Saturday, March 13, 2010

north carolina sweet potato quesadillas

hey peeps! you gotta try my latest recipe: sweet potato quesadillas.

they were so delicious! hearty, fast, filling and easy! for best results, you have to use north carolina sweet potatoes...

2 medium north carolina sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
4 medium whole wheat tortillas
2 cup canned black beans
1 and 1/2 tsp turmeric
1 and 1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 ounces of jalapeno monterey jack cheese, sliced
2 green onions, chopped on a bias
non-stick cooking spray

boil water. add cubed sweet potatoes and cook until tender (for about 10 minutes, depending on how small the cubes are). drain sweet potatoes and then mash coarsely. mix in turmeric, cumin, chili powder, and salt. heat black beans for about 1 and 1/2 min in microwave. layer sweet potato mash, beans, green onion, and cheese over half of each tortilla. fold tortillas over into half moons.

heat a nonstick pan or griddle over medium heat. once hot, spray with non-stick cooking spray. grill quesadillas, turning once, so that each side is golden brown. slice each in half on a cutting board.

yield: 4 main courses or 8 appetizers

serving suggestions: goes great with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, or simply on its own

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Horrendous Situation

Every year, the Academy Awards honor the members of the filmmaking community that passed away over the course of the year. This year's memoriam reminded viewers of some of the most prominent deaths over the year including Patrick Swayze, David Carradine and Michael Jackson -- but there were more than a few curious absences as well.

We've remembered five of the motion picture professionals that died in 2009 but were absent from the Oscar's memoriam segment.

Bea Arthur: Best known as Dorothy Zbornak on "Golden Girls" and Maude Findlay on "All in the Family" and "Maude," Bea Arthur passed away in 2009 at the age of 86. She was two weeks away from her 87th birthday. Arthur's body of film work includes "Mame," "Lovers and Other Strangers" and a bit role in "History of the World, Part I."

For shame...