Taco Soup

Warm and filling with a bit of spice, taco soup will take you to your happy place.

Taco Soup

When faced with the unending question of “What am I going to make for dinner?”, tried and true family-style recipes win out nearly every time. At least they do at my house.

How often do you ask yourself, “What am I going to make for dinner?” and the answer is, “Oh, I know! I’ll make something complicated with ingredients that I’m pretty sure I don’t have on hand and that I would likely only eat in a restaurant.”

Practically never, right?

For me, whenever the dinner question needs an immediate answer, my favorite go-to recipes Continue Reading

Smothered Burritos

Smothered Burritos | that's some good cookin'--burrito filled with seasoned ground beef, beans and rice, then topped with spicy sauce and lots of cheese

This is my third attempt at writing this post. Seriously.

In the first attempt I started out relating an interaction that I heard between a father and his four children in Costco recently. The father had the maturity of a 12 year old boy at scout camp. I scrapped that one after the third paragraph.

The second attempt involved a dove which crashed into my dining room window and went home to Jesus. I also included about how my grandsons Continue Reading

Easy Red Enchilada Sauce

Red Enchilada Sauce

Despite the fact that I have a recipe for crazy good slow cooker Shredded Beef Enchiladas with Red Enchilada Sauce, I wanted to develop an Easy Red Enchilada Sauce that I could throw together fast. I love myself when I plan ahead and am able to do the slow cooker thing, but I will  make a truthful confession that most of the timeContinue Reading

Restaurant-style Salsa

Restaurant-style Homemade Salsa

Nope, you’re not crazy and neither am I and neither is the internet…this time. You have already seen this post, sort of. This is the same salsa that appears in Savory Baked Salsa Cheesecake. It needed it’s own page, so I built one for it here. I’m a builder. I married Bob. Bob the Builder.

Not really. I married John. He’s a computer guy. He’s smart. He can code all sorts of wondrous things, but not blogs. 🙁 That’s okay because he can do many, many other things. He thinks I’m funny and laughs at my jokes. It takes a good man to be married to me and still be able to laugh at my jokes. A good, good man.

So, that’s why this salsa gets its own page–because I’m a builder and John laughs at my jokes. Continue Reading

Savory Baked Salsa Cheesecake

Savory Baked Salsa Cheesecake

Cream cheese and sour cream are wonderfully versatile. Used in desserts or dips, they carry the day.

When I first thought of salsa in a cheesecake, my brain did a twisty thing trying to comprehend something that I only think of as sweet (cheesecake) with something that I only thing of as spicy (salsa). Then I figured it out — Oh. It’s like a spicy baked dip with salsa except that it’s made in a cheesecake pan. Cool.

Savory Baked Salsa Cheesecake

The really  cool thing is how great it looks when it is taken out of the cheesecake pan. It is perfectly formed, can be topped with salsa and sour cream and can be cut into wedges. I love that it can be made a day ahead and I love even more that in a world of a million dips, it is out of the ordinary.Continue Reading