Black Bean and Butternut Squash Soup

This is a tasty and easy to make soup.  I like it because you can leave it soupy as is, or run your immersion blender around a couple of times to make the soup thicker and creamier without adding actual cream.

Mexican Yellow Rice with Black Beans

This recipe utilizes inexpensive turmeric to color the rice instead of the more expensive saffron.  This dish has its roots in the Spanish Conquistadors who invaded the Mexican Aztecs in the 16th century.  Before that, Mexican cuisine consisted of mainly corn, beans, and chilies.  The Spanish brought with them meat, rice, dairy, and various spices.  Actually,…

Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo is a fresh sauce or salsa that comes from Mexico.  It can also be called salsa fresca or salsa mexicana.  It is typically made with chopped tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos or serranos.  Sometimes it contains lime juice or cider vinegar, cilantro, cucumber, radish, or fresh fruit like mango.  This version comes from Pati…