If you can’t go to the Caribbean…

you can certainly cook some Caribbean inspired food!

We’re grilling Chorizo and chicken, with sides of black bean and corn salad and some plantain chips!
Our neighbors are awesome, too, and usually run their snow blower over our half of the driveway we share when they do theirs. I happened to peak out a little while ago and noticed the gentleman who lives there was actually shoveling our driveway!
So, I ran into the kitchen and whipped up some pasta with tomato sauce, white beans and peas.
Top that off with the the pumpernickel bread John is baking and the sugar cookies I whipped up earlier this afternoon and the house smells great and is nice and warm!
What a busy day for us!
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Black Bean and Corn Salad:

I make this in the summer time as a meal with rice mixed in, too. We are trying to go easy on the starches, though, so we decided to skip that part tonight.

Rinse one can of black beans

Strain one can of corn kernels (in the summer, I like to scrape the kernels off a fresh cob and give them a roast)

Chop 1/2 a red onion

Dice a tomato

Combine ingredients in a bowl, toss with about 3 tbs of lime juice, 1/4 cup olive oil and a packet of Good Seasons Italian Dressing. I adapted this from another recipe, but I can’t remember what it was or where to find it. Serve chilled.

If you like cilantro, I imagine it would taste good here. I’m not a big fan, so I leave it out.

Sugar Cookies:

12 oz butter, softened

12 oz sugar

1 egg plus 1 yolk

2 tsp vanilla

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 tsp baking powder

1 lb 3 oz flour

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar.

When fluffy, add eggs, vanilla, baking powder and salt.

When combined, add flour.

You can either refrigerate or freeze for later use or begin rolling it out. Roll out to desired thickness – I like it about 1/4 of an inch or a little thicker because the cookies will be chewier. Cut into desired shapes (we used hearts for Valentine’s Day) and baked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown. Leave on the tray for a minute, then remove to a cooling rack.

If you want, you can sprinkle with sugar before you bake them, eat them plain or ice with your favorite frosting.

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