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Charro beans…Feisty-style

The perfect cold weather treat!

The husband smoked a couple of well-seasoned pork tenderloins on his Big Green Egg, which he then cut up into fajita meat with all the trimmings.

Feisty Charro Beans

1# dried pinto beans
4 smoked ham hocks (ask your butcher)
4 whole cloves of garlic
2 large sweet yellow onions, chopped
4 jalapeños, finely minced
5 fresh tomatoes, chopped
2 tomatillos, chopped
2 - bottles Shiner Bock
2 - chicken bouillon cubes
1 - 2 # jalapeño sausage or chorizo, sliced thinly
4 oz. smoked ham, chopped
6 slices of thick bacon
Chopped cilantro for garnish
Sliced avocados for garnish
Sour cream

Wash, pick, and soak beans overnight.

Drain beans, cover in Shiner Bock, and a little water, if needed. Add chicken bouillon and bring to boil. Add the smoked ham hocks and whole garlic. Reduce heat and simmer for one hour. Remove the garlic, and mince before adding in back.

In a skilled, fry bacon and drain on paper towels. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat. Brown sausage (or chorizo) and ham. Add to beans. If needed, add another teaspoon of bacon fat back to skillet and sauté onions, peppers, and tomatillos until tender. Add to bean pot, along with chopped, fried bacon.

Allow to simmer for another hour or two. Season to taste.

Simmer until beans are tender.

Serve over rice and garnish with cilantro, avocado, and dollop of sour cream, as desired.


Body not included

For sale: One slightly used coffin which contained the remains of Lee Harvey Oswald for 20 years…


Baby Backs…Asian-style

Calling NYC

Earlier today I had an attorney on the phone from New York City. We handled our business, then he said: “You have a nice speaking voice. Where are you from?”

Me: “I grew up in Louisiana.”

We chatted for another minute or two before I finally realized he was actually kind of flirting with me.

Him: “So, what do you look like?”

Me: “Are you familiar with Catherine Zeta-Jones?”

Him: “Oh, yeah…”

Me: “Well, nothing like her.”

There was pause before he cracked up on the other end of the line.

Yeah, the husband found it even more amusing.

Instead of blogging…

I have been knitting.

The adventures in knitting have been chronicled here.

I have also been designing.

Specifically, I have been designing a number of things for Woolgirl to include in her sock club and themed kits. Only two have been released so far.

They are: Kansas sock for her Wizard of Oz Club:

Oblique Scarf for the Queen of Hearts Kit, Alice in Wonderland Club:

This morning I released my first self-published pattern: Feisty Socks!


Yard bird…colors in motion

Yeah, the drinks were THAT good…

But the ribs and blueberry crisp were much, much better.

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