Saturday, December 29, 2012

BBQ Beer Chicken & Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

It seems that lately when cooking or baking, I've been turning to Pinterest for my recipes. Tonight was no exception as I tried 2 recipes. I didn't get around to the store until around 5 PM this evening so my crock pot dinner was a bust. None the less, I decided to still fix it for tomorrow's supper. The dinner recipe was BBQ Beer Chicken courtesy of Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body. Now I'll be real honest, I do NOT like the title of that blog. AT ALL because I'm a fat girl trapped in a fat girl's body. ANYWAYS, the recipe seemed worth trying so I gave in. Because of my TMJ issues I've been forced to a semi liquid/soft foods diet. Which means that I've been eating A LOT of soups, jello, yogurt, smoothies, and pretty much anything soft you can think of. I get tired of eating soup for 2 of my meals, so it's forced me to be a little creative with my meals.

I chose the BBQ Beer Chicken recipe because I really wanted to break in my new crock pot that I got for Christmas. What better way than to test out another Pinterest recipe? I also had a mini stock pile of BBQ sauce that I had gotten this summer when it was on sale with coupons. Plus I still had Guinness leftover from the Shepherd's Pie a couple weeks ago. The ingredients are simple (for exact recipe, click here):

  • BBQ Sauce - any type any flavor (I used Kraft)
  • 1 bottle of beer - any type any flavor (I just happened to use Guinness)
  • Chicken breasts (I only used 3 since it's just me)
  • Onion powder
  • Fresh minced garlic (I used 3 cloves)
  • Paprika
I dumped the ingredients into my crock pot, set the timer for 6 hours, and let the magic take over.

I've also had a major attack of the sweets lately so I decided to make something to quench that craving by using ingredients I already had in my pantry. I opted to make the Pumpkin Spice Bread  that I had pinned onto my Food Porn board on Pinterest. The recipe was for 2 loaves which I didn't want to make as I live alone and that would be just too tempting. So I had to fudge the recipe a bit to make one loaf. So here's my recipe which I renamed - Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread.
  • (1) 15 oz. can of pumpkin 
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C vegetable oil (I used Safflower Oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 bag of chocolate chips (I used Nestle Toll House morsels)
I also had to adjust the time in the oven as 60 minutes was not enough time for the loaf to bake all the way through. I would bake for 1 hour and 20 or 30 minutes. 
 
I had a sampling to see how it tasted and it was delicious! The chocolate chips was definitely a great addition and I pulled a Paula Deen and put butter on my piece. That definitely hit the spot and my sweet tooth is satiated for tonight anyway.

Two more Pinterest recipes that have the Timo stamp of approval. Thank you Hostess with the Mostest and Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body for sharing your wonderful recipes! Have you guys tried any recipes from Pinterest and had success? If so, let me know! 

Buen Provecho,
The Hungry Latina
  

Monday, December 17, 2012

Online Holiday Deals

With Christmas only a week away, there's probably a bunch of you that still haven't started Christmas shopping or you have a few things left on your list to buy. I get emails by the dozens with a variety of different offerings that will help one of you to finish up your Christmas shopping. The majority of the sales end today (12/17/12) but is worth it if you are needing to finish shopping and want to avoid going to the mall!

  • Magazine.com - Free shipping & 6.99 Triple deals on men's magazines (Ends TODAY 12/17/12)
  • JC Penny - Free shipping on all orders & no minimum!
  • kmart - Buy One Get One 50% on featured legos & up to 60% on outwear. This offer is valid TODAY 12/17/12 only and is good online and in stores.
  • My Publisher - Make a photo book and save up to 70% (Coupon Code: WINTERSALE) . Offer ends TODAY 12/17/12
  • For the Fashionista or those with expensive taste - Urban Daddy.com has 25% off of Cole Haan, 25% AViiQ, 30% off Terrapin Stationery, Up to 75% off of Aether Jackets and Coats + more!
  • Power Tool Flash Sale @ 1 Sale A Day - Husband or dad you have to shop for, but don't know what to get them? How about a power tool or two? 
  • Dealfind Deal of the Day - Proliss Infusion Flat Iron for only $59!
  • Urban DaddyLast Minute Gift Ideas - check out these humorous gifts!
  • No More Rack - offering $2 flat shipping on all orders!
  • 1-800-Flowers.com - Prefer flowers over gifts? 30 Tulips for $30 as well & get free shipping & no service charge TODAY only 12/17/12! 
  • Charming Charlie'sFree CZ Stud earrings with a $50 purchase
  • Wine Enthusiast - Wine Lover? Get free shipping with no minimum order!
  • Body Shop - Holiday Grab Bags only $25 with any purchase!
  • Tilly's - Buy One Get One free + free online shipping
  • Amazon - Kindle Fire only $159!
  • Shari's Berries - Save 45% on a dozen chocolate covered strawberries. Side note - These strawberries are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I've received them several times from my beau and they are just exquisite!
  • Gap - offering 35% off purchase with online code: GAPGIVE (ends TODAY)
  • JCrew - 30% off purchase + free shipping with online code: WISHLIST (offer valid in stores & online)
  • World Market - Free shipping + 10% with NO minimum! Good today (12/17/12) only!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Another Cooking Adventure...

I don't know about you, but today was a crazy busy day! Now that I've finished my Christmas shopping and presents have been shipped (be jealous procrastinators!), there was the baking that was left to do. The menu for today - cookies, fudge, and pumpkin pie. I will forewarn you, I was so caught up in the baking and then having to run to the store for miscellaneous items that I didn't take pictures of the baking process :( I do have links for the yummy recipes that I tried. I'm creative, but not creative enough to come up with my own recipes. Maybe in due time I will get there, but for now I rely on others to give me the inspiration.

First on the list were the cookies and I will admit, I cheated BIG time. They were actually pre-made and all I had to do was stick them in the oven. The child of a co-worker was doing a fund raiser a few months back that involved cookie dough...and well...I had to buy some. So today I made 2 dozen white chocolate cranberry cookies. They are delicious and I'm so glad that I helped out a co-worker's child and gave my taste buds a treat!

Second on the list was the fudge. This was the first time making fudge so I made a little batch to test the waters. Fudge is like homemade candy and can be royally screwed up quickly. I didn't do so bad but I did tweak it the second time around. The fudge is Carnation's Famous Fudge which was extremely easy to make and I had all of the ingredients from previous couponing stockpiling trips. While I was making the fudge, my house smelled delectable. If I could bottle that scent and sell it, I could make a killing. But I digress...the fudge turned out okay. I say okay because I didn't follow the steps 100% like I should have. That's what I get for not being precise with my timing. Luckily, I learned from my mistake and the second time around it turned out perfect. I even dusted it candy cane dust that I almost killed myself doing. Instead of taking the easy route and throwing the candy canes in the food processor, I thought it would be fun to mash them up myself. Note to self - VERY BAD idea. I think I still have pieces of candy cane stuck in my eyes, hair, and clothes. Needless to say, the food processor will be utilized next time I make the candy cane fudge.

So in between the cookies and fudge I got hungry and looked on Pinterest for a recipe for Shepherd's Pie. I found one that included Guinness so I decided to try a dish that included my favorite beer. I came across another hungry person's blog - The Hungry Housewife. The recipe sounded amazing so I decided to try it out. I took a break from the baking and headed to the grocery store to get the ingredients for the Guinness Shepherd's Pie. I love when a recipe calls for alcohol that I like to drink. Cooking and drinking sounds like a recipe for disaster, but I find that my best cooking is done by doing just that. 

Let me tell you, that recipe did not disappoint! It was delicious and it reminded me of the Shepherd's Pie that I had earlier in the week when I went to San Francisco. It's definitely going to go in the Hungry Latina's book of recipes. Of course I tweaked the recipe just a bit because that's how I roll. I used instant potatoes instead of regular potatoes due to being lazy and wanting to save time. I also added Worcestershire sauce to give it the missing kick it needed. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe and it was a great success! Thank you Mrs. Hungry Housewife for your lovely recipe!

To end the night, I made 2 pumpkin pies for a couple of guys I work with. Their birthdays are right around the corner and they love to eat. So, I figured a pie in their honor wouldn't be such a bad present since the best way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Personally, I think it goes both ways but that's just me. The pumpkin pie recipe is one that my mom and I have perfected over the years and now it's a staple for the holidays. Anywhere I go for the holidays, this pumpkin pie is made. I don't mean to toot my own horn, but it's pretty awesome. I will make sure to put the recipe on here eventually, but I'm exhausted and it's way past my bed time. 

Hope you enjoyed the recipes I shared with you today because I sure liked them! If you there's a recipe you want me to try and write about, let me know! After all, trying new things is all part of the adventure!

Buen Provecho!
Thimetis

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Hungry Latina goes extreme couponing!

Many of you may or not know, I LOVE couponing. I love the rush of seeing the total amount without coupons and then seeing the total shrink after coupons. Now don't think that I'm one of those TLC Extreme Couponers because that I am NOT. I'm more "let's save 50%-70%" every I go to the grocery store type of gal." 

I do follow several coupons in order to make it possible. I don't have the time to match the weekly circulars with the coupons that I got in the newspaper plus the online coupons. That's just too time consuming, plus there are several blogs that dedicate their time just for that. 

I follow 3 couponing blogs religiously to get my couponing information. One is local here in Phoenix - "The" Cents'Able Shoppin and the other are national - Totally Target (for all of you Target lovers) and The Krazy Coupon Lady. Without these 3 blogs, I would not be able to do as much couponing as I do. 

My latest haul was at Target so I got all of my information and coupons from Totally Target's website as well as Target's website. If you didn't know that Target has store coupons that you can stack with manufacturer coupons, then you have been missing out (and part of me just died)! Target is a great place to save even more money especially if you live in a place that doesn't double or triple coupons.

I was browsing Totally Target's website since Target came out with an awesome coupon - receive a $10 Target gift card with a $50 purchase. She had posted literally 10 different scenarios for you to choose from to maximize your savings once there. I chose one that she had posted and then tweaked it to fit my needs. So here's how it all went down:

1 Glade Winter Collection Glass Candle Holder ($2.50)
4 Glade Winter Collection 4 oz Candles ($2.50)
2 Revitalens Travel Packs ($3.99)
3 Dove Men + Care Body Wash ($5.34)
1 Dove Men+Care Deodorant ($3.99)
2 Right Guard Total Defense 5 Body Wash ($3.74)
2 Emergen-C Packets 10 ct Box ($6.49) = 12.98
1 Reach Floss (1.02)
Total: $61.97 + tax
-$2.00 (use two $1/1 RevitaLens 12-02 SS x1/7/13
-$1.00 (use one $1/1 Dove Men + Care Deodorant HERE or HERE (limit 2)
-$6.00 (use three $2/1 Dove Men+Care Body Wash, 6-pk+ Bar, Shower Tool (limit 2)
-$2.00 (use two $1/1 Right Guard Total Defense 5 Body Wash or Bar Soap)
-$3.00 (use two $1.50/1 Right Guard Total Defense body wash Target Q)
-$1.00 off any REACH Floss Product
Total Out of Pocket after coupons: $36.26

Received the following gift cards (GC):
$5 GC w/5 Glade purchase
$5 GC w/2 Revitalens purchase
 
 

Making the grand total for my purchases a whopping $6.26! That's a total of 90% in savings! Not only did I impress myself, but I definitely impressed the cashier with my mad couponing abilities. Needless to say, I got my couponing rush for the day. Now onto bigger and better things like baking cookies and making homemade fudge (recipe to follow)!



Have any of you done any awesome hauls you would like to share? If so, do tell! Pictures are even better story tellers!

Buen Provecho!
Thimetis

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Frijoles a la Charra - Timo Style

As you may or not know, I've been dealing with issues with my TMJ (AKA the jaw joint) which has significantly prohibited me to chew anything remotely hard or chewy. I've been forced to soft food & liquid diet due to this. With the "Season of Eating" in tow, this has been extremely difficult for me as you can only imagine. The upside to this dilemma is that's been forcing me to try new recipes. I'm going to share a recipe that is dear to my heart as it was something that I would eat frequently as a child of a Latina mother., Frijoles a la Charra. For those of you who don't speak Spanish, that translates to Charred Bean Soup.



The ingredients are very simple and I managed to create a less time consuming way to make them. The way my mom makes them is literally a 2 day process. She will soak the black beans in water over night and then cook the beans the next day. Being lazy and impatient, I decided that there had to be an easier way to do this because I sure did not want to wait 24 hours to eat my bean soup! So here's what I did to replicate the Frijoles a la Charra exactly like my mom makes them.

Frijoles a la Charra - Timo Style

(3) Cans of Black beans - 15 oz.
(1) Can of diced tomatoes - 15 oz.
(1) Small can of tomato sauce - 6 oz.
(1) package of bacon
(1) yellow onion
2 - 3 cloves of garlic
1/2 bunch cilantro
2-3 jalapenos, serrano, hatch or poblano peppers (for heat)



Garnishes:

Cotija cheese or any Mexican style cheese
Mexican "Crema" or sour cream
Sliced avocados
Corn or flour tortillas

The first thing I like to do before making my meal, is to cut and prep the vegetables so that I can get that portion out of the way.


1. Chop the entire onion into small pieces and set aside in a bowl. Then you will want to dice up the garlic cloves. I cheat and use a garlic press and they come out the perfect size. Finally, cut the steps off of the cilantro after washing and then coarsely chop it. Put in another bowl to the side. Finally, you will need to seed and dice up the peppers that you are going to add into the bean soup. If you don't want your beans to be spicy, you can skip the peppers all together. Put them in another small bowl and set aside.



2. Next you will want to fry up the bacon in the same pot that you will be cooking your beans in. Not only does the bacon go into the soup, but the bacon grease gives the beans the "charred" flavor. Preheat the burner to medium before putting in the bacon. Once you have cooked the bacon, lay it out on a paper towel to get rid of any excess grease and cool down as you will have to chop up the bacon later.


3. Once you have cooked the package of bacon, you are now ready to saute the onions in bacon grease. This will take about 3-4 minutes or until the onions have caramelized. Then add in the garlic. You will stir the onion and garlic together for another 2 minutes.






4. Once you have sauteed the vegetables, you can now add in the beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, cilantro, peppers. Stir the ingredients together.


5. By now the bacon should be cool enough to chop up coarsely. Once you have completed this step, you will put the bacon into the pot with the other ingredients. 

6. You now need to reduce the heat to a simmer and set the timer for 1 hour to let all of the ingredients simmer and marinate together.

Once the timer goes off, you are ready to ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with Cotija, sprigs of cilantro, and cut avocado. In less than an hour and a half you have what it normally takes my mom to make in 2 days and it tastes EXACTLY the same. 

There's nothing like eating your favorite dish and having it transport you to a previous time. Not to mention that it has bacon, and a lot of it! This hearty soup reminds of me of when I was a little girl and my mom would make this for us when times were tough and this all we could afford. It's funny how things change and now I make Frijoles a la charra for myself simply because they taste amazing and because I can't chew anything harder than pasta. 



Thanks mom for the wonderful recipe and I hope you all enjoy a little taste of comfort from my home. Buen provecho!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

It's been a long time...

Hi guys! Remember me? The Hungry Latina? Well I'm back from my extended hiatus. Stay tuned for new and exciting adventures. A lot has happened since the last time I posted!