No caviar in Texas!!

Ok, here we go with a couple of ideas for the weekend…..Poached Pears in Red Wine, and Texas Caviar(fabulous for game day). I told you I bought pears for Thanksgiving name tags….here’s what we did with them the next day…

Peeling and core the pears...the cook gets a glass of red wine...

So delicious, and so simple really. All you do is peel and core the pears, leaving the stem intact…and plop them into red wine that has sugar(to taste) and cinnamon and cloves in it. Make sure you turn the pears occasionally so they color evenly.

Just let them simmer away....uncovered

Doesn't that look pretty?

Take the pears out and chill,  put on a platter, reduce the red wine to a more syrupy consistancy….pour over and serve chilled or room temperature. Here’s a recipe….

Texas Caviar....almost finished...

And several people wanted my sister’s recipe for Texas Caviar(she’s famous for it in our family…everyone always requests it)..here goes:(it too is easy, but you chop a lot)…

Audrey’s Texas Caviar

2 CANS YELLOW CORN–DRAINED

2  CANS BEANS–I USE 1 BLACK BEANS AND 1 BLACK-EYED PEAS–DRAIN AND RINSE!!

2-3 TOMATOES–SEEDED AND DICED

2-3  GREEN PEPPERS–DICED(Donna says, a red one would be pretty too)

8-10   GREEN ONIONS–DICED

1-2 JALAPENO PEPPERS–MINCED

1/2 CUP PARSLEY– CHOPPED

1-3 CLOVES GARLIC–MINCED

JUICE OF 1 or 2 LIMES

1 TSP CUMIN

ITALIAN DRESSING–TO TASTE–I USE ABOUT 1/2 A REGULAR SIZED BOTTLE–KRAFT TUSCAN ITALIAN IS GREAT FOR THIS, AND SALT TO TASTE.( Donna- I would add that some people who love things spicy might want some Tobasco or Crystal in it as well)

Serve with plain chips….  Our family loves this –especially in the summer and on any game day! (Thanks sis for sharing this recipe!)

ground chuck, onion and green pepper....

The beginning of Cowboy Dinner....

And here’s Cowboy Dinner, which I offer up only to those who have picky kids or someone who who doesn’t eat everything…it’s an easy meal and pretty healthy…I adored it as a kid, and found it was still pretty darn good as a grownup! I made it over Thanksgiving in Alabama….more as a childhood novelty memory for my sisters.

That's about it...and the black iron skillet is a nice touch...

Brown a pound of hamburger along with an onion and green pepper, when the meat is brown(drain the fat if needed) add, your can of pork and beans(regular size can), some Worchestershire Sauce, a touch of ketchup…let the flavors blend a little, and it’s done, baby. (Someone on Facebook wrote that this was also called Firehouse meal, and was served regularly at the firehouse where he worked.)

Cowboy is tuckered out after all this cooking....

The little Jack Russell dog Cowboy(my niece’s dog) hopes all of you have a great weekend…cook something delish(or non-cook, like Texas Caviar) for yourself or the family, or friends…stay warm, and enjoy the start of the holiday season…but don’t let it get you all crazy. And come home safe, ’cause we miss you!

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4 Responses

  1. Donna, we grew up with Cowboy dinner as well. My mother always whipped up a box of Jiff Cornbread mix and spread over top and baked till done. WOW! I urge you to try that.

  2. Cindy that sounds even better!!

  3. Donna, I’m actually having a hard time moving past the picture of a Jack Russell sleeping … I’ve never seen one do that before … they’re always on the move … 😀

  4. Well, Cowboy is a little older….and he has calmed down a lot. They have a younger one named Emma who is a ball of energy!

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