Friday, October 10, 2008

The Rest of My Menu

I know I am in danger of making this whole blog all about food, but lately it is all I have done. You know, cook. And sleep. And sit on the couch wishing I could sleep. Oh, and read other blogs. What a dangerous, time consuming occupation that is!

Anyway, all three of the recipes I chose from Pioneer Woman this week turned out great, and I liked the last two even better than the Migas! In addition to the recipes turning out well, thanks to Joanna's tips, I think my pictures of the results turned out better, too!
The Zucchini Farfalle was yummy and easy. It came together quickly. I did buy arrowroot since I had never used it as a thickener before. I liked how it worked. It doesn't take too much to do the job either. I don't think I would change anything about this recipe, and I'll make it again for sure!

On to enchildadas...mmmm...have I mentioned here before just how much I love Mexican food? I think it is in my blood after having lived the majority of my life in Texas. These were really good. Sadly, they were really time consuming as well. Too much so for me. I don't understand why you had to lightly fry the tortillas before then dipping them in the enchilada sauce and rolling them up. I also think that this would be so much easier to do as a casserole. Not as pretty of a presentation, to be sure, but easier. The next time I make it, I will put some sauce on the bottom of the pan, add a layer of tortillas, followed by layers of meat, olives, onions, and cheese before adding more sauce and starting over again. I really think this would be just as satisfying. And I'll get a chance to try it today, because I had SO much meat left over! Corn tortillas are small, and there is just no way to stuff 1 1/2 pounds of meat mixture into 14 tortillas! I had leftover sauce, too. Anyway, I highly recommend that you try this recipe. I doubt you'll be disappointed - even if you decide to do the very time consuming variety.


Lawanda said...

Oh yummmmmmmmm!!! I love her recipes. I have had to stop using them and even looking at them, though. It is obvious she does not have a weight problem! LOL

I cannot eat too much of anything on her site! LOL

Johanna said...

Yeah, she doesn't skimp on the fat and calories! But that is why it is all so yummy! I don't think I could cook from her recipes every single day for that reason either. The pasta dish I made is actually pretty healthy. I mean, the noodles are high point, but it is loaded with veggies. And I didn't use full strength cream like it calls for. Well, now that I type it out, it really isn't so healthy, is it? :)

Joanna said...


Meagan said...

lol... My sister in law does the tortilla by just turning on the burner and throughing it on.... if you have an electric top it makes the coils pattern, but it does crisp it up.... which is probably the reason for frying the tortillas before rolling the stuff up... otherwise I think it would all go very soggy.

Joanna said...

Ha ha! 35 weeks along and 35 days to go. Neat!

Joanna said...

I bet it's hard to have a weight problem with her lifestyle. I bet if she still lived in LA she'd have a weight problem, like the rest of us poor city dwellers.

Lawanda said...


I live in the country and have a weight problem!