Showing posts from May, 2011


I've been craving comfort food all day. You know, one of those days when I wanted mac & cheese for breakfast, mashed potatoes and gravy for lunch and a nap. For tonight's Whatcha Got challenge my eyes went right to the can of black beans in the cupboard and I'm very excited about dinner. MMMM. I rooched around and found the packet of McCormick's Cheesy Taco seasoning mix. I used a teaspoon to flavor a Tex-Mex casserole that I invented a few months ago. I picture the McCormick test kitchen when their spice team came up with this stuff.

Chef: I think we could make our taco seasoning even more naughty
Scientist: Roger that. I've been working on a powder that tastes like Mexican queso on steroids.
Chef: Great. Let's mix it with our taco seasoning and get to work.
Scientist: Go easy with this queso flavoring, it's no joke.
Chef: Nah, I think death by queso and cumin isn't something our corporate lawyers can't handle

And then they lost their minds and went …


Tonight, staring into my cupboard I remembered the day that I walked down the soup aisle at Ralph's and thought: "Hey, soup is a feel-good food and I can add soup to our evening meals. A soup starter would be a really civilized way to begin dinner and we'll feel good!"

So while I attack the What Cha Got challenge like Rambo, I eyed the partially used dry soup packets and made my move.

1/2 package Bear Creek Tortilla soup mix (0g trans fat! someone high five me!)
1/2 package Bear Creek Hot & Sour soup mix (0g trans fats, don't leave me hangin!)
1/2 Mishima Hot & Sour soup mix (no idea where I got this, might have been in a ramen package, but 'all natural' do I get points?)
1 package Manischewitz Matzo Ball Mix
2 eggs
2 Tbsp vegetable oil

Would any self-respecting Jewish person drop matzo balls into a melange of tortilla and hot/sour soup? I can assure you that I wouldn't know, but my Jewish friends are really cool so I'll a…


Nothing could be quite so white trash as Frito pie, but I don't have any Fritos, so I didn't go all the way to the depths that I could have. However, I have 5 boxes of Jiffy corn muffin mix. Here's what I whipped up for dinner last night out of the cupboard:

Tamale Pie
1 can Pinto Beans
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
1 Tbsp barbecue sauce
1/3 cup Parmelat milk (I keep it for guests)
1 Jalepeno (sliced)
1 Thai Bird Chile (minced)
1 egg
4 handfulls of frozen roasted corn
1 handfull sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 Morningstar breakfast veggie sausage patty, chopped

I pre-heated the oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl I mixed the beans, chiles, barbecue sauce, faux sausage patty, and corn, then dumped that into a baking dish. In the same bowl (why make more work for Hudson who does all the dishes) mixed muffin mix, egg, milk. Dumped that over the corn & bean mixture. Whacked the dish into the oven for 20 minutes, tested to see that the corn topping was baked, then sprinkled the cheese on top a…


Last Friday we had the exterminators spray our entire home. I get up very early in the morning for work and napping is one of my greatest pleasures so I pushed past the workers as they left and crawled into bed to sleep for 45 minutes. I woke up and my tongue was numb (it's since revived) and Hudson was staring at me in an accusatory fashion.

"Hey. I need my rest."
"Do you really know what's in our cupboards?"

I was only slightly defensive in my response. "Of course I know. I mean, I bought it didn't I?"
"How many cans of smoked oysters do you need -- cuz you know I'm not going to eat them."
"Depends, if I'm watching a good movie and I have pickled onions, 2 cans easy."

He grimaced and then challenged me. "Ivy, before you buy another canned or boxed grocery, use everything in this cupboard."

I was not the least intimidated and waved him off, "No problem."

So here is the challenge as I understand it: I ge…