Sunday, February 27, 2011

Brunch and Blogger ABC's

This morning, I made a big stack of apple-cinnamon pancakes for Jackson to have during the week.

And for brunch we had breakfast burritos, made with some homemade soyrizo I had in the freezer, scrambled tofu, and ancho chile salsa.

It's been awhile since I've shared a recipe, so here's one for that salsa.  It is a cooked salsa, so it takes longer than some, but I think it's worth it.

Ancho Chile Salsa
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 med. onion, chopped
3-5 dried ancho chiles (depending on your desired heat)
1 cup water
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

First, put about a cup of water to boil in a saucepan. Tear the stems off your dried chiles and get the seeds out. Dried chiles can be fragile, but it's totally fine if you tear them up in the process. When the water boils, pour it over your chiles and let them soak.

In a pan over medium hear, saute the chopped onion in 1/2 tsp. oil for five minutes. At this point, drain your chiles and add them to the onions along with the tomatoes, garlic, 1 cup water, and all your spices. Turn up the heat and bring the salsa to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Let it cook for 20 minutes.

Carefully puree the salsa in a blender until it has a smooth consistency. Enjoy!

I saw this over at Vegan Epicurean so I thought I would fill out my own while I'm waiting for Tony to get ready so we can go run some errands. The errands are not absolutely necessary, but we are hoping Jackson will sleep in the car. He missed his nap yesterday and he was a grumpy bear last night, so we are hoping to remedy that today.

Blogger ABCs:

A. Age: 34

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore you hate: Dusting

D. Dogs: Awesome.

E. Essential start to your day: Oatmeal

F. Favorite color: Silver

G. Gold or silver: See F

H. Height: 5'7"

I. Instruments you play: None

J. Job title: I was a librarian, now I'm a stay-at-home mom

K. Kids: Jackson, 2 1/2, and Olivia, almost 1

L. Live: New York state

M. Mom’s name: Linda

N. Nicknames: I'll keep those between me and the people who call me them :)

O. Overnight hospital stays: One night when I had Jackson, two nights with Olivia (I have a special fondness for the doctor who told me, "Your ob-gyn in Texas must have been backwards to only keep you one night. Here in New York we do things the right way." Yeah, because we really needed that extra 24 hours of crappy hospital food and people barging into the room every few minutes as I'm trying to rest.

P. Pet peeve: Cocky doctors, hehe. And people who don't pick up after their dogs.

Q. Quote from a movie: "The time to make up your mind about people is never." - The Philadelphia Story

R. Right or left handed: Left

S. Siblings: My younger brother, Sean, and his lovely new bride, Melissa

T. Time you wake up: Around 7, depends on the kids

U. Underwear: Yes

V. Vegetables you dislike: Raw green pepper.

W. What makes you run late: Kiddos

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Dental, shoulder

Y. Yummy food you make: Yes I do

Z. Zoo- favorite animal: Sloths


  1. Man I've been craving tofu scramble. Your ABC's are great, me next!I don't like cocky Drs either. actually, I don't really like drs in general :) I live that your fav zoo animal is a sloth! So cute! I also agree that overnight hospital stays suck!

  2. I will have to try the salsa! Fun read!

  3. the salsa sounded really good. going to try it!!