Well. For the first time since college. I am kitchen-less!!

What happened hereeeee??

demo kitchen

Yep. Kitchen renovation is in full swing!

And I’ll tell ya what. Not having a kitchen sure does spark some creativity, especially now that post-college, Ramen noodles are no longer an acceptable meal of choice :)

Take these huevos rancheros. Which I had been craving ever since they were ordered by a friend at brunch a couple weeks back.

huevos rancheros

Even though I didn’t order them, I couldn’t help but staring (longingly) at them the whole time.

But huevos rancheros with no kitchen? Could it be done?

I knew that this needed to be a yes and that I needed to figure out how!

There’s nothing like a kitchen renovation to help you remember how much you enjoy a home cooked meal :)

huevo ingredients

So. I got to work.

I used this 48 (?) year old slow cooker to throw together a simple pinto and black bean mixture.

If they still made these slow cookers, I’d tell each and every one of you to go buy one. It’s not a crockpot (see the difference here). Just a way to cook anything and everything perfectly every time. I adore this thing!

But of course you could use the stove, or even the microwave too.

I also threw together a quick fresh salsa using goodies from my patio vegetable garden.

garden veg basket

That’s right. The country sure does lend itself to giving a try at your green thumb!

This year I think I’ve succeeded. The bounty has been plentiful.

Even with these guys around :)

deer

Next year it’s onto in-ground crops me thinks.

But I digress. Back to the meal at hand.

The rest of this dish is just a matter of stacking ingredients on a plate. And lightly frying the tortillas and eggs.

Simple enough, right?

I used an electric skillet for the above. But for those of you that have a stove (oh those were the days!), that would work just fine too.

Here’s a quick outline of the recipe in case you want to give it a whirl.

It received two thumbs up in our house and I think it will in yours too :)

Now if only eating this huevos rancheros would transport me back to the Mexican Riveria as well, right?

 

This idea was inspired by a birthday visit over the winter from a long-time college friend, who whipped up a mixture of beans, bbq sauce, sun-dried tomatoes and who knows what else that ended up in a most fabulous chip dip…

bbq salsa

I figured that this time perhaps I’d take a more southwestern spin on things and add in some sweet corn, zucchini, & fresh cilantro, making it a medley of sorts perfect for chip dipping but also as a lovely bbq bed to rest some chili-spiced fish! :)

bbq fish

This is super easy and if you’re on a bbq sauce kick like I apparently am, super satisfying. And hey, it’s super satisfying even if you aren’t too 😛

Enjoy!

The dog days of summer

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Or whatever they call them 😉

Have been some of the best days around!!

So many unexpected turns, I just love all the fun that summer seems to bring and sometimes just wonder how it is all real life 😀

So yea. About that. I’ve been kinda MIA…

Enjoying seasonally amazing temps.

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Under beautiful blue skies.

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Meeting and spending time with so many fun & great people :)

With the trend of meals at favorite restaurant spots continuing…

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Burrata. My one true love? Yes, when combined w/ fried green tomatoes, BACON, onion jam and a fried duck egg!

And just a bit of time here and there for simple throw together meals.

Like these sweet n’ spicy ricotta enchiladas.

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I adore using ricotta in enchis, have done it before and will do.it.again!

Throwback:

Mango Ricotta Enchiladas —> one of my favorite enchi recipes of alltimeeverever!!

mango ricotta enchiladas

If you haven’t tried this swap out for the usual suspect shredded cheese before, I’d definitely recommend it :)

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Not only does it add a fun sweet contrast to a spicy sauce, but the ricotta also makes the enchis so doughy and delicious if you ask me 😀

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This enchi version is simple simple simple and uses just wheat tortillas, ricotta, broccoli, olives and salsa to come together…

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I mean how much easier can you get???

Exactly.

Oh yes, and top them with a bit of hot sauce too. Because, you know, you can never go wrong there :)

Hope you are enjoying some easy recipes & beautiful summer days too!!