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Most frequently used kitchen tool?

An immersion blender, lemon press, and small food processor.

Jan 13, 2014
bltsbaby in Cookware

Salad dressing help

I second the maple. Maybe very simple with olive oil, garlic, white wine vinegar and olive oil.

Nov 25, 2013
bltsbaby in Home Cooking

the last sandwich in the world!

How is the answer to this not BLT's, with a late August garden tomato, every time?

Homemade vs Canned Refried Beans

I think it is called Casa Reynosa - may actually be in Tempe? The beans are really, really good.

Nov 20, 2013
bltsbaby in General Topics

Homemade vs Canned Refried Beans

I am married to a man, from Mesa Arizona, who would rather eat bean burritos from a specific dive in a strip mall than anything else. After we married, I spent a bunch of time trying to perfect my beans - in the Pinto/northern Mexico style. I eventually and happily concluded that the simplest preparation was best:

Dry beans, do not soak, cook with a hunk of good salt pork (I use Nieman Ranch), covered and on low heat, for 4-ish hours. When done, add some salt and cook uncovered until the liquid is not too much, and purée with an immersion blender. I then sauté some yellow onion in lard/veg oil/bacon fat (whatever is on hand), and then fry re beans in the fat. So good.

Not as good, but fine in a pinch, Goya traditional style in a can.

Nov 20, 2013
bltsbaby in General Topics