December 29, 2011

A Year in Recipes

When it comes to cooking, I'm not a creature of habit. I love to try new recipes, especially when they come recommended from trusted friends who are also great cooks. In 2011, I discovered a few new recipes that have passed the husband taste test and, thus, made it into the meal rotation. Here they are for your future tasting pleasure:

Black Bean Burritos
from my sister Sarah

1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp red pepper
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 can black beans, drained
1 can kernel corn, drained
2 cans Rotel
1 cup instant rice
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Combine cumin, garlic, paprika, and red pepper. Add cubed chicken and half of the seasoning blend to a Ziploc bag. Shake to coat. Cook chicken in vegetable oil until no longer pink. Combine beans, corn, Rotel, and reserved seasoning blend. Add to chicken. Bring to a boil. Add rice. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until rice is tender. Top with cheese and cilantro. Serve with tortillas.

Greek Salad
from my friend Jenny

1 head romaine lettuce,
2 medium cucumbers, diced
3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 small red onion, sliced paper thin
1/2 pouch feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives

Dressing:
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 cup olive oil
salt & pepper

Pecan Pie
from Texas Monthly magazine

Filling:
1/3 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
4 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups pecan halves

Melt the butter, and combine it with the sugar, corn syrup, eggs, salt, and vanilla. Pour the mixture into a pie shell. Place the pecan halves on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. It's ready when you stick a knife into the pie and it comes out clean.

And Old Faithful:
Crumbly Top Apple Pie
from my great-grandmother

1/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
4 cups pared, sliced apples
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/3-1/2 cup butter

Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add apples. Arrange apples in pie shell. Blend brown sugar and flour. Cut in butter. Sprinkle flour mixture over apples. Bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes.

Enjoy!