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A Surprising Cinco 
May 5, 2009 9:14 pm 
Updated: May 18, 2009 7:34 pm
Cinco de Mayo usually takes me by surprise. Coming home from work and cooking a normal dinner during the week is a big enough deal, but add the challenge of coming up with a thematic meal and my denial reflex kicks right in. Yet this year I actually pulled it together. Surprised the heck out of me!

The Menu
  • Tri tip roast rubbed with rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper, lime juice, and olive oil
  • Brown rice with onion, tomato, and oregano
  • Black beans with bacon, onion, garlic, and cumin
  • Green salad
  • Diced avocado
  • Red salsa
  • Green salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Hot tortillas
  • Chips

Looks like a lot when I list it out like that, but the first three items were the only things I actually spent a little time on. And really, the oven dealt with the roast.

Time savers:
  • Season the roast the night before
  • Use canned black beans

As soon as I came home I pulled the roast out of the fridge and heated the oven to 425 degrees F. In the meantime I got the rice and beans going on the stove, and in a miraculous stroke that rarely happens when I really need it to, everything was ready by the time the roast came out of the oven 40 minutes later. It rested for 10 minutes before I sliced it very thinly and served it up with the rest of the stuff on the list.

I had mine as a main dish salad (pictured below) and the guys made big wraps out of theirs.

Time from start to serve: 1 hour

Happy Cinco de Mayo? Why, yes it was. Much to my family’s surprise and delight.

That’s enough about me. Tell me about the last time you exceeded your own expectations. Or even better, tell me the last time you totally blew it. I’ve got lots of those stories, too.

Thanks for the visit, and happy cooking!
Cinco de Mayo dinner
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May 6, 2009 6:22 am
That looks fabulous! My husband and daughter had pizza last night, which was the perfect opportunity for me to delve into my vegetarian recipes collection. I made falafel, which turned out pretty good, but while I was busy fiddling with my dinner so I could get a decent pic I ever so slightly burned the pizza. Oops! No complaints though...hubby was just happy he didn't have to eat falafel! ;)
May 6, 2009 8:11 am
Beautiful dinner plate and nice presentation I must say. It only took 40 minutes for the roast? I was always under the impression that a tri-tip took a little longer than that. Now I'm going to have to try it. Time is valuable around here during sports season which would explain why I could only pull off tacos, rice & beans last night.
May 6, 2009 9:52 am
Hi Christine. I burned a tortilla while I was trying to get a photo of my dinner, so I'm right there with ya!
May 6, 2009 9:56 am
Hi Avon. Yeah, the tri tip really took only 40 minutes. I roasted it to an internal temp of 135 degrees F. It was only a couple of inches thick (got it at Trader Joe's) so maybe that's why it cooked so quickly. Like I said, I let it rest out of the oven for about 10 minutes before I sliced it. It was cooked just the way we like it...not too rare, not too done. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.
May 6, 2009 10:12 am
I have never heard of Cinco de Mayo before a few days ago. Your dinner plate looks yummy tho!!
May 6, 2009 10:38 am
Hi Trishie! A few years back (I won't say how many) Cinco de Mayo was another excuse for me to hang out with my merry band of trouble makers and drink margaritas all night. Same with St. Patrick's Day (pubs and singing). But now that I'm a "responsible adult" I celebrate with food...unless I'm too busy trying to ignore the day. What motivates me lately to make an effort is seeing how truly delighted my 14-year-old son is when I make something special. To me, that's worth everything.
May 6, 2009 1:32 pm
I will most definitely do that! Thanks foodelicious.
May 7, 2009 5:38 pm
That looks and sounds delicious!! Looks beautiful plated..great job foodelcious (:
May 7, 2009 9:37 pm
Beautiful looking meal!
May 8, 2009 5:07 am
good job, foodelicious! Looks fantastic :)
May 8, 2009 8:45 am
What a gorgeous plate of food! Looks absolutely spectacular!
May 8, 2009 5:18 pm
Sounds great! I was interested in why you chose greek salad. Did you know ceasar salad was invented in Mexico? It goes great with Mexican food, too.
May 8, 2009 5:20 pm
Ok, I feel dumb. My eyes were playing tricks on me when I read "greek" salad! Oops!
May 11, 2009 1:27 pm
Wow! Thanks everyone. The food just sort of came together on the plate and my camera happened to be in the kitchen...so...really, I didn't do anything special like put it together with tweezers and squeeze bottles. Thanks for the compliments. You're making me blush.
May 11, 2009 1:28 pm
Hi Sarah...don't worry about misreading the menu. You look like you've got your hands full! What a sweet photo. Thanks for sharing it.
May 11, 2009 2:43 pm
I rarely exceed my expectations in the kitchen, but I recently had a major oops moment thanks to a magazine. Being a beginning cook, I followed a cheesecake recipe to the letter from a magazine and it came out horrible! I couldn't figure out why. Then I got the next issue of that magazine and found out they misprinted the sugar amount. It should have been 1 1/2 cups sugar, but they printed 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar. No wonder the cheesecake was so awful! There wasn't nearly enough sugar in it. >sigh< I am just grateful it was only for me and my husband and daughter, and not for a party.
May 18, 2009 7:34 pm
Hi alyssa. Think of how much worse it could have been if you messed up on the salt! Thanks for sharing your story.
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