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Kale and Black Bean Fajita Soup

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Today has been rainy and dreary which has always been good days for soup. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I had black beans and skirt steak. I wanted to add some color, so I bought some kale and corn at the store.

Add some spices to give it a Mexican flair, and you have a hearty meal.

3/4 pound skirt steak
Olive oil
Fresh cracked black pepper
Tony Chachere’s
Chili powder
1 12 ounce package mirepoix
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 cups kale, chopped
2 ears raw sweet corn, kernels removed
1 Serrano pepper
1 cup Chardonnay
1 teaspoon beef base
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
4 cups water
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (I was out of oregano)
1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons cumin powder
1/4 pound black beans, cooked

Pat steak dry and rub with oil, pepper, Tony Chachere’s, and chili powder.

Sear steak in hot cast iron Dutch oven.
Remove steak and set aside for later.

Add mirepoix garlic and sauté until onions are translucent.

Add kale, corn and Serrano pepper. Sauté until kale is wilted.

Add wine and reduce.

Add beef base, crushed tomatoes, water, chili powder, Italian seasoning (or oregano), paprika, thyme, cumin, and black beans.

Cover and simmer 45 minutes to an hour.

Cut steak against the grain into strips and add to soup or top each individual bowl.

Season to taste and eat with flour tortillas or cornbread.

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Best. Guacamole. Ever.

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The lighting wasn’t the greatest, but this avocado mash was a delightful guacamole green.

There was a time when I held great disdain for guacamole. I just scraped it off my Mexican food. Even the scrapings of guacamole would make me burp guacamole flavor. I don’t know if there is ever a time when a guacamole belch is pleasant.

Maybe a year ago, a friend offered some guacamole. My immediate reaction was to refuse it but something inside told me to try it. I dipped a chip and I was hooked. I ate all of his guacamole.

I don’t make it all the time because avocados are kinda pricey and I sometimes get irritated at the ten minutes of effort to make it.

Bear in mind that I cannot stand cilantro. I can detect it in the most minute amounts. It is an indescribable flavor that makes me think of well, I can’t describe it. If you choose to add cilantro don’t tell me about it as it makes me seethe with rage. The moment when David Banner’s eyes turn a scary whitish blue. Or is it bluish white?

Here’s my take on guacamole:

4 avocados
1/2 onion, minced
4 peperoncini, minced (I used Mezzetta brand)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon Tony Cachere’s
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
4 ounces corn
8 ounces kidney beans
1/2 can Rotel with habaneros
Juice from 1/2 lime

Peel and mash avocados. If you are a guacamole champion, you will leave some chunks in it. Add all ingredients and mix well. Normally, I mince a fresh Serrano instead of pickled peppers, but I use what I have on hand. If you try the Mezzetta peperoncinis with dill and garlic, you’ll be impressed. Crazy Tasty. Without the SPAM. Someday I may show you my quadruple decker SPAM sandwich. Or is it quintuple? Yeah, I’m pretty sure I have heart disease.