Saturday, May 23, 2015

Calypso Martini

Can you say DAY-o....?
This will put you in the right frame of mind.

Whether you are old enough to remember the original Harry Belafonte song, or, like me, you lived in NW Washington state, and remember The Bon Marche TV commericial for the One Day Sale... "Day-o, one Day sale-o, one day only at the Bon Marche!".

Never mind that the One Day Sale was usually TWO days.  That's not important now, is it?

Makes 1 (easy to double)

1 jigger Vanilla Vodka (2)
1 jigger Malibu Rum (2)
1 jigger Pineapple Juice (2)
1/2 jigger Grand Marnier (1)

Mix over ice and strain! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lazy Girl Crockpot Mexican White Bean Soup

Hmmm, let's see what's in the cupboard and fridge?
Not much, but I do usually have carrots, onions and celery. Limes too.
Cupboard?  Usually dried white beans and a jar or two of green salsa.
Chicken stock, I always have it in the freezer. Want to know why? 
Check out my link to best, easy homemade chicken stock.

Throw it all in a crockpot and walk away and leave it.
I like the flavors and it's healthy too.
Hey, this is easy to make vegetarian too.  Just swap out the broth for veggie broth.

Makes 4-6 servings

2 cups dried navy beans
4 cups water
1 cup chopped onion (1 large)
1 cup sliced celery (2 stalks)
1 cup sliced carrots (2 medium)
1 tsp granulated garlic, or 1-2 fresh cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
1 cup salsa verde
1 lime, juiced
Sour cream (optional)
Fresh cilantro
Cayenne pepper

Add all ingredients (not the toppings), stir and cook on High for -5-6 hours, or low for 8-10 works too.

Using a handheld immersion blender, blend mixture slightly. Or let soup cool slightly. Transfer one third of the mixture to a blender. Cover; blend slightly. You want some creaminess, but some texture from the beans and veggies too.

 If desired, top with sour cream. Sprinkle with cilantro and cayenne pepper.