This is one of those foods that has as many methods as there are cooks. This just happens to be mine. Jorge always said he didn’t like them, and I decided that he had experienced some bland version, so I worked and reworked my version until I arrived at this. He loved it! So there you are; no more revisions in the black beans category. : )
A couple of days ago, Jorge brought home zucchini from one of the local farm markets. For all the jokes that people make about the overabundance this vegetable every year, I suddenly realized how few times I’ve actually cooked zucchini. I tried to do something different and Googled zucchini recipes, but who has the time to read all those? There must be a bazillion of them out there. So, I did one of my tried and true ideas. It really isn’t that different from what I’ve done in the past, but hey! it tasted good. To me, at least. Except for one thing: I wasn’t in the mood to be healthy, so I used……..BACON GREASE! Gasp! Horror! If it bothers you, use olive oil. So, here it goes.
SAUTEED ZUCCHINI & YELLOW SQUASH (SALTEADO DE CALABACINES Y CALABAZA AMARILLA)
2 zucchini, chopped
2 yellow squash, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 tomato, chopped
1 Tbsp GOYA® Recaito
GOYA® Adobo to taste
Using enough bacon grease to cover bottom of cast-iron skillet, heat Recaito on medium for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and onion; stir throroughly. Add zucchini and squash; cook for minutes and continue to stir. Stir in tomato and Adobo. Cook additional 5 minutes.
Upon reading this, I realized a couple of things. I really use my cast-iron skillet a lot, and this recipe really calls for a lot of stirring, doesn’t it? : )
People like to talk about “culture clash” and the differences between ethnic groups, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in eight years of marriage with Jorge is that people are all the same. The girl raised in Kentucky (hey, y’all!) and the Puerto Rican born in Ohio, raised in Puerto Rico and who came to Florida via NYC should have nothing in common. But it turns out we are more alike than different. Now, I could wax philosophical about how love binds our hearts and builds a bridge and all that country music stuff, but that’s not what this blog is about. it’s about food. Plain and simple. And that may well be the first thing I noticed. Our food is not that different. Note that I did not say cuisine. Kentuckians don’t eat cuisine. We eat dinner. Anyway, the pork, the frying, the chicken, and the beans. Especially the beans. I grew up eating pinto beans all the time. We ate them slow cooked (not Crock Pot slow-cooked, but stove top slow-cooked) flavored with a ham hock and salt. A bowl of beans and a piece of cornbread and I’m a happy girl. Turns out I didn’t have to give up beans, I just needed to learn to season them differently. Now, today’s recipe uses canned beans for convenience, but if you want to use dried beans, be my guest. I cook them the day before the Kentucky way, serve them with cornbread, and put the leftovers in the refrigerator. The next day, they reappear in the saucepan in the recipe below. Either way is great. BTW, serve these with rice. Some days I serve them with white rice, and some days I like them with Yellow Rice (Arroz Amarillo). Whatever floats your boat!
HABICHUELAS (PUERTO RICAN PINTO BEANS)
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil 2 oz diced ham 1 can pinto beans 1 can (8 oz.) GOYA® Spanish Style Tomato Sauce 1 packet GOYA® Sazón with Coriander and Annatto 2 Tbsp GOYA® Recaito 3 Tbsp green olives, sliced 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed 2 c. College Inn® Bold Stock Rotisserie Chicken
Heat oil to medium in deep saucepan. Add ham. Saute with recaito for 3 minutes. Add tomato sauce, Sazon, and olives. Stir; cook 2 minutes. Add beans, potatoes, and chicken stock. Bring mixture to boiling. Cover with lid and reduce heat to low. Simmer 20 minutes.
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Until next time, Happy Cooking! : )
I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things. ~George Robert Gissing