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Jan. 27, 2009 10:18 pm 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2009 2:34 pm
Well, if the entire staff at my kids' elementary school is either at McDonald's right after school tomorow or calls in sick Thursday it will be totally my fault. Not sure what came over me, but I volunteered to make the beans and rice for tomorrow's faculty appreciation luncheon. Our staff is amazing, so surely they deserve something better than I can cook up. Well,  what's done is done. I made a huge pot of beans called Frijolesa la Charra and also a quadruple batch of Spanish Rice II. It's 10:PM at night and I'm finally done cooking. Phew. It looks half way decent. I just hope it tastes okay.

The moral of the story is I probably should have just gone with my first instinct and bought a case of refried beans at Costco and just relied on the heat and serve approach. But, for some reason, I was intrigued to try to make the homemade mexican style pinto beans.  I love them when I go out to eat, maybe I could recreate the magic at home. I now realize, it's harder than it looks. The rice sure is... not sure why some of the rice is mushy and the other half are hard pellets. Pretty sure the answer is that cramming 4 cups of uncooked rice into a relatively small pan is a bad, bad idea....

Oh well, we'll see how it goes....

Jan. 28, 2009 5:41 am
I'm sure all will be tasty. I thought this story was going to go some where else though. Beans at a meeting?! Ha ha ha!!
Jan. 28, 2009 3:33 pm
hands the airfreshener over ... and passes out gas masks..
Jan. 29, 2009 7:48 am
So, how did it turn out? Did you have to stop at McDonald's on the way home? I'm sure it turned out great!
Jan. 29, 2009 6:00 pm
I'm certain the lunch ladies at your school will be skeptical of anything that is not plopped out of a can. Be careful, they have been known to spoil/burn/overcook/mutilate any real food they may come in contact with. I speak from experience.
Mar. 3, 2009 2:34 pm
Hey All. Turns out I didn't poison anyone. They loved the beans (not sure what sort of consequences came from the bean eating.....). I even had a few folks ask for the recipe which was nice to hear.
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My love for cooking is a result of my passion for eating. Good food can make any day better. My mother is from France so food has always been a focus of conversation, travels and special occasions. I also am the vice president of brand marketing at I have been lucky enough to be part of Allrecipes for 10 years (since the early days). It has been one of the true pleasures of my life. Seeing all of the really great cooking ideas posted to the site everyday is a total joy.
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I love just about anything that combines fresh meat, vegetables and spices/herbs. In the summer, I couldn't live without my barbecue. In the winter, I love pastas, soups and fresh breads. I never know what I am going to cook until I go to my local market. I just buy whatever looks good (or is on sale) and figure out what to make when I get home.
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Sunday dinners are a tradition I couldn't live without. I find it really relaxing to spend the afternoon cooking a special meal.
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It was a few years ago and I was preparing Thanksgiving dinner for my in-laws at our new house. Little did I realize when I put the turkey in to cook, that the oven thermometer was broken so the temperature was 100 degrees or so less than the dial showed. It took HOURS for the turkey to cook. Thankfully, we all had a good laugh rather than panicking and no one got food poisoning from the dinner. My other tragedy is really any sort of baked good. Cakes, cookies, muffins... you name it and I have either undercooked them, burnt them or fouled them up in some other way...
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