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So you're gonna have to forgive me
this week. I am re-posting a recipe and
dish I shared a few weeks back -
Mexican Taco Pasta.
You see it was a lazy North Carolina Day!
The weather was perfect, and I pretty much
just played hooky from life all day.
So - I hope you don't mind that I am
bringing back an older post.
So what happens when one wants Mexican
and another wants Pasta?
Mexican Taco Pasta....of course!
It's actually one of my favorite, easy-to-fix comfort
foods. I can prepare this dish, make a salad, fix garlic
bread and ring the dinner bell in well under an hour.
It's pretty common sense cooking - but I took
lots of pics...
As with most of my dishes, my first visit is to my
I also start with a generous portion of cilantro, rough
Here are some of the basic ingredients...
...many of them already in your pantry.
How did that get there?
Okay, it's not exactly an "ingredient" needed for the
dish...but as the saying goes...
So...while the veggies are being chopped...
I start my pasta water.
I like to add salt, olive oil and fresh herbs. I threw
in a handful of cilantro.
By the way - this is one of my fave kitchen gadgets.
It's a "burger-chopper-upper" from The Pampered Chef.
It works really well when browning ground beef.
Next, drain burger then add one package taco
seasoning mix - stir well.
Add one large can of tomato sauce, and one small
can of tomato paste.
Add a can of Southwestern- style Corn w/ Black Beans
Mmmm....baby bella's. Pre-sliced...pre-easy! ;-)
Toss 'em in....
Can you smell the scents? Cumin, onions,
cilantro, tomato....oh yea!
Turn the heat to medium, and just let your
Well, this looks awfully plain. Time to dress it up...
Add a layer of shredded cheddar cheese - then
some crushed corn chips.
Add the lettuce around the outer edge of the bowl.
I used my hand-painted Portuguese pottery plates.
I love how the colors of the dish are reflected
in the colors of the plate.
This is a down-home comfort dish with a twist
of worldly flavors....
So the next time your family is indecisive about
what they want for dinner....give them both.
I hope you have enjoyed sharing dinner with us tonight.
There's plenty more - so you are welcomed to seconds. :-)
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I want to update you on my recent Pooter Problems.
My new computer arrived a few days ago.
I was excited because I had ordered a really
nice carry case.
So - I opened up the case and knew
immediately something was very, very wrong!
To make matters worse, the mouse was missing!
I did not think it looked very user-friendly.
But I plugged it in anyway - and it made some
I thought I would give it a chance to warm up...
.. but it just started running slower and slower.
What is wrong with today's electronics?
In the end, I knew this wasn't going to work.
So I called the company, explained the problem and
asked for a new computer.
The company was very apologetic and sent me
a new one right out. Thanks Goodness.
It arrived today!
Oh good grief!
Are they kidding me?
It was a very cute pooter...but this one ran even
slower than the last!
I tried rebooting - but to no avail.
I give up!
I knew I should have been suspicious when the
company motto was...
"Eat...Drink...and Be Hairy!"
May You Have a Comforting Weekend...Barb