A Taste of Catering

Lucy’s diner branched out today! My dream job would be an event planner/ catering. I would love to cook for people on their special events… So I figured why can’t I? I simply reached out to friends and family to do small events to gain experience, and here is my first one!

My mother in law is a real estate agent and was having a luncheon for some clients. I was honored when she asked me! So my Lucy and I were put to the test today! I was up at 5AM worried and making sure everything was set to leave the house by 8. Lucy in tow we headed out to deliver our first event. I managed to forget one thing, but we made it and reports are saying clients are coming back for seconds!

We made:
Carnitas (pulled pork tacos with green chili sauce)
Homemade refried beans
Berry salad with fresh mint
Mini cheese cake
Raspberry iced tea

It sure looked good!!



Homemade refried beans

Beans. Beans. Who doesn’t love beans? We sure do at my house! You can buy a can of refried beans for a little over a $1 an it will get you through a meal and maybe lunch the next day. It is full of preservatives and high in sodium. So.. I made my own! You buy a bag of dried beans for $1.28, an onion and a jalapeño for under $3, and I always have garlic and salt. For less than $4 I made enough beans that would fill six cans! Plus all natural and low in sodium!
Super easy too. I have to credit 100 days of Real Food blog for the idea!

What you need:
I bag of dried pinto beans
I onion (diced)
1-3 diced jalapeño (depending on the level of heat you want)
A few pinches of salt
3 tablespoons minced garlic

What to do:
Rinse the beans
Place beans and other ingredients in crockpot and add water. Fill above the beans, almost to the top of the crock pot (about six cups).
Cool on low 8-10 hours.
Mash with a potato masher