Daily Archives: January 23, 2013
We love Mexican inspired food in the Porter House. Well we love all food but Mexican is high on the list as one of our faves. Especially Taco Salad. I remember one time my sister had called and in our conversation she asked, “What did we have for dinner?” Before I could even answer she was like “Let me guess, ummm Taco Salad.” Real funny sis, Real funny. And no we did not have Taco Salad. Well not that day at least. LOL. Anywho, my good friend and roommate from college introduced me to this fabulous recipe. It’s like having a pizza (our other fave) but in taco formation. It’s #SoGood. Make it today. Your family would love you for it.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 envelope taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup chunky salsa
- 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
- 1-1/2 cups crushed tortilla or corn chips, divided
- 1 cup (8 ounces) Sour Cream
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Shredded lettuce (optinal), for garnish
- Sliced ripe olives (optional), for garnish
- Diced tomatoes (optional), for garnish
- In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add seasoning mix, water and salsa; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
- Spread the crescent roll dough in 10-in. pie plate to form crust; press seams to seal. Sprinkle 1 cup tortilla/corn chips over bottom of crust. Add meat mixture; spread with sour cream. Sprinkle on the remaining tortilla/corn and then top with shredded cheese.
- Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Serve with lettuce, olives and tomatoes and Ole’.
Valentine’s Day is drawing near and I always get SUPER excited. You see in the Porter House Valentine’s Day for my husband & I is like Christmas for the kids. Yes! Valentine’s Day. A day filled with Love and Romance and Passion and Kisses and Candy and Flowers and Dinner and ok ok you already know. But even though the Porter’s are like that 365, 24/7 …. It’s just something about February the 14. It’s like EXTRA Special. A day designed for LOVE. I know by now you are like Tameca .. the strawberries ??? OK! enough rambling so I guess i’ll move on. Soooo just when you think chocolate covered strawberries were the belle of the ball, thebomb.com, the Pièce de résistance. BAM! The world is introduced to stuffed chocolate dipped strawberries. Talk about a Oh, My Goodness moment. I don’t know who came up with the concept but they got a sure winner with me. #WishingIHadSomeNow
- 12 strawberries
- 3/4 c milk chocolate chips (can use semi-sweet)
- 3 oz cream cheese
- 2 – 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- chopped almonds, nuts, graham cracker crumbs (optional for garnish)
- Rinse and halve strawberries lengthwise. Core out the center but leave the stem on. Dry on paper towels.
- Melt chocolate in microwave bowl until melted…stirring regularly.
- Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
- Hold strawberry by the stem and dip in the chocolate, covering half of the strawberry. Place on the wax paper lined sheet.
- Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and almond extract. Spoon into a pastry bag. Pipe into strawberries. Sprinkle the nuts or graham cracker crumbs on top for garnish (optional).
- Enjoy with your Sweetie & a glass of wine or champagne.
My family loves punch. Punch for bar-b-ques. Punch for birthdays. Punch for the holidays. Anyday, Anytime PUNCH, PUNCH, PUNCH! Yes! we love it that much. So today I have for you a Porter house original that is a sure crowd pleaser. So go ahead and get that punch bowl ready. It’s Party Time!
- 2 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
- 6 cups water
- 2 (3 ounce) packages cherry flavored Jell-O mix
- 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavored Jell-O mix
- 1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
- 2 (6 oz.) cans frozen orange juice
- 1/2 cup frozen pink lemonade juice
- 2 (2 liter) bottles of ginger-ale, chilled
- slice fruits (optional), for garnish
- Bring the sugar, water, cherry and strawberry flavored gelatin to a boil in a large saucepan; boil for 3 minutes. Stir in the pineapple juice, lemon juice, and orange juice. Let the juices cool.
- Divide mixture into 2 or 3 (gallon size) ziploc freezer bags. Freeze the mixture overnight. 3 to 4 hours before the party remove from freezer and allow mixture to thaw partially.
- When ready to serve combine the contents of the punch mixture with the bottles of chilled ginger-ale in a large enough container; stir until slushy. Fill punch bowl with combined mixture and refill as needed. Recipe makes enough for 2 punch bowls.