A NEW Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway + TWO Recipes!!

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THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!!!

That’s right ~ a new Gooseberry Patch cookbook giveaway!

This giveaway is for the new Gooseberry Patch cookbook ~ Weeknight Dinners

Weeknight Dinners 2

This cookbook has a great set-up.  Each chapter is a day of the week and each day is a different type of meals with corresponding recipes:
Monday ~ Meatless Monday
Tuesday ~ Tex-Mex Night
Wednesday ~ Italian
Thursday ~ Comfort Food
Friday ~ Just for Fun

If you win, you can look for the recipe that I have in this cookbook!

The giveaway will run from today to February 14 at midnight. I will use random.org to choose the winner. To enter, comment with your favorite weeknight dinner. You must comment on this post to be in the giveaway. I will email the winner on February 15 and mail out the cookbook shortly after I hear from the winner. If you have any questions, email me at girard.nancy at yahoo dot com.

I chose two recipes that go together from the Tex-Mex chapter.  Mix-Your-Own Taco Spice and Fiesta Chicken Soft Tacos.  Both were excellent.  The spice mixture is a little spicy so if you like things less spicy, use less red pepper flakes or leave out altogether.  I also forgot to add the paprika to the spice mixture but didn’t miss it at all.   The tacos were very easy to make.  My only suggestion would be to cut the chicken in small cubes or strips before sauteing.

A Taco Spice 1

A Taco Spice 2

Mix-Your-Own Taco Spice

2 Tbsps chili powder
1 tbsps ground cumin
2 tsps salt
2 tsps pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Store in a small covered jar. Makes about 1/3 cup.

COOK’S NOTE: I put the leftover mixture in a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer where I keep all my home-mixed rubs and spice mixtures.  Use right from the freezer.

Chicken Taco !

Fiesta Chicken Soft Tacos

2 tbsps oil
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken, cubed
1 to 2 tbsps taco seasoning ~ I used 2 tbsps
1 1/2 cups chunky salsa
4-6 soft taco flour tortillas, warmed
Garnish with your favorite taco toppings

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, green pepper and garlic; saute until tender being careful not to let the garlic burn. Add chicken and cook until chicken is no longer pink ~ about 5-8 minutes depending on size of chicken cubes. Stir in the taco seasoning and the salsa and simmer for 3 minutes.

To serve, spoon mixture onto tortillas. Garnish and fold the tortilla over.

Makes 4-6 soft tacos

Chicken Taco 2

Happy Cooking!

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Easy Black Beans

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We really like black beans and this recipe is great with any Mexican or Tex-Mex meal.  They are super easy to make.  As I posted yesterday, I really hate cilantro so I left it out of this recipe, too.  Add more or less cayenne depending on how much heat you want.

Easy Black Beans

1 (16 ounce) can black beans
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt to taste

In a small saucepan, combine beans, onion, and garlic, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the cilantro, cayenne, and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes, and serve. This recipe can easily be doubled if desired.

Makes 2-4 servings

Happy Cooking!