Saturday, January 31, 2015
FOOD FAILURES AND SUCCESSES...
I take my job as Homemaker seriously and like being in the kitchen! So when I fail or get a negative comment from the Hubs it's hard to blow it off. But I had one failure turned into a success this week AND an impromptu dinner menu that turned out great! Exciting!
I tried making Brownie Brittle from a pinterest recipe that used a brownie mix...and it was a fail. I think I didn't spread the batter thin enough. It tasted good, but you could've broken a tooth on that stuff! The second day I decided I was going to throw it in the garbage, then I had a bright idea - if banana pudding can make vanilla wafers soft, then maybe the same thing would work with a chocolate trifle! We had college kids over Tuesday, and I usually make two desserts, so for one I made a chocolate trifle layered with chocolate pudding, brownie brittle, and Cool Whip. I refrigerated it for about 6 hours and it was great! The brownie brittle softened up and was a hit!
I didn't plan very well this week and just bought food for the college kid dinner when I went to the store earlier this week, so come Thursday I didn't have anything really in mind for dinner. I know some of you will cringe at this, but I looked in the freezer and saw that my son had bought a box of Delimex chicken taquitos. I used to serve taquitos pretty regularly, but haven't in the past couple of years. I would line them in a 13 x 9 pan, cover them with cream of chicken soup and cheese. The kids loved them! Nowadays I rarely use cream of anything in casseroles. I rarely make casseroles, actually! Which I guess is better for us health-wise.
Anyway, I didn't have the soup, so I got out my recipe for Spanish rice which is really delicious with sautéed bell pepper and onion. After simmering that, I put it in a square pan and nestled the frozen taquitos in the rice, topped it with cheese, and baked it. Another success! Add to it the avocados I had bought and we had some homemade guacamole with it. The family was happy and I was pretty excited that I have found a yummier and slightly healthier way to serve taquitos!