Today was an exciting day here in the Sierra Foothills. Nevada City celebrated the visit of the 2010 Amgen Tour of California for the very first time. This is the largest cycling event in America. The 2010 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race, presented by AEG, that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 16-23. (Feel free to watch the start of this amazing event on my Noel’s Family Meals channel on YouTube by clicking the link below.
Amgen Tour of California May 16, 2010
We of course are voting for Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer, two of the most amazing cyclists for Team Radio Shack.
After a morning of celebrating such an exciting event, meeting some of the cyclists and getting autographs, (below is Mark Batty from Team Spider Tech signing autographs for us.)
I wanted to be able to have a simple dinner. This morning I took out the slow cooker because there is nothing easier than slow cooker cooking. No standing over the stove. I just spent a few minutes cutting up a few ingredients like some leftover ham from last night’s dinner, tossed in a few cans of black beans and tomatoes with chilies and spices, put the lid on and walked away. About six hours later, dinner will be ready.
Slow Cooker Black Beans and Ham
- 3 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles and spices
- 2 cups cooked ham, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon Southwestern Seasoning
- 2 cups water
Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Stir well. Place lid on and turn slow cooker to low setting. Cook 4-6 hours. Serve with tortillas and sour cream. *Recipe Note: I added some juice of a fresh lime and some raspberry habanero sauce as a topping.
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