Archive for January 30th, 2009

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Epic fail #2, unfortunately.

Growing up, tuna casserole was what we ate when Mom was too tired to cook anything else. Or maybe we were low on groceries.  In my current household, tuna casserole is what we eat when we can’t afford to buy fresh food.  When we kids were old enough to know not to repeat the word in school, this dish was affectionately referred to as Tuna Shit.  It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s comforting.

It does not involve making a bechamel sauce or chopping or sauteing anything.  It involves opening a lot of cans and a bag of frozen veggies from the freezer and dumping it in a big bowl. The only ingredient that can even remotely be considered fresh is the cheddar cheese (which, by the way, the WF Cookbook version does not contain). Read the rest of this entry »

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Chili Cheese Tamales

This recipe earns the Whole Foods Market Cookbook its first EPIC FAIL.  The proportions given for masa dough in this recipe will give you a big bowl of corn flour soup.  I have decided the amount of masa harina (corn flour) must have a typo in it – the recipe calls for 1/2 cup, but 1 1/2 cups is the amount that actually makes sense.  I’m not going to post the recipe until I’ve made this successfully – I don’t really see the point.  (Basically, though, masa for tamales is masa harina, fat, and just enough water to make it come together.

The Tomatillo-Chipotle Salsa that goes into the tamales was pretty tasty.  I mean, it’s hard to go wrong with salsa verde, but the poblanos and chipotles gave this one a nice depth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lentil, Sausage, and Rice Soup

Short because I’m three posts behind (sorry!) – this was delicious.  It was rich and hearty but not heavy or greasy.  Didn’t taste nearly as healthy as it was, what with the spinach and the lentils and the brown rice. Read the rest of this entry »

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