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Hot Eats with Smooth Beats

kitchenI have been absent for a spell … again.  But I have an excuse!  I recently bought a house!  I’ve been working on it for the past two months getting it into shape and making it a home, and I finally feel that I can call my new house my new home.  The predominant reason this is so is because I can now enjoyably use the kitchen and it feels like mine.  It’s clean, it’s large enough to move around in, and everything has a home when I’m done with it.  It’s marvelous!

CookinPeppersAs I was cooking my dinner this evening, I thought about you all, and how I haven’t given you anything for a long while.  What better opportunity to remedy that than the maiden voyage of a newly put together kitchen!  There are several things I’d like to tell you about this evening’s culinary escapades.  First, if you you like music (everyone likes music), I would recommend investing in an HMDX Jam wireless bluetooth speaker.  A friend of mine introduced me to this wonderful gizmo, and it’s changed the entirety of my cooking experience.  I just turn on one of my favorite playlists on Spotify, link up to the speaker, and start cookin’.  Have you ever danced with a spatula & frying pan?  I recommend it…

This evenings fare is chicken & rice.  It’s a very simple dish.  Seasoned chicken, blackened bell peppers, and brown rice.  It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s relatively quick, what more could you ask for?  Plus, if you do it right, your whole house will smell of deliciousness when you’re done.

If you’d like to try this simple, yet satisfying selection, you can find a recipe in the recipes section of the blog.

Chicken & Rice

Oh, and by the way, this is an excellent base to start with to create your own masterpiece.  If you want something a little more gooey and savory, you might add some cream of (whatever) soup and some cheese.  Or if you’re feeling a little more exotic, you can spice it up with some mango, pineapple, and a hot pepper or two.  You could turn this into a chili or a soup.  The possibilities are endless!

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Holy Guacamole

Guac-IngredientsTonight, I tried my hand at a creation suggested by one of my good friends. She is walking along with me in this fruit and vegetable desert. We’re often exchanging ideas about how to break up what can become a monotonous stream of fiber. She’s very creative, so I’m always eager to hear what she’s coming up with. The other day she told me she had enjoyed black beans topped with guacamole. Anything, according to her, with guacamole on it is bound to be delicious.

I’m inclined to agree. So I borrowed her idea. However, I decided to add to it a bit to make this my own. What I ended up with is a simple yet delicious plate of seasoned black beans over a bed of brown rice, topped with a mango-lime guacamole.

The unlike most guacamoles I’ve tasted, the mango and lime work together to give it a sour and sweet quality that goes very will with salty things (such as tortilla chips). Unfortunately, tortilla chips are not part of the landscape of this veggie desert. This is where the beans and rice come in. Savory black beans with a sweet guacamole isn’t the same as guac and chips, but it’s still pretty damn delicious! I recommend it!

Black-Beans-and-Rice-with-Guac

If you’d like to try it, you can find the recipe in the recipes section of the blog.

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disappointment

I was not feeling particularly led to cook anything today. Not really. I already have a couple sets of leftovers from the few previous meals I’ve cooked – all of them delicious – and there really isn’t a need. There’s that, and there’s also the fact that I’m still making my way through my self-imposed fruit and vegetable desert. When you can’t cook what you really want, the desire to cook is somewhat diminished. But… I figured since this is still a budding little blog, it would be a good idea to do something. So I thought, what can I cook that requires the least effort, but will still be worth sharing with all of you.

ImageLong story short, I cooked up some black beans and rice with avocado & mushrooms. It was alright, but it wan’t great. I plated it and tried to make it look nice and pretty, and honestly, for as simple as it was, it tasted pretty good. But the reality is, when all you really want is a bowl of fruit loops & milk, a plate of black beans & rice really doesn’t do much. You know?

So I finish my meal and get on my computer to check email and I see that one of my fellow food bloggers has posted a new recipe. I like to see what other cooks in the bloggosphere are up to, so I checked it out. Given the disappointing experience with tonights dinner that I just recounted, this was a poor decision.

I click on the link to go to her blog, and she has posted a recipe – with pictures – of Red-Lobster-style cheddar biscuits! WITH PICTURES!! Oh my word! I thought my beans and rice didn’t measure up to fruit loops. Put it up against those lumps of baked cheesy goodness, I might as well be eating mud.

Anyway, now that I’ve really sold you on MY creation, if you’d like to try it out for yourself and draw your own conclusions, you can find the recipe in the recipe’s section of the blog.

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