Mexican Sweet Bread)  If you try it before I get a chance, let me now how it goes! I’ll post as soon as I find the time to skip a walk to the corner market and make my own sweets. ¡Dulces sueños!

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