Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Southwestern Black Bean Soup

Here is the best black bean soup I have ever eaten! I got this recipe from my sister-in-law when I was first married. It is still a quick, easy, simple staple. Today when I made it, I was missing one of the ingredients, so I substituted, and I think I like it even better! I will give the original recipe, then share my changes.

3 15 oz cans black beans, rinse and drained

Put beans in a large pot and cover with water by an inch. Bring to a boil and cook on low for 30 mins.

Meanwhile, make sofrito:
1/2 c olive oil
4 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped fine
1 T cumin, ground
2 T red wine vinegar
1 t finely chopped, seeded jalapeno OR 1 4 oz can diced green chilies

Saute above ingredients, and then add to the beans after the 30 minutes. Add Sofrito and simmer an hour. 

Cook rice as desired. (I usually do 4 cups water, 2 cups rice, 1/2 salt, simmer 15 minutes or til tender)

Serve over cooked rice and top with Monterrey Jack cheese, and/or salsa.

My alternative recipe:

Omit green peppers. Add 2 cans diced green chilies and 2 chopped fresh jalapenos. Add 1 Chipotle pepper and about 2 T of the Adobo sauce. (you can do it to taste.) This will be spicier than the original! It was so good! Only my 5 year old thought it was too hot. Saute in the Sofrito as above.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Easy Wine Cake

This is one of my favorites from my mother-in-law. She has made it forever, and it is always a hit where ever I take it. It's quick, easy and delish! She started calling it Eggnog Cake a few years back. That will tell you how it tastes!

Combine and beat 2 minutes:

1 yellow cake mix
1 small pkg instant vanilla pudding
3/4 cup cream sherry
3/4 cup oil
4 eggs
1 tsp nutmeg

Pour batter in a greased and floured bundt or tube pan, (it's important to use the flour, or it sticks! found out the hard way. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. (I usually do 40. Just check it with toothpick. It's done when it comes out clean.) Take out of pan and dust with powdered sugar (my favorite), or frost with chocolate frosting (never tried it this way)
Enjoy! You won't be disappointed!

Cherry Chocolate Cake

I love this quick and easy, yet delicious cake. It's so moist and goes down easy!

1 chocolate cake mix (I use Devil's Food)
1 cup water
1 egg
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling

Mix cake mix, water and egg together. Stir about 2 minutes. Fold in pie filling. Spread in a bundt pan. Bake 35 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Serve warm with whipping cream (my favorite) or ice cream. It is also delish room temp with whipping cream, so don't fret if it cools off! Enjoy. Can add a little chocolate ganache to the top, if you really want to get crazy.