Blue Heron, Santa Cruz California
This is packed with flavor and healthy ingredients. The pureed roasted red bell peppers, pico de gallo and the tomatilla salsa verde add a whole other dimension to it. It’s one of the best black bean soups I have ever had, which makes it really hard to stop eating! : )
Make the Homemade Black Beans and then measure the beans and bean broth and add to a large pot
Roast all the Peppers
Add all peppers in a food processor except the yellow pepper, puree and add to the black beans
Dice the yellow bell peppers and add to the black beans
Add pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa verde, corn and all spices
Recipe – 10 to 12 servings
Roasted peppers add a wonderful flavor to all kinds dishes. Use them in sauces, soups, salsas, tapas, dips and whatever you can come up with.
Roast peppers of your choice on the stove top at medium high heat
A gas stove is best but it will also work on electric
Char peppers on all sides turning with tongs When good and charred steam for 10 minutes in a covered dish or a paper bag rolled shut so the steam wont escape
Rinse the peppers and rub off the burnt parts, it is ok to leave a little
Slice in half and remove the seeds and stem
They are ready to slice, dice or puree!
While in Cambria, we came across this amazing gem of a shop. They have Succulents of all kinds, most I bet you have never seen before!
The shop is located through another shop called The Garden Shed in the back. While talking to the owner Nick Wilkinson, ( who was very helpful and extremely informative ) we realized he was a friend of a friend! Small world!!!
Plants in an old sink is only one of their cool displays
Love the old tractor with all the drift wood
Vintage signs are everywhere
Robby had this red wagon when he was a kid
Crazy spiral leaves
This salad has many textures and flavors, which are very complementary to each other
Chop the arugula
Slice the cheese with a peeler
Add the dried cranberries, maple walnuts, and lemon lime vinaigrette and toss
Recipe - Serves 2 – 4
This is a delightfully refreshing vinaigrette bursting with flavor!
Grate the lime peel then add to a jar
Mince the shallot and garlic then add to jar
Add the vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, olive oil and salt
Recipe – about 1 Cup
These are sooo easy to make and incredibly addictive! Add to salads or just eat them for a healthy sweet snack.
Add everything in a saute pan on med heat
Stir the whole time
In about 3 minutes they will start to get sticky and when all moisture is gone turn off heat
Spread on parchment paper or a baking sheet and separate as best you can. Wait a few minutes till hardened and they are ready.
There are 3 different measurements for the maple syrup depending on how sweet you want them.
Recipe – 2 Cups