Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Gingerbread Pancakes!

These are a great way to get into the Christmas spirit! I know that ginger is sometimes a bit "spicy" for kids, but when they are covered in yummy maple syrup the balance is wonderful.

The basic pancake batter recipe comes from The Joy of Cooking.  From the number of recipes I have tried over the last few years this is the one I always come back to for a no-fail fluffy, light and tastey pancake. 

I serve these with just plain maple syrup (we smuggled some bottles back from Canada in the fall) and crispy bacon.  The sweetness of the syrup combined with the saltyness of the bacon perfectly compliments the ginger and cinnamon in the pancakes.  Of course, you could add  more ginger if you wanted...totally up to you!

Pancake batter (from Joy of Cooking)
*makes about 15 medium sized pancakes

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp white sugar
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
3 Tbsp melted butter
1 1/4 cup milk

*1 tsp ground ginger
*1 tsp cinnamon

In a small bowl mix all dry ingredients together.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together eggs and milk, slowly mix in dry ingredients.
Mix in melted butter

Melt a little bit of butter in skillet and pour small amounts of batter into skillet....and you know the rest!

Enjoy xo

Friday, December 18, 2009

applesauce pancakes with apple cider syrup

these are delicious and addictive. such a yummy breakfast for a cold morning.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup melted butter

combine all ingredients and mix well. drop in dollops on hot skillet. flip and top with butter while warm.

for syrup::
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups apple cider
1 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks

in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. when the butter stops foaming, add the apple cider, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks. bring to a boil, stirring. continue cooking over medium heat, stirring frequently, until reduced by half to about 1 to 1 1/4 cups. this will take about 15 minutes. the syrup will thicken as it cools. Remove cinnamon sticks and serve with pancakes.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nearly Dead Apple Cake

I am really excited to be contributing to this fabbo blog and thought that I would share a NON-Christmas recipe first because I am totally in Christmas overload at the moment and couldn't handle the sight of more cloves, cinnamon, ginger, orange yule-tideness. 

This cake is pretty simple to make and stays moist out on a cake plate under a dome for a good while (if I actually lasts that long)! It is a great way to use up those apples lurking in the back of the crisper drawer, hence NEARLY DEAD APPLE cake.  The recipe is a family favourite of mine, my Italian Grandmother inherited it from an old Jewish lady whose house she used to clean.  This is a good, dense, moist, rustic cake. 


(for apple layer)
4 apples, cored and thiny sliced
1/3 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

(for cake batter)
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
zest of one orange
1 1/2 cup white sugar
3 eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbsp orange juice
2 tsp vanilla

***Grease and line a springform pan*** (I use a 8" pan, my mum uses a 9" springform tube pan)
PRE HEAT OVEN to 375 f / 190C

-Peel, core and thiny slice apples
-toss apples with sugar and cinnamon
-set aside

-In a small bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt
-In a large bowl mix orange peel and sugar, add eggs, vegetable oil, orange juice and vanilla, mix to combine.
-Add flour mixture, fold in slowly (don't over mix)

-Pour 1/2 of mixture into base of pan
-Layer apples over top
-Spread leftover batter over apple layer (might not cover completely, that's ok)

Bake middle rack of oven for 1 hour (or until tester comes out clean)

***Let cool completely before taking out of pan***

Enjoy xo

Sunday, October 25, 2009


I love me a good scone. Here are two recipes to try - easy and SOO yummy!

Maple Oatmeal Scones

1 1/4 c flour
3/4 - 1 c oats
1/8 c sugar
2 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
5 T chilled, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/4 c maple syrup
6 T milk
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 c pecans, optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Blend flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter with a mixer. Add milk, egg, maple syrup. Stir until just mixed and add pecans. Shape and bake for 11 min

Cranberry & White chocolate scones

1 3/4 c flour
1/4 c sugar
2 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
5 T chilled, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 T half and half (I use milk and add another 1/2 T butter)
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 c cranberries
1/2 c white chocolate chips

Directions are the same as above. It's important to not over mix the dough and to not bake too long...when they are overdone they are dry and not as good. I barely let mine brown before I take them out.

Try them!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Mom's yummy (and EASY!) cinnamon rolls!

Sorry there is no picture, but I was just craving these so decided to post them. My mom has been making cinnamon rolls during the holiday's for as long as I can remember. I get mad if she tries another recipe because there is no need...these are AMAZING! I haven't tried it, but it would probably also be good with a cream cheese frosting as opposed to a simple glaze (which my mom always uses). ENJOY!

Cinnamon Rolls (Julie Walker)

2 c scalded milk
2 pkgs yeast
3/4 c butter, melted
1/2 t salt
1 c sugar
2 eggs, beaten
5 c flour
1/2 c brown sugar
2 T cinnamon

Pour scalded milk over sugar, let cool. Add yeast & 1 c flour. Add eggs, 1/2 c butter, salt, and remaining flour. Stir until mixed. Let rise. Roll out into rectangle. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread w/ remaining melted butter and top with sugar mixture. Roll up long ways, cut into 1/2 - 1 inch pieces (easy with dental floss!) and place on greased baking sheets. Let rise again. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Lolly pop chocolate chip cookies

cookie lolly pops!

This cookie recipe is amazing! It tastes very bakery, and it makes tons. I just roll the extra dough into a log inside wax paper and freeze it. Then the next time you want cookies you can just slice and bake that!

1 1/2 c packed light brown sugar
1 1/3 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c butter
1 c shortening
5 eggs
6 1/2 c flour
24 oz chocolate chips

Cream together the sugars, salt, soda, butter, and shortening. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add flour, mixing after each cup. Add chocolate. Drop the dough using a small cookie scoop into paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 360 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cool on cooling rack. Makes about 7 dozen!

To do the lolly pops:
Scoop dough in same tablespoon scoop, put a lolly pop stick in the dough, push the dough down a bit and round the edges. Then let your kids sprinkle them! Just make sure to push the sprinkles down in the dough enough that it will stick. Then bake as usual! They are really fun to dip in milk :)

cookie lollies!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes with Orange Maple Butter

i found this recipe on Bakerellas blog. these pancakes are so filling and yummy. a great way to start the day.

First, make the Orange Maple Butter. (I did this the night before.)
You'll need:1 stick softened butter
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Combine all three in a small bowl with a rubber spatula.
Spoon the mixture on a piece of wax paper.
Roll and re-shape back into a stick of butter.
Twist the ends to secure the wax paper and refrigerate.

In the morning.
Blueberry Cornmeal PANCAKES!
You'll need:1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar, plus two tsp for blueberries
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup milk
3 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
1 egg lightly beaten
2 cups blueberries
Extra butter for coating griddle
Maple Syrup
(Makes about 16)
Whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
Whisk together buttermilk, milk, butter and egg in medium bowl.
Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and whisk together just until combined.

Toss blueberries in a small bowl with 2 tsp sugar.
Heat a griddle over medium heat. Take extra butter and run over surface of griddle. Repeat as necessary throughout process. Pour batter on griddle 1/4 cup at a time.
Add some of the sugared blueberries to each pancake.
Cook for about 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook for 2 more min.
When done, top with Orange Maple Butter, Pour over Syrup, and eat!

super moist peanut butter fudge brownies

these brownies are soooooooo good. they are rich and soft. make em!

batter ingredients:
1 ½ c. sugar
½ c. butter (1 stick) softened
½ c. oil
1 T. vanilla
3 eggs
1 ¼ c. flour
¾ c. cocoa powder
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 c. peanut butter chips (or choc chips)

filling ingredients:1 c. creamy peanut butter
¼ c. vegetable oil
¼ c. sugar
2 T. flour
2 eggs
½ tsp vanilla

frosting:2 (1-oz) bars unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate (I would recommend semi-sweet)
3 T. creamy peanut butter
1 ½ c. powdered sugar
¼ c. water
½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt
batter: preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 9x13-inch pan. in large bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. add oil and vanilla. add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. in a small bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt - blend well. while beating, gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture – mix well. fold in chips. evenly spread ½ batter into pan.

filling: in a small bowl cream together peanut butter and oil. add sugar and flour – blend well. add eggs and vanilla – beat until smooth. carefully spread filling evenly over batter in pan. top filling with remaining ½ batter and spread evenly. gently cut through layers to create marble effect throughout brownies. bake for 30 minutes – do NOT over bake.

frosting: while baking, in a medium saucepan, melt chocolate and peanut butter over LOW heat, stirring constantly. remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients – mix until smooth. if frosting is too thick, add 1-3 T. water. spread frosting over brownies immediately after baking. cool in pan 2-3 hours before serving. preparation time: 30 minutes prep, 30 minutes bake

the best EVER frosting

i used this on my daughters birthday cake. it was creamy and rich and just delicious! put the leftovers in the fridge and when you have a sweet tooth pull it out and spread it on graham crackers! mmmm

Chocolate Frosting
1 pint heavy whipping cream
11.5 oz bag of 60% bittersweet cacao chips
1/2 C. butter
4-5 C. powdered sugar

In a med. saucepan, melt chocolate chips and heavy cream until a thick, smooth ganache forms, to keep the mixture from burning, stir constantly. put in fridge until chilled. remove from fridge and beat in butter and powdered sugar until frosting is a spreadable consistency. frost your cake.

comforting lasagna

i made this recipe at our family reunion. everyone loved it and was asking for the recipe! it is creamy, hearty, and filling. it is made with both italian sausage and ground beef to give it great flavor. and to top it off, it was super easy! give it a try, your family will love this meal, and you will never have to look for a better lasagna recipe!

8 oz. package of lasagna noodles (i use the 'no boil' noodles. it saves a lot of time)
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb italian sausage (you will find these in the meat section of the store. they are in links and look like a braut. peel the thin casings off the link before browning the meat)
1/4 C. chopped onions
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic salt
2-26oz jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
32 oz ricotta- mixed with 1 egg & 1/4 cup of powdered parmesan cheese.

saute until meat is brown-
meat onions, salt, garlic salt.

drain fat.

add sauce to meat and bring to boil.

reduce heat, simmer for 15 to 20 min.

layer in a 9x13 casserole dish-
sauce on the bottom.
noodles, meat sauce, ricotta - repeat till dish is full.
top with mozzarella.

bake covered at 375 degrees for 40 min. take foil off and bake another 20 min or until bubbly and cheese is starting to brown.

you could serve it with french bread and Olive Garden Salad.

fluffy homemade waffles


3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 eggs (separated)
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter (melted)

Whisk together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix together egg yolks, milk and butter. Combine the mixtures and cook on hot waffle iron.

Enjoy with topping of choice!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This cake is amazingly moist and you can justify eating it because it has zucchini :) Trust me, once you try it you'll make it over and over again. It is SOO good!

1/2 c butter
1/2 c oil
1 t vanilla
1 3/4 c sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c sour milk (milk + 1 T vinegar)

Cream together, then add:

2 1/2 c flour
4 T cocoa
1 t soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt

2 c zucchini
1/2 c chocolate chips

Pour into a greased 9x13 pan (floured). Top with chocolate chips and walnuts if desired. Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 min. ENJOY!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Olive Garden Salad

This tastes just like the real deal. So fresh and flavorful!

Salad Dressing:
½ c. mayonnaise
1/3 c. white vinegar
1 tsp vegetable oil
2 Tb. corn syrup
2 Tb. Parmesan cheese
2 Tb. Romano cheese
¼ tsp garlic salt – or one clove garlic, minced
½ tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp parsley flakes
1 Tb. lemon juice
1 large head romaine lettuce
slices red onion
black olives
2-4 banana peppers
2 small tomatoes, quartered
½ c. croutons
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Mix all dressing ingredients in a blender until well mixed. If this is a little too tart for your own personal tastes, add a little extra sugar.
Chill one salad bowl in freezer for at least 30 minutes. Put lettuce in bowl. Place on top of lettuce red onions, black olives, banana peppers, tomatoes, and croutons. Add some freshly grated Parmesan cheese if you like, and add plenty of Salad Dressing on top.

basil pesto bread

this is a perfect snack for a summer afternoon, and delicious to serve before or with any italian meal. you can make and use you own pesto with the recipe i posted. see that recipe here.
cut up slices of french bread. spread a layer of pesto sauce on one side of each piece of bread. on top of that add slices of fresh tomato. sprinkle on shredded mozzarella cheese. finish it with fresh cracked pepper. place in oven on broil until cheese is melted. enjoy!

pesto sauce

i love pesto! use this with the basil from your garden at the end of the summer and freeze in freezer bags for the winter. this recipe also calls for walnuts instead of pine nuts which most traditional pesto recipes use. walnuts are easier to find and less expensive.

mix together in food processor or blender:
3 cups fresh basil leaves
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
3 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup parmesan cheese

while processing slowly pour in 1 cup extra virgin olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.(it needs quite a bit). pour over noodles of your choice. it really doesn't take that much pesto to coat your noodles, so add a little at a time. freeze any leftovers for a later time.

italian stuffed shells

this looks messy, and it is, but you will love this! its like a ravioli but much more flavorful and satisfying.
1 box jumbo shells
spaghetti sauce of your choice
1 lrg container of cottage cheese
1/2 C. powdered parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 Tbls. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
cook shells until tender. drain and set aside. mix all ingredients, except shells and spaghetti sauce, in the blender or food processor. fill each shell with cheese mixture. place stuffed shells in a deep baking pan. once all shells are stuffed and in the pan, pour spaghetti sauce over the shells until all shells are covered and there is some sauce in the bottom of the pan. sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over shells. bake for 30 min. at 350 degrees.

Crockpot Southwestern Chicken

another crockpot meal?? you betch ya! this is very filling and good!

1 small bag frozen corn
1 can black beans
2-3 large frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 16-oz jar medium salsa
shredded cheddar cheese
tortilla chips
sour cream
chopped cilantro
diced avocado
Pour bag of frozen corn in bottom of crockpot. Place frozen chicken breasts on top of corn and cover with rinsed and drained black beans and jar of medium salsa. Cook on high for 1 hour, and then on low for 4 hours. Shred chicken with forks. Serve with tortilla chips and add toppings to individual servings.**It is very important that you use MEDIUM salsa in this. Mild simply isn't flavorful enough. Be sure to serve with tortilla chips, and not tortillas. The salty crunchy chips make this so good!

lemon dreams

these are so dainty and sweet. perfect for a little girls tea party or for a shower. or just to make and enjoy on a sunday afternoon.

1 C butter (softened)
1/3 C powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 2/3 C flour
2/3 C sugar
1 ½ tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
¼ tsp. salt
1 egg (beaten)
1 Tbsp.lemon juice
2 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. butter
1 ½ - 2 C powdered sugar (sift first)
Cream butter, powdered sugar, & vanilla. Add flour & mix till smooth. Chill for at least 30 minutes. Roll out with powdered sugar about 1/4” thick.Cut out with 1 ½” cookie cutter. Bake at 350 degrees for12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.
For filling:Combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon peel, & salt. Stir in water,egg, lemon juice, and butter. Simmer for2 minutes. Cool. Add powdered sugar. Put a spoonful of filling on one cookie and top with another cookie. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes approx. 1 ½ dozen

sweet and spicy pork combo- crock pot

another easy and yummy meal for those busy days.

1 pork tenderloin
1 bottle chili sauce (12 oz)
1 can jellied cranberry sauce
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
Place pork in slow cooker. Mix chili sauce, cranberry sauce and sugar in a separate bowl. Pour over pork. cover and cook on high 4-5 hrs. then low 3-4 hrs. Serve with rice.

baked asparagus with balsamic butter sauce

i love asparagus and i love balsamic vinegar!
1 bunch fresh asparagus
cooking spray
salt and pepper to taste
2 T. butter
1 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. Balsamic vinegar
preheat oven to 400 degrees. snap ends off of washed asparagus and place on baking sheet. coat with cooking spray( just a light spray will do) and season with salt and pepper. bake for 12 min or until tender. melt the butter in a sauce pan or in the micro. stir in soy sauce and balsamic. pour over baked asparagus and serve.

Yummy Crockpot Chicken

you seriously have to give this one a try. it is so easy and very tasty. i love to make this one on sundays. it is a recipe from my Aunt Julie, she is an amazing cook, so trust me on this one!

2 Pkg. cream cheese
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 pkg. zesty italian dressing (can be found by all the salad dressings. its in a seasoning packet.)
5-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Mix sauce in separate bowl with hand mixer until all cream cheese is blended, (you might want to soften the cream cheese in the micro first). pour over chicken in crock pot. cook on high 4-6 hours or low 8-10 hours. serve over rice or egg noodles. mmmmm!

strawberry lemonade ice pops

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate (i used pink lemonade and it was a little bit tart, but o so good)
3 cups cold water (you may want to add a little more water, with 3 cups it tends to be a little bit strong. you can experiment and do what ever you like best)
1 pkg.(16 oz) frozen sliced strawberries
In a lrg. pitcher, stir together the lemonade concentrate and water. Place strawberries into the container of a blender, and puree until smooth. Pour in some of the lemonade if necessary to facilitate blending. Stir strawberry puree into the lemonade. Pour into molds, and freeze until firm, about 4 hrs.

i used dixie cups, of course you could use the store bought plastic molds. i cut our wax paper, and poked popcicle sticks in the middle. the sticks had a hard time staying up straight. when i made them the second time i used foil wrap and that worked out perfect. cling wrap didnt work so well either. when they were done, i just peeled off the cup.
you can make these with all differant fruit and juice combos.
i have tried orange juice with bananas and pinapple. you could also do limeade juice with strawberries. any combo is yum a dum!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Best chocolate cake ever!

50/365 April 2

What you'll need:

1 Chocolate cake mix
1 Small pkg chocolate pudding
eggs, oil, water (as listed on cake mix)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 can chocolate frosting

Combine cake mix and chocolate pudding. Add egg, oil, and water. It will be the consistency of brownie mix. Add extra oil and water until it reaches the consistency of cake mix. {Not sure how much, I just dumped some extra in}. I always use a bundt pan for this cake. Does it make it taste any better? Probably not. But I can't imagine it any other way! After it's in the bundt pan, poor the chocolate chips on top. They will sink into the cake as it bakes. Heat frosting in the microwave in 10 second incraments (about 30 seconds total), stiring after each stop. When cake is cooled, spoon frosting of the top and let it drip down the sides.
This cake is incredibly moist! You will love it, and so will everyone else!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Devilish Cocoa Sandwiches


2 Cups all-purpose flour
1 Cup packed brown sugar
1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 Cup buttermilk
1 large egg, slightly beaten
6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 can (12 ounces) whipped vanilla frosting
1.Use parchment paper to line 2 cookie sheets
2.Combine dry ingredients in medium sized bowl. Whisk just to blend.
3.Stir in buttermilk, egg and melted butter. Stir with a wooden spoon until just blended.
4.Spoon mixture into gallon size bag and cut 1/2 inch from the corner and pipe 3 1/2 x 1 inch logs about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. (should fit 12 per sheet)
5.Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
6.Transfer to cooling racks and let cool completely.
7. In another bag, spoon in frosting. Pipe some of the frosting onto one cookie and sandwich with another. Continue with remainder of cookies.

Jalapeno Bites

These are delicious! Perfect for a summer barbeque.

12 small fresh jalapenos
8 oz cream cheese
1 lb package bacon (at least 12 slices)


1. Cut the stems from the jalapenos.
2. Cut them in half (long ways) and deseed them.
3. Fill each jalapeno half with cream cheese, level with the top.
4. Cut the bacon strips in half and wrap around each jalapeno. Be sure to leave the ends on the underneath of the jalapeno.

Bake at 350 for one hour.

Serve them up with a yummy raspberry chipotle dipping sauce. They taste best fresh!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Whole Wheat Bread. Yum!

In a small bowl combine:
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
set aside for 15-20 minutes

Mix in Bosch or Kitchen Aid:
7 cups whole wheat flour
5 cups really hot water
Mix until well blended, about 5 minutes.

2 Tbsp salt
2/3 cup oil
2/3 cup mesquite honey (can be found at Trader Joe's) *I just used walmart brand honey and it came out just fine!
Mix until well blended, about 5-10 more minutes.

1 more cup wheat flour
yeast mixture that was set aside
Mix well.

3-4 cups white flour, until dough starts to pull away from the side of the bowl.
Mix on high for 10 minutes.

Shape dough into 3 loaves and place into 3 greased loaf pans. Cover with a warm damp cloth and let rise for 35 minutes or until doubled in size. Cook 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Tip pans on their side to cool, this will help them not to fall while they are cooling. When they are mostly cooled, but still warm, rub each top crust with butter and serve.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

not too chunky::chunky salsa

My Mom loves to make this salsa and I have always loved to eat it! I finally made my own and it was so easy. And it's perfect for the coming summer months.


3 large tomatoes, diced

1 large can diced tomatoes

1 garlic clove, diced (can substitute Garlic Powder to taste)

2 Tbsp onion, diced (can substitute Onion Powder to taste)

1 can El Pato

1 small can diced green chiles, with juice

1 small can diced jalapenos, drained (do not do a full can if you don't want it too spicy)

2 tsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped

salt to taste (1 tsp is a good start)
3 avacados, diced
1 can kernel corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

In a large bowl combine all ingredients except for the last three. When adding seasonings be sure to start small and add as you prefer.

With hand held food processor, blend out most of the chunks. (If you don't have a hand held, just scoop into food processor or blender in intervals.)

When you have reached your desired consistency, add the final three ingredients. Do a final taste test to make sure it is flavored as you would like.

(This is also good with a can of crushed pineapple)

Put into jars and refrigerate.
(I think the flavor is better after it has had some time to chill.)