Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Copycat: Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls

Do you remember Fiesta Bowls from Taco Bell? I always liked those things. Here is a "shortcut" way to make them at home. It's hardly any real cooking at all. It uses the stove top and the microwave-no reason to heat up the kitchen in the Summer. This is an easy, family favorite at my house.

Copycat: Taco Bell Fiesta Bowls

1-6.8 ounce package Spanish Rice a Roni (made with canned tomatoes)
1-15 ounce can chili with beans
1 jar beef tamales, drained and cut into 1 inch pieces (take off paper first)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Prepare the Spanish rice according to package directions. Put the chili into an 8 inch square baking dish. Top with the prepared Spanish rice. Layer the tamale pieces and top with the cheese. Heat in the microwave at 80% power for 6-7 minutes.

Makes 4 servings

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mexican Microwave Risotto

I just submitted this original recipe to Kraft for their RWoP contest. I've already gotten a great response from their website. It is super-easy! It's not fun to stir "real" risotto constantly for half an hour, so this version eliminates that problem. If you want a complete meal and have some leftover rotisserie chicken, you can stir it in near the end of the cooking process.

Microwave Mexican Risotto

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 37 minutes | Total time: 47 minutes | Servings: 6

  • 1- 10 ounce tub Philadelphia Cooking Creme-Santa Fe Blend
  • 2 tbsp. of butter
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup(s) of rice (standard, not arborio)
  • 3 1/2 cup(s) of chicken stock
  • 1 cup(s) of onion, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced (not a very, spicy pepper)
  • 1 cup(s) of frozen corn kernels, defrosted

  1. In a large, microwave-safe, uncovered dish (ie-a 10x10x2 casserole), cook the butter and oil for 2 minutes on high. (This was cooked in a 700 Watt microwave.)
  2. Add the onion and stir. Cook for 3 minutes on high.
  3. Stir in rice to coat and cook on high for 4 minutes.
  4. Add the broth and the diced poblano pepper to the rice and cook on high for 18 minutes.
  5. Stir the rice, and add the corn and half (5 ounces) of the Santa Fe Blend Cooking Creme. Combine well and cook for 5 minutes on high. Stir the rice mixture (this is the point where you can stir in cooked, leftover meat) and cook for the final 5 minutes on high.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Real Thing: SCONES

I got this recipe years ago from a friend of mine whose parents were from England. This version is "the real thing", and I prefer it to any other scone I've ever eaten. They are not hard to make either.

The Real Thing: SCONES

2 cups self-rising flour
6 tablespoons butter, near room temp
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup milk

Crumble butter and flour in a large bowl. Add sugar. Then add the milk to make a dough. Stir the raisins into the dough.
Place the dough on a floured surface. Knead for about 5 minutes. Roll out or pat the dough into a rectangle. Cut into circles using a standard biscuit cutter.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden.
Makes 16-20 scones.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My WINNING RECIPE: Easy Buffalo Chicken Quiche

I just got back from the Georgia Egg Commission Cook-Off. I took second place-SWEET! I am tickled pink about it too. I'll provide the link to the Egg Commission's web site later. Here is my very affordable, easy-to-prepare quiche recipe for you try.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Quiche

Cooking Spray
2-5 ounce cans chicken breast, drained
1 small onion, diced
1-3 ounce package cream cheese, cubed in small pieces
1 cup sharp, cheddar cheese, shredded
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup baking mix-like Bisquick
1/2 cup hot sauce-like Texas Pete
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a standard pie pan with the cooking spray. Mix the chicken, cubed cream cheese, onion and shredded cheddar in the pie pan. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, baking mix, hot sauce and salt for about one minute with a hand-mixer or until smooth. Pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in the pie pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes until the center is set. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 4-6