Stuffed Spicy Style

9 08 2009
Stuffed Peppers...waiting to be cooked.

Stuffed Peppers...waiting to be cooked.

I have become a crock pot addict.

Last week I purchased the cookbook: “Best-Loved Slow Cooker Recipes”. I love to read and I love a great number of books, but there is something about this cookbook that makes me really excited every time I open it. Perhaps it is the fact that it contains many somewhat basic recipes that have a lot of potential…definitely great for experimenting. Another nice feature is that many (almost all) of the recipes are accompanied by a full color photo of the prepared meal. This cookbook also lies flat when open at any page, which while cooking, is admittedly quite an awesome feature.

Tonight I made the “Southwestern Stuffed Peppers” which turned out pretty well. They weren’t as spicy as I was hoping for, but the original recipe was not meant for spicy-ness. Below is the recipe with the changes that I made. (you can find the original recipe in the book – sold at Target)

4 green bell peppers (I tried a yellow one too)
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup shredded mexican cheese blend
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup frozen corn (white and yellow blend)
1/2 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pinch of brown sugar
1/4 cup Cholula hot sauce
1 (4 oz) can of chopped green chilis
1/4 cup green salsa
topped with Frank’s hot sauce

Directions: cut tops off of the bell peppers, remove the seeds and membrane, leave the pepper whole. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and mix. Pour the mixture into each pepper. Place the peppers in the crock pot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve with Frank’s hot sauce or sour cream.

I think next time I might chop up an anaheim pepper and add it into the mix. Mmm…spicy.



A random drawing, A random song, and A random blog

5 08 2009

Floating Monsters!








The weekend before last I ventured up to the cooler parts of the US for a friend’s wedding in Chicago. The drive up was approximately 10 hours. So you could say, I had A LOT of time to think, listen to music and generally try and entertain myself (and stay alert to drive, of course). I decided to make a photo record of my drive which ended up consisting of anything I could deem remotely exciting: a truck full of oranges, the largest truck stop in the world (in Iowa in case you wanted to check it out) and some storm clouds. I also enjoyed listening to Pope Benedict’s most recent encyclical, “Caritas in Veritate” which I highly recommend. Although if you are anything like me, you might want to read it rather than listen to the audio since I had to repeat many of the chapters in order to retain some of it. BUT, the most enjoyable part of the drive was the discovery of a song that, having listened to some theology and then having time to contemplate life in general, put everything into perspective. So, check out this song on iTunes: “This is the Day (Psalm 118)” by Shane Barnard. Great guitar, great harmony, and serves as a great reminder that God deserves all glory and honor and praise.

Oh, and the drawing is of floating monsters…feel free to make your own interpretations.


Comfy Pants Man

30 07 2009


A new hero prowls the night….

Uncomfortable and unsightly pants beware! There is a new hero on the streets ready to take all the disgraceful “so-called” lower-section-cover-ups back to their makers (or sewers, respectively). Little do the dress pants, too tight jeans, and bunchy shorts of this world know that a hero has come to do away with their evil and uncomfortable ways! All of you out there who find yourselves in the plight of tight waistlines and itchy material have no fear, Comfy Pants Man is here to save the day!

A historical event to remember…

Comfy Pants Man was born on the outskirts of a sewing factory where by the slip of a needle (and some chemical reactions) was transformed into a super human capable of instant comforts. Quickly, he grew into a man that was known to appreciate the coziness of athletic shorts and pajama pants in all situations. As any hero, his many adventures set him on a course of battling evil and bringing “comfy pants” comfort to all those in dire need. His secret identity is, of course, unknown. Nevertheless, Comfy Pants Man has been known to show up in an instant bearing comfy pants and help to all those in peril.

Powers and Weapons…

– Instant comfy pants transformation
– Superhuman ability to consume large amounts of Gatorade with ease
– Armed with a powerful arsenal of  weapons that are disguised as harmless musical instruments.

Tortilla Soup…sans tortillas

19 07 2009

Yesterday, eager to use the crock pot for the second time, I endeavored upon creating experimental tortilla soup. Which is now called “Mexican Soup” since I am anti-tortilla in my soup eating experiences. If you want some spicy, makes your nose run, anti-tortilla soup…here is the recipe:

(Be warned: All of my cooking consists of throwing in ingredients without any real sense of measurement, so these are approximations. Change at your own will.)


8 chicken tenders, frozen
32 oz chicken broth
20 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, mashed
10 ounce can enchilada sauce
4 ounce can chopped green chile peppers, drained
14 oz can of black beans, drained
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1-2 pinches of sugar
1/4 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce
Garnish with Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

To make it thicker: I am going to try adding in sour cream next time.
Other ingredients you could try: 1 med. chopped onion, 2 cloves of minced garlic, approx. 10 oz of pkgd frozen corn…

Directions: Put all of the ingredients in the slow cooker (except the cheese). Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours (shred the chicken about one hour before finished). Garnish with cheese. (Or tortillas if you are a fan)


This is a blog.

19 07 2009

Blog #1…

In case you were wondering. Yes, I am blogging. Hopefully all of my blogs will keep you in suspense, tantalize your senses, provoke your thoughts, and leave you begging for more.

Bendy Straw blogs are like an exercise program for the mind. If you so choose to read them, I can only assure the betterment of your life. So remember to read them often, stretch, eat well and repeat.