Daily Archives: June 24, 2014



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Oven beans and rice then Doctors

Something exciting and new here this morning.  I put 5 cups of water with 3 cups of washed whole grain rice in a dutch oven with lid, then 2 cups of washed dry red beans with about 3″ of water in another pan with a lid in the oven at 350 for an hour.  ( I did have to add more water when I checked the beans).  I also needed to add half an hour to that.  I was happy with the results of both.   How convenient not to have to soak the beans or worry about them running over and since both could be cooked at the same time, I saved oven energy.  Next time I will up the temperature to 375 and see if that cuts the time a bit.

As soon as the vet office was open we made an  appointment for Lacey. who was supposedly due in two weeks.  She has not eaten for the last 3 days.   So off we went with her.   No, she is not pregnant AGAIN.   I’m guessing she knows I have homes for some puppies. (LOL)  But she did have a fever, so we left her there for blood tests and will find out more when the results come back.


P1010869 pockets

I found these interesting small – 3″ diameter – tortillas at the store last week and we were out of chips.   I toasted these for about 3.5 minutes and they formed little pockets.   That was unexpected and very interesting.   Since I made a Costa Rican dish, Gallo Pinto, we put it in the pockets and ate it that way – very delicious!   We did top it with tomato salsa when we ate it .  In Costa Rico, Gallo Pinto is served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.   If you haven’t tried it, you’ll be surprised how delicious a simple dish can be.  All you’ll need to add is a salad.    It freezes well also.   So I like to have it on hand for a quick meal.

Gallo Pinto.

1/2 sautéed red onion

1 cup rice cooked

1 cup beans cooked

Add Lizano salsa while cooking to your taste

Salt if you wish.

mix and heat throughout.   Serve.

Google has Lizano salsa which we have not found in local stores  It’s ingredients include: water, sugar, salt, onions, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, spices, pepper, mustard, and turmeric.