Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Carne Guisada (Rerun for Souper Bowl, Round 2)

This is not the first time this recipe has been posted on here.  I have decided to rerun it for a good cause.  Branny at Branny Boils Over is hosting a charity event at her site to raise money to donate to the ASPCA.  Since Jorge and I are SERIOUSLY goofy about our cats, my conscience won't allow me not to participate.  Unfortunately, I am still away from home and didn't have a chance to develop a new soup recipe for the occasion, so I'm rerunning one of my early posts.  Over my lifetime, I have known more cats than I can count.  There have been inside cats, outside cats, strays who stopped and stayed awhile, barnyard cats, rescue cats, and one very beautiful purebred who was a present from my parents during the worst Christmas season of my life.  He's still with me, by the way, and I seriously don't know what I would have done without him some days.  So, I ask you, I beg you, I implore you, to take part in this fundraiser.  If you're not a cat person, it's okay.  Do it for the dogs, horses, rabbits, or whatever animal you love or have loved in your life.  

Here are her instructions:  (DIRECT QUOTE)

1) You make a bowl of soup, take a picture, and record the recipe.
2) If you have a blog (food related or not), you dedicate an entry to a pet you love(d) (and, yes, it can be the same pet from last year!), including a picture of the soup (and the pet if you’d like) and the recipe.  You let me know you’ve done so by linking to THIS BLOG POST within your own blog post and emailing me at brannyboilsover at
3) If you do not have a blog you simply take a photo of your soup and email it to me along with a recipe and a short blurb about the pet you are dedicating your soup to.
For every entry I receive, I’ll donate $1.00 to the ASPCA.  Last year we reached over 50 dollars.  Let’s beat it this year!  The deadline is January 31st and the final round up will go live on February 5th, 2012, the date of the SuperBowl.  Branny Boils Over


1 1/2 lbs stew meat                         10 olives, chopped
3-5  potatoes                                    2 bay leaves
1 tsp salt                                            1 tsp olive oil
3 Tbsp recaito                                  1 carrot
8-oz tomato sauce                          1 stalk of celery
2 cups beef stock

Place meat and salt in pan with enough water to cover. Cook at medium high heat until boiling, then lower heat and cook 45 minutes.  Remove from heat and drain.  Peel and dice potatoes.  Dice carrot and celery.  Add recaito, tomato sauce, olives, potatoes, carrot, celery, bay leaves, olive oil and beef stock.  Cook at moderate heat until boiling.  Lower to medium heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring once.  Add meat; continue to simmer at medium heat for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Serve with white rice and tostones.
Here are our two current babies.  Koko, the Himalyan, is on the left.  YumYum, the calico, is on the right. She was a rescue kitty and I feel that Koko rescued me.  

This is O.J.  He's been gone a couple of years
now, but I still miss him.  He was one-of-a-
Again, this event is being hosted by Branny Boils Over, so when you participate, let her know about it. 


What other music video could I possibly post today?  LOL

Until next time, Happy Cooking!  :)

"Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain

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branny said...

Love the pictures! My husband and I were gushing over our cat just last night. It is so weird how we love non-humans so much. Cats are so special. Non-cat-people are soo missing out. Thanks for the recipe rerun!


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