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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pizza Tonight!!!

So, after accomplishing 2 weeks of meals on the table, and the family there as well, I gave in and ordered pizza tonight.  Really, it wasn't that great.  I've become accustomed to baking everything from scratch but boy, their breadsticks are delish!  My kids were sure excited when i told them it was a pizza night!  I was feeling good about myself for having a nice family meal on the table every night for 2 weeks (including weekends) and realized tonight that they didn't even notice.  That's o.k., it's another one of those "You'll thank me for this one day" moments!  I have to say, I have had a freezer meal group for 7 years now and it has been the best thing ever.  If you don't know what a freezer meal group is, I will explain.  In my group we have 10 members.  At home, we each make 10 of the same meal (main dish only) and freeze it.  Then, once a month we get together and exchange those meals and come home with 10 different meals to put in the freezer.  10 meals has been a good number to have for the crazy nights that there is no time to cook, or that I don't want to cook.  It has really saved me!  I was just wondering the other day what it would be like to go back to cooking every single night and having to come up with new ideas.  This way I can make the family favorites on the nights I cook, and have a variety the other 10 nights of the month!  Try it, you'll like it!!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Book Just Released!!!

"Families on the Go" is just released!!! I will be doing book signings at different Costco's during the month of January. My schedule is posted below. (more dates to be added)
Sat - Jan 8th - West Valley Costco
Fri - Jan 14 - SLC Costco
Sat - Jan 15 - Sandy Costco
Fri - Jan 28 - SLC Costco
Sat - Jan 29 - Orem Costco
I will be on Studio 5 Monday, January 10th cooking "Beef Taquitos". They are fabulous to freeze and just pull out a few for lunch, or a bunch for dinner. Don't you hate having to cook lunch for just yourself and maybe a toddler or two when kids are at school and hubby at work? I love to just be able to pull a few of these out of the freezer and stick in the oven for a mess-free lunch.

Beef Taquitos
4-5 cups cooked chopped roast beef
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, or mexican blend
1 1/2 cups salsa
30 flour tortillas
oil for frying
Slow cook roast 6-8 hours until it shreds and then chop finely. In a large bowl, mix beef, beans, corn, cheese and salsa. In a frying pan, heat oil to medium heat. One at a time, using tongs, dip tortillas into hot oil for 5-10 seconds until it begins to bubble slightly. (You may have to use a spatula to get it out so it doesn't tear.) Set aside on paper towels. (Do only about 10 at a time, fill, roll, and repeat.) Fill each tortilla with about 1/4 cup of the mixture, more or less if you want them thicker or thinner. Roll tightly and place seam side down on a cookie sheet. Bake 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes until heated through. If freezing, place filled cookie sheet in freezer until taquitos are firm. Then you can place several in gallon size freezer bags and pull them out individually as you need them. Bake from frozen 400 degrees for 20 minutes!!!