Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Skating at Yosemite
This month has flown by - and actually I've been doing a lot of cooking and entertaining. Just haven't had time to sit down and think or write about any of it.
We went to Yosemite last weekend and had a great time. Ate way too much, played in the snow, watched tv. Perfect way to spend the long weekend. We went ice skating at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley. I was feeling every one of my 41 years by the time we got off the ice but it was fun. I even remembered how to do a spin and my daughter took video of it with her digital camera. And then showed her friends at school. I hope she enjoys the military school we are sending her to.
Actually she is leaving tomorrow - for Reno not military school - her bass group is performing at the American String Teachers Association national conference. I'm so grateful I didn't sign up to chaperone this trip and am so appreciative of the people who did. They are saints (or extremely easy going people who are hard-of-hearing).
I haven't really been grocery shopping since we got back. So, tonight we are going to have bean and cheese burritos - primarily because it's stuff we have on hand. I had tortillas in the freezer, dried beans in the pantry, salsa, guacamole, vegan monterey jack and sour cream in the fridge. Voila - dinner.
Here is my favorite recipe for pinto beans:
Drunken Beans for the crockpot
1 large white onion, chopped
1 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
2 cups dried pinto beans, picked over (soaked in cold water at least 4 hours and up to 12, then drained - if you remember the night before, I rarely do and they turn out fine)
1 ½ quarts water plus additional if necessary
½ cup sliced pickled jalapeño chiles (I include some of the liquid too - makes it spicier)
a 12-ounce bottle dark Mexican beer such as Negra Modelo or Dos Equis
2 teaspoons salt plus ½ teaspoon if necessary
Dump it all in the crockpot and cook on high all day. Easy and good.
Off to help daughter pack...must confiscate skating video...
Posted by Guinnah at 5:00 PM