Taco Salad

Recipe

2 ripe tomatoes (Those look ripe to me)
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diced

1/2 pound sharp Cheddar, diced (I used grated/shredded cheese)
1 large onion, diced
1 head iceberg lettuce, washed, drained and shredded
1 pound lean ground beef, browned, crumbled and drained
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1 cup salad dressing (recommended: Catalina)
1 (7-ounce) bag taco flavored chips, crushed
1 cup salsa
Tortilla chips, to serve
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Combine the tomatoes, cheese, onion, lettuce, and ground beef in a large bowl.
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Add the salad dressing and mix well.
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Just before serving, add the taco chips, tossing to combine with other ingredients. Top each serving with salsa. Serve with tortilla chips.

I added all my salad ingredients to a bowl, a tortilla bowl, did that instead of corn chips…

Ode to Bacon…

I LOVE BACON!

LOVE IT!

Love!

I haven’t had it for a few weeks as it is bad for you and well you shouldn’t really eat it.  So I am trying to be good! BUT It is SO Hard! It makes EVERYTHING better! So since I am going through Bacon withdrawals, I thought I would do a BACON POST!

This sandwich looks good!

Amen to that!

 

How could you not like Bacon!?

Now lets check out some of the foods I have made with BACON!

 

How about some Muffin Melts

How about some Restaurant style smashed potatoes

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or how about a BLT Pasta Salad

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How about some corn with bacon and mushrooms – Sounds like a good combo to me!

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potatoes with BACON onion bell pepper topped with eggs cheese and green onion 

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You can’t go wrong with these Twice Baked Potatoes 

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The best dish I ever made has bacon in it – Boeuf Bourguignon

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Bacon Egg and Toast

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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

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A Salad isn’t a salad UNTIL, you add BACON!
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You can NEVER have tooo much BACON on your potatoes!

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Beef Wrapped in Bacon

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Bacon Ranch Potato Salad 

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Bacon, Egg and Toast Cups
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Corn and zucchini melody

and don’t forget the BACON

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Jalapeno Poppers
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The BEST meatloaf you will ever have – Why? Well because the loaf is wrapped in BACON!

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The BEST sandwich EVER invented: BLT

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Bacon wrapped Smokies = LOVE!
Smokies wrapped in bacon, baked in Butter and Brown Sugar – VERY healthy for you! LOL

Bacon wrapped Smokies with Brown Sugar, and Butter

Now just a few more pictures of bacon that I took, for you to drool over
BACON

BACON!

Bacon Wrapped Scallops
Bacon Wrapped Scallops

jalapeno poppers wrapped in bacon

Bacon

Bacon

Bacon

Baked Potato

Perfect Homemade Italian Dressing

Recipe

1 cup of the vinegar (any type is fine, wine vinegar, rice vinegar, etc…)
(I used red wine)
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1 1/3 cup of olive oil or other oil (I usually do half olive oil, half cheaper oil)
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2 tablespoons of water
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1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
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1/2 tablespoon onion powder
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1/2 tablespoon honey, white sugar
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1 tablespoons dried oregano
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1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoons salt
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Pour ingredients into a glass jar or bottle with a cover.
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You may need to use a funnel, in which case pour the dry things in first before the liquids.Cover and shake well. Use, or refrigerate for up to 90 days.

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PW’s The Awesome-est Blueberry Muffins

recipe

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1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
Heavy pinch of salt
Dash of Nutmeg
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 generous cup plain, unflavored yogurt (throw in extra if you want)
2 cups fresh blueberries
Vanilla Extract
Softened Butter, for muffin tins
Turbinado sugar (optional)
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Preheat oven to 385 degrees.

In a large bowl sift flour,
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baking soda,
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nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In another large bowl whisk together sugar,
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oil,
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cap-ful of vanilla,
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egg,
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and yogurt.
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Add the dry ingredients
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and stir to a count of 10.
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Add blueberries,
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reserving 1/2 cup,
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to mixture and stir 3 times.
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Add mixture to well-buttered muffin pans. Sprinkle remaining berries on top and press down lightly. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over top. (Brown sugar can be used instead.)
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Bake 20 to 25 minutes and allow to cool completely.
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Farmer’s Casserole

What I made one year ago on this day: Asian lettuce wraps

Steak with Burgundy mushroom sauce

Got this recipe from my mother in law and have made it many times. It’s a crowd pleaser! Made it for Mother’s Day this past Sunday and every bite of it was eaten. I recommend making it the night before and baking it in the morning before eating it…you can double it up as well if it’s a big crowd you are feeding…

Recipe

3 cups frozen hash brown potatoes
3/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1 cup cooked ham, diced
1/4 cup chopped green onions
4 eggs, beaten
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 2 quart baking dish.

Arrange hash brown potatoes evenly in the bottom of the prepared dish.
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Sprinkle with pepper jack cheese,
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ham,
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and green onions.
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In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, evaporated milk, pepper, and salt. Pour the egg mixture over the potato mixture in the dish.
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The dish may be covered and refrigerated at this point for several hours or overnight.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes (or 55 to 60 minutes if made ahead and chilled) in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
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Just for fun…

Thought I would do a different kind of post…Just a few things that make me smile…Maybe they will make you smile too…

I LOVE Bacon!

AMEN!

Amen to that!

Happiness IS Homemade, cause its made with LOVE!

This makes me smile, makes my heart and soul happy…

Yes, they are calling me and I want to go hiking!!!

I need this in my kitchen!

Cracks me up EVERY TIME!

Since tomorrow is Friday!

Love this song!

Another Marinara Sauce Recipe

I have the MOST marinara sauce recipes on my blog! What can I say, I LOVE Marinara and you can make it a million different ways!

so here’s another one to add to the list!

recipe

2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup white wine
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In a food processor place Italian tomatoes,
(I used San Marzano Tomatoes because I LOVE THEM and I doubled the recipe as well)
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tomato paste, chopped parsley, minced garlic,
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oregano, salt, and pepper.
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Blend until smooth.
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In a large skillet over medium heat saute the finely chopped onion in olive oil for 2 minutes.
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Add the blended tomato sauce and white wine.
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Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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Normy is really excited to eat!
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