Ancho oregano pecan butter

Ingredients

3 cloves of garlic
1 ancho chile, briefly toasted and ground (approx. 4 tsp)
2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
1 tbsp gold tequila
3 generous tbsp chopped pecans
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 lb unsalted butter (1 stick)

How to prepare

This pumpkin-colored butter is good to add to squash, corn, soups, sauces, and pasta, and to melt over grilled fish, chicken, or steaks.

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Corn and roasted pepper soup

Ingredients

2 medium onions, chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 stick butter
1 large red bell pepper, chopped, roasted
2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped, roasted
2 large tomatoes, chopped and preferably roasted
4-1/2 cups corn (fresh or frozen)
5-6 cups rich chicken broth
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp sweet paprika salt to taste 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
3 sprigs epazote

1-1/2 tbsp grated cheese per bowl (queso fresco, monterey jack)
6 corn tortillas, cut & fried to make chips
1/2 poblano or anaheim chile per bowl, roasted, peeled, cut into strips
avocado wedges for garnish

How to prepare

Saut

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Fajita Burritos

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb sirloin or round steak, sliced thin
1 onion, sliced thin
1 bell pepper, sliced
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 cup sour cream
dozen flour tortillas

How to prepare

Place thin sliced beef in slow cooker. Top w/onion and bell pepper. Add next 4 ingredients. Cook on low 6 hours. Spoon fajita mixture on warm tortilla with sour cream and avocado. (Other condiments-lettuce, tomatoes,grated cheese, black olives, salsa. ) Serves 8-10

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Stifado – greek stew

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 lb boneless beef chuck – cut into 1-1/2″ cubes
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
12 sm. White boiling onions
1 lb tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
3 garlic cloves; minced
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme *
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary *
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano *
1 bay leaf; crumbled
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cup dry red wine

1/2 lb feta cheese, crumbled
salt & freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

* 1 tsp dried herbs may be used instead of fresh.
Preheat over to 350 f. Heat oil in heavy 4- to 5-quart dutch oven over medium high heat. Toss beef with flour in large bowl. Add beef to pan in batches and cook until brown, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer browned beef to bowl. Add onions to pan and cook until light brown, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic, herbs and cumin to pan.
Stir in wine and bring to a boil. Cover and bake in oven until beef is tender, about 2 hours. (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm to 350 f oven before continuing.) Stir feta into stew. Return to oven and continue baking until cheese is heated through, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve. Servings: 4

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White bean & wheat berry soup

Ingredients

1 lb dried white beans, picked over
2 ham hocks
2/3 cup wheat berries
8 cups water
2 cups chicken broth
2 medium onions, chopped
3 carrots, chopped

3 celery ribs, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried rosemary, crumbled
1 head escarole, chopped coarse
3 garlic cloves, minced

How to prepare

In a bowl soak beans in water to cover by 2″ overnight or quick-soak and drain. In a heavy kettle (at least 5 quarts) simmer ham hocks and wheat berries in water and broth, covered, 1 hour. Add drained beans and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and skim froth. Add onions, carrots, celery, bay leaf and rosemary and simmer, covered, until beans are tender, about 1 hour. Transfer ham hocks with a slotted spoon to a cutting board. Discard fat and bones and chop meat. In a blender or food processor puree 3 cups soup. Stir puree into soup with chopped meat and escarole and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes. Stir in garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Soup may be made 4 days ahead (cool uncovered before chilling covered). Makes 15 cups.

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Carne seca jerky

Ingredients

2 1/2-3 lb raw jerky meat
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 tsp ground oregano
2 cloves garlic, mashed
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp course black pepper
3/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp liquid smoke

How to prepare

Mix all ingredients to make marinade and soak meat in marinade 24 hours. Remove meat from marinade and place in oven or smoker for from 7-8 hours at about 150- 200

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Black bean and salsa lasagna

Ingredients

2 cn (14-oz) chopped tomatoes with juice
1 cn (8-oz) tomato sauce
8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tbsp dried oregano
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp salt
Olive oil
12 lasagna noodles, uncooked
15 oz ricotta cheese
12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cn (15-oz) black beans, drained
1 cn (14 1/2-oz) medium-hot salsa

How to prepare

Combine tomatoes, tomato sauce, mushrooms, oregano, black pepper and salt in lb bowl. Set aside. Grease a 12-by-8-by-2-inch pan with olive oil. Place half of tomato mixture on bottom of pan. Top with 4 lasagna noodles to cover pan. Top with half of ricotta cheese, half of mozzarella, 3/4 cup parmesan, half of black beans and 4 lasagna noodles. Top with remaining tomato mixture, ricotta, black beans and remaining 4 noodles. End with salsa, remaining parmesan and mozzarella. Cover tightly with foil; place additional foil underneath pan (it may bubble over). Bake at 350 degrees until noodles are tender, about 1 hour. Best of 95 yield: 6 servings.

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Saut

Ingredients

6 to 8 small zucchini
olive oil
2 finely chopped garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp, or to taste, chopped fresh basil (or another herb)
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp chopped parsley

How to prepare

Cut the zucchini in quarters lengthwise. Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet and add the zucchini strips. Saut

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New mexico chili soup

Ingredients

2 tbsp oil
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp flour
16 oz canned tomatoes
1/2 tsp garlic, minced

4 green chiles, peeled, seeded & chopped
1 tbsp chili powder
1 pinch cumin
salt
water

How to prepare

Heat the oil in a skillet. Brown the meat and onion. Stir in the flour. Add the tomatoes. Break up the tomatoes with a fork. Stir in the garlic, chile peppers, chili powder and cumin. Season with salt. Add enough water to moisten the mixture. Simmer for several hours. Yields 4 servings

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Pomegranate salsa

Ingredients

1 large or 2 medium pomegranates (about 3/4 lb total)
1 large orange
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1-3 tsp minced seeded fresh jalapeno
salt to taste

How to prepare

Break pomegranate into large chunks. Immerse in bowl of water and break apart to release seeds. Discard membrane and skin. Drain seeds and pat dry. Cut peel and white membrane from orange. Holding fruit over a bowl, cut between inner membranes to free segments, adding them to bowl. Squeeze juice form membrane into bowl, discard membrane. Cut each segment into chunks. Add pomegranate and remaining ingredients. Serve or cover and chill overnight. Serve with grilled or broiled fish. Makes about 1 cup, serving 4 to 6.

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