Monthly Archives: June 2012

Black Beans und ze Rice

This is another recipe that Andrés created. He is a master of kitchen, and he’s kind enough to share these recipes with the internet. He accepts thank yous in the form of aged single malt.


  • 2 cups of uncooked rice (white or brown)
  • One package of beef bacon
  • Small bunch of cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • 1 can of black beans with juice
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Chili flakes
  • Vodka

Cook the two cups of rice (we use brown) normally. We use a ratio of about 5 cups of water to 2 cups of brown rice (he likes it sticky).

Chop the bunch of cilantro and put it in a large bowl. Season it with 1 teaspoon of each onion powder and garlic powder,  1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper, and the juice a of a whole lime. Set aside.

In a separate large skillet cook the beef bacon at medium heat. Once beef bacon is cooked, chop it into small strips using kitchen scissors. (Or, you can chop it up before you cook it, like Andrés does. He doesn’t use kitchen scissors.) Add it back to the skillet and stir in the can of black beans (with the juice) and lower heat to medium low.

Season with:

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chili flakes (or more for some heat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder

Stir and let it simmer on low until a little over half of the black bean juice has evaporated.

Add a good splash of vodka to skillet (approximately 1.5 oz). Stir until alcohol is cooked off, turn off the heat.

Once rice is fully cooked, add it to the large bowl containing the seasoned cilantro and mix it together. Take the cilantro lime rice and
add it to the large skillet of beef bacon and beans and mix it all together under low heat until all ingredients are fully integrated.

It makes EXCELLENT leftovers.


Chalk Art

Watch Chris Carlson craft a 3-D Super Mario chalk drawing to an awesome soundtrack.

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Andrés Felipe
  • Finishing painting the living room & dining room
  • Cuba Libre
  • Officially changing my address & voter registration
  • Cleaning the whole house
  • Wearing Ruby out
  • No-bake Energy Bites
  • Biscuits with honey
  • Ikea adventures with my mom
  • Pear Gorgonzola pizza
  • Assembling the new dresser by myself
  • Ruby being protective
  • Super long Skype dates with my sister
  • Making Andrés’ dirty rice & beans
  • Not living at home anymore
  • The house to myself for the weekend

(For the last 52 weeks, I’ve ended every week by making a list of good things that happened during the week (there’s always something to be grateful for) as a way of showing my gratitude for them because studies show that grateful people lead happier, more productive lives and have more fulfilling relationships. Doing this has helped me notice the good more often than the bad. You can join in by posting your own list and tagging it “very good things”. The idea is originally from Delacroix on Tumblr.)

My Dad

Top: My dad and  his dad, on a boat. My grandfather, whom I never met, was born in 1899. He’d be 113! Incredible. My dad still makes that face — the furrowed brow with that smile when he’s looking into the sun.

Bottom: I made lemon poppy seed muffins for my dad as part of his father’s day gift, since they’re his favorite. I also got him these books.

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Bub
  • Crying from laughing so hard
  • The Sandwich Nazi
  • Ruby shower bombing me
  • Chipotle burrito bowls & margaritas
  • This view
  • Pistachio milkshakes & onion rings
  • My president
  • Taco night with my sister & her boyfriend
  • Saltwater taffy
  • Marrying up (in October)
  • Attending our friend’s parent’s church wedding
  • Celebrating my dad
  • Lemon poppyseed muffins
  • Snagging a punching bag for free
  • My mom gifting me her old muffin tray
  • Upping the avocado budget
  • Andrés taking care of my knee