Sunday, November 27, 2011

Just say no to dried leftovers...and a story

Its Sunday after a holiday and you just need to stop beating yourself up over what to do with that leftover Turkey.
So here is a favorite dish we like here at the Heywood house.
( you know I am cheating- since we did not have turkey... but I am just trying to save you!)

Recipes for picadillo vary with each country and or region in Latin America.
This one is from my mother Anna Henderson and was her favorite.
I have made some changes and so can you add more hot or less- add more spices if you like.
You can use this in tacos, burritos, or chilaquiles.
We like to make it and serve it with rice, black beans and corn or flour tortillas.

2 pounds of good ground beef- we use our locally raised grass fed beef- or you can use ground turkey or 1/2 pork
2 onions chopped
1-2 cloves garlic
1- apple peeled, cored and chopped
1 red bell pepper sliced
1 yellow bell pepper sliced
1 pound (about 3 medium) tomatoes- or canned- or homegrown frozen.
1-3 jalapenos
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup pimiento olives, cut in half
1/8 tsp. cinnamon and cloves
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper

Saute onions, peppers and garlic in 2 tbs. oil.
cook and drain meat and add to saute
add all the rest and simmer 20-30 minutes.

On another note- we are thankful to be here today after almost being hit by a fool who ran a red light  from the right as we entered into the intersection on our way out to dinner last night. Thank you anti-lock breaks and Marks quick reaction as the fool went right in front of us. We hit just enough to scrape his car, we have now added black to our front bumper, as he continued on his way. I saw him stop just for a second and them take off.
Needless to say we ordered a drink as soon as we sat down and tried to figure out what just happened. The light turned green as two cars were running the light- you fools. There was no one in the intersection as we pulled out. I was doing my wifely thing by talking to Mark, blah,blah,blah and then he said I said "Car" and he saw it coming and hit the brakes hard.
I don't know who you were, where you were going and why you would run a full on red light doing at least 65 or if you have a death wish, but we are happy to be here and you fool just get on down the road and remember to watch out because karma is a bitch and she is looking for you.
To all my  readers, family and friends,
Be safe, share the road and think when you drive.


Dan Finnegan said...

I'm thankful that you're still here!

Anne Raven Jorgensen said...

Meredith! So glad you two are ok!
How weird your cars touched and he did not even stop, I am speechless...

Linda Starr said...

Thank goodness Mark was watching, Gary gets irritated at me for waiting at green lights looking to the right and left one last time even though I have the right of way, but that has saved me at least three times from a wreck, once in California and twice here. We didn't have turkey either, all that work cooking for two didn't seem worth it. Besides the turkeys will be on sale now I bet ha!

Anonymous said...

hi meredith,
it sounds to me as though mark, too, has cat-like reflexes... and i thought i was exceptional in that regard. whenever those close calls happen and i'm sitting there afterwards, i wish i could summon up that rush of adrenaline without the actual event that brought it on. good to hear you're ok.

Hollis Engley said...

Congratulations on winning that one. Not everyone wins those cosmic encounters. As to the leftovers ... we went to Mike and Tammy Race's house to eat with 18 other people, but still came home with more leftovers than I need. Last night was the last meal, I swear.

Mrs. G. said...

I'm glad you two navigated that potential disaster as a team!

cookingwithgas said...

yea team! We are happy to be here and thanks for all the kind thoughts- there are some folks out there that should hand off the car keys.
We don't even know who was driving but Mark hopes it was a man who had his mother, wife and mother-in-law in the car.
He hopes they all gave him holly heck! said...

Yikes, thats pretty scary! Something similar happened to my mum when I was quite young. She'd just dropped me off at School when some joyrider smashed into the passenger side of the car where I'd just been sitting.

Now that was close!

cookingwithgas said...

That was close! I am ready for some dull moments in my life- nice and dull!