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Cooking up a Storm-Mexican Style

So surely there is someone else like me out there. I get in a week or two of cooking mania, where I think I need to cook every recipe I get my hands on. This is all good and well until I burn out and then refuse to cook for like a month. Currently I’m in a cooking frenzy and really need it to keep going for the sake of my waistline and pocketbook. I also like that its an excuse for people to come over ūüôā Last nights attempt was a recipe for Mexican Lasagna that was adapted from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary¬†.

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef

1 jar of salsa

a 10 oz jar of enchilada sauce

a small onion

packet of taco seasoning

garlic powder (or real garlic)

Burrito soft shells

3 cups cheese

1 can of kidney beans

Now I adapted some from the original recipe which calls for refried and black beans. I hate both of those so I swapped for kidney. I also just forgot to pick up garlic at the store so we used garlic powder instead. Had I remembered, it would’ve been real.

Couldn’t be any easier. Simply chop and cook up the onion in a large skillet until its tender. Then add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Add the garlic and then drain it all. Once that is done you can add the salsa, taco seasoning, beans,¬†and enchilada sauce. You then want to spray a 9 by 13 pan and start a bottom layer of tortillas. I trimmed them to fit better but it took about 1 and a half per layer. Then add a layer of cheese and layer of meat mixture. Repeat twice so meat is at top. I then was generous with the rest of the cheese to cover it! Cover in foil (I¬†sprayed mine so cheese wouldn’t stick)¬†Put it in the oven at 375 for about 20-25 minutes, Remove the foil and cook for about 10 or so more minutes. I think in my oven my total cooking time was right at 30. Let cool for a few minutes and serve! I had my roommate, boyfriend and best friend all come over to eat it and they gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up for taste, ease, and cost. I now also have still half a casserole left after feeding 4 of us ūüôā I also made cinnamon sugar tortilla chips for us to snack on as well.

To make the tortilla chips, take a soft flour tortilla, spray with it butter spray/Pam/brush with butter. (I use nonstick butter cooking spray and works like magic) then sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture over it, cut into triangles and bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees!

Will definitely be making this meal again, and will be happily eating leftovers for lunch today!

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Bored on a Saturday afternoon

So most of my friends are out of town this weekend and I have spent the last 4 days in front of the tv myself. I love a lazy weekend like anyone else, but I was on the verge of crazytown! What do I do when that happens? I take on a project! One of my favorite coworkers gave me a recipe for soft pretzels when I left work for the last time on Friday. She found it at Smitten Kitchen, which happens to be my favorite place to get new recipes!  Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a mad love affair with soft pretzels. It could be even considered an obsession. Cue my PA born and bred roommate loving them too, and it was decided. Saturdays project was soft pretzels.

Now I love to bake, I know my way around an oven, but I have stayed away from breads until now as working with temperamental yeast scares the bejeezus out of me. But brave I was, we bought the ingredients and I began slaving away.  The first thing anyone should know, is these are soooo easy to make. I mean ridiculously easy. They are also extremely cheap. I had to buy some yeast, some course salt, and some more flour because I was running low, but after buying those 3 things, I have enough to make about 4 batches.

While easy and cheap, they were time consuming¬†however. Lots of steps! All in all it took me about 4 hours from start to finish, but I do admit we had some holdups¬†as my roomie¬†and I stopped to cook onion soup hamburgers and corn on the cob for dinner (also yum!) But finally, they were finished! Mmm don’t they look like delicious little nuggets!

My roommate has sufficiently been oohing¬†and ahhing over them. I can’t wait to introduce them to my darling PA born and bred BF today too as I know he’ll love them. I made mini ones this time out of fear of being able to deal with the long pieces of dough for the large ones. Next time I”ll tackle those. There will be a next time!

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