Monday, February 2, 2009


We saw this recipe on Juli's blog, tried it and loved it. We had it again tonight, and it is definitely a favorite! It is way easy, so it makes the meal all the more enjoyable.

Beef Taquitos

1 T vegetable oil, plus more for brushing on the taquitos
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 glove garlic, minced
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup salsa
2 t chili powder
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
10 (6-inch)flour tortillas
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterrey Jack

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook them for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the beef and use a wooden spoon or a spatula to break it up while it cooks, until it is no longer red, about 3 minutes. Stir in salsa, the chili powder, and the salt and pepper. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

Place the tortillas on a plate and cover them with a damp paper towel. Microwave them until warm and pliable, about 45 seconds. Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup of the beef mixture, spreading it to an inch from the edges. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the beef. Roll up the tortillas and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet with the seam sides down. Brush the taquitos lightly with vegetable oil, them bake them until the filling is heated through and the tortillas are lightly browned, about 8 to 12 minutes. Serve them hot with sour cream and salsa (I also like to garnish mine with a little lettuce).

Orange Blueberry Muffins

These were yummy! We tried out this recipe on Saturday morning and really loved it.

Orange Blueberry Muffins
2 1/4 c. flour
2/3 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. margarine
3/4 c. plain yogurt (I used vanilla)
1 sm. orange, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped. WITH JUICE!!
2 tsp. grated orange peel
2 lg. eggs
1 1/2 c. blueberries

Preheat oven to 400*F. Prepare muffin tin. Whisk flour, soda, powder, and cut in margarine. In a small bowl combine yogurt, orange, peel and mix until well blended. Stir in eggs. Make a well in the center of the flour mix. Stir in orange mix until flour is just wet. Fold in blueberries. Spoon batter into muffin tins (they should be about 2/3 full). Bake 20-25 min. until browned and toothpick is clean. Cool on wire rack.