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Tacos & Taquitos

16 Aug

I learned a couple of things from my dream last night: first, during a zombie apocalypse, people think you have to have guns and chainsaws and baseball bats…not so. Apparently, all that is required is window coverings. Yeah. Blinds, shades…you pick. Just make sure those zombies can’t see into your hugely awesome house at night and you’re good (I always live in the coolest houses in my dreams). Of course, if you have one of those pesky doors with a window taking up half of it, and you only have one of those cheap paper-like shades, don’t let your two-year old sneak into the kitchen in the middle of the night because she’ll tear it down in order to draw a mural and expose you to all kinds of unwanted zombie attention. Second, if your sister happens to have been bitten by said zombies (unfortunately, zombie faces are very hard to distinguish so I’m not really sure which sister it was), don’t feel like you shouldn’t visit her every week, like you would an ailing aunt in a rest home. Just because she’s a zombie doesn’t mean you have to avoid her. You may have to stay a safe distance away – like across the street – and settle for a hearty wave instead of a sisterly-hug but, family is family.

Seriously though, If there ever really were a zombie apocalypse, I would have to be sure to have a stash of corn tortillas. Even when I am bare-bones, Old Mother Hubbard, I can always count on dinner of some sorts if I have corn tortillas – namely tacos and taquitos. Taquitos, I just barely figured out the right technique so that the tortillas don’t split before  you fry them, and I’m very excited about it! If I didn’t just run out of my stash of corn tortillas, we may just be having them for dinner every night this week. Better get to the store, just in case of a zombie apocalypse.

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Tacos:

corn tortillas

1 lb ground beef, cooked and seasoned to taste (I am old school and use salt and pepper) 

toppings of choice – cheese, salsa, sour cream, olives, fresh tomatoes, guacamole…etc

In a small pan, pour in a shallow amount of oil and heat. Place a corn tortilla in the oil and fry until edges are brown. Flip the tortilla and brown other side. Remove from oil, form into a taco shape (quickly, before the shell cools and becomes crisp), and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Repeat with remaining tortillas – refill oil as needed, but be sure to not make it too deep. Fill with ground beef and add toppings.

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Taquitos:

corn tortillas

prepared filling – ground or shredded beef, chicken, pork, etc.: Salsa Crockpot Chicken

Fill a pan with about 1″ oil and heat. Place a corn tortilla in the oil, fry until the tortilla floats to the top of the oil (this happens quickly, so don’t allow it to cook too long or it will be too crisp to roll). Remove tortilla from the oil and place on paper towels. Place filling in the center of the tortilla, then roll using tongs as the tortilla will still be hot to the touch. Again using the tongs, pinch the taquito gently, holding the roll in place, and place into the oil, fold-side down. Fry taquito until crisp, then rotate and repeat on all sides until all of it is crisp. Remove from the oil and place on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Serve hot.

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Biscuit Dough Donuts

16 Jul

My grandparents celebrated their birthday’s this week – my grandma on the 14th and my grandpa today, the 16th. He is turning 95, and she would have been celebrating 93 – she passed away at the end of January this year. I miss her laugh and her voice. My grandpa is cranky and opinionated and is the scariest driver – who gave him a license anyways? 😉 – and I love him to death. I think he has struggled more than he wants to admit from the loss, but I know he has gained a greater appreciation for what they had together since she has been gone. My parents took the opportunity to make the drive to be with him on his birthday and they had dinner the other night with my cousins at the Ranch Enchilada (it was the Whole Enchilada when I was a kid, and I still have a hard time calling it anything else!), and today did breakfast at IHOP. My grandpa made the comment that he doesn’t know how other restaurants stay open when there is an IHOP. 🙂 I wish I could have been there too. One thing about death, as sad as it is, it has a funny way of reminding us how important those still here are. I am so grateful for my family – for my parents and my sisters, and my cousins who we reconnected with over our stay there for the funeral. For my sweet grandpa who gives hugs like he never did before, and has learned to say things like, “Thank you” and “I was wrong” because of the new appreciation he has gained for life and those he loves.

In honor of my grandma, I made her ‘homemade’ donuts. At her funeral, everyone talked about making donuts with Grandma. You could count on two things at her house – grapefruit and  donuts. I’m on the younger side of all the grandkids, and I had never known that she made donuts! We always had deli pastries or store bought donuts (the grapefruit never went anywhere…I’m sure she’s still having one for breakfast every morning!). But in all my years, I don’t think I saw her use the kitchen once, except the little toaster oven to warm the pastries. So, I was excited to get the recipe for these famous donuts and try them out. I laughed out loud when my cousin sent me the recipe. Biscuit dough – so easy, and so Grandma. 🙂 She would punch the hole in the middle with the lid of a salt shaker. I’m going to have to get one, just for tradition’s sake. They really are super yummy! I was expecting them to taste more bicuit-y, but they are light and perfect and literally take 5 minutes to make. Thanks, Grandma! Love you and miss you.

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Ingredients:

Cooking oil

Refrigerated biscuit dough

Icing or sugar to coat

Pour about 2″ of cooking oil into a large pot and preheat to about 350^F – be careful not to overheat. Open cylinder of biscuits, remove and separate into individual biscuits. Poke holes in the middle of each biscuit with finger, knife, or salt shaker lid :). Carefully place biscuits into hot oil and cook until bottom is golden brown, then flip and cook other side. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and allow to drain on paper towels until cool. Top with icing or roll in sugar – granulated or powdered. Repeat for donut holes.

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