While we were visiting the Diva Grandparents, we decided to cover all the bases with regard to New Year’s meals. The traditional meal in my family for New Year’s Eve is crab legs, and we had a lovely salad and an obscene amount of Alaskan King Crab Legs–delish!
On January 1st, we ate a traditional German/Bohemian New Year meal of Roast Pork and Sauerkraut–yum!
And finally, in celebration of my boys’ Mexican heritage, we had homemade beef tamales on January 2nd! Although neither of the Diva Grandparents have a drop of Hispanic blood in their veins, they both love Mexican food, and requested black beans with queso fresco as a side dish. Easy enough, right?
We purchased a couple of cans of “frijoles negros” from one of my favorite grocery stores, Aldi.
I’ve used these beans before and they’re totally yummy. I’d purchased the queso fresco at a local Mexican grocer and thought I was all set…As you can see, we opened the cans to find either the biggest, whitest black beans ever grown, or papas blancas–the common white potato!
Sweet Son #1 was just as miffed as we were! So much for Frijoles Negros con Queso…we had to go with standard pinto beans! Tasty, but not what we were hoping for.
On the plus side, we got to stun the Aldi District Manager with bean cans full of potatoes! Quite the New Year surprise for her!