Jan 5, 2011

Horse Shoed Contessa

Posted by Tonia at Wednesday, January 05, 2011
By Rachel

Recently I had to explain to my mother that the smoke detector was not the oven timer. She really hates to cook. In fact, when she and my stepdad bought a house a few years back, she wanted to make the kitchen into another bedroom. Well, until she realized that she needed the refrigerator for her party martinis.

I love to cook and prepare food. Not only does it allow me to be creative and to nurture others, it helps me feel connected to women from previous generations – a kind of shared consciousness with women from the past. Unlike them, however, I don’t really sew or quilt. I am not raising 10 or 12 children, thank God (or I would not be writing this blog - I would be locked up in a mental institution). But I do cook and cooking is a marvelous thread through women’s lives.
I live in Texas. While Texas may have a reputation for the limited seasonings of Tabasco and ketchup, this recipe calls for additional tasty ingredients and can be served at your next Western themed girlfriends' party. And don't miss the TIP at the end of the recipe!

Cowgirl Cavier
1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can hominy, drained
8 0z. grape tomatoes, quartered
4 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
½ green pepper
½ red or yellow pepper
½ cup onion, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro
8 oz Italian salad dressing
2 avocados, pitted and peeled and cut into medium-sized pieces
In a large bowl (or a clean bucket), mix together all of the ingredients (except for the avocados and cilantro). Cover and refrigerate for several hours (best if overnight).  Prior to serving, drain the mixture and add the chopped cilantro and avocados. Serve with tortilla chips or Fritos for a true Texas flavor. Tell your kids the black beans are real fish eggs so they won’t eat any of it.
Tip: Make sure you remove the seeds from the jalapeno peppers or your guests will be shooting flames from their mouths. Which might be entertaining but probably not too friendly. Instead, save the seeds to put in your partner’s dinner the next time you have an argument.


MsCheeVS on January 9, 2011 at 8:04 PM said...

Ha ha ha! I like the part about the jalapeno seeds!! I have other recourses to mates that are becoming argumetative! Tee Hee Hee!!

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