January 17, 2014

Homemade Bread

I tried a new recipe for Homemade White Bread.  I like that this recipe makes 2 loaves, perfect to eat 1 whole loaf fresh and warm, and 1 over the next couple days!
recipe from: iheartnaptime.com (click link to see more pictures)

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 TB sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 TB salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 5-7 cups of flour, (bread, white or wheat will work) (can use more if needed)
  • 1 TB shortening or cooking spray
  • 1 TB butter (to top bread)
  1. Place the yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Pour the warm water (not too hot) over the yeast mixture and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, or until nice and bubbly.
  2. Combine melted butter, sugar, evaporated milk and salt into a large mixing bowl. When your yeast mixture is ready add them together and mix.
  3. If you are using a stand mixer put on your bread hook and then pour in 3 cups of flour. If not you can stir/knead it as well. Then add in 1 cup of flour at a time and mix. When you get to 5 cups of flour in the bowl, add in 1/2 cup more of flour at a time until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides. You'll know it's ready when your fingers no longer stick to the dough.
  4. Then cover the ball of dough and sides of the bowl with shortening and cover the bowl with a warm towel. Set by the window and allow it it rise (approx 1.5 hours). When it has risen over the bowl punch it down and place on a floured service.
  5. Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Cut dough into two pieces and roll them out into a rectangle. Roll the dough up and place into 2 greased bread pans.
  7. Let the bread rise again, and when it looks like a good loaf of bread place them in the oven at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. When the bread is done, coat the top with butter and remove onto a cooling rack.
  8. Enjoy! 

January 16, 2014

Cafe Rio Copycat Pulled Pork Burrito

These actually turned out really really yummy.  I got the recipes from a few sources.

Sweet Pork Barbacoa
from One Good Thing By Jillee

2 pounds pork
2 cans Coke (NOT diet)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 c. water
1 can diced green chiles
3/4 can enchilada sauce (I used Old El Paso 14 ounce can)
1 c. brown sugar
Put the pork in a reclosable bag to marinate, pour in one of the cans of Coke and 1/2 c. brown sugar. Marinade for a few hours or overnight. 
Drain marinade and put pork, 1/2 can of Coke, water, and garlic salt in crock pot on high for about 3-4 hours. Remove pork from crock pot, drain any remaining liquid, shred pork. 
Mix together (in a bowl or in the blender) other 1/2 can of Coke, can of chiles, enchilada sauce and brown sugar.
Put shredded pork back in the crock pot, cover with sauce, heat just until warmed through.

Cilantro Rice
1 c. uncooked rice 
1 tsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp lime juice
1 can (15 oz) chicken broth
1 c. water 
1 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp sugar
3 tbsp cilantro
In a saucepan combine rice, butter, garlic, 1 tsp. lime, chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender. Remove from heat. In a small bowl combine lime juice, sugar and cilantro. Pour over hot cooked rice and mix in as you fluff the rice.

Black Beans
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/3 c. tomato juice
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro

In a nonstick skillet, cook garlic and cumin in olive oil over medium heat until you can smell it. Add beans, tomato juice, and salt. Continually stir until heated through. Just before serving stir in the cilantro.

Medium Smothered Sauce
1 small can diced chilies
1- 7 oz. can Salsa Verde 
1/2 c. chicken broth
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt

Combine all ingredients in small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for at least 20 minutes. Serve warm. You can also refrigerate it overnight after simmering if you are making it in advance, just reheat before serving.
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