Monday, August 25, 2008

My Little Secret

I'm not a very good cook. My secret is that I befriend good cooks, they give me their recipes, and I make those recipes often. "My" two most requested recipes really belong to my friends Mary and Camille. Beware! If you make either one, you will eat it ALL!!!!

Mary's Southewestern Salsa

2 cans black beans, drained
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 red pepper, chopped (sometimes I also use green, yellow, or orange)
1 sm. purple onion, chopped (or 1/2 lg. onion)
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (scissors work best!)
2 cloves garlic, minced (jarred kind works great)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 can Rotel
1/3 c. lime juice
1/2 c. olive oil

Mix canned and chopped ingredients together; sprinkle with seasonings, then pour liquids over and stir. Ingredients can be adjusted to taste. Chopped ingredients can be prepared in the food processor but the result isn't as pretty. Mary serves hers with lime flavored corn chips but we like Tostido Scoops. Keep in tightly covered container (unless you want everything to smell like salsa) in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Camille's Apple Pie

unbaked pastry for 9" pie (Oh, just go ahead and just pick up a frozen one! This pie is so good no one will notice.)
4 large tart apples (I use Granny Smith)

1/2 c. sugar (or Splenda works okay)
1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 c. sugar (or Splenda)
3/4 c. flour
1/3 c. butter (Smart Balance is a healthy alternative)
1/4 c. chopped walnuts or pecans (Camille says they are optional. HA! No way, woman!)

Pare apples and cut into slices.
Mix 1/2 c. sugar with cinnamon; set aside.
Mix 1/2 c. sugar with flour; cut in butter until crumbly and stir in nuts.
Arrange apples in pastry-lined dish, layer by layer. Sprinkle sugar-cinnamon mixture over each layer. Sprinkle sugar-flour-butter-nut mixture over top to form crust.
Bake until apples are tender - about 1 hr. at 375.


Mary said...

That reminded me I haven't made that in a long time. Sounds good and it's something I can make without an oven, which I've been without going on 4 months now. We've survived on stovetop, microwave, cold meals and eating out all this time. No sense in spending money to fix it or buying new since whoever buys the house can just pick out their own. Well, it made sense at the time, but I'm really missing baking!!! BTW, I think you do quite well in the kitchen on your own merits!

Anonymous said...

*wry smile* Butter is a healthy alternative to Smart Balance. ;)...and honey to sugar...
Your All Natural Cousin

Anonymous said...

Ditto on what Mary said! You've been cooking since BEFORE you were big enough to stand at the stove! And doing a stellar job of it!!!

Anonymous said...

This is also great with half Splenda and half sugar. I had a bag of granny smith apples that the kids swear they love, but somehow they always go bad before they're eaten.

Keith loved it too. You are my new best friend. Wait a minute...

Lee Anne

Jenny said...

Just wanted to say HI MICHELLE AND LEE ANNE! Glad you stopped by!

Butter is a no-no with Kevin's cholesterol issues. But I only use Splenda if I'm making it for his parents (both diabetic).

I love honey, too, but I don't think it would work too well to make a crumbly topping. LOL!