The Roses and the Iris hit wonderful notes this April surrounding us with the beauty of mother nature everywhere we look. We are so grateful.
I see little tomato flowers too. Can’t wait for those big vine ripened tomatoes, and we will have four different types!
The has been a real hit at our table.
[print_link] Here in Charley’s Kitchen I took my Summer Bean Recipe and modified it for a larger batch and added a few twists. This recipe can be modified at will. For instance Anet does not care for the butter beans, so I simply do not put them in that batch. Each batch is a bit different abd they all are simple, easy, and taste so nice.
A real raving favorite for some of our guests! Just Chop, mix and chill! It really is that easy.
Charley’s Kitchen – Ingredients
Simple and Straightforward
Fresh Red Bell Peppers are so sweet!
Seeded and Minced the jalapeno is a mild addition to the salad (optional)
1 can – 15 oz black beans (rinsed thoroughly and drained)
1 can – 15 oz butter beans beans (thoroughly rinsed and drained)
1 can – 15 oz pinto beans (thoroughly rinsed and drained)
1 can – 15 oz red kidney beans (thoroughly rinsed and drained)
1 can – 15 oz pinquito beans (thoroughly rinsed and drained)
1 can – 15 oz white kidney beans (cannellini beans) (thoroughly rinsed and drained)
1 can – 15 oz diced tomatoes (juice and all) Continue reading
Charley’s Kitchen Version of Moroccan Stew
[print_link] While at one of our favorite local restaurants, Fig Good Food
, I tried a dish of Moroccan Stew. I liked it a lot and found myself ordering it again and again. Well, I went to the internet and looked up at least a half dozen versions of Moroccan Chick Pea Stew. With that input and my alterations for local conditions and local availability, I created Charley’s Kitchen version of Moroccan Stew which has been quite popular! Now you can create that same dish at your place. Enjoy!
Get that Crockpot out and put it on Low. I like the slow cooking method myself. This filles the house with wonderful smells.
Add these to the Mix:
- 2 Cans Garbanzo Beans (rinsed well)
- 2 Cans Red Kidney Beans (rinsed well)
- 2 Cans Pinto Beans (rinsed well)
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more or less – some like it hot, some do not)
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 big cans (28-ounce) diced tomatoes, juice and all!
- 6 carrots diced small pieces
- an equal sized pile of yam or sweet potato (Some prefer Potatoes – Your Choice)
Use olive oil to Saute the following:
- One medium yellow or brown onion – Sauteed
- One medium purple onion – Sauteed
- 3 cloves of garlic minced and Sauteed
- 2 jalapenos seeded and minced and Sauteed
Saute till tender and add to the Crockpot. Make sure everything is covered in sauce – This usually means adding a few cups of water.
Eat in about 3 hours – when the carrots and Yams are tender.
Add a bunch of chopped cilantro and Lets Eat!
Cherry Rice Ingredients
[print_link] Charley’s Cherry Rice
Well as luck would have it, I wandered into a Mediterranean restaurant in Lake Elsinore, CA, King Kabob. So I tried the saffron rice and lamb and loved it! Came back and tried the Chicken Kabob and Saffron rice and loved it even more. Came back again and tried the Cherry Rice and Loved it even more! They use a family recipe so I had to research and make up my own, so here it is! I include the link to restaurant for those who may be near or driving by from or to San Diego. (Railroad Canyon Ramp from Highway 15) Click to read Anet or my review on Yelp.
Half cube butter and one chopped onion saute then add half teaspoon for allspice, half teaspoon of cinnamon quarter teaspoon of ground cloves saute more add half teaspoon kosher salt some ground pepper saute and set aside next – Half cube butter and minced onions saute (one brown and one purple) add a teaspoon of salt add two cups Long Grain Basmati Rice – saute more and stir stir stir next – add three and a half cups of water – bring to boil then low heat for 20 minutes (till rice is done) next – a jar of Trader Joe’s Cherries (include about half the juice) add the sauteed spiced onions from step one mix in gently and put lid on rice and let is rest for 10 minutes next – get our clay pot with lid and fill with hot water wait 10 minutes to warm the container so it does not cool the rice! dump water – dry container and fill with rice and serve! Note the salt really wakes up the flavors – salt to taste Yippee – A double big Hit – First served on 4/18/2012.
[print_link] This is it the Texas Pecan Pie by Anet that will knock your socks off. Enjoy!
Make a crust of the following:
2 1/4 cups of flour
1 tsp of salt
3/4 C of vegetable oil or corn oil….no canola or olive
1/4 C milk
Simply mix the ingredients until the consistency of Play dough. If it is too wet, sprinkle flour make it right. If it is too dry it will not be like clay.
It is not necessary to roll this crust. Simply take balls of it and form a fluted crust. You do not have to use all of it. Don’t make the crust too thick. This is a delicious crust. I promise.
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 Cup sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons flour
1 Cup DARK Karo Syrup
1 1/2 Cups of Pecans broken (ours come from Texas)
1 Tsp of Vanilla
Mix the ingredients and pour into pie. I use a pie collar to make sure the edges don’t get too brown while the pie is cooking. However, you can make a little wreath with foil around the pie to keep the fluted crust from cooking too quickly. Texas Pecan Pie at its best!
Bake at 350 for about 50-60 minutes
[print_link] The Green Bean Blanch is another modification of a recipe that I got from Ken Hom (search You Tube for more of his recipes).
Anet Raves about this one, as it is now done with blanched beans instead of deep fried beans.
So get a couple pounds of fresh blue lake green beans. trim the ends and leave them long. Blanch them in boiling water for 4 and a half minutes.
use cold water to stop the cooking process. Now the sauce – 3 cloves garlic minced – equal size pile of ginger minced 4 minced scallions, 2 Tablespoons of sherry, 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 teaspoons of sugar.
mis it up and roll the beans in it. then I like to dress in up with black sesame seeds sprinkled all over the disk. regular sesame seeds will do fine as well.
Serve and Enjoy!
[print_link] Bobbi’s Award Winning Carrot cake has been victorious at our carrot cake competition now for years running. We even retired her from competition declaring her the emiterius world champion. When another up and coming baker said ‘Bring her on,’ We did and she won again! Bobbi is quite the baker and has also been the winner of our pie competitions many times as well. Here is what she sent me for her Carrot Cake Recipe, I am sure you will need to have some baking experience to make this one work. I sure would.
Bobbi’s Ingredient List:
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup oil
- 2 cups shredded carrots
- 1 can drained, crushed pineapple
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
Combine dry ingredients and then fold in wet ingredients. Mix together well and then pour into a large casserole dish and bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until firm.
Frost when cool with butter cream frosting.
Butter cream frosting:
1 stick softened butter, 1 box powdered sugar 1 8 oz package of softened cream cheese, 2 tsp vanilla. Blend until creamy. Install thickly!
Enjoy, Anet & Charley Carlin
[print_link] The most called for recipe at our house is for Charley’s Beans, the sweet and hot beans. These beans seem to always get stories about ‘the best beans I ever had’ from the dinner guests and I get an empty crock pot (or people requesting to take the leftovers home!)
Keep it simple – watch your ratios – a little more or less of any of the beans is ok. – I use a 6 quart crock pot. Watch you crock pot, some are hotter and some are cooler. Some do a vigorous boil on low (beware), and some are real slow cookers, this will take you learning your tool!
If you are adverse to hot, start with one tablespoon of the Sriacha HOT chili Pasta
Although I list Green Tabasco sauce, sometimes I use Cholula Start with you crock pot on low and lets add a few things!
1 30 oz can diced tomatoes (juice and all for this item)
2 15 oz cans black beans drained and rinsed (Important Rinsed CLEAN – or you will have a crock pot of grey muck) 2 30 oz cans Bush’s Vegetarian Baked Beans – Just drain the sauce from the top (too much juice makes the beans runny) 1 30 oz can pinto beans drained and rinsed (Clean – See above) Siracha HOT Thai Chili Paste (rooster) 2 Heaping Tablespoons) 3/4 lb brown sugar (more or less I just guess) 20 – 30 shakes green Tabasco sauce half a jar of salsa or so (about 12 oz) (green or red, hot or mild – You choose – a mild red on your first outing) 1 brown onion chopped (If you mince it it will disappear in the the beans, so half inch square chunks) 1 purple onion chopped (Same on this onion – or use two of these – or use two of those or …)
leave on low for 6 to 9 hours (Stir and taste every hour or two – and add more beans if you eat too much and the crock pot is going down – Add Any bean to the mix – just follow rinsing and draining directions! – remember its all about ratios)
during the last two hours add 2 – 15 oz cans kidney beans drained and rinsed clean (some kidneys can get tough – others don’t – I like the red for color) Best served with the Smoked Chicken!
Charley’s Beans – Come and Get It!
Finding little museums, be they shrines, oddities, overlooks, monuments, or restaurants is definitely one of the passions of travel for me. The story telling goes on and on about many of these places, so lets look around the country at a few interesting places that may have not yet made it to your bucket list, your fun list, or your lets just go have an adventure list. So here I will share a bit of bling from the YELP reviews I have written about some of the places I / we have been.
A Group of Little Museums – Go See Them All!
Our set of Yelp Reviews – All by Charley Carlin
(And yes – I have been to all of these places and many more – Note these Little Museums are recommended by Stupid Vacations)
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[print_link] There are a couple of dishes that our guests continue to request and never seem to tire of. Smoked birds is the BIG ONE. Whether it is a smoked chicken or smoked turkey the result is always the same. smiling faces and a pile of bones on the table. We all have favourites, I say, if you know a better recipe for smoked chickens or turkeys, please let me know!
Ok, I have given this recipe out about a thousand times and inquiring minds want to complicate the process. The key to this is to do it and get experience with your weber, your charcoal, and your weather.
The version from WEBER was called Classic Turkey Recipe – I think I may have started with their recipe – and now I have my version. – They no longer have recipes on the weber website.
Charley’s Recipe for Smoked Birds
Use a regular WEBER Kettle BBQ – Indirect fire (that means coals on the sides) – Dry Oak Bark on top of the coals
Rinse Birds, Rub with peanut oil, then salt and pepper (cayenne if you want spicier skin)
Put the chicken on the grill breast up (you can fit 3 to 4 depending on the chicken – set so the chickens do not touch each other and are over the center of the grill (not the coals) or Put the Turkey on the grill breast down (the dark meat above makes it self basting – or use a roast rack – Still Breast Down)
All the chicken needs is about 1 hour 10 minutes to 30 minutes – depending on the hot factor of your coalsThe turkey is 11 – 12 minutes per pound – maximum size for the turkey is about 16 pounds or the lid won’t fitRun the WEBER WIDE OPEN – top and bottom
Take the birds off on time – Let them cool for 5 – 10 minutes (if you can – I can’t) and start slicing
Most importantly – Stop asking questions and start cooking! Seems to me that the simpler the recipe the more questions I seem to get. The only real way to do this is to cook! So.. Bring over a bird and lets cook! I have been using this basic recipe for 15 + years. Add to the table a good merlot, a nice salad, some Garlic Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and finally some good milk chocolate to go with the second bottle of merlot and you too will be called a wizard! Charley Carlin – 2005-2010
PS – Weber used to have nice recipes on their website – Now they want to sell cook books. – So the Weber site is no longer useful – It is an online brochure. Tis a pity.