Game day Beans

So today is SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, my boyfriend had to work today but will be off in time for the game, however we wont be doing our usual BBQ,  in which we do ribs, chicken, sausage, potato salad, beans….awesome stuff. Even though we won’t be doing all those today I’m going to share my beans recipe they are soooo good I just have to share. To make these awesome beans I take a small bag of pinto beans (the dried kind) put them in a large pot of water, After sorting & rinsing them of course! So anyway then i take a whole fresh jalapeno (from my plant) cause they are the best fresh grown. Then I cut off the top of it and drop it right in the pot, then about 4 or 5 fresh garlic cloves (peeled) drop those in the pot & 1 small sweet yellow onion chopped finely,then either a ham bone or ham hocks, if I use ham hocks I use 2 or 3 depending on the size, I like the ones with more meat on them, yes I’m definitely a carnivore! But this is my secret ingredient, which as of now will no longer be a secret! A can of Coke a Cola is added to the water, then the beans simmer for about 3 to 4 hours. Then and only then do I add salt and other seasonings. Why you may wonder? If you add salt to them before you cook them they will be hard! We don’t want hard beans, I personally want them to melt in my mouth…. Then at the very end I chop up a very ripe tomato and add it to my pot, and simmer another 30 min or so.and they are done. Other seasonings I add are cayenne pepper powder, not much because a little goes a long way. That’s it these are my famous BBQ beans everyone begs for! Hope you enjoy. If you make them let me know how they turn out please!          Ingredients, 1 small bag of beans,1 small yellow sweet onion,4 or 5 garlic cloves, 1  fresh jalapeno , ham bone or ham hocks, 1 can of Coke a Cola, simmer 3 hours, add salt to taste, pinch of cayenne pepper 1 very ripe tomato chopped. These go well with rice or cornbread, or just simply enjoy by them selves or with our favorite BBQ!

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Tacos

I like to use my own seasonings to make tacos, I’m not real fond of the packaged stuff. Brown 1lb of hamburger meat add salt & 1/2 tsp cumin & garlic powder while browning the meat, pour off the greasy fat, add 1/3 cup of water, 1/2 tsp chili powder. Taste then add more salt, cumin, garlic powder if needed simmer until all the water cooks out of meat stirring often( the water also helps take any other unwanted grease still in the meat) if you like them a Lil more spicy add some cayenne powder about 1/2tsp or to taste. Heat shells or tortillas, add meat and whatever toppings you like and eat! I used to work in a hotel restaurant for about 8 yrs during which time it was 3 different types of restaurant. The jalapeno grill was my FAV. Learned a lot about cooking Mexican food. This is how the owners mother who was our cook made the tacos. Oh soooo good ! More recipes to come later

New to this!

So I’m new to this blogging thing, but I hope everyone will bear with me while i get it established. I have many interests my main one is food and cooking it, hence the name shesarealcooker! However I’ll probably be posting about crafts and growing green pants as well, flowers have never been my strong suit. Just in the last year I planted 3 different kinds of peppers, 1 died so I must not have done something right. The other 2 however have done beautifully. I have tons of jalapenos & serranos, That I also cook with. I’ll try to post a picture of my pepper plants…remember I’m still learning this blog thing, but I think I will enjoy this! So I’ll tell you a little about myself, I’m a single mom with 1 almost and 2 grown kids, at times I worked 2 jobs when they were young to support them, do I learned how to be thrifty. There were more than a few times when I would only have about 20$ to feed my kids for a week… Well that wasn’t easy, but I somehow made it work and they never felt deprived. The type of cooking I still do is based on recipes I came up with or borrowed then. Couponing is a must in my household, but if its not something I would normally buy I skipped those. Once I get better at this blogging, I’ll start to post pics and recipes.and add a Lil story about the recipe and how I got it! Hope you enjoy my page and come back often.

King ranch chicken

Boil 4 boneless chicken breast, drain reserving broth, shred chicken. Add1 can of rotel, 1 can of cream of mushroom, 1 can of cream of chicken, 4 oz cream cheese, mix all together in a med sauce pan, add small amt of broth if mixture is too thick. Cut up about 20 corn tortillas, add to mixture pour all into a casserole dish, top with shredded cheese of your choice. I use mild cheddar. This recipe makes a lot so if you don’t have a large family, you can freeze your leftovers. Or invite the neighbors for dinner. Enjoy