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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

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I have had so many people asking for slow cooker recipes. But with the kids moving out and it just being the two of us here,  my slow cooker has been sadly neglected. As a matter of fact when I went into my pantry to get my slow cooker, I couldn’t find it! I hadn’t used it since we moved several months ago. I finally found it down on a bottom shelf, all by it’s self, lonely and neglected. Poor thing! Right then I vowed to try and do a slow cooker recipe at least once a month. 
Wow I sound like a complete nut job right now don’t I? YIKES! Anyway, moving on….
I know I have gone on and one about my love for Mexican food, and the fact that Kevin does not share my affection. So long story short, I love it, he suffers through it for me. End of story. Poor guy had to have it three times this week though. He must really love me!!
I will say that, in my defense, he walked in the door after work and the first words out of his mouth were “What smells so good”….he couldn’t argue with me after that. Chalk one up for Mexican food and me!!

This is a great recipe and can be easily doubled for more people. I used two good sized chicken breasts and Kevin and I agreed that it would have easily fed four people. I also only used one jalapeno (left the seeds in) and it was not hot at all. Next time I will use at least two.
I also love this recipe because it takes 8 hours (can be shorter if you cook on high) so for people that work full time it is great. You don’t have a meal sitting in your slow cooker on warm for three hours. 
You can top the tacos with whatever you like. I used my guacamole, sour cream, and some Chalula hot sauce. 
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 jalapeno, chopped
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 good sized handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon cumin,
1 tablespoon chili powder
Salt and pepper
juice of 1 lime
1 cup chicken stock
Optional topping:
Sour cream
Hot sauce
Place the chicken in the crock pot. Add the tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper, lime juice, and chicken stock. 
Cook for 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low.
Serves 4
ENJOY!!

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Cranberry Relish with Orange and Jalapeno

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Happy Tinsel Tuesday my friends. As the days tick by and it gets closer and closer to the Holidays, these Tuesdays are so much fun for me. Not only do I get to share some of my favorite Holiday goodies, but many of my blogger friends share theirs on my Facebook page. So make sure to stop by my page today and check out the wonderful things they share!
I changed up this relish a bit this year. My Grandmother used to make this relish every year, and even though I love her recipe and the relish tastes fantastic, I had to tinker with it a bit. A) Because we love all things spicy and it just sounded good to have the tartness mixed with a bit of heat, and B)you guys know by now that it is painfully hard for me to NOT mess with a recipe!
So like I said, my Grandmothers recipe is fantastic and if you don’t like spice you are more than welcome to just omit the jalapeno. If you omit the jalapeno you can add a cinnamon stick to the recipe and just remove it before serving or storing the sauce. It won’t hurt my feelings and I am sure will have my Grandmother smiling down on you!

Cranberry Relish with Orange and Jalapeno
2 12-ounce bags of fresh cranberries (can sub frozen if necessary)
Zest of one orange, plus 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
Put all the ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat and simmer until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve at room temperature or cool and refrigerate. 

ENJOY!

Gumbo with Chicken Sausage, and Shrimp

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By now you know about my obsession errr love for soup. You also know that my dear boyfriend does not share this love with me. In fact it has gotten to the point that I don’t even mention I am making soup until the last minute. That way he can’t try to figure out something else to make for dinner! This little dilemma has led me to try to compromise a bit here and there. There either needs to be meat in the soup or I need to make something else on the side. 
Once I let this idea sink in (and stopped pouting because I wanted things to just go my way), I realized this wasn’t such a bad idea. I have been asked for more sandwich recipes, and soup and sandwiches is a nice casual dinner or lunch idea right? I mean I love going out and getting the soup and sandwich combos. So I started writing ideas and looking online and through my books/magazines for even more. Gumbo just popped into my head as a great place to start. I have been wanting to make it for one, and there is a ton of meat in it. I mean how could he argue with a meal that has chicken, sausage, and shrimp in it? Right, he can’t!

I found a recipe in Saveur (I love them) for a basic Gumbo, but I knew there were things I wanted to add. Mine might not be a “traditional” Gumbo, but it packed full of flavors with that little zing that we both love. I added shrimp and jalapeno, as well as some Franks Red Hot to boost the flavors. I already had andouille sausage and chicken thighs in the freezer so it was on!!

When Kevin came home from work the first thing he said when he walked through the door was “What smells so good?” YES….chalk one up for me!! Wow do I sound like a little kid or what? Oh well, I don’t care, I like winning hehehe!

Sorry for the awful pictures, this was taken right when we first moved and there were boxes everywhere and no place but the dimly lit kitchen to take the pic. 
Gumbo with Chicken Sausage, and Shrimp
adapted from a recipe in Saveur Magazine
½ cup canola oil
1 lb shrimp, peeled and cleaned

2 lb. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 oz. andouille sausage, cut into ½” pieces
4 slices bacon, cut into ½” pieces
1 cup flour
3 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 tsp. cayenne
1 28-ounce whole peeled tomatoes in juice, drained and crushed by hand
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
10 oz. bag of frozen sliced okra
4 cups chicken stock + more stock if needed to thin soup (can use water)
Several dashes of hot sauce to taste (I used Franks Red Hot)
Cooked white rice, for serving



Heat ¼ cup oil in an 8-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in two batches, season chicken with salt and pepper, and add chicken to pot; cook, turning once, until lightly browned, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add sausage and bacon, and cook, stirring, until their fat renders and bacon is browned, about 5 minutes; transfer to plate with chicken. 


Add remaining oil, and reduce heat to medium-low, stir in flour, and cook, stirring constantly, until this mixture is reddish caramel, about 8 minutes. Add celery, onion, and pepper, jalapeno, and cook until soft, about 6 minutes. Add thyme, cayenne, tomatoes, garlic, and bay leaf, and cook for 3 minutes. Return chicken, sausage, and bacon to pot along with okra and stock, and bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, okra is tender, and gumbo is thickened, about 30 minutes. Remove chicken from pot and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove and shred meat, and stir meat back into gumbo. Season with salt and pepper and hot sauce, and add shrimp. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the shrimp is pink through. Serve with white rice on the side. 

Serves 4 to 6

ENJOY!!!

Sausage and White Bean Soup

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Yesterday was a cold, drizzly, windy day here in Western Washington. I know you are thinking “cold, drizzly, and windy in Washington? NO WAY!” But yes dear friends, it was miserable. On top of mother nature bringing me down, I felt like I was coming down with a cold. I wanted to curl up under the covers in my jammies, I wanted to watch cheesy 80’s movies,I wanted my Mommy! But my jammies were in the laundry, and there were no 80’s movies on TV so I knew I would have to settle with something warm and yummy in my tummy. I took up the challenge and I ransacked my pantry. I was very happy with what I found.

Ahhh soup, glorious soup. As you all know I am a lover of all things “soupish”. Stews, Chowders, even Chili’s make me such a happy camper during the cold dreary months here in the Pacific Northwest. Which by the way last pretty much from October to July so I have tons of soup days!
I know I have mentioned that Kevin does not share this love of mine. In fact it is quite the opposite. He looks at soup as maybe and appetizer? He is looking for the real meal that goes with it. Many a time he has to walk away disappointed, or with a grilled cheese sandwich to supplement his meal experience. 
This evening though was much different though my friends. On this evening he was not only perfectly content with the idea of this soup as the main meal, he went back for seconds and thirds!! I was afraid to get between him and the pot for fear of being stabbed with his spoon!!! I have to agree though, this really is one of my favorite soups. You have the meatiness of the sausage, the creamy white beans, and just enough heat to make your mouth warm and tingly but it doesn’t blow the top off of your head. 
When a soup warms me, fills me up, and makes me want to curl up on the couch and purr with contentment, well I am just a happy happy camper!!
Sausage and White Bean Soup
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage
1 large sweet onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
4 stalks of celery with leaves, diced
1/2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped
3 teaspoons dried oregano
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
1 cup dry white wine
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 15-ounce cans cannellini beans 
1 quart chicken stock
In a deep soup pot heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage and  brown well, breaking it up into little bits. Remove sausage from pot and reserve.

To the pot add the remaining olive oil, onions, garlic, chili peppers, celery, parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes or so, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent. Add the white wine, scrapping the bottom of the pan to release any brown bits there might be. Return the sausage to the pot. Add the crushed tomatoes, cannellini beans, and chicken stock.

Bring to a boil, once boiling reduce heat to a simmer, cover the pot and let it cook for 30 mins stirring occasionally.

ENJOY!!!


Chicken Posole

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I had been craving and I mean craving this soup for at least a month. But every time we went to the restaurant that has it on the menu we were there for dinner and I would always get side tracked with the Chicken Tostada, or Chili Rellenos. I know, I have the attention span of a flea at times, and next day I would be sad that I hadn’t indulged in my nagging craving. But it just seemed that I was craving it at lunch time as I looked out my windows at the cold drizzly Washington days. 
Finally I decided that I was being crazy, which is not a new thing, and I got my rear to the store so I could buy the ingredients to make it myself. I of course got the “Are you seriously making more soup for dinner?” look, but I ignored him, like I usually do when it comes to meal discussions, and got on with the business of purchasing what I needed.
Posole has hominy in it and from what I have heard from people, hominy is something you either love or hate. I happen to love it. I mean it is like hyperthyroid corn really. Who doesn’t love corn? Oh scratch that, Kevin’s son hates corn. Picky men in that family I am telling ya!!

I again went with the rotisserie chicken with this meal. They have been running them on sale and well, when you price it out, it seems like a really good deal to me. Plus when they are on sale I will bring them home, shred them and place them in cup portions and freeze them. Then when I need shredded chicken….TADA!!!  
I have to say that moving in to the new house with just Kevin and I has been a challenge at times. I don’t mean living with Kevin is challenging, well……..oh wait, wrong topic 😉 we were talking about cooking, yes that’s it. Anyway, I went from cooking for 4 to 6 people to cooking for 2. Tough adjustment but I think I have done pretty good. I made marinara sauce and used it for my Caprese Meatball Subs, Baked Spaghetti,  and my Pizza Balls. I made a batch of pesto and used half of it for my Caprese Meatball Subs and Pesto and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts. I loved the fact that I could freeze both of the sauces and use them later. Pesto is great to make ahead of time and freeze in 1/4 cup containers or even use an ice cube tray so you can just pop out how ever much you need. So no waste YAY!
Back to this soup. I have had Posole with red and green broth. I love them both but chose to go with the tomato based one this time as that seemed to be what my taste buds were screaming for. You can always up the heat by adding more peppers. I kept it pretty mellow for this one because I wanted to make sure I had the heat level correct for the people that like things with some zip but not break out into a sweat hot!
I would definitely put this soup into the comfort food column. I have also heard it is a great hangover cure. That I don’t know. But if you are looking for something to fill you up, warm you up, and make your tummy happy I would go with this soup for sure!!

Chicken Posole
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced (can add more if you like a spicier soup)
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • quart chicken stock
  • 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • dried Ancho chili
  • 2  cups  shredded rotisserie chicken meat
  • 15-ounce can hominy, rinsed
  • lime, cut into wedges

Boil water in a small sauce pan. Remove from heat and add the dried chili to soften. Once it has softened and cooled slice the chili thinly and reserve.

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, stirring occasionally until soft and beginning to carmelize, about 10 minutes. Add jalapeno and cook an additional 5 minutes. Stir in stock, tomatoes, and chili. Bring to a boil, cooking for about 5 minutes. Add the hominy and chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, making sure the chicken it hot. 

Ladle into bowls and serve with lime wedge.

ENJOY!!!

Spicy BBQ Baked Beans for #SundaySupper

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Ah yes, football season is back!! Be still my heart! I have been an avid football fan since I was 16. Now we wont discuss how many years that is. Let’s just suffice to say that it has been a long damn time!! In our house there are only two things that will bring everything to a dead stop and you will find all faces glued to the TV. NASCAR and football. Both of which I have enjoyed for the same amount of time.


Growing up in San Diego I became a Chargers fan and I when I did I did it full force. I can remember the year they lost in the playoffs to the Bengals. I, as well as thousands of fans, went to the stadium to wait for them to fly back. It poured the rain, we didn’t care. People started BBQs and a band showed up. There were TVs and people gave a us a run down as to where the Chargers were and when they would be there. It was midnight by the time they arrived, but we didn’t care. Now I live in Western Washington and have developed a love for the Seahawks as well. I have sat in the rain, snow, freezing wind to watch them play. Yes my friends I guess die hard could also mean a bit obsessed. 
Those years have passed. I enjoy the games in front of my TV on a comfy couch. No rain and I get instant replays!! BONUS! But I have never lost my love for tailgating. I love to have friends over, cook up a bunch of grub and have a few cold ones, all while arguing over who is going to win and if that was a bad call or not.  But football, fun, and great food always go hand in hand for me!
Spicy BBQ Baked Beans

2 tablespoons olive oil
6 slices of bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
6 jalapenos, chopped (seeds and ribs removed if you want to bring down the heat level)
BBQ sauce (recipe below)
6 cans Great Northern Beans, drained
BBQ Sauce
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups cider vinegar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (we add more since we like it EXTRA spicy)

Add the ingredients for the BBQ sauce to a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile in a large heavy bottomed pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until the fat renders, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the onions, garlic, and jalapeno and cook until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add the drained beans and BBQ sauce. Heat to a simmer, then cover and reduce to low. Cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally). Remove the lid and cook until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

ENJOY!
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Creamy Latin Style Pasta Salad for #laborday #sundaysupper

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Happy Labor Day everyone! I was trying to think of something different than my usual BBQ regulars. I knew we were grilling steaks and making a spinach salad but I wanted a pasta salad, because well, I love pasta. I decided to go to my Southern California roots do something with a Latin/Mexican flair. I was watching Simply Delicioso with Ingrid Hoffman and saw a pasta that she was working on and it gave me TONS of ideas. But you know that as a food blogger I can never leave anyone’s recipe alone, so off my little mind went with ingredients dancing in my head. I figured go big or go home, so I threw all of my favorites at this pasta, well not ALL of them, but most of them. Wow, who knew that my little thoughts would go so far?

I love it when my little mental foodie trips take me to a good place, and this of surely did! There is creaminess, spicyness, all of the things you would want from a great side dish. I know I have said we love things hot here, but trust me this is not too hot. You will love every bit of this pasta salad. I will bet money on it!! Kevin said that from now on if someone asks us to bring a dish to a BBQ this is the one we are bringing!!

Creamy Latin Style Pasta Salad

1 pound curly pasta (rotini, cavatapi)
1/2 fat free condensed milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup diced ham
1 cup crumbled Queso Fresco (can sub feta) cheese
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves (a good handful), chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 avocado, diced

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, cook according to package directions. Drain, place in a large bowl and set aside.

While the pasta cooks, combine the evaporated milk, oil, Queso Fresco or feta, cilantro, lime juice and some salt and pepper in a blender. Puree until the dressing is smooth and creamy.

Place the drained pasta in a large bowl. Add the ham, bell peppers, onions, jalapeno, black beans, and avocado. Pour the dressing over the pasta and gently mix it into the salad. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours before serving.

ENJOY!!!

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Healthy Chicken Taco Bowls

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I have been trying to lighten things up a bit around here. With the warm weather we of course are wearing less clothing which makes it a bit obvious that the cool sweater weather we have around here 8 months a year has allowed us to hide a multitude of sins! So I am trying to “sneak” in healthier versions of foods we love without making it stand out too much. I mean I don’t want a flashing light above the dinner table saying “Healthy Food Here” it might just make everyone run and hide. Really though to me it is a bit of a challenge. I like to see their faces and hear what they think about the food before I tell them it is healthy. I just don’t want them to get it in their heads that they wont like it before they even try it. Why does healthy = tasteless or inedible to some people?

What started the whole idea for this meal was a commercial I saw on TV for a pan that you can bake tortilla shells in to make healthier taco salads. I liked it, but I hate to buy all of those “gadgets”. If I bought every one that peeked my interest I would need a whole storage for just my kitchen stuff!! So I of course turned to my trusty internet for ideas. I saw one that used upside down jumbo muffin tins, but the tortillas wouldn’t stay tucked in the right way, so back I went for more ideas. 
That’s when I found this fantastic idea at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. It is brilliant! I knew I had canning jars in my pantry so I was set and ready to go with it. I was so excited about this meal. I made Avocado Hot Sauce to substitute for guacamole and sour cream and a can of black beans with jalapeno already in my pantry!
You can see here how perfect the canning jars work for this process. I used the soft taco size flour tortillas so the bowls were small  I only ate one for dinner but the guys ate two plus I think Seth made a soft taco later. Hungry boy!
The jars are the pint jars by Ball but any oven safe glass or cup would work for this too. I think they came out so good, crispy without the guilt of frying them in oil!
Healthy Chicken Taco Bowls
6 soft taco sized flour tortilla shells
Olive oil
1 pound chicken tenders
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 15 ounce can of black beans with jalapeno (I used Bush’s)
6 green onions, chopped
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 head of lettuce, shredded or chopped
Mexican blend shredded cheese
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F
Combine the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt in a small bowl. Place chicken tenders on a baking sheet an drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle the cumin mixture on both sides of each chicken tender. Reserve excess mixture. Bake tenders for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Turn oven up to 400 degrees
Meanwhile place jars upside down on a rimmed baking sheet and spray them with non-stick spray. Heat tortillas (I did 2 at a time) in the microwave for about 30 seconds, just enough to make them soft so you can form them over the jars. Using your fingers, rub a bit of olive oil on each tortilla, just enough so it will crisp up and to help keep it from sticking. Press the sides of the tortillas down gently to form the “bowls” around the jars.
Shred cooled chicken with two forks, set aside. Place the can of black beans in a small sauce pot and heat.
Carefully transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes depending on your oven. Just check them to make sure they crisp but don’t burn. Remove from heat and carefully remove each shell from the jars. 
Assemble each taco bowl by adding black beans, then the chicken, green onions, lettuce, tomatoes, a sprinkling of cheese, and top with the Avocado Hot Sauce.
ENJOY!!

Avocado Hot Sauce

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There is a new Mexican place that just opened up in town. It has been packed since it opened. Although that in itself is not too surprising since we live in a very small town and people flock to anything new like they have never heard of it before! But this flocking is well deserved. It is called Blue Agave and they have some seriously good food. Coming from Southern California, and growing up on Mexican food, it is a nice combination of regular restaurant food and taco shop food (plus they have an awesome tequila bar BONUS!!). 
I have been there probably 4 times in the last couple of weeks and have gotten something different every time I go, but one thing has remained the same in every dish I have eaten. I have topped it with this amazing avocado hot sauce they have. After the last time I was determined to make it at home so I grabbed a little container of it and away I went into my kitchen to get down to the nuts and bolts of figuring out the recipe.

I have made hot sauce before. My Roasted Tomato Salsa Roja is a huge hit here, as well as my Guacamole. So I knew I had a good base to work from. But it had a specific taste that I really wanted to nail. A few little practice runs (which everyone enjoyed eating the product of) and I finally got it right. It was so funny. Everyone watched me as I took the top off of the food processor and got a spoonful. I think they may have been holding their breath waiting to see what I said. When I jumped up and down and did my happy foodie dance I think they figured out that I finally had my recipe.
I just love the look of this hot sauce. It looks so creamy and inviting. I seriously could eat a bowl of it with a spoon and want more! But seriously? Make a bowl of this, grab some chips and a cold beer, kick back and enjoy!
Avocado Hot Sauce
2 large ripe avocados, pits removed
4 to 6 jalapeno peppers (depending on the heat level you want), rib and seeds removed and roughly chopped
1 small white onion, chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, chopped
A generous handful of fresh cilantro 
2 limes, juiced
4 tablespoons white vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste 
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy, adjust seasoning if needed. Serve with your favorite Mexican dishes or just enjoy with chips. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.
ENJOY!!

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California Chicken and Spicy Spanish Rice

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Hi everyone, I hope you all had a happy and safe 4th of July weekend. We had a lot food, friends, fireworks, and fun! I wish had taken pictures. I was a bad bad blogger. How can I not have a camera with me? I am hanging my head in shame.

What I do have for you is a twofer. Whats a twofer you ask? Well it is my attempt at being funny while I also bribe you to forget about my bad blogging habits with two recipes for the price of one. Well…..you get the recipes for free no matter how many I post at once…..OK so my attempt at being witty failed miserably …….moving on now!

I have lived in Washington state for about 5 years now but my heart still is in California. I lived there  most of my life and I loved everything about the beach, sunshine, and weather. Living there I of course learned to love Mexican food. Hence last months 3 taco recipes. If I can put it into a burrito, taco, or enchilada I am a happy camper. I also was spoiled by having avocados ripe and tasty year round. For these recipes I took my love for all of those things and came up with a Cali/Mexican meal for your taste buds. I hope you like it!

I wanted the rice spicy but instead of just adding peppers for spice, I wanted to add extra flavor by roasting them. So I heated up the grill and oiled up my peppers and roasted away.

I chose red bell, poblano, and jalapeno peppers for my dish, but you can chose whatever blend of peppers you want to add or reduce the heat to your level.
Once they were roasted, peeled, and chopped, into the rice they went along with the other ingredients.
For the chicken I used breasts and sliced them in half and topped them with tomatoes, cheese, and avocado.
Popped them into the oven so they got nice and melty.
On to the plate they went with the spicy Spanish rice, and TADAAAA.
California style yumminess on a plate!
California Chicken

4 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, sliced in half
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon onion powder
coarse salt
black pepper
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon Mexican chili powder
I teaspoon garlic powder
1 onion, chopped
2 avocados, sliced
1 lime, juiced
1 pint grape tomatoes
16 slices of Monterey Jack cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Dress avocado slices with salt and the lime juice, set aside.
Mix onion powder, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper together in a bowl. Rub chicken breasts with the mixture. Set chicken aside.
Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet and the chopped onion. Saute onion for about 5 minutes then add the grape tomatoes, cook for another 5 minutes until the tomatoes begin to burst. Transfer the cooked onion and tomatoes to a bowl and reserve. Return the skillet to the medium high heat and add the other tablespoon of olive oil. Cook the chicken for about 3 minutes per side, just so it is browned and almost cooked through. Remove chicken to a baking sheet. Top chicken with reserved onions and tomatoes and then with two slices of the cheese. Place in 350 oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until cheese melts. Remove from oven. Top each piece of chicken with 2 slices of avocado, serve.
Serves 4
Spicy Spanish Rice

2 red bell peppers
1 poblano pepper
2 jalapeno peppers
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, diced
salt
black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups rice
5 cups chicken stock
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Heat grill or broiler to high.
Coat peppers with 1 tablespoon of canola oil and place on the grill or under the broiler, turning frequently until the peppers blister and char. Remove from heat as they finish, the smaller peppers will finish first. As the peppers finish charring remove them to a bowl. Once all of the peppers are done, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set the peppers aside to cool. Once peppers have cooled remove the skin and seeds and dice. Set aside.
In a large dutch oven, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion. Saute until just starting to caramelize, about 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt, cayenne, and black pepper. Stir in garlic and the rice and saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chicken stock, cover and bring the rice mixture to a boil. Once it boils reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes. Stir in roasted peppers, black beans, and tomatoes. Cook until the rice is tender about 8 more minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the chopped cilantro leaves. Adjust seasoning if necessary. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.