Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Some Dinners

So yes, I know, Craft Weekend. You want the scoop.
Well, I want to share the scoop.

The only problem is, I'm still too busy equalizing my circadian rhythms and couchin' it with the hot guy in the glasses.

Also, I need Meg to post first, so I can "borrow" a few of her photos since I only took, like, eleven.

Speaking of TV, we finally watched the Golden Globe episode of Downton last night. Who knew Carson had such a big fat problem with "working" women? He and Mrs. Hughes were discussing whether or not Jesus actually ate with Mary Magdalene and I thought, here we are, still doing the same dang thing. We'd all like an out, right? Life would be so much simpler if Jesus had kept to himself and only partied with the guys from the club.

All I know is: taco soup.
That really is all I know some days.

I know I made a giant pot of this on a Saturday and finished it the following Thursday. I know I ate the entire pot. By myself. Because I'm surrounded by weirdos.

I know sour cream and all the white cheeses are impossible to photograph.

Just trust me on the taco soup. Make a pot and try not to fall in love.

Taco Soup
1 can chili beans in sauce
1 can pinto beans (rinsed)
1 lb ground beef cooked with chopped onion and drained
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies (I use mild) (do not drain)
1 can regular diced tomatoes (do not drain)
1 can corn (do not drain)
1 packet taco seasoning
1 packet dry ranch dressing
Bring to a boil, then simmer.
I added some tomato juice and a little water to thin it out a bit.
Top with sour cream and tortilla chips

Then, try this.

It's a bit more of a wild card, yes. But I hoovered this business straight up.

Shannan's Made Up Tuna with Veggies
snap and blanch some green beans
halve some grape tomatoes
finely shave 1 T or so onion
drain and rinse a can of cannellini beans
mix with one can of whole tuna in water (flaked)
for the dressing mix 2 T white wine vinegar, 2 T olive oil, salt and pepper
pour over salad
top with kalamatas, capers, banana peppers, and feta

I also made this last night and it was easy and delish and I felt like an exotic, Far-Eastern Mrs. Patmore. (The cilantro is crucial!)

Food and books. That's what I think about a lot of the time. Food, my family, Romans 8, a little bit of music, some reality TV (sue me), and books. And decorating. And gingham.

So today, you get a peek into my stomach. Okay, that was gross. You get a peek into my fridge? My psyche? My soul?

Tomorrow I'll tell you more about what I've been reading.

But tonight, I'm in the mood to talk food.

What meal could you eat 6 days running? What's your new favorite recipe?

I'm all ears.


  1. "Food and books. That's what I think about a lot of the time. Food, my family, Romans 8, a little bit of music, some reality TV (sue me), and books. And decorating. And gingham." -- You're so dang loveable you know. :)

    1. I too loved this sentence and agree with your lovability.

  2. Looks yummy!

    I made this recipe the other night (chicken tortellini soup with kale) and it was a hit. Easy too.

  3. We LOVE my simple chicken enchilada casserole and have eaten it about once a week since forever!

    Can't wait to see what you are reading!

  4. Taco Soup? Yes please!!!! Shannan's made up tuna with veggies? It looks beautiful and, while it does indeed sound like a wild card, I do not doubt that it is wondrous.
    I could eat this pizza every day:
    (OR the pasta version of this pizza... heck, i dont know. I would eat both of them daily and happily reek of garlic.)
    And though my love for Mr. Carson is deep and abiding, I was disappointed in his harshness too... But he was compassionate with Thomas, so there's that...

    happy valentines day eve!!

    1. Wait! I just thought of what I really want to eat everyday.... Cheddar Cheese Grits and Buttermilk Bacon-cakes from the Electric Cheetah in Grand Rapids. Ohmygosh. I cant believe I didn't think of that first...

  5. Have you seen this?
    Single ladies - BuHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Carson :)

    1. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for this. I just made Cory watch it with me a second time. :)

  6. I made taco soup tonight! A friend gave me the recipe last month, which I liked, but tonight I experimented - and both The Hubs, the preschooler and I really liked it. (The toddler seemed undecided)

  7. I have never in my life even heard of taco soup! It looks completely delicious! I will have to give it a try.

  8. When I go to type your address in my address bar, it comes right up when I type www.flo and I just hit return. But that caused me to keep calling you Flo in my mind. Which was so Mel's Diner, and I do love Flo, but it just wasn't really working for me. So I changed it to Flow. Which I feel is way cooler. Like a rap star or something.

    www.flow, baby. Aww, yeah. (Did you watch The State on MTV? Barry and Levon? Yes? Oh, I hope so.)

    Yes to taco soup! I've been on such a taco seasoning kick, I actually bought a container of it from Sam's Club today! Can you imagine any one family needing 25 lbs of taco seasoning?! Of course you can.

    The major thing I could eat 6 days in a row as of today would be chocolate-ganache filled cupcakes from America's Test Kitchen. Don't let their name intimidate you. They're do-able and oh my goodness gracious sakes alive. Help me now.

    Happy Valentine's Day!!!

    Ok. Yes, 6 days was e-t-e-r-n-a-l.

    1. (As in, I'll be talking your head off (obviously) because I so missed you!)

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  10. Greek eggplant wraps with basil and feta.

    I think I have actually eaten this one every day for a week, lunch and dinner (and maybe breakfast). Killer.

  11. I always get a little giddy when i see there's an updated post from FPFG. Whether it's food talk or books or life with the kiddos, you make me laugh, and sometimes cry, and sometimes think about things differently. So, I'm gonna try the tuna salad concoction because that's definitely different. Thanks for sharing :-) and i love gingham too.

  12. Yes, I am anxious for you to dish up a serving of craft weekend, but Taco Soup is good too--one of the few things my whole family likes. Going to add ranch next time! Try using frozen corn and a little water...I like it better than canned. We also love white chilli and make it far too often.

    I thought for a second you were going to spill some Downton beans. I'm saving that episode for a valentines couch date with MY hot guy in glasses. ;)

  13. Well, I'm going to try the taco soup and I'll probably have to eat the whole thing myself too because I'm also surrounded by a bunch of weirdos that won't eat anything even close to that. But that's okay because it's just more for me : ) Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  14. My stranded-on-a-desert-island-last-request food:

    I'm excited to try your taco soup. In my opinion, soup is the only way to survive the winter.

  15. I have to share this with you - when I first read your Downton paragraph I thought it said that Carson was discussing with Mrs. Hughes whether or not Jesus ate Mary Magdalene. What a difference the word "with" makes in that sentence. I was racking my brain trying to remember if I'd ever heard of Jesus eating Mary Magdalene but I just couldn't recall such a thing and I'm certain that I would have since it's a shocking concept. Anyway, I'm off to get another cup of coffee since my eyes obviously aren't quite working yet! Have a good one.
    Austin, TX

  16. I'm always in the mood to talk food. And this is what I could eat every day for a week:

    Pioneer Woman's sesame noodles. Easy and so full of amazing flavor. I made it for my sis and I while we gorged on the Golden Globes. And these noodles. And her fondue.

  17. Pasta. Any kind. Any sauce. Any shape. Any time. Any where. Pasta. I should have been born in Italy.

    1. Me, too!!

      Do you have Aldi near you? You will die for their Puttanesca sauce. DIE, I tell you!

  18. I made vegetable beef soup out of roast leftovers Tuesday night and I plan to eat the rest for lunch all week! Any soup any time! ;) I haven't made taco soup in years though so I may put it on my list for next week. :)

  19. I have (almost) the same recipe of Taco Soup and I also eat it all myself! Sometimes for breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks! My recipe is 2 cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles - I love the heat but some have been known to do 1 can regular d. tom. and 1 can with chiles...

  20. I think there's just something about soup that lends itself to marathon eat-fests. Me, it's chicken noodle ( or cheeseburger ( I could also subsist on grilled chicken salad ( and hot fudge brownie sundaes.

  21. Pesto pasta with steak and tomatoes. I could eat it every day.
    One of my very first blog posts was about it--

    I love taco soup, too. And clementines. And Thin Mints.

  22. Downton... I think it's obnoxious how Mr. Downton (STILL can't get his name right) went to the extent of risking his daughter's life ~ and then she died ~ because of "saving face" and doing the thing that appeared the sociably acceptable decision with the doctors... but then his character did the socially non-acceptable thing with Thomas ~ a servant ~ as if the typical Mr. Downton of that time would risk everything in having a Thomas employed in his house and causing a social hubbaloo. It was completely out of character for the time, and I thought it was a lame attempt of the writers to make a social statement that is acceptable in 2013, USA. Sheesh. It ruined it!

    Every day for a week? Stir fry veggies. Yum. Or soup with bread and cheese.

  23. We are loving black bean sweet potato chili these days. With cornbread of course : )

  24. I made the soup last night - and it was fabulous! Added V-8 juice to think it a bit but it's GREAT! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  25. Nachos...breakfast lunch and dinner....with extra sc of course x

  26. that soup looks so good...and yet, I'm concerned for my weak stomach...still might have to try it just because you told me to. I'm a good rule follower.

  27. what could i eat every day for 6 days straight?
    any version of mexican food.

    lately, i've been eating thin mints by the sleeve full. somebody tell me to step away from those ding dong girl scout cookies.