Feelin’ hot! hot! hot! : Mexican Casserole

What everyone should know how to make three or four of — casseroles.  They’re good for all occasions from dinners with friends to potlucks and always the sadder thing, funerals.  Let’s face it, when someone dies, what’s the one thing that everyone does?  Cooks tons of food and takes it to the family so that…

All spiky and French: Chicken Friand

Back in May of 2009, before my life went to Hell in a handbasket emotionally, I made a trip to Taylor, Texas, with my sister and now-Ex to see my Aunt Norma Jo’s house and visit with family.  Because we were close, we spent Saturday morning and afternoon with my then-MIL in Round Rock, mostly…

Layer by Layer: Enchilada Casserole (aka the Lazy Enchilada)

This recipe is much like the King Ranch Chicken that I posted a few weeks back but with different sauce and with hamburger instead of chicken.  It is equally as tasty, equally as easy to put together and it makes fantastic leftovers just like any casserole. INGREDIENTS 1-2 lbs ground beef 1-2 packets of McCormick (or…

Easy and fun: Tacos ala the Geek Girl

Everyone loves Mexican food, right?  Well, I know that I do.   I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was fed Taco Bell’s beans and cheese, sans the sauce and onions, before I even had teeth.  So I don’t know what my life would be like if I had to give up Mexican…

X-Tastic Smoothie: The Pixie

Today was a say anything smoothie day.  (Yes, I know that Miss Vita Boheme talks about a say anything ‘hat’ day, but I didn’t want to wear a hat; I wanted to drink a smoothie, so there.)  And today, I felt like making my favorite smoothie combination: strawberry and pineapple. As per the last smoothie,…

Cool blast of summery sweet: The Blink Smoothie

But first, let me advertise a bit.  See, for a long time, I thought a lot of the new-fangled gadgets were a bit silly.  The Keurig/Mr. Coffee single cup coffee makers, small bowls and such for setting aside chopped veggies and spices (doesn’t that just make more dishes to have to wash?), cherry pitters, bagel…

Eatery Review: Kim Phung’s in Austin, Texas

After moving up to the Texas Hill Country, and in truth, after my roommate Kass (the proud owner of The Tyger’s Playground) got her car last September, we’ve made it a point to travel as much as possible around San Marcos as well as many of the outlying towns and cities.  We haven’t made it…

Today’s Wine: Barefoot Moscato

I’ve been slowly becoming more interested in wine over the years.  Before I turned twenty-one, I knew I liked Beringer White Zinfandel because it’s sweet (without being sickeningly so) and not overly dry.  No, it’s not dry at all, which I like.  Over the years, I’ve tried over a dozen wines, some that I adore and some…

Namaste: Chicken Vindaloo

Look!  A post that doesn’t involve cheese.  This will make one of my cheese-intolerant friends very happy indeed. Over the last three days, my friend Jenn came down to visit.  It was awesome, and I got to whip out my mad kitchen superpowers for her again (back when I graduated in 2009 with my BA,…