Monthly Archives: December 2009


4 Ripe Haas Avacados (brown just give to the touch)
3 Tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
8 dashes Tabasco
1/2 Cup small diced red onion (1 sm onion)
1 large clove garlic minced
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 med. tomato, seeded & small diced

– Cut avocados in 1/2, score with a knife, scoop out & immediately add lemon juice
– add all other ingredients – add tomato last – and mix
– plastic wrap pressed directly on top – prevents it from getting brown

Chipotle’s Chicken/Steak Marinade & Rice

1 (2 ounce) package dried ancho chiles
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
6 cloves garlic
1/2 red onion, quartered
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 chicken breasts (6 ounces each)

[ for steak marinade it is the same, but use 4 small steaks @ 6 ounces each]

Soak dry chilies overnight in water, until soft. Remove seeds. Add all
ingredients except meat in food processor. Puree until smooth.

Spread mixture over chicken, or other meats and refrigerate at least
one hour, up to 24 hours.

After marinating, heat grill to about 400 degrees F, or if cooking
inside, heat small amount of oil in skillet or grill pan over high
heat. Salt meat to taste (optional), and grill lightly, turning only
once, until done. 4 minutes per side of chicken.

Recipe will make four burritos.

Chipotle’s Basmati Rice Recipe
1 teaspoon vegetable oil or butter
2 tsp. fresh cilantro
2/3 cup white basmati rice
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Lime

In a 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat oil or butter over low heat, stirring occasionally until melted. Add rice and lime juice, stir for 1 minute. Add water and salt, bring to a full rolling boil. At boiling, cover, turn down to simmer over low heat until rice is tender and the water is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork.

Basmati is a long-grained rice, with a fine texture. It can be found in Middle Eastern and India markets, as well as some supermarkets.

Cheese Potato Casserole

1/2 Cup of melted butter
2 LB. bag of frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
1/2 Cup chopped onion
2 Cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 Tsp. salt
1/4 Tsp. pepper
1 carton sour cream
1 and 3/4 cans of cream of chicken soup
2 Cups crushed Corn Flakes
1/4 Cup melted butter (for the corn flakes)

Mix in a large bowl and place in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish or two square 8″. Top with 1/4 cup melted butter with 2 cups crushed corn flakes. Bake 50 minutes in 350 degree oven.

Freezes well before baked, set out to partially thaw or allow more time to bake.

Cornerstones – A Cookbook By Assistance league – Marshalltown, Iowa
– Jane Maulsby (Mrs. Orval)

Texas Oven-Roasted Beef Brisket

Paula Dean’s Texas Oven-Roasted Beef Brisket from the Food Network site.

Recipe courtesy Tom Perini

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 4 hr 0 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 10 servings

* 2 tablespoons chili powder
* 2 tablespoons salt
* 1 tablespoon garlic powder
* 1 tablespoon onion powder
* 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 2 teaspoons dry mustard
* 1 bay leaf, crushed
* 4 pounds beef brisket, trimmed
* 1 1/2 cups beef stock


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Make a dry rub by combining chili powder, salt, garlic and onion powders, black pepper, sugar, dry mustard, and bay leaf. Season the raw brisket on both sides with the rub. Place in a roasting pan and roast, uncovered, for 1 hour.

Add beef stock and enough water to yield about 1/2 inch of liquid in the roasting pan. Lower oven to 300 degrees F, cover pan tightly and continue cooking for 3 hours, or until fork-tender.

Trim the fat and slice meat thinly across the grain. Top with juice from the pan.

Honey Baked Ham in a Crock Pot

• 1 (2 pound) ready-to-eat ham
• Baby carrots – enough to raise the ham off of the bottom of the crock pot
• 1/4 cup whole cloves
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1/3 cup butter

1. Place carrots in bottom of the crock pot
2. Score ham, and stud with the whole cloves. Place ham in crock pot on high.
3. Heat the brown sugar, honey and butter in a sauce pan.
4. Brush glaze over ham, and pour the remaining into the crock pot
5. Cook on low for 3 hours. Baste ham every 20-30 minutes with the honey glaze.