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Homemade Taco Seasoning and Turkey Tacos

Filed under Home Cooking + Recipes

I’m finally coming out of my sinus sickness from hell.

This means I can taste and enjoy food again. I mean, not that my waistline probably didn’t mind a little fasting from that whole not being hungry while sick thing, but I know I’m ready to be done with it.

Now that I’m back to my craving my favorite foods, it’s time to share with the world one of the most craveable foods I can think of:  tacos.

Making your own homemade taco seasoning is easy. It’s just a matter of measuring out a few spices and throwing them together.

Want less salt? Add less. Like it spicier? Add more cayenne, and so on.

Those seasoning packets you can buy at the store are garbage. Total, complete, salty, preservative-ridden garbage.

Not that I have strong opinions about this or anything… Read More »

Scalloped Potato and Parsnip Au Gratin

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Sharp tools can be fun.

Take, for instance, this fine heavy duty professional mandoline that my aunt got us for a wedding present.

That’s the kind of wedding present I can get into.

No, it is not a medieval torture device, but a lean, mean potato slicing machine. It even comes in a super sinister looking hard black travel case.

Oooh.  Ahhh. Read More »

Easy Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice

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It’s been a long week. You know, one of those weeks with busy work schedules mixed with car problems and all kinds of other fun surprises.

The silver lining to this cloud of a week is that it’s Friday. No better time for your own personal fiesta…or siesta. Or, who am I kidding, just a giant margarita the size of your head. Yes, I could go for one of those right now. Or two.

For me, Mexican food is one of the simple pleasures of life. It’s a comfort food of sorts, and never fails to disappoint. The spicy, fresh salsas (oh, and that margarita) are all I need to perk up my lagging brain.

Going out for Mexican is great and all, but it’s just as easy and way more cost-effective to make it at home. The ever-present rice that accompanies your favorite dish need not be a culinary mystery for your home cooking. Read More »