alright, i realize it's been over a month since i've posted and i could tell you all the things that have happened in that time, but i won't. instead, here are some recipes i just discovered and think you all should try.

pico garlic rub* (great with talipia)(this is for 2 fillets)

3/4 t olive oil
1 T garlic powder
1 T parsley
1/5 T cilantro
1/2 t paprika
1/2 t chili powder

just mix ingredients together. then i coated the fillets in flour (per recipe directions) and fried in a little bit of olive oil, 3 minutes one side, then turned and put rub on the cooked side while the other side fried for 3 minutes. i also took a little bit of the oil and sprikled it on top of the filet (while side two was cooking) so the rub would set in. the recipe suggests squeezing a lime over the top of the fillets. i forgot this step but it's probably pretty good. the fish was fantastic, not fishy at all (it's talipia) and the flavor was delicious.

* "fish with pico garlic rub" with some alterations

spicy rice pilaf*

1/2 cup chopped onion
2 T olive or vegetable oil
2 cups chicken broth
16 oz black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup salsa
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 cup cor (frozen or canned)
1 t chili powder
1 t ground cumin

saute onion in oil, add broth and all other ingredients. bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes (for some reason it took a lot longer than this... maybe my simmer button is broken). make sure the rice is nice and tender.

this is a great side, or like people suggested, add beef or chicken, already cooked of course. i'm quite impressed with this rice recipe. there aren't too many out there. i halfed the recipe for just me and tom. i also omitted and exchanged things. check it out if you want details.

* "spciy rice pilaf"