Monday, January 31, 2011

Corn Salsa

2 cups corn (I used frozen that that I quickly defrosted under hot water)
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
1 jalepono, finely chopped (seeds removed unless you want some heat)
Handful chopped cilantro
Zest & juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
2-3 tbsp olive oil

Toss together and serve with tortilla chips. Really yummy when paired with black bean dip!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Wine Lover's Beef Stew

This is easy and perfect for a cold winter day. I like to serve it with biscuits :)

1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 can (14 ounces)whole peeled tomatoes
1-1/2 cups water
1 cube beef bouillon
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup red wine
3 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 potatoes, cubed
1 cup pearl onions

Season the stew meat with some of the salt and pepper and coat with flour. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, Saute the beef and onions in the butter and oil until browned on the outside. Transfer the beef and onions to a stockpot and stir in the tomatoes, water and bouillon cubes. Season with garlic, parsley, thyme and remaining salt and pepper. Stir in the red wine.

Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours before adding carrots, celery potatoes and pearl onions. Continue to simmer until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour.