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Mexican Rice February 25, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Side Dish — ericascocina @ 11:59 AM
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Ahhh, the Mexican Rice. My all time favorite. Goes well with most of our Mexican dishes. Mole, Chiles Rellenos, Carne con Chile, heck I even eat it alone. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I think I’m gonna go have a bowl right about now.


1 Cup white rice

1/3 Cup chopped onion

1 Garlic clove

1 Large tomato diced

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 Cups of water

1 ½ Tbsp chicken flavor bouillon


Dice tomato and onion. Leave garlic whole. I like to put it in whole. Just make sure you take it out when rice is done so nobody bites into it :O)

Wash rice until water runs clear and set aside in colander to let dry. Chop onion and tomato. Set aside. Add a tbsp of olive oil to pan. Add rice and garlic clove to hot oil; cook until lightly browned in low/med heat. Add onion and cook until transparent.

Add tomato and cook for 5 minutes.

Add water and bouillon. Bring to boil and reduce to low heat. Heat covered for 20 minutes. This is what your beautiful and tasty end result will look like.

Buen Provecho!!


Cocido (Beef/ Vegetable Soup) February 15, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Soups — ericascocina @ 11:52 PM
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Cocido or Beef Vegetable Soups is one of my favorite soups in the wintertime. It has lots of vegetables so it is loaded with Vitamins. It will keep you nice and warm and healthy during the summer ;O). I remember my grandma telling us stories how they would make this about once of week from the vegetables they had in their own back yard. How awesome is that?!! To be able to walk to your back yard and freshly pick the veggies for your soup. Can’t wait till I have my own garden *sigh*.

Cook time: 2 hours          Level: Easy          Yields: 4-6 servings


1 lb Beef Stew Meat

1 lb Beef Neck Bones (adds lots of flavor ;O))

1 Quart of Water

2 Corncobs

1 Potato

1 Chayote

1 Calabacita

2 Carrots

1/3 Onion

1 Small Tomato

½ Small Cabbage

1/2 Cup Cilantro

Salt to personal taste


Thoroughly wash all the veggies. Cut the corncobs into three’s. Set aside. Chop potatoes with skin on or off, which ever you prefer (leaving the skin will prevent the potatoes from falling apart while they cook) into one-inch squares. Chop chayote lengthwise and then into one inch dices. Chop calabasita and carrots length wise in half and then into one inch dices. Slice onions. Dice tomato. Cut cabbage in half (lengthwise) and then in half. Coarsely chop cilantro. Set aside all veggies.

Wash meat and bones until water runs clear. In one pot, add meat and bones, fill with water to just cover the meat and bring to a boil (this will get rid of any yucky stuff left on the meat). While you are waiting for the meat to boil, in a second pot, bring to boil about a quart of water. Transfer meat from first pot to the second. Bring to a boil, reduce to low heat, and let it cook for 30-35 minutes (meat will be about half way done). Add salt to personal taste. Add corn and bring to a boil. Boil covered low heat for 45 minutes. Add the rest of the veggies. Make sure to distribute them evenly in the pot, placing the cabbage last on top. Bring to boil. Boil for 25min.

Buen Provecho!


My New Little Herb Garden ;O) February 4, 2010

Filed under: Cooking — ericascocina @ 12:13 AM
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One of the things I really missed when I decided to move out on my own was being able to go outside and snip the herbs I needed for cooking or just making a nice relaxing tea. I had forgotten how spoiled I felt by only using fresh herbs and enjoying their fresh aroma while I chopped them up or boiled them in water for some tea. We always had cilantro, hierba Buena, oregano, basil, ruda, chilis, lemon/lime trees, nopales, tomatoes, etc…. Pretty much anything that was used for cooking and could grow in a back yard we had readily available. Then when I moved out on my own, all of that was taken away :O(.  I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I would start to make something to eat and the cilantro I bought a couple of days ago had started to wilt. Not good at all! I found myself going to the store almost 4 or 5 days out of the week just to make sure what I used was fresh.

So, it’s new year and I thought to myself enough, was enough.  I decided to go to the garden center and buy one of those large individual pots and try to grow my own little apartment garden. Despite not having much of a green thumb,  I cannot cook any longer without freshly picked herbs. Three years of that is long enough! I admit a slight feeling of joy buzzed through my little tummy as I walked down each isle looking for all the herbs my grandma used to grow in her garden… cilantro, oregano, spicy oregano (yes I LOVE oregano), mint, rosemary, chives, parsley, and basil. I felt like a kid in a candy store sniffing every herb, making sure I was picking out the best of the best. As I was driving home, I could not stop smiling and taking in deep breaths smelling my own little piece of heaven. I placed them right outside our balcony where they can get lots of fresh air and sunshine. Now all I have to do is reach outside our sliding door to snip whatever it is I need. I am sooo excited about this. Finally, my own little herb garden… not THAT kind of herb garden. Be nice!!! ;O)


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