Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Recipe Exchange

This morning I got a chain email from a friend and thought it was so clever. The instructions were prefaced by two names and their email addresses, #1 is the person who sent the email to your friend and #2 is the friend who sent it to you.

Step 1: Please send a recipe to the person whose name is listed in the #1 position above. It should be something quick and easy, without rare ingredients. Actually the best recipe is one you know by heart and can type out and send now.

Step 2: Then copy this letter into a new email and move my name to the #1 position and put your name in the #2 position. Only your name and mine should appear in this list when you send out your email. Send this out to 20 people you know.

You should receive 36 recipes. It's fun to see where these recipes come from!

I don't know the person I sent my recipe to - that's part of the fun - but give it a try and see what tasty dishes fall into your lap[top]!

Below is my recipe for the tasting...

Yummy [Americanized] Picadillo (feeds a bunch - normally 1-2 servings of leftovers for 2)

1 onion, garilc, + olive oil
1 lb lean ground beef
a few small tomatoes or canned, diced tomatoes + green pepper (basically anything salsa-y, or just chunky salsa!)
1 cup black beans (more or less)
1/3 cup golden raisins (more or less, I normally opt for more)

Optional: tortillas, rice, poached eggs

Find a large pan - this is a one-pan meal! Season the pan w/ onion and garlic then add the ground beef and brown. While that's going on get all your add-ins ready. I normally drain the black beans and cut up the veggies. Once the meat is browned turn down the heat to low and add the black beans and raisins. Add veggies, salsa, or a combo of both (my fav). Stir it all up. You want everything to be nice and juicy. Simmer everything, covered and stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes or so, until all the flavors are mixed. That's it!

This is really good wrapped up in a tortilla with your favorite fixin's. You can even serve it over rice. If you're feeling brunchy poach some eggs and serve that on top.


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