I lost another pepper. Note the pepper on the left which I was hoping to vine ripen has split and rotted. This is the second pepper I’ve lost to rot. Fully one third of my summer crop has rotted away. But if the remaining four fruit survive this will be my most successful attempt at growing fruits in pots. A few summers ago my tomato plant produced two tomatoes. Then I tried cucumbers. Only got one. This pepper plant is actually growing peppers!
The Boss is gone this weekend. There was a sister get together and I wasn’t invited. The Boss is a worrier. She frets about leaving me home alone for the weekend. I say worry not. There’s simply something that must be done when The Boss is gone.
Make beans. This weekend’s mini-project was to recreate the free cup of pinto bean soup you got with every meal at one of our favorite Tex-Mex restaurants. I know the location we frequented in Carrollton Texas has closed. Many of the chain’s locations have boarded up and I’m not sure if any have survived. The Doctor always ordered 13b double beans, no rice. Each family member has fond memories of the food. I’m fairly certain there was plenty of lard but we’ll never know for sure.
I started with my basic Sopa de Frijol con Vegetal and used bacon slices to saute the vegetables. Instead of the canned tomatoes I used a commercially bottled Salsa Casera medium from Mexico (seriously, this should have nailed it).
Nope. The beans taste exactly like my pinto bean soup with bacon and some spicy tomatoes. I have failed to replicate Herrera’s bean soup.
Now if I could just find out the brand of hot canned jalapenos Herrera’s used…
High-protein ricotta pancakes. Even just writing that sentence makes me happy. We love pancakes, and when they’re simple, tasty and packed with protein we love them even more. Protein is important, and many people don’t get enough. If you’re not sure exactly how much protein you need then there’s a free guide and meal plan…
via High-protein Ricotta Pancakes — Hurry The Food Up
I thought I’d re-post this post from Hurry The Food Up featuring several ricotta pancake recipes. When I mentioned to a friend I gave a sample of my Ricotta Buttermilk Pancakes to the Tiny Taste Tester I got the following response:
PANCAKES! You have to start them young. Hopefully if you raise ’em right they get to the peanut butter and pancake pinnacle of pancake heaven.
I moved to Texas when I was 25 years old. It didn’t take long for me to develop a taste for Tex Mex. If you’re from Texas you crave Tex Mex. If you’re from Texas and you find yourself living in Oklahoma, you still crave Tex Mex because the restaurants in this state don’t make or serve Tex Mex. We have Okie Mex. Some restaurants do Okie Mex better than others. One of those places is Ted’s. The original Ted’s location near NW 63 and May Avenue in OKC opened in 1991. There are multiple locations in the OKC metro and the closest to us is 0.5 miles from the house. For the final installment of our Tiny Taste Tester series from this weekend we present:
The Tiny Taste Tester Ted’s Review
Tortilla chips. Very small pieces, thin, salty. Good chips. Four stars.
Small hand torn pieces of fresh flour tortillas dipped in queso. Each piece was savored for several minutes. Four stars.
Smashed Mexican Spiced Potatoes. Green chilies provide the predominant flavor profile. OK but not her favorite. She made a face. Two stars.
Refried beans. Mild flavor. Very tasty example. Four stars.
Guacomole. It’s green but doesn’t taste like any other green mush that comes in small jars. I don’t know what this is but I like it and I like it a lot! Five stars.
Overall 3.8 Stars. Tiny Taste Tester Approved.
“The Ginger Chicken and Broccoli was good but all I got was some very tiny pieces of chicken, rice and sauce.”
Didn’t spit any out. Seemed to enjoy the flavors. Tiny Test Taster Approved.
Meet my Tiny Taste Tester. This post started as a Risotto recipe but somewhere I got off topic (I’ll return to risotto later). When The Boss learned this Tiny Human was coming to the house for a weekend visit she got quite excited. Then the orders began.
“Go to the store and buy some baby food.”
So I did just that. Little did we realize that this small person was not limited to the mush you buy in jars and pouches. We quickly began to realize our guest had worldly taste buds. OK…back to risotto. On most days I do a scan of what’s on hand and start thinking about what to make for dinner. When I gave The Boss a few options the other day her reply was:
“Risotto. You have never made risotto.”
I think I made risotto once but failed miserably. But when I made risotto this past week it turned out pretty good. When a cook makes something she has never made (or maybe just once and failed) and the dish turns out well you just can’t stop talking about it. And when the father of the Tiny Human heard the story he asked for risotto for dinner.
So I thought to myself, I can do this even if I’ve only made it once successfully.
Last night the crawler got to sample my vegetable risotto. We think she liked it because she asked for more. Today the small person sampled Ricotta Buttermilk Pancakes. When The Boss was eating her breakfast the Tiny Human crawled over and delivered her “more” sign, a small yet effective means of communication for the less vocally inclined.
Did I mention I can now make risotto? Tiny Taste Tester Approved.