Why another cooking blog?

I decided to create this blog as a way for family and friends to see what I'm cooking and to share interesting food related tidbits I come across.
I'm frequently asked for recipes so I thought this would be a good place to start collecting the old, new, and funky recipes that I have.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Holy frijoles!

I love beans, they are so easy to make and it's almost impossible to screw them up. My favorite bean cooking method is the crockpot.

My crockpot beans
1lb package pinto beans
1 large onion
1 ham hock
S&P to taste

Rinse and pick over the beans, put them in the crockpot. Dice your onion and throw it in the crockpot; add the ham hock. Add enough water that the beans are fully submerged and then turn your crockpot on high.
I usually add a can of rotel tomatoes, fresh garlic, and/or a fresh jalapeno (diced) if I want a little spice. Keep an eye on your beans, they soak up the water quickly, you'll need to add more water periodically. Taste test your beans for doneness after about 3.5 hours and call them done when they are soft (not toothsome).

My notes:
I used my largest crockpot, which I think is a 5qt but I'm not entirely sure. It will take a 2lb bag of beans.
These beans freeze beautifully, and are very versatile.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

National Pancake Day

February 5th is National Pancake Day! I do love pancakes, I especially love them when someone else is making them for me!
You can head on over to IHOP and get a free short-stack today.