Thursday, April 23, 2009

Summer!! Wishful thinking!

Has anyone else been wishing for sunshine! Well this week we finally got it. I keep thinking that I need to go boating,or swimming, or just soaking up the sun!! Since the weather has been in the mid 70s it has made me wish for summer. But like all good things, it just doesn't want to last! This weekend will beginning the next ten days of rain and cold weather. Just when I can finally play and really enjoy the sun it will soon go away! I guess I will just sit back in my rain coat and plan things for warmer days!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Bunko / Cafe Rio

Last night was my night to host Bunko. I decided to make Homemade Cafe Rio Salads. Everyone loved them so much, so I told them I would post the recipes here.

Sweet Pork
1-2 lb. pork tenderloin
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups fresh salsa
Mix sugar and salsa, pour over pork. Cook in crock pot for 8 hrs. on low. When done shred with two forks and return to juice in crock pot and allow liquid to absorb. Serve with tortillas and all the fixins!

Green Chile Rice (Serves 6)
1 cup rice
2 cups chicken broth
4 oz. green chiles
1 sm. onion, diced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. cumin
3 green onions.
Mix together and pour into greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until rice is done at 350.

Cilantro Salad Dressing
1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (dry mix)
1 cup buttermilk
1/2- 1/3 bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 small jalapeno
1 cup mayo
1 tsp. lime juice
1-2 tomatillos (remove outer papery skin)
1 garlic clove
Blend all ingredients in blender(I doubled the batch thinking this would be enough for 12 people but one batch was probably enough... it makes alot!)

I served this all on a toasted cheese tortilla, served with lettuce and all the trimmings!!

Like I said this is all very yummy, and probably very fating. Ah oh well it was too good to pass up!