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Hello friends! It has been awhile since I've posted, and I've missed you! How was your memorial day? Ours was memorable, and sad, as PH's father passed away that weekend due to complications from Alzheimers.
He was a wonderful kind man, and he lived a wonderful, kind life. He is missed here, but we're glad to no longer watch him deteriorate. Alzheimers is one painful disease for everyone involved.
Thankfully, we got to be there to say good-bye. Families are a blessing, and eternal families are the greatest blessing! It is what brings us peace and comfort!
Since coming home we have been moving forward, as that is what life does. Friday rolled around and Fridays are my day off. I get to spend the day with my daughter, and the two of us got A LOT accomplished this last Friday, including making this tasty Green Chili Burros Salad for dinner!
I don't know why I was suddenly in the mood for green chili burros for dinner on Friday, but I was. Green Chili Burros in and of themselves are an easy dinner option. Growing up my mom would often make them for Sunday dinner. She could throw the meat in the crock pot before church, and when we came home three hours later the house smelled amazing. Maybe I wanted that comforting smell in our home. Maybe I just wanted that delicious food in my belly.
Either way, I decided that was going to be dinner. However, just the night before PH told me that he had made a decision to stop with the sugar and carbs in his life. I want to fully support him in this endeavor, so a knew an actual green chili burro was out of the question.
I feel like the great thing about meals like Green Chili Burros is that you can make it a salad so easily! So that is what I did!
Now caveat, this isn't exactly my mom's green chili burros recipe. By the time she had responded to me with what she does to make it it was too late, my green chili burro meat was in the crockpot. I have to say though, upon eating my green chili burros salad, I feel like I hit the mark.
It was delicious, and a lot healthier without tortillas or sour cream! So if you're looking for an easy, tasty salad for dinner look no further! This Green Chili Burros Salad is for you!
To make this recipe, you will need:
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Alicia back with another American recipe! This year my family is picking a country from our ancestry and trying to make foods from that country once a week. Then I share the recipes here. This month we're doing American.
When asking my friends they're favorite American foods my husband replied that he thinks "barbecue is the most American flavor." Then a whole bunch of people agreed with him. There's so many different, and delicious, styles of barbecue across the United States, it's impossible (for me) to choose my favorite. Slow cooking the meat makes it fall off the bone tender without drying it out. Unfortunately, we don't have a barbecue that can slow cook our meat, so we have to use our crockpot. But it still results in a very delicious and tasty rack of ribs.
Today's meal is ribs, baked beans, cornbread, and potato salad. A meal suggested to me by my friend Shirley, who lived in Texas for awhile, so I trust her barbecue opinions. I made everything from scratch and it wasn't that intense or difficult despite being a full plate. The sides were delicious and a perfect compliment, especially the potato salad, a recipe which I'll share with you today as well.
Slow Cooker Ribs
These ribs...THESE RIBS! They're so good! Oft requested by friends for gatherings, these ribs do not last long. Leftovers are unheard of. They're so delicious.
The rub for the ribs can be made in advance and kept in a container, ready for every time you want to make some delicious ribs. We always have some made up and sitting in our spice cabinet.
Ideally we would smoke them or cook them on indirect heat on the grill, but since we don't have that option right now, we just do it in the CrockPot. (I love my crockpot!) And lining the crockpot with parchment paper makes clean-up a breeze!
Make these, you will not regret it.
Best Ever Potato Salad
When I knew we were going to make potato salad, I called my mom. She has always made the best potato salad and I was amazed she hadn't posted it yet. So here it is in all it's glory. The great thing about it is you can customize it to your tastes. I used red and golden potatoes because that's what I had on hand, but russet potatoes work just as well. Sweet or dill pickles, either one is great. I used a dressing that was slightly creamy instead of the regular Italian dressing. I was still so good! Play around according to your tastes and it's always sure to be amazing. I honestly love this stuff.
Although, if you don't like pickles, this may not be the potato salad for you. Otherwise, you can't go wrong.
I didn't want to overwhelm you with recipes so I'll post the baked beans and cornbread another day. Until then, dazzle your family and friends with these recipes.
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We are beginning monsoon season in Phoenix. That means high temperatures coupled with dust storms and thunderstorms. That also means that our dry heat turns into humid heat. It is a love/hate relationship because we love the rain and thunder, but the heat and humidity are killers. Our air conditioners start running non-stop and while a pool will cool us off, fighting the storms and dust which turns them green over night is a constant battle. And that is why ovens don't come on and we turn to cooler foods to help us fight the heat. Thus, today's Friday Fave question:
What is your favorite summer salad?
I thought that this would be a pretty simple question, but I apparently didn't understand Lindsey's
dislike of salad greens. She only really eats them because she knows that they are good for her. She doesn't like lettuce, arugula makes her sick. She will use spinach, but doesn't really like it in a salad, and she can't stand cabbage! Happily, there are salads that do not require leafy lettuce in them! Lindsey loves a good chicken salad! She actually posted a recipe for a great one on Renny's Recipes one week! Although she wrapped it in romaine, the goodness of the Almond Butter Chicken Salad over powered the lettuce! Click the link and check it out if you have forgotten it. I do love a good chicken salad with grapes in it!
Conversely, Alicia loves salad so much that she could hardly decide what to choose! She and Lindsey both went for the Strawberry Spinach Salad at first. Doesn't this one from foodiecrush look good? But then they both went a different way. Alicia chose the Watermelon Spinach Salad that we posted here, originally from Spoonful of Flavor. I have some watermelon on hand right now! I need to make this again. The dressing alone is just so delicious!
Maddy went a different direction by saying that she loves a good pasta salad. Her favorite ingredients are the colorful twisty pasta, black pepper, finely chopped sweet peppers and a little bacon. I love a good Italian pasta salad with some pepperoni in it. This Italian Pasta Salad on I Wash You Dry looks so good. They even have a video to show you how to do it.
I love a really flavorful salad. Like LIndsey, the lettuce isn't my favorite part. I like all of the other parts of a green salad the best! I do love a good taco salad! We posted a vegan version here. But, I am going to go back to the Apple Blueberry Spinach Salad that I came up with back in September. The candied pecans and the Blueberry Maple Dressing are just so unique and delicious. If you had forgotten about it, be sure to check it out again! There is another bonus salad on that post as well.
While we are talking salad, don't forget to get a little style going with your salad service! Remember when we got these wooden salad tongs from our affiliate, Dollar Tree, and decorated them on this post? Making a pretty summer version could be lots of fun!
So, beat the heat and have some salads this summer! What is your favorite salad?
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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