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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Green Chile, Spanish Rice, slow cooked pinto beans! on: June 18, 2009 09:54:53 AM
My boyfriend and I found a crock pot at Target for $18.99 and we've been using it like crazy these last couple of weeks. I made pinto beans a couple of nights ago, so I decided to make burritos, green chile and Spanish rice.



Burritos:

Fixings:
Lettuce, chopped
Tomato, chopped
Onion, chopped
Follow Your Heart cheddar, grated (optional, you can't really taste it anyway.)
Tortillas (make sure to read the ingredients, some places use lardddd!!)

Beans:
1-2 cups of dried pinto beans
2-4 cups of water
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 tsp salt or more to taste
crock pot

Sort beans, take out the bad ones (black, misshapen, ugly, etc.) and put the rest into a large bowl or container. Fill container with water and stir with a long spoon. Poor water out of container and repeat 3-4 times until water is no longer dirty. Some people soak the beans over night, but I never plan that far ahead.

Next, combine all ingredients in your crock pot. Just make sure the water is a couple inches above the beans. (You can always drain it out later.) Turn the crock pot on high, and let cook for 5-6 hours.

You will have tons of beans, but who doesn't love beans. I usually just mash a little at time and keep the rest in the refrigerator with some of the broth still in the container. I like the beans whole with chile over them sometimes.

Green Chile:
1/2 onion, chopped into large pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups vegetable broth (I used chicken flavored vegan bouillon and water, you can also just used water)
4 tbsp Bragg's Liquid Aminos
4 tbsp (or more if you like spicy) chopped green chile (I used Bueno, I think they are from New Mexico, very delicious!) make sure it is thawed!
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper to taste

Saute garlic and onions in olive oil on medium high heat until onions are translucent. Lower heat and and add flour to make a paste. Let the flour brown a bit before adding the liquid. Add 1 cup of the vegetable broth and Bragg's, bring the gravy to a boil on medium to medium-high heat, stirring constantly. It will thicken up quite a bit, so I use the second cup to thin it out. Once the gravy is at the consistency that you like, add the chile and tomatoes. Turn down the heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper and cumin.

Spanish Rice:
1 cup white long grain rice
olive oil
2 cups water or vegetable broth
1 small can tomato sauce (or a heaping spoonful of tomato paste, but what do you do with the rest of the can? I don't like wasting it so I use sauce.)
about 1/2 cup frozen or fresh peas (sometimes I use peas and carrots)
salt and pepper to taste

Brown rice in olive oil(make sure all rice is coated) over medium high heat in a deep pot for about 20 minutes, until rice is lightly toasted. Add water, tomato sauce, and salt and pepper to pot and bring to a boil. Lower temperature, and add peas. Let cook for 25-30 minutes. Make sure you don't lift the lid because this will let the steam escape! You can also add the peas in after the rice is done if they are fresh. Just let them warm up a little bit in the rice.

I like to think that these recipes are somewhat authentic. Very easy and very cheap to make. Enjoy.

I pretty much put the exact same thing in my blog, knitthatshit.blogspot.com.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cotton Half Double Crochet Clutch! on: May 23, 2009 02:41:46 PM
I finally made this clutch after putting it off for months. I really wish I wouldn't have waited, it's so darling! I can't wait to make more.





I used this tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=169414.0.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / NSFW Naughty Birthday Gift on: March 07, 2009 10:29:58 AM
I improvised this design for one of my co workers Jen. I also made her cupcakes! I think they pretty much explain themselves!!


 
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Hope you get a kick out of it!
4  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Henry Rollins Doll on: March 05, 2009 08:48:06 AM
I made this doll a few months ago for my boyfriend's brother and his girlfriend. They are all (boyfriend included) obsessed with Henry Rollins. I don't really like him, his spoken word, or his music. Oh well. I love my guy and his family so when I saw this pattern in Stitch N Bitch Nation by Debbie Stoller, I had to make it for them for christmas.

I love the way he came out and I want to make more dolls in the future!






I used all acrylic yarn, mostly just scraps I've had for a long time. I didn't really understand the pattern, so I made some of it up, but for the most part it looks pretty similar to the example in the book. (Besides the grey hair, which I thought was a little more realistic.)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / a sweater for my bike! on: March 04, 2009 12:11:42 PM
I made this in a couple of days, it a little redundant with the constant cabling but I think it's very cute!




I want to make more soon.
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / vegan mexican potluck on: February 20, 2009 10:13:40 AM
Lastnight my boyfriend and I hosted a vegan mexican food potluck. we recently moved in together and this was our chance to sort of show off our new place.

Rocky made green chili and fajitas (ports, onions, zucchini, carrots, and red and green bell peppers) and I made fideo, which is browned vermicelli noodles cooked in tomato sauce water and spices. Heraldo brought guacamole, and spiced TVP. Ben and his girlfriend brought black beans and a chili sauce, and Lyle brought a raw soup made from home pressed almond milk, and cucumbers, as well as apple avocado spring rolls.







7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Blue Pink and Purple Cupcakes on: February 17, 2009 08:11:31 AM
I made these beauties the other day with the White Cake recipe from  Vegan Family Cookbook. (It's a great book I recommend it to all my buds.) I added a few drops of blue food coloring to the batter. To get the pink frosting, I used one bag of Tazo's Passion tea (it steeps super bright pink) and poured just enough water to cover the bag. I left the tea bag in for about 5 minutes, took it out and let the tea cool down. After about 20-30 minutes I mixed it in with the frosting. I'm still trying to figure out ways to make the pink more vibrant, without having to by $20 red food coloring made from beets or whatever. The tea did give the frosting sort of a tart flavor, but it was easily ignored!


8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / magazine wall art on: February 12, 2009 08:20:14 AM
After seeing all the wonderful post with ways to recycle magazines (ie. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=247280.0 and http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267860.0 and http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=49028.0) I figured since I work in a salon we have TONS of old magazines, I would take some home and see what I could do with them.
At first I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with all of the rolls and I just had them laying side by side and I like the way it looked. My walls are pretty bare right now so I'm trying to figure out ways to make them more colorful without putting too many holes or painting them. So I just glued the rolls to a yard stick my mom had at her house. I think I spent about $6 on this project since everything was free but the hot glue and glue gun I bought about a week prior!





Excuse the random lawn chair in this picture.



I actually didn't end up hanging it above that bench, I put it next to our refrigerator and its vertical now.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / r2d2 on: February 11, 2009 12:05:40 PM
I made this R2D2 for my good friend Lyle's birthday. I free handed it, which is very difficult for me; I'm sort of a perfectionist. It was pretty simple up until I started the "arms" and then figuring out all the little felt panels and such were a little tricky. I used a hot glue gun to attach them, I wish I could have sewn them on. Over all I think I could have done a better job, but I was in a time crunch! I still think he is pretty cute.  On to the pictures!




Hope you like him!
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / La Dolce Vegan? on: November 25, 2008 10:36:23 AM
Does anyone have this book? I can't find mine anywhere and I need the recipe for the apricot cheesecake that's in it! If anyone has it, can you help a vegan sista make all of her thanksgiving dreams come true?
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