Kitchen Wisdom

Garlic Lime No Tomato Tacos

Ok, actually this recipe is more of a skillet mash but the title sounds good, doesn’t it?

Here’s the super easy ingredient run down:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground meat, chopped chicken or canned fish
    I can’t wait to try this with salmon or tuna.
  • 3 tablespoons garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 can mostly drained black beans – or pinto beans, or kidney beans. Basically any beans you have in the cupboard.

You will also want to have on hand some cooked rice, tortilla chips, or your favorite taco shells as well as whatever toppings you like.

Seven simple steps:

  1. Warm the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Sauté the onions for three to five minutes.
  3. Add the meat, garlic and lime juice.
  4. Mix meat, onion and spices well.
  5. Cook for five minutes, stirring as needed.
  6. Combine beans with mixture in skillet.
  7. Let simmer until meat is cooked thoroughly and beans are nicely warmed, about five to seven minutes.

20131013-123735.jpgNow you’re ready to serve this delicious mash over rice, in tacos, or with your favorite chips. Pasta might even be a fun variation.

That’s all it takes — some measuring, a little chopping and about fifteen or twenty minutes of cooking.

The nice thing about this recipe is that it can serve as a base for a meal with family members who have differing taste preferences. Just let each person add fun toppings like cheese, salsa, hummus, guacamole or hot sauce and everyone will be happy and well-fed.

Weekend Whirl

Weekend Whirl, July 2

Two great reads, both centered on women in our fine capital city… and a recipe for the holiday weekend!

Decades after duty in the OSS and CIA, “spy girls” find each other in retirement
by Ian Shapira

Growing up in my neighborhood, calling the Donovan girls meant getting a babysitter… one of us was almost always available. For these women, working for Wild Bill Donovan at either the Office of Strategic Services or the CIA meant international travel and intrigue, if not glamor. Fun, but no chit-chat allowed in the cafeteria.

The Trinity Sisters
by Kevin Carey

Ever since I moved here, I’ve seen ads for Trinity College and wondered ‘does DC really need another institute of higher education?’ Apparently the answer is yes. Much to the consternation of the establishment, the school was founded in 1897 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to serve Catholic women not allowed to attend nearby Catholic University of America. Its notable graduates include Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, and Carole Black as well as “prominent female scientists, scholars, doctors, educators, judges, and public servants in numbers far out of proportion to its size.” A little revolution goes a long way…

And now for the food:

Honey Mustard Marinade

½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. pepper
½ cup mustard (dijon works great)
1 cup honey
2-3 tbs. wine vinegar (garlic red, or white)

Mix together cumin, nutmeg, pepper, mustard and honey. Then add vinegar one tablespoon at a time until desired taste and consistency are reached. Pour over your favorite meat, refrigerate for 30 mins or more, then grill, broil or bake to your heart’s content.

Enjoy the long weekend, and remember to honor those who have sacrificed for our freedom.