Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rosie Makes Burritos For Her Little Hawthornelets.

My little Hawthornes are home
and requested burritos for lunch.
I've made so many burritos for these children
during my lifetime,
I can do this in my sleep.

Burritos are quick, simple, and easy.
 You can throw them together in no time,
and they can be made ahead of time and cooked later.

This way, your children might actually be able
to open the refrigerator door,
unwrap an already-made burrito,
and pop it in the oven or microwave
all by themselves.
Or not.

First, I browned some ground beef over medium heat,
using a spatula to break up the meat.
I prefer a fine crumb texture.
Drain excess grease.
Season with oregano, cumin, cayenne pepper flakes,
and salt and pepper.

Near the end of browning,
add in some chopped onion
and sliced jalapenos.
If you notice above,
I left the ribs in the jalapenos.
We Hawthornes like a bit of heat.
Sweat the onions a bit.
Taste test and adjust seasonings if needed.

I'm using flour tortillas, 
but if you'd rather have corn, go for it.
Mound the meat on top of the tortilla
and sprinkle on however much cheese you'd like.
I'm using the already shredded cheeses
(Sometimes I have to SandraLee things here,
but don't like to.),
but I prefer freshly grated cheeses.
Their taste is superior.
Already shredded cheese is dry and tasteless to me.

Roll up tortilla.
Top with more cheese
and bake at 350 degrees until heated through
and cheese is lightly browned.

 Mr. Hawthorne gets a lettuce burrito.
No tortilla for him.

Serve with sour cream and your favorite salsa.

 Here's my favorite salsa:
One of the most delightful things about summer
is fresh salsa.

Just-picked tomatoes,
peeled, seeded, juiced, and chopped,
red onions, chopped
scallions, sliced
jalapeno, minced
some multi-colored peppers, minced
cilantro with raw coriander seeds.
Raw green coriander seed is a MUST.
Some sugar and an
equal amount of white vinegar
a little lime zest and juice
freshly ground s & p

Mix well.

Taste test.
Adjust ingredients as needed.

Sublime and divine.

Fresh salsa = Summer

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