R’s Refried Beans

Over and over, and over and over, things work out, never in the way I imagined. Here’s an example.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I live on about $300 a month, right? For all my bills, my food, my addiction to JF chocolate smoothies, and my taxis. But, of course, sometimes things come up.  And it may be boring to read, but so interesting to see how it all comes out.  Like this:

I saved $25 to give to the computer guy, but then he said my computer was un-fixable, at which time I gave it to Jose to pay my water guy for changing the water to my name. And then I had $6 left, and I wanted to give $5 to Jose for standing out in the street and waiting for the water guy, and hanging around to make sure he did it right. (He always does that.) Well,  Jose hasn’t shown up yet, but Wilson did, to clear my front yard for nothing! Because he wanted to pay back a favor! Whoa. He didn’t have to, and I told him, no, but he showed up anyway. But then he ran out of gasoline and oil for the weed-whacker, and that cost $6. And I’ll bet you that Jose won’t show up until I have the money! It always works out, it always does, for 57 years so far.


Recipe of the Day – Rafa’s Refried Beans


1 lb. soaked red or black beans

1 pot water

1 c. rice (optional)

2 green onions

2 basil leaes

1 Tab. olive oil

3-4 cloves garlic

2-3 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. paprika

3 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cumin


Soak the beans overnight. (The rice, too, if you like – makes it softer.) Pour off the water and pour in fresh. Boil for 2 hours, here, in this altitude, until almost soft. When almost soft, add the cup of rice (making sure there’s enough water to accomodate the swelling of the rice. )  Add more water, if needed. Add the herbs and garlic. Heat up a skillet, then pour in the oil. When hot, saute the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes, then add the beans. You can mash the beans in the pan, if desired. Season to taste.

Word of the Day – frijole – beans


Tip of the Day – If you discard the soak water, then let cook for an hour and discard

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