Let's just say I was a busy girl in the kitchen this weekend. I also got to go shopping at World Market where I got some cool goodies:
|The chocolate dipped ones are great! The ginger ones are kind of hot.|
|Devil's Backbone is a ridge in Texas. Beautiful area. And yummy beer!|
|This is nasty! I had to throw it away and then rinse my mouth. It's hard to throw away chocolate even when it's nasty.|
|Cook's Illustrated recommended this as their top pick. It comes in a tube so you can use what you need and refrigerate the rest.|
|With a name like that I had to get it.|
|The zester is great for zesting (obviously), grating ginger and chocolate. Bed, Bath & Beyond has them for around $14 and they're well worth the money.|
It was time to make some more cookies for the cookie jar. This time: peanut butter cookies and chocolate chip peanut butter cookies from America's Test Kitchen.
|Very moist and yum. I just stirred some semi-sweet chocolate chips in half of the dough for a variation. That seemed to be the favorite in the house.|
Saturday night Chuck and I got in the kitchen. The menu: tacos, tex-mex rice and refried beans. Sounds simple enough but we were making everything from scratch including the taco shells.
I have never had a taco so good in my life. The kids are still talking about how good they were. You would think that a taco is a taco is a taco. Not true. These far exceeded all other tacos. They can also be made low calorie/fat by using extra-lean ground meat. America's Test Kitchen did it again. These are awesome.
|The best I've ever had. Do yourself a favor and make these. You won't be sorry and they are easy.|
|Crunchy and full of flavor.|
Better than any Mexican Rice I've had at a restaurant. This would be wicked good in a burrito.
|You want this.|
It's so easy to open a can of refried beans and heat but the very little effort required to make these is worth it. They are terrific. It starts with 3 cans of beans so it's not like you have to cook beans all day. Thanks America's Test Kitchen! Not high in calories or fat.
Printer-ready recipe for Refried Beans here.
And what's a Tex-Mex dinner without margaritas? Hey, we'd been working hard in the kitchen. We deserved a little treat. This recipe comes to you courtesy of Cook's Illustrated. It uses top shelf tequila, triple sec and fresh lime and lemon juices.
|Well, bonjour, margarita! Welcome to my home.|
Printer-ready recipe for Fresh Margaritas here.
Side note: Saturday morning started bright and early with Chuck and I going to a "qualifier" shooting match. He had to shoot three different test scenarios at the gun range to see what category he would be classified in his IDPA matches (marksman, sharpshooter, expert, master). He did fantastic. This was his first time to qualify and he was ranked as an expert. That's just one step below master. Yes, I'm very proud of my macho gun-carrying man. :)
Sunday we slept in and then started making breakfast. Rachel made some chocolate chip pancakes because she had a craving for some.
I used to make these years ago every week and sell them at the engineering firm where Chuck worked. I got $.75 each for them and they always sold out.
|If an armadillo laid eggs, this is what it would look like.|
|Pickled jalapeno stuffed with cheese wrapped in hot sausage wrapped in biscuit dough. Super yum.|
Last night I made some grilled chicken breasts stuffed with fontina and prosciutto. It was just ok so I didn't post a recipe. Plus I forgot to take a picture. Oops.
Fall is in the air, people. Yesterday we actually had a cool breeze and the evening was so perfect that Chuck and I sat outside sipping on adult beverages while the chicken grilled. There is something very soothing about sitting around a fire and drinking a rita while a cool breeze blows after a hard day's work. A great way to end the weekend.
It's a Monday which means lots of school work, 15 minutes of cleaning house together, washing clothes, and cooking dinner. After dinner we're all going for a nice, long walk in the cool evening. I'm looking forward to it.
Hope your weekend was terrific.