What we've been eating

Monday, September 15, 2008

There's been a lot going on around here these days. Most of my usually free time has been occupied with job interviews and bouncing around the city with France's latest transplant, and my now partner in crime, Juliet. What crime, you ask? Well, between massacring the French language and boozing it up on red wine at several outdoor terraces a day, I'm sure we're culpable of a few infractions.

Meanwhile, I've been dishing up a few missed favorites at home while my family and friends back in Texas get hit by hurricane Ike. From what I've heard, even Austinites have been affected by the hurricane. For those of you back home, I hope you're staying dry and safe and I'm keeping y'all in my thoughts!

Taco soup. Usually, I make this with pinto beans, but red beans worked fine. I can never get enough of this soup!

An attempt at mom's Spanish rice.

I finally made cheese enchiladas with my corn tortilla and cheddar cheese finds. They turned out pretty good, but the tortillas were so big! Next time, I'm making beef enchiladas. The rice wasn't nearly as good as mom's is, so I've still got a lot of tweaking to do on that.

I made migas, ranchero sauce and gratin for dinner with my leftover corn tortillas. The ranchero sauce was so simple and seriously delicious. Gui and I finished an entire casserole of potatoes gratin. It was a surprisingly great meal!

I made apple coffee cake again. I tried to get away with using less butter this time, but it turned out less coffee-cakey. It was still pretty good, but next time I'm keeping it buttery.


Chorizo, mushroom, bell-pepper, mozzarella pizza with an over easy egg on top. It was my first time making a marinara sauce, which actually turned out quite good (albeit a little salty), but the pizza was delish! Definitely making it more often.


Evolutionary Revolutionary said...

That pizza looks amazing. Simply MUST steal the recipe. Oh and crime?? I guess stalking H&M is pretty dastardly! :P

Ksam said...

Have you ever tried to replace 1/2 of the butter with applesauce? It works really well with coffee cakes & muffins - sometimes I even put 100% applesauce and no butter if I'm making fat-free bran muffins. It's a really good substitute and keeps the cake really moist!

lulu said...

mmmmm... I always get hungry reading your bloggy. Dude - we didn't hit by sh%*
It was hot and sunny in Austin with no sign of the Hurricane anywhere. However it is quite nice today with the highs in the mid 80's... I hope it is like this during ACL!!!!!

Leah said...

Hi! Just discovering your blog and these recipes...albeit a bit to close to dinner time for my liking! If you could post those recipes-espec the taco soup and span rice, that would be so genial! Miam.

misplaced texan said...

evolutionary - We'll have to have a pizza party!

ksam - Brilliant idea! I've seen that in recipes before, but never tried it. Thanks for the tip!!

lulu - glad y'all are staying dry! Miss you!!

Leah - I still haven't perfected the Spanish rice recipe, but I promise to share it in a post once I do. As for the taco soup - it's very simple;
- Saute a chopped onion in olive oil (about 3 mins).
- Brown 1 pound or about 1/2 kg of ground beef with the onion. Season the meat with a bit of pepper.
- When the meat is browned, add a packet of taco seasonings, a packet of dry ranch mix, an 8-oz can of chopped or crushed tomatoes, a can of corn (drained), a can of pinto or red beans (drained & rinsed) and a can of beef broth or 8 oz of water.
- Bring to a slight boil, then turn the heat down to low and simmer covered for 15-20 minutes.
- We serve it up in bowls with grated cheddar, sliced avocado, and tortilla chips. Miam, indeed!

Leah said...

Awesome-thanks so much!

Gui said...

That was good, I'm telling you!

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