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52 New Recipes | Pasta, tortillas, and tacos

This week I tried three new things (which makes up nicely for the several weeks this year when I didn’t try a new recipe!)

On Monday, Sonia and Zoe and their friend helped me make a pasta dish from Budget Bytes.

It was a perfect recipe for newish kid cooks to make, and the girls all liked it.

The only thing they’d change is to chop the spinach up a bit before adding it in because it tended to clump together and then you’d get a very spinach-heavy bite, with other bites having no spinach at all.

Ok! Then yesterday I tried making corn tortillas.   I’d say they were better than what you can buy at the store (much less cardboard-y), but a little dense.

The recipe said they should bubble a bit, but mine didn’t really bubble. Which makes me think perhaps my dough was too stiff?

I’ll probably give them another go.

And my third new recipe was a chicken taco filling from a library Cook’s Illustrated magazine.   This was fine, but I think I like my go-to chicken taco recipe a little better.

It’s just a little more interestingly flavored, in my opinion.

What new recipe did you try?

I’d love to hear.

And if you have corn tortilla-making tips for me, I’m all ears.

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Sunday 13th of August 2017

A+ corn pun at the end, well done.


Sunday 13th of August 2017

Hahaha, I didn't even notice I did that. I must be a natural. ;)

Bree Tee

Friday 14th of July 2017

I have had a few disasters with tortillas, but once you get them right they are oh so good! I have found the secret is a good ratio of lard to flour- I use butter. Makes them really soft and tasty, while still holding together well.

I finally made a good foccacia last night, it is Budget Bytes recipes and is no-knead. I have had the most success with no-knead recipes, including yours, which is depressing when I consider all that time and effort I have spent kneading bread. So thank you for getting me on the path of no-knead :-)

kristin @ going country

Thursday 13th of July 2017

Despite the fact that I make almost everything from scratch, I have never wanted to try making tortillas. Because every time I've made something that's been purchased previously, I can't go back to the store version, and tortillas are one of my few remaining convenience foods.

As for new stuff . . . I made the yellow cake recipe (I think it's actually called "Best Birthday Cake") from Smitten Kitchen today for my son's 5th birthday. Well, half the recipe, anyway, which is all I needed for three small people and me. I never make anything but chocolate cake, but he wanted vanilla cake (with vanilla frosting, whipped cream, strawberries, AND vanilla ice cream right on top of the cake--at least he's specific) and that was a good recipe. It reminded me of pound cake, which is never a bad thing. Plus, it was easy enough that I could make it with all three of my small sons "helping." Winner. If you're going to bother with non-chocolate cake, that is. :-)


Thursday 13th of July 2017

I tried Moroccan chicken with apricots in the crockpot from ATK family cookbook and it was amazzzzing!!! Made it with couscous and kids all gobbled it up. Will def make it again!


Thursday 13th of July 2017

I actually made 4 this week: vegan zucchini bread, double chocolate zucchini bread (see a theme?), quinoa black bean/corn bowls and Asian Mahi Mahi. I've been trying to make one new one a week too, but have often missed, so this week makes up for it :)

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