Taco Mac and a Rotel Giveaway!

**UPDATE**  The lucky winner is comment #109!  Congratulations to Addie!  I hope you enjoy your prize!! I’m doing something very rare … I’m hosting a giveaway! If you have read my blog you know I have an ongoing, and passionate, love affair with Rotel tomatoes.  They are a pantry staple in my kitchen and I use them in all sorts of Tex-mex dishes (See my  Baked Sopes with Skirt Steak and Black Beans and Beef...

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Queso Chicken Pasta

For the last few weeks I have been terribly busy.   When life starts to pile up on me, and lately that happens a lot, I crave easy meals that offer a lot of comfort.  Comfort, for me, comes in the form of cheesy pasta with a Tex-Mex kick.  I know I have mentioned before my love of all things Tex-Mex, and I am sure we have discussed my love of macaroni and cheese.  This takes those two loves, adds some juicy roast chicken, and merges...

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Shredded Garlic Beef Tacos With Pickled Onions

I am developing an obsession with tacos. A few weekends ago my husband and I spent a VERY long afternoon at Mayfest, an art and sports fair, where I was preforming with my belly dance class.  Did I say it was a long day?  By the time I was finished I was hot, dusty, blistered, thirsty, and absolutely starving!  So, my husband and I stopped at a Fort Worth taco shop named Yucatan Taco Stand.  On the menu, which had me tempted to try...

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Reverse Puff Pastry and Party Dips

So, last night we made, or at least began making, reverse puff pastry. Unlike regular puff pastry where butter is enclosed in dough, reverse puff pastry encloses dough in butter.  As the name implies it is reverse of the regular way.  Oddly enough it worked quite well though the first three turns (I have two to complete next Wednesday) despite the very warm room in which I worked. Are you asking yourself how it works?  Well, if so,...

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