Salsa Picante


2 chili Serrano’s diced

½ cup cilantro

½ cup onion diced

3 whole garlic cloves diced

¼ cup oil

2 whole tomatoes diced

½ teaspoon granulated garlic

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 can of tomato sauce


In 4 quart pan on medium heat add oil, garlic, onion, Serrano, and 2 diced
tomatoes. Stir together then add granulated garlic, cumin, black pepper,
cayenne pepper, salt and mix.

Heat for 1minute while stirring then add tomato sauce and cilantro. Cook on medium high
for 7 minutes then simmer for 1 minute. Set aside.


This is a mild salsa for medium use ½ teaspoon cayenne and 3 chili Serrano’s. For hot salsa use 1 teaspoon black pepper and 1 teaspoon cayenne and jalapenos instead of Serrano’s.



Huevos Rancheros and Salsa


1 egg

1 corn tortilla

1/3 cup salsa picante

1 tablespoon oil


Heat up the salsa picante (refer to Salsa Picante Recipe) In a six inch skillet add 1
tablespoon oil on medium heat. Wait a few minutes for oil to get warm then
gently add 1 egg. Let one side of the egg cook as the white part of the egg
cooks gently flip over the egg, cook for a few minutes then gently flip over
again. Then turn off burner. On grill warm one corn tortilla, until soft and
warm. Place tortilla on plate add egg and salsa to cover.




Discovering my home-

I’ve lived in Las Vegas consistently for 14 years now and back and forth before then. In my twenties I was constantly out, driving, taking my girls to the park, discovering different malls, driving everywhere. Now, well I hate to admit it, but I’m a home-body. I write a lot and I’m cooped up in my office for most of the day. So I’ve decided to take out my eight year old more often. We’ve begun to go out and watch the free movies at Town Square and The District. Every thursday at Town Square they show free kids movies out on the lawn. We got there around 7:00pm and most of the lawn was taken, so if you’re planning on going go earlier than 7:00pm. The movie begins at dusk, so around 7:30pm ish’ if you’d like your children to partake in the play ground, bring good shoes, and maybe even a swim suit for them and towels. They have a wet area and a tree house and more. The grass is fake and it’s hard, so bring a thick blanket. All in all it was fun, it was our first time and now we know, get their early, bring a thick blanket and pillows, towels, swimsuit if it’s hot enough and pack a small cooler with drinks and snacks. The movie ended around 10:00pm.

Yesterday, we went to The District for the free movie show. Now, for me that was much more enjoyable. It was smaller, not so crowded and the grass is real. There are free Carousel rides and free popcorn until 8:30pm Whole Foods is next door so we just went there and got some snacks and brought our bag from Whole Foods, our blankets and water it was very relaxing and pleasant. We got there a little after 6:00pm and we had a great spot, time to ride the carousel and time to get some snacks at Whole Foods. The District free movie shows are every Friday and sometimes on Saturdays.

Last week, we went to Bonnie Springs. It was $5.00 per person to get into the petting zoo. They had donkey’s, goats, sheep, pigs, roosters, and deer roaming the zoo. Bring plenty of quarters with you if you want to feed the animals, they have stands with food and you can put in a quarter and get some food. The animals, freely come to you and take the food from your hand. The deer kept trying to eat my husbands’ shirt, so that was funny. We also met, what we think is Bonnie. She was an elderly woman with bags of food for the animals. They all crowded around her as soon as she entered. They also have lamas, rams, lynx cats, wolves, a bull long horn, peacocks, ravens and more that are in fences. The old town part was in construction. We didn’t eat at the restaurant so I’m not sure how that is. I”m hoping to take the girls to Siegfried and Roy’s animal habitat next week, Fremont street experience and the Tournament of kings show. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

I’ll post more recipe’s soon.


Live, Love, Laugh, Create, Make a change and a difference

Spicy Homemade Marinara Sauce

Spicy Homemade Marinara

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup cilantro

3 garlic cloves pressed, peeled and diced

2 whole tomatoes diced

1/3 cup diced onion

1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon parsley

1 1/2 teaspoon basil

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 teaspoon cumin

1   28 oz can of Muir Glen Organic tomatoes in Basil


Add olive oil to 3 quart stock pot on medium heat add fresh onion and garlic.

Stir occasionally, let the onion slightly brown then add cilantro, diced tomato and stir. (2 to 3 minutes)

Let the tomato soften and stir all ingredients together. (Around 3 to 4 minutes)

Add salt, basil, parsley, granulated garlic, cumin, black pepper, cayenne pepper and stir.

Simmer for a few minutes, letting all the spices mix with the fresh ingredients. (1 to 2 minutes)

Then stir in 1 28oz can of Muir Glen organic tomatoes with basil.

Mix all ingredients well with the can of tomatoes.

Simmer for 5 minutes.

Serve over pasta. It’s spicy!

I’m sorry there is no picture. I have one on my phone and it won’t upload. 😦

Janie’s Stir Fry Recipe

2 pounds sirloin or london broil cut into strips

3 fresh Garlic cloves pressed and diced

3 Tablespoons Onion diced

2 Tablespoons Green onion

1/3 cup Cilantro

Sprinkle of Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)

1/2 Teaspoon Granulated Garlic

1/4 Teaspoon Granulated Ginger

1/4 cup Rice Vinegar

1/3 cup Oyster Sauce

1/3 cup Cooking Sherry

1/2 cup Soy Sauce (I use the Less Sodium one)

1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

1/4 cup Orange Juice

1/3 cup Water

1 Teaspoon Cornstarch mixed with water

1 package frozen Stir Fry Vegetables

Or Fresh Vegetables

In a 12 inch skillet on medium heat add 1/3 cup water and 2 pounds of meat strips. Liberally sprinkle salt over meat, then add black pepper, granulated garlic, granulated ginger, cayenne pepper, (optional) and mix. Cover and let cook for aruond 5 minutes. Meat will be rare at this point.  Stir and then add fresh ingredients, cilantro, garlic, green onion, yellow onion,  and mix. Then add your sauces, vinegar, cooking sherry, oyster sauce, soy sauce and mix. Last add orange juice and brown sugar. Mix well and then cover on meadium  high heat for another 5 minutes then slowly add cornstarch mix while stirring. Cover for another couple of minutes. Sauce will thicken and meat will be brown. Then add frozen vegetables and mix well. Cover for 3 to five minutes. Vegetables will soften and meat sauce will be thickened. Serve with white rice.

If you want to use fresh vegetables then you have to add then right after  you add the cilantro and green onion, then add your sauces. Fresh vegetables take longer to soften.

My family loves this recipe. I made it at least  once a week.


Hello world!


I’ve been wanting to do a Las Vegas based blog. I have many blogs mostly about poetry and writing. It’s unique living here, to say the least. We actually live in Henderson, I grew up mostly in Las Vegas and I remember a time with Henderson was just a small town and not the suburban O.C. that it is today.

I’ve named this blog Mama-Gordita because that is what my daughter affectionately calls me, sometimes! I will blog about Las Vegas, its lights, talent, places to go to, school system, raising kids, cooking, sharing my recipe’s and if you want some poetry visit InkbloodPoetry.wordpress that is another blog I own.

Thanks for reading