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 a


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. HEY I'M LUTHERAN SOUP 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 Mi x 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


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 c


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 underst