Wednesday, January 19, 2005



The weather outside (75 all week) has me wanting to have something light to eat, but the calendar keeps reminding me it's still the dead of winter. Since the produce in the market reflects the date and not the temperature, I have to find things to eat that are a nice balance of the two. Last night (after a harrowing day of not being able to use my car. I managed to leave the lights on the night before. Again. AAA no longer finds this amusing. Luckily my dear friend Steve came to my rescue. My hero.) I found a happy medium in the tried and true quesadilla. I know it’s not the most brilliant recipe ever, but it is simple comfort food and open to interpretation, which I like. Add some leftover chicken or pork if you like. Leave out the beans or add some corn. Change the peppers to Chipotle. It’s all good and all delicious. As always, the most important thing is to use the highest quality ingredients you can find. Queso Blanco, for instance, a fresh Mexican cheese, melts perfectly without becoming too gooey. If you can find it, it in your area, do, you will be a convert. Enjoy!

6 flour tortillas

1 cup shredded Queso Fresco (Available locally at Jons Market and Whole Foods)
1/2 cup cooked black beans (I like Sun-Vista Brand ), drained
½ cup chopped cilantro (optional)
1 roasted red bell pepper, minced
2 pickled jalapeno peppers, minced
1 tablespoon dried epazote or Mexican oregano

Serve with Salsa Fresca

Preheat large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Divide the cheese, beans, cilantro (if using), peppers and a little of the epazote between six of the tortillas, then fold in half. Place a tortilla on the dry skillet and warm until cheese is melted and tortilla is slightly golden, about three minutes. Carefully turn over and cook other side until golden, about one minute. Cut into wedges and serve. Repeat with remaining quesadillas.
Makes six.


The chairman and chief executive of Krispy Kreme, Scott A. Livengood, retired
as part of a management shakeup as the doughnut maker struggles to avoid
bankruptcy in the face of falling sales and a Federal inquiry into its accounting.
The company also disclosed today that sales at its stores continue to drop sharply,
and that it is considering closing some outlets. For the eight weeks ending Dec. 26,
the average weekly sales per factory store dropped 25 percent over the same weeks
a year before, the company said. –New York Times

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