I won't be posting until after the holidays. Peace out!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
My friend Laura makes the best tacos, ever and my husband thanks her a zillion times for sharing this recipe with me.
This recipe takes 4.5 hours to make and it is worth it. Can you tell I love these tacos?
OK - here goes
Shredded Beef Tacos
3lb bone in beef chuck roast (or boneless if you can't find bone in)
Boil the roast in a big pot. Use as much water as will fit and leave room for boiling. Cover and let the roast boil for 2.5 to 3 hours. You can flip it over periodically. Don't worry if the water boils down some.
After boiling, let the meat cool and then shred it. It should yield at least 3 cups of shredded beef. In a really big skillet or big pot, brown the shredded beef in 3 T of oil (I used olive oil).
Add the following:
1 medium onion, chopped
3 gloves of garlic, crushed
When the onion is limp, add:
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp salt (to taste)
1 tsp pepper (to taste)
16oz of crushed tomatoes
Cook (uncovered) for 30 minutes or longer over medium to medium low heat. Do not let the meat dry out. Add water from the boiled water or additional tomatoes as needed so the meat doesn't dry out.
For the shells, I used corn tortillas and cooked them for just a few seconds in a little oil in a separate skillet. I added cheese and avocado to mine. The hubs also added lettuce. They were so good.
The hubs gave them two thumbs up and said they were "restaurant quality." How cool is that? It made my 4 hours of cooking worth it!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Here's a pic of me in action - just about to scrape the sides of the bowl. Yes, I know a spatula works better. I didn't use the spoon, it was just nearby when the hubs told me to pose. :) Our kitchen counter was a disaster of spilled flour so I posed in the hall.
PS Isn't my apron the cutest!? It was a wedding shower gift and I love love wearing it.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I've been inspired by some of my cooking blog friends to list my favorite kitchen toys. So, here they are, my top five.
Coming in 5th place on the great five kitchen toys is my electric fondue pot. I know it's a 70's novelty but, I just love it. I've made cheese fondue and I hope to host a fondue party soon. Several friends of ours are newlyweds and have fondue pots now. So, I figure someone will bring the chocolate fondue, someone does the cheese, and someone makes the broth. Viola! Instant fondue party -- just no key bowl, if you know what I mean...
My 4th favorite thing in my kitchen is my rice cooker/steamer. The hubs and I make brown rice at least once a week, sometimes more. I love how the rice turns out perfect every time. Also, I use the cooker to steam veggies and they always turn out perfectly steamed, never mushy. It may be boring, but Mr. Rice Cooker - you're a dream to me!
Well, my number 3 would be number 1 if I were able to use it more. I can't believe how much I adore my cupcake carrier. It's from Crate and Barrel and holds 24 tasty cupcakes. It cradles each one without smooshing or crushing the yummy sweet goodness. I also like how one layer is removable, in case I want to transport 12 tall cupcakes. Versatile and cute! Perfect!
The number 2 item on my list is really a set. It's the amazing set of Henckels knives that Brian and I got for wedding gifts. OMG, I really cannot explain how using a good quality knife can change your entire cooking life. Before the wedding, I'd spend hours chopping up veggies. My bread would be mangled the second I tried to saw it in half. Ug. But, thanks to Mr. Henckels, I'm a mangler no more and I spend mere minutes chopping and dicing. You rock my world, Hencks, baby!
My absolute favoritest, favorite kitchen toy is my beautiful tangerine Kitchen Aid Mixer. Seriously, I have dreams about it sometimes. I love the color, I love the sleek lines, I love the sounds it makes and whips my meringue...
OK, so you can see I love my mixer and that's the top dog in my kitchen. I also love all the attachments available for it. We have put our ice cream maker attachment to use several times.
Thanks for reading my top five kitchen items. I'm curious, what's the one kitchen thing that you just can't live without?
Posted by Rachel at 4:01 PM
I made these tasty treats for my friend Aly's birthday. We work together and I took them to the office and gave them to her in my cupcake carrier. (Love it!) I told her that she could do as she wished with them. Luckily, she shared with me!
This recipe makes 12 tall cupcakes. It is adapted from Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans. I used her recipes for the mousse and frosting but cheated and used a chocolate cake mix for the cupcakes. (Hey! I like to make my life a little easier, now and then.)
Monday, October 1, 2007
Hi All! Thanks for reading my very first food blog entry. I named this little blog after my pride and joy - my Tangerine Kitchen Aid Mixer. It's the Artisan version. I haven't progressed to the Professional, but maybe someday I will.
I've always been a fan of baking. As a little girl, I loved helping my mom or grandma scoop out flour or pour the milk. Cracking eggs was big time! But, the best part of baking up treats was sharing it with my parents or my brother. I always felt so proud when I saw them eating the treats, knowing that I helped.
In Jr. High I would beg my mom to let me stay home from school so I could whip up various concoctions from the cupboard. Sometimes, she'd say yes. I'd take a recipe and switch it all around to see what the result would be. Oftentimes, it was edible. Other times, not so much.
Once I got to College, I realized that I liked cooking meals, too. But, I only liked cooking for others and that is still the case. If I am home alone, I'm happy to eat a grilled cheese sandwich. But, if my hubby is around, I'm sure to create something more elaborate. I'm not saying all my meals are tasty, but thankfully he always eats them up and tells me how much he appreciates my efforts. He's the best!
Anyway, enough with the background - let's get to the good stuff!