Jeanne asked me for the recipe for this. I kind of combined a number of recipes and couldn't find one that was exactly like what I ended up doing so I will do my best guess recreation. This turned out SO good and it really did get better the longer it sat in the refrigerator. I was also surprised that I liked it cold for breakfast as well as warmed up. It's definitely a keeper.

Cynthia's Picadillo

1 1/4 (just because that's what I had) of grass-fed ground beef

2 colored peppers diced

1 onion diced

1 can fire-roasted chopped tomatoes

1 half cup of pimento-stuffed olives

1/3 cup of raisins

1/4 cup of capers

1/4-1/3 cup of slivered almonds

1 t cumin

1 t turmeric

I sauteed the onions and peppers in garlic oil (I just cooked some garlic in olive oil and then remove the solids before adding anything) until soft. I added the meat, breaking it up and cooking until cooked through. I added the spices and cooked for a few minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients and simmering for about 15 minutes.

Many recipes also include tomato sauce or tomato paste with some wine or vinegar. That would probably hold it together a little better but I loved the texture of this, and particularly as we had it over greens it was nice not having it too saucy. It depends on how you're going to use it. It does get MUCH tastier the longer it sits. Oh, and when I do it again I'll probably toast the almonds a tiny bit.

Simple, simple, simple.


Kopi. Always my coffee shop of choice.


Owen worked last night, and he's got a show tonight, so we used the boneless skinless chicken he had in the refrigerator before it would go bad. It's not one of my favorite cuts of chicken but there it was. They were sliced thin already. I just dusted it in some gluten free flour with smoked paprika and a bit of cumin and sauteed it. Then I added some slivered almonds to the pan and toasted them till they brown. Served over greens it was absolutely delicious and took about ten minutes. I'm sorry for doubting you boneless skinless chicken breast.


After the delicious picadillo, I tried taking a similar approach with some ground sausage I had in the refrigerator. Not terribly successful but the carrots were pretty.


Ernie put the lights up on the fence!! My view from the bedroom.

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Today? Well, I already slept late and stayed in bed reading too long. I don't see it as being a highly productive day but that's ok with me. I had a good and busy week so a day off sounds nice. I think we're going to try to get the tree decorated (it was a TOUGH tree year. It's the first year I gave up on Prairie Gardens. We ended up getting one at Menard's and without the presence of the boys. The end of an era) and the trees up on the mantel. Trying to coordinate timing with Leo's finals and work and Owen's work and shows.

The times they are a-changin.