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Key Lime Bars

22 Mar

Spring has sprung, and so has my craving for all things citrus!!! Take a step out of the traditional lemon-bar box and throw in a little key-lime twist. 🙂 The crust on these almost makes me more happy than the filling – almost. Yummy.

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Crust –

1 cup flour

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup pecans, chopped finely

1/4 cup flaked coconut

1/3 cup butter, melted

Filling –

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 cup sugar

2 tsp key lime zest

1/4 cup key lime juice

1/4 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350^F. Lightly butter and 8×8 baking pan.

For crust: Sift together flour and powdered sugar. Stir in pecans and coconut. Add butter. Press lightly in pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned.

While crust is baking, beat together eggs, sugar, zest, lime juice, and baking powder. Pour mixture over baked crust. Bake 13-17 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned and center is set. Cool completely. Cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar.


Chipotle Burrito

30 Jan

I made these burritos out of left overs: left over stew beef, left over rice, left over black beans, left over salsa…But these left overs got a pretty fancy make over. Yay for left overs that don’t taste like left overs any more.

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Chipotle Steak:

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp red pepper

pinch of salt and pepper

2 tsp vegetable oil

1 lb steak

Combine oregano, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper, salt, and pepper. Rub spice mixture over steak, along with vegetable oil. Refrigerate while preparing other ingredients.


2 cups cooked rice

1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice

1 tsp vegetable oil

2 Tbsp cilantro or parsley

1/4 – 1/2 tsp salt

Drizzle lime juice and oil over the top of warm rice, sprinkle with 2 Tbsp cilantro and salt. Fluff with a fork.

Pico De Gallo:

4 roma tomatoes, cored and diced small

1 cup finely diced red onion

1 jalepeno, seeded and minced

2 Tbsp chopped cilantro

In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, red onion, jalepeno, and cilantro.

black beans, rinsed, drained, and warmed

sour cream


Heat grill to medium-high. Coat grill with non-stick spray and cook steak about 4 min per side, or to your liking. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 min. Slice thinly against the grain

Warm tortillas and fill with rice, then steak. Top with black beans, pico de gallo, and sour cream. Roll and enjoy!

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Original recipe: www.veryculinary.com/2013/07/22/chipotle-steak-burrito/


Strawberry Agua Fresca

29 Jun

So, my sister is moving to Florida. Please do not make me discuss this because I will cry. While I am super excited for their family’s new adventure, I heartily feel that the other side of the county is simply too far away. The end. However, because of this rather heart-wrenching move, their family has bequeathed my family with a bit of an heirloom – a good ol’ fashioned Coleman Williamsburg tent trailer, circa 1991. Many fond memories in that baby! My parents gave it to my sister’s family a few years back, and since traveling cross country with all of your belongings is hard enough, they decided that maybe dragging a not-so-frequently-used tent trailer behind said mass of belongings wasn’t ideal. Enter good ol’ fashioned tent trailer parked on my driveway – it is there for some major plastic surgery. Come to find out, while my sister’s family was not using it, a small family of mice decided to make the trailer their home. This arrangement did not bode well for the canvas tenting…or the toilet paper left in there. Fifteen to twenty ‘sky-lights’ later :), the mice were kicked out, having not followed the rule of thumb for any tenant: leave the place better than you found it. And on top of that, having been out in the not-so-sunshiny state of Oregon for the past few years, water took its toll as well, rusting out the roof and all the curtain hooks. “What, in heaven’s name, does this have to do with Agua Fresca,” you may be asking yourself? Well! Not only do I have a tent trailer in desperate need of TLC sitting on my driveway, but it is sitting there in 100^F heat. And I need to clean it. That gets hot – really, really hot. I also have a glorious little planter spilling over with fresh strawberries in my back yard (my husband hates eating strawberries but loves growing them – I’m not complaining). In the midst of vacuuming, sanitizing, and pulling down mouse nibbled curtains – sweat running down every crevice imaginable – this super easy concoction was just what the doctor ordered! The sad thing is that I really wasn’t even the one slaving out in the oven of a trailer for most of the time because I had to take care of baby. My sweet mom came over to ‘help’ me and I left her out there to do it herself half the day. So, thank you, MOM!!! I’ll make you a whole pitcher of Agua Fresca if you ever decide to come back. 🙂



2 1/2 cups water

1 lb strawberries

1/4 cup sugar

juice of one lime

Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Chill before serving or pour over ice.

*Super easy and so fresh and tasty!!! I usually use bottled lime juice – about 1 tsp is equal to the juice of one lime. I also will do sugar to taste.