Apr 16, 2013


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it works better for recipes, hope you agree!

Mar 26, 2013

Cafe Rio Salsa Verde

2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, minced
5-6 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
2 green peppers
1-2 jalapeños, seeded and membranes removed
1 1/2 lb. tomatillos, husked and quartered
1/2 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp cumin
4 cups water
3 Tbsp chicken bouillon
3 Tbsp sugar

In large saucepan sauté onions and garlic in oil until tender and fragrant.

While onions are sautéing, combine tomatillos, green peppers, jalapeños, and cilantro in your blender. Process until smooth; you can add some of the water to make blending easier.

Pour tomatillo mixture over onions, add remaining water, salt, pepper, cumin and chicken bouillon. Simmer for 15 mins to 1 hour depending on the consistency you want. I boil it on high for 1 hr.

Use it to make "Cafe Rio Pork Barbacoa" or "Cafe Rio Burritos Enchilada Style"

Mar 17, 2013


11 Lasagna Noodles, this includes 2 extra noddles in case some break and you can't use them.
6 eggs
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lg onion, chopped
2 Tbsp beef bouillon
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp salt
1 lg can medium olives, chopped
1-4oz can mushrooms, chopped

1-24oz can Huntz spaghetti sauce
3-4 Tbsp brown sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
Shredded cheese, I use Colby jack or Monterrey Jack

Cook lasagna noodles to package directions. When done, rinse and cool down with cold water, Let it sit in the water while waiting for the other stuff to be done.

Place the eggs with water and boil for 6 minutes (for Hard boiled eggs).  When eggs are done, cool down with cold water.  When they are cold, peel and slice with egg slicer.

In large skillet, cook ground beef, onion, and season with the spices (beef bouillon, cumin, paprika, garlic salt and salt).  Cook until beef is brown and cooked through.  Add olives and mushrooms, cook until warm.  Add Spaghetti sauce, brown sugar and vinegar, and bring it to a boil.  Sauce is ready!

Heat oven to 350 F.

In 9 x 13 pan place 3 lasagna noodles side by side, cover with sauce,  place egg slices (about 1-2 eggs) and cover with cheese.  Repeat 2 more times.

Bake for 30 mins or until cheese is melted in the center.  Serve with garlic bread, or breadsticks.

Mar 14, 2013

Dulce De Leche (Manjar)

Dulce De Leche is very easy to make if you have a pressure cooker. All you need is:

2 cans sweetened condensed milk
1 lemon or lime (only to keep your pot looking nice)

Place cans, make sure you rip off the label first, limes and enough water to cover the cans fully in a pressure cooker.

Be aware to follow your cooker's guidelines for how much water to fill it with, do not over fill.

Close lid, sealing the pot, and place cooker in stove, when it starts making the pressure noise, time it for 40 mins.

When it is done turn off heat, and let sit until pressure has come back down.

That's it!

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PRESSURE COOKER, you can still do it, it will just take more time. Boil it in a good size pot for 2 hrs, making sure your water stays covering the cans.

Mar 7, 2013

Cafe Rio Pork

1 pork roast (the one that comes wrapped in a net)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1-16oz bottle salsa verde (or use homemade one, see recipe)

Place pork and coke in crockpot. Add enough coke to cover pork. Cook for 5 hrs on high or 8 hrs on low.

When done, drain, shred pork and mix in sugar and salsa verde.

Cafe Rio Salad

Cafe Rio Chicken or Pork (see recipe)
Cafe Rio Rice (see recipe)
Cafe Rio Dressing (see recipe)
2-16 oz can black beans, rinsed
Pico de Gallo (tomatoes, onion, garlic & cilantro seasoned with oil, lime juice and salt to taste)
Mashed avocados (season with oil, lime juice & salt)
Tortilla strips
1 head romaine lettuce, sliced 1/2 inch thick


Cafe Rio Chicken

1-16oz bottle Italian dressing
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 garlic clove, minced
4 chicken breasts, cut in 4s

Place all ingredients in crockpot, and cook for 5 hrs on high, or 8 hrs on low. Shred chicken, and pour some of the juice over it to prevent drying.

Cafe Rio Rice

3 cups rice
4 tsp chicken bouillon
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 tsp cumin
1-4oz can green chilies
3/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 onion
6 cups water

Simmer for 30 mins.

Cafe Rio Dressing

1-16oz bottle ranch
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 jalapeño without seeds
2 medium sized tomatillos, peal off leaf, cut out stem and dice it.

Run through blender. Refrigerate for a few hours.

Feb 15, 2013

Chocolate Frosting - Kensie Wall

2 2/3 cups powder sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
4 1/2 Tbsp milk

Mix until creamy, add the milk last only if needed

Cake Like Brownies - Kensie Wall

2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
4 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 F

Mix everything together and place in greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 30 mins exactly.

Feb 10, 2013

Chicken Enchiladas

3-4 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
2 medium onions, chopped
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp Chicken bouillon
2 - 11.5 oz cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups sour cream
1 small can chili peppers
Tortillas (I like to use the uncooked tortillas at Costco, YUM!)
Shredded cheese

Sauté chicken, onion, salt and bouillon in a skillet, until chicken is cooked through and onions are tender.
In a bowl combine soup and sour cream, mix well.
When chicken is cooked add 1/2 soup mixture to the chicken. Cook until bubbly, turn off heat. Set aside.
To the remaining soup mixture, add the can of chilies. Set aside.
Cook 10 tortillas, and set aside. Great way to cook the tortillas is to use a pancake griddle.

Preheat your oven to 350 F.
In a tortilla, place some chicken mixture, roll the tortilla, and place in 9x13 baking dish. Repeat until all the chicken is used.
Now pour the soup and chili mixture over the top, and coat with cheese.

Bake for 20 mins or until cheese is melted.

Feb 6, 2013

Chicken Tikka Masala - Indian

2 cups uncooked basmati rice
3 chicken breasts, whole
Kosher salt
Ground coriander
1/2 to 1 cup plain yogurt
6 Tbsp butter, divided
1 large onion, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 piece (about 2in by 1in) fresh ginger, grated
2-3 Tbsp garam masala (it is a spice)
1-28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup Fresh cilantro, chopped
Red pepper flakes (optional)

Cook rice.

Heat up grill to about 450 F (medium to high heat) if no grill, broil in oven about 5-7 mins per side.
Season chicken with salt, coriander and cumin. Coat with yogurt. Grill, or broil until cooked.

In large skillet, sauté onions in 2 Tbsp butter until slightly brown. Add garlic, ginger, and salt, and sauté for a minute longer. Add garam masala and red pepper flakes (if you want it spicy), diced tomatoes, and sugar, mix well and simmer for 5 mins.

After sauce has simmered add heavy cream. Chop chicken into bite size pieces and add to sauce. Add cilantro.

Serve over rice.

Make some Garlic Naan to go along!

NOTE: the original recipe included some seasonings for the rice (that's why it is yellow in the picture) however... I did not like it.  I think it will be better with just plain white rice.  If you want to try the seasoned rice melt 4 Tbsp butter and add 2 cups rice, 1 tsp salt, 1 Tbsp turmeric, and 4 cups water.  Bring to a boil, and simmer for 20 mins. or until all the water is gone, and the rice is soft.

Feb 3, 2013

Completos - Chilean Hot Dogs

8 Bun length hot dogs, cooked
8 Bakery hot dog buns (find them in the bakery section at your local grocery store)
2 Avocados
Olive Oil
Juice of 2 limes (about)
2 tomatoes, chopped small
Sauerkraut (optional)


My favorite way to cook hot dogs is to grill them, but you can boil, fry or microwave them as well.

Warm buns in grill warmer or put them in warm oven (about 150 F) for a while.

Smash avocados with a fork, and season with 1-2 tsp olive oil, salt and lime juice to taste.

Season chopped tomatoes with 1-2 tsp oil, and salt to taste.

To make completos, place hot dog in bun, and then add tomatoes, avocado and sauerkraut, top with desired dressings.

Perros Calientes - Venezuelan Hot Dogs

Quantities depend on how many you make...

Bun length hot dogs, cooked
Bakery hot dog buns, find them in the bakery section at your local grocery store.
Miniature French fries, or potatoes and oil.
Cabbage, chopped very little
Onion, chopped
Mustard (although I can't understand why someone might like this...)

If you need to make the fries, peel your potatoes, and cut them very little, about 3/4 inch long, and 1/8 inch wide. Fry them in oil until golden brown, remove onto a paper towell, and add little bit of salt.

Place hot dog in bun, and add onions, cabbage and fries, top with desired dressings, enjoy!