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So it’s been a while since I’ve shared a recipe here!  I’ve been working on some things, and I think you’ll really like this recipe.  It’s a great appetizer at a party, and reheats really well for lunch.  It’s especially tasty with the green chili sauce, but be warned, it’s a little bit spicy!

Ingredients:

1lb chorizo (look for something that is really fresh and really authentic – it makes a big diference in taste, and can be chopped up into smaller pieces)

2 boxes jiffy cornbread mix

3 eggs

milk

1 c. shredded cheese (anything you like – cheese is always tasty)

1/2 c. green onions, chopped

1 tsp. chipotle powder (optional – this is a little extra spice).

Cook the chorizo in a pan over medium heat, making sure to use a wooden spoon and break the meat up into as tiny pieces as possible.  While you’re doing this, start working on the cornbread.  Prepare according to package directions, but add an extra egg (this helps keep the whole thing together).  Mix cornbread mixture until barely moistened, and then stir in remaining ingredients gently.  I like to put these into little bitty muffin tins to make them all the more bite-sized.  Fill muffin tins 3.4 full, and then cook 10-20 minutes, depending on pan size.  Pop out, and enjoy!!

Green Chili Sauce

(this is super easy and tastes great on many things other than just the muffins)

1 c. sour cream

2 c. beef broth

1 tbsp. green chili powder (mild to spicy, depending on your preference, but beware, hot means IT WILL BURN YOUR FACE OFF.)

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, stirring frequently with a whisk.  Cook over medium-low heat until the mixture has thickened and lost about half of it’s volume.  It will seem really liquid when it’s warm but be warned, it will thicken when cooled.  Serve over cornbread muffins, eggs, breakfast burritos, anything!

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First off, let me say, I love banana bread.  I seem to make it a lot, usually because I have tons of overripe bananas lying around, as I’m a very picky eater and there’s about a 2 hour window in which I can actually eat a banana without gagging.

However, sometimes there’s only one banana left.  And what do you do in that situation?  It’s not nearly enough to make banana bread, but you feel bad throwing it away.  And there’s no way I would ever eat it.  The solution?  Banana-Pear Bread!  I’ve always got some extra fruit lying around and pears seem to do the trick.

Banana Pear Bread

1 c. mashed bananas/pears (you could also try other fruit!)

1 1/2 c. flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs

3/4 c. sugar

1/4 c. cooking oil

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

nuts, raisins, or whatever else you might like chopped up in there.  I like butterscotch chips but you could do chocolate too!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease loaf pans (I usually use crisco and a big cheap paintbrush).  In a large bowl, mix together eggs, bananas, sugar, cooking oil and vanilla.  Beat until well mixed.  In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and a bit of salt.  Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a spatula until it’s well moistened but not too well mixed.  Now is the time to add the delicious bits – chocolate chips, dried figs, raisins, cashews, whatever you like!  Spoon batter into the loaf pans, filling about 2/3 of the way full (trust me, otherwise you’ve got a battered oven to deal with).  Bake for 50 minutes or so.  If you stick a toothpick into it, it should come out clean.  Let cool on a wire rack, and then slice, slather with good salted organic butter and enjoy!

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mar20Here’s a list of favorites for this week!

I’ve always admired the work of Feaverish.   A welcome sight in the age of digital everything, his photographs are taken with various old formats of cameras – 35mm, polaroid, and the like.  I’ve taken a lot of photographs with an old 35mm camera that I love and there’s just no creating the sort of exposure that you can get with a real camera.  A collection of whimsical and everyday photographs mean that there’s something for everyone.

I read about Who Made It on someone’s blog (I can’t remember, sorry) but I was instantly struck by the originality of their products and the clever re-use of a material that we see everyday.  Their jewelry stands are the pinnacle of pretty shabby chic (I could see Anthropologie jumping all over this idea).  Since all of my jewelry ends up finding itself in containers all over the house, this makes clutter look classy.

I’ve been following Modesign since I first signed up for Etsy.  I love the interesting re-use of vintage lace.  The dye jobs are gorgeous and the interesting lace patterns are always paired with beautiful stones.  I think this would be great for someone who liked feminine things with a little bit of spunk.

Atelier BB has recently come to my attention.  I love handmade ceramics, and I love color, and she combines the two oh-so-well.  All sorts of cute little plates and interesting patterns and bright, happy colors.  This would be the ideal accessory for any kitchen (all of my plates and kitchenware is white and wood for a reason).

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I’ve been running into some serious computer problems lately, but it looks like I’m back for a bit at least!

So I’d like to share with you all a really, really easy recipe. I love fresh herbs in the summer, and buy way more than I could ever possibly consume. I dry a lot of them (upside down in a paper bag) which works like a charm, but I wanted to find another way that I could preserve those yummy summer flavors.

So I settled on infused olive oils! I thought that it would be really difficult, and that it wouldn’t turn out, but they ended up being wonderful. Now the kind of oil you makes really depends on your tastes, but some of the ones I made were: blood orange; citrus (orange, lemon, and lime); herbs du provence (rosemary, thyme, garlic); lemon dill; and green meanie. Green meanie is the most delicious – every fresh herb I could find, including garlic, thyme, dill, rosemary, and basil. All you have to do is pick a flavor combination that you love (I made my mom some straight basil oil) and then find a clean, pretty bottle. Place the herbs in the bottle (the more the better, I say!) and then fill to the top with olive oil. Let it sit at least a week – the flavor will be nice and intense by then. It keeps indefinitely, or at least so it seems. And the best part is, when you use some of it you can just refill the bottle with more oil and that way it lasts forever!

I like to use these oils as an easy salad dressing, as a marinade for chicken or fish, to dip bread it, and pretty much anything else you can think of that needs a bit of light herb flavor. Go crazy! Add peppers or flowers or anything you want. The possibilities are endless (and I use this in a lot of my recipes so it never hurts to have some on hand).

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I love Saturday mornings. For lack of having anything better to do, I love waking up early and heading out around town looking for garage sales. I’ve got my usual route that I folllow, though I will admit that sometimes I’m forced to deviate if I find something particularly spectacular looking. I’ve had really good luck over the years – once, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon the garage sale of a woman who’s father was an art collector and had passed on his collection to her. She, having far too much art on her hands, was giving it away at bargain prices. I bought a few pieces of modern Japanese pottery (obviously of very good quality) for $2 apiece! Those are something that I shall never part with, if only because the story is too good! I didn’t find too much today – a few books, and an old bike I’m going to throw some tires on and use as my bike around town (nice bikes get stolen here, or so it seems). I did get some tomato cages (perfect for the tomato plants I bought later) so that was good too! Most of the fun for me in doing this on Saturday mornings is getting to meet people that I otherwise wouldn’t. Everyone’s really nice and chatty, and it’s nice to have a little positive human interaction sometimes!
However, the best part of the day was definitely the Farmer’s Market. It started out this year a little slow, because it was still so cold out, but everything is starting to be really tasty! I had quite the take today. Homemade whole-wheat and corn tortillas, big beautiful tomatoes, lots of fresh herbs, some tomato plants, and the best goat cheese in the world (if you’re in the Colorado area, check out Haystack Dairy, they do amazing things with goat’s milk). Needless to say, I’m pretty excited to try to turn this into something resembling an actual meal, so check back later in the week for a delicious recipe! I love the farmer’s market because you get to chat with nice people (seeing a recurring theme here?) and half of them still have dirt under their fingernails from the morning’s harvest. I don’t care what those grocery stores promise, you just can’t get fresher than that. Plus, your hard-earned dollars stay in the local economy, which is just good for everyone!

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Today the sun was shining and it was actually warm! It’s been pretty warm here for the last couple of weeks, on and off, but the wind always takes away from the heat. Luckily, no wind today! However, springtime and heat always makes me think of delicious, icy lemonade. It’s hard to find the good stuff anymore – all you get is that pre-made stuff that tastes quite eerily similar to ammonia. But really, who has the time to squeeze all of those lemons? I might, but I think that I’d rather be spending my time doing something else. So, I came up with a way to make easy lemonade that tastes even better than it looks!

6c. water
1 c. lemon juice (natural strength)
1 c. brown sugar
2 large lemons, sliced.

Slice the lemons in thin slices (this is mostly to make it look good). Add water, brown sugar, and lemon juice and mix well. The brown sugar gives it a more complex flavor than typical cane sugar would. Serve over ice, and garnish with some basil or rosemary if you want to get crazy!

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