Frito Chili Pie

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]Before I get into what this dish is all about, I would like to go on record as saying I have served my family the following in the past: Quinoa. Edamame. Tuna salad with no mayonnaise whatsover. So please forgive me for the meal I am about to describe to you. Yes, I made my beloved family an entree that featured this as one of the two major ingredients: And this as the second one: I would like to point out that the Fritos have ZERO, and I mean ZERO trans fats. (Keep in mind that I have no idea what trans fats are, but I'm thinking this is a good thing). As for the chili...I have no decent excuse for that one. However, you can't go through your entire life without having this completely ridiculous salty extravaganza at least one. There is an even more outrageous version of this that involves opening a single serve bag of Fritos, pouring some chili on top of that, nuking it and eating the whole contraption out of the bag...at least I put this in lovely Read More & Get the Recipe

Kate’s Taco Salad

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= Okay, I love love love this taco salad, and here's why. Not because it is ridiculously easy to make (and it is). Not because it tastes ridiculously good (and it does). It's because -- unlike 99.9% of most taco salads -- the crunchy part of the taco salad is actually worth eating. You know what I am talking about. Usually you order a taco salad and it comes in a giant tortilla "bowl." You say to yourself, Self, I'm just going to eat the salad part, and you work through all that good stuff in the bowl. The spicy taco meat, the avocado chunks, the chopped tomatoes, the cheese (ah! the cheese!!) and pretty soon your taco salad is gone and the only thing left standing is the tortilla bowl. So you break off a piece of the side of it, and honestly? It's not that good. It's okay....but it's kind of bland and not that tasty...but it's there on your plate, and pretty soon you have picked off most of the sides of it. And so your awesome taco salad has ended with a whimper. But in MY Read More & Get the Recipe

Chicken Enchilada Soup

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Yes, you are seeing things correctly -- those ARE in fact Fritos floating on the top of this soup.  I can explain. At one point in my obsession with collecting cookbooks, I had one called something like, "Best Recipes From The Back Of Jars And Boxes." Or something like that. I tried to find it the other day in my ever-expanding cookbook collection. I love my cookbook collection, but it has gotten big enough that it is kinda hard to find any one particular thing you are looking for. (By the way, I just noticed that there is a book called Family First Aid Book right in the middle of all the cookbooks. Um.) Anyway, I can't seem to lay my hands on that cookbook, but I know I have it somewhere and today's recipe is in that particular culinary genre: the "back of the box" category. And all I can say is, don't knock it until you've tried it, because this recipe (among various others in my motley collection) is a rocking good soup. This recipe was inspired by one the back of the Read More & Get the Recipe