Friday, September 2, 2011

Taco Bake Thingy. . . . .Thinking of naming is "Tacos Again?"

I had heard about this website called Pinterest.  I looked it up and started playing with it; I was hooked!  It's like a giant bulletin board for all your great ideas!  I saw on my friend Ashley's board, a picture of a taco bake, but there was no recipe.  I thought, pft. . . .I can make that!

However, the night didn't start out as I planned. . . . .

I got home from work and did the chillaxin thing for a bit and pondered the taco bake.  After a well thought out plan in my head, I was off to the kitchen to conquer the taco bake! (recipe will follow)  I had discovered earlier in the day that I had pink eye (later found out that you get it from your pillow. . . .yuck!. . . Washed Pillow!) so I wasn't feeling like a million $$.  I started the homemade cornbread and thought that jalapenos and onions would be a nice touch, so I chopped them up and added them to the cornbread.  I am a Southern girl, so we pre-heat the oven with our pan inside with Crisco to melt and heat so that the cornbread gets a wonderful crust by pouring the batter into HOT grease.  I delegated this job to my 9x13 Pyrex dish.  When the oven was preheated, I pulled out the pan and placed in on the stove.  WHAM. .  . .EXPLOSION!!!  My Pyrex dish burst into a zillion pieces, hot grease splattered all over the place, including on me (I'm fine, no damage done!).  We clean up the mess and move on.  Shortly after, when the SECOND dish is preheated, I pour the batter into the pan and cook cornbread! 

I then start my taco meat, deciding that jalapenos would be a nice touch again, add some garlic and onions and Cayenne pepper and taco seasoning; Dang this is gonna be good!  DING!  Cornbread is 3/4 of the way done, I pull it out of the oven and I am hit with steam in the eyes!  OUCH!  That hurt!  I put down the cornbread, step away from the oven and rub my eyes!  STUPID DOESN'T DESCRIBE HOW I FEEL!  Remember those jalapenos that would be a nice touch, so do I!  My eyes are on FIRE!! 

Rest of the dinner preparation goes on without a hitch!  We eat and Oh My GOODNESS!  It was delicious!  I'm getting hungry as I write this!!  Everyone LOVES it!  As a matter of fact, it made John's 'you can cook this again' list!!

As we sit and digest, John decides brownies would be a good finish for the evening.  I take charge of the task, realizing I don't have any brownie mix, I google it!  Found it!  Seems like a reasonable recipe.  A little flour, butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla flavoring, baking powder and salt.  How hard can that be?  I follow the recipe with precision because I have NEVER in all my years cooking, made brownies from scratch!  As they cook, they smell delicious!  DING! Brownies done!  I pull them out of the oven and they are swimming!  HUH?  How'd that happen?  I sit and ponder with a sagging feeling of DEFEAT!  This does not happen often, I am a master in the kitchen. . . I can cook anything. . . .except scratch brownies!!  I POUR them into the garbage disposal. . . .flip the switch. . .NOTHING!  MY GARBAGE DISPOSAL QUIT WORKING!!!  Oh My Goodness, what am I going to do??  This is TRAGIC!!!  (Find out there is a button on the bottom that has to be flipped occasionally, sticking energy efficient stuff!)

So since, the Taco Bake Thingy was the only successful part of my night, I shall share it!

Place 2 tbsp oil in a 9x13 baking dish and place in oven at 425 degrees to preheat.

While preheating dice 1 medium onion, and jarred jalapenos to taste. make corn bread according to directions and add 1/2 the onions and jalapenos. Mix well and when oven is preheated, pour batter into pan and bake for 15 minutes.

You will need:
2 lbs hamburger meat
Other 1/2 onion
Diced jarred jalapenos to taste
2 cloves garlic sliced.
Cayenne pepper to taste
Taco seasoning pack
1/2 cup water
1 small can whole corn kernels, drained
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 1/2 cup shredded cheese
Sour cream

Cook hamburger meat, onions, garlic, salt, cayenne and jalapenos until done, drain and add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water. Simmer 5-10 minutes. Make sure meat mixture is juicy. May need more water.

Spread meat mixture over cornbread. Then corn, then cilantro, then cheese. Bake in oven for 10 minutes.

Serve with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream!!

This feeds 4-6 people depending how hungry. 

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