Sunday, August 31, 2008

Simple Foods

Simple September: preparations begin!

In advance of my planned budget for September, I have been seeing recipes for great-looking dishes from scratch. I must try that Lasagna Soup that Hakucho posted about last year (now that I'm no longer a staunch vegetarian, I can do that!) I just found
this recipe for homemade soft tacos--I can only say that I had these once when I lived in Oklahoma for a month doing a clinical rotation, and they are incredible! My family has yet to taste some of the great things I had there, so finding this recipe really got me excited. I can't wait to make these and see their reactions! =D

One other recipe that came out of that trip is my favorite broccoli salad. Oh man, is this a great tasting salad. I guess I'll post that now:

Idabel Broccoli Salad

2 lbs fresh broccoli florettes
1/2 c (6 oz pkg) raisins: goldens & cherries mix is best
2/3 c minced red onion
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp & crumbled, with drippings reserved
1/2 c sliced almonds for topping
dressing: 1 c mayo + 1/4 c sugar + 2 T vinegar + fresh ground black pepper

Toss together first four ingredients. Mix dressing well, and toss with the salad, adding bacon drippings. Chill for at least 2 hours. Toss in the nuts just before serving (they taste better if they are toasted first, in a dry skillet until browned!) YUMMY!!! This serves 12 people, and is a classy dish for potlucks or showers.

This is just one of my favs...and boy do I remember the incredible barbecue they had there. And, well, they had a Sonic in town--I ate there nightly, heh! I can dream about it now.

I hope you all like this recipe, and try the soft tacos. Oh, and Angry Chicken has posted a recipe for great looking Banh Mi--I've never tried those, but they look incredible! These are all on my upcoming menu....

New websites I love: Black Apple,
Sublime Stitching (because I LOVE outline stitch, running stitch, redwork, etc!), and Soule Mama. Fun stuff :)



Mary Beth said...

Hi Aim. Thanks so much for your nice comment on my blog. I'm doing the 30 Days of Nothing challenge in September too and I'm so looking forward to it. Good luck!

Carrie K said...

I'm taking my vacation in September so mine will probably look more like Spend More than All The Other Months combined, but what a good idea! What I do randomly assign a Spend Nothing Day once a week. It was interesting to see where I was I was shelling out the cash and why. (Mostly why involved no reason at all! argh!)

How far are you on the Aran Wrap Cardigan?

hakucho said...

Those soft tacos look interesting. I bet my boys would like them. The broccoli salad looks very good too. Once again...anything with bacon in it has to be good :)