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Cooking at home on a busy night 
Apr. 21, 2014 9:06 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2014 11:30 am
Even though I got home from work tonight at 7:00pm, I am really proud of myself because I stuck to my cooking plan for the week.  Since it was already so late, I had to check through my options I had planned from the Taste of Home Annual Recipes 2014 and decided on Tex Mex Sloppy Joes and potatoes. 

The Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes were okay, but my husband and I still think there was too much of a ketchup taste.  They weren't bad though, and we liked the spice in them.  I think I would cut down the ketchup to only a half a cup next time instead of the whole cup.  I think it was also the type of night where I didn't want to mess with a lot of ingredients, because it seemed like a LOT of different things went into the recipe.  Something weird also happened when I was using my food processor.  I chopped up my onion and everything was fine, and I go to unplug the machine, and the power goes out in the whole house and the outlet even sparked.  Yikes!  I'm glad my husband could help me fix it.  We have a weird house.  I can't use the microwave and this outlet at the same time, or a fuse blows every time.  Only this time, it was just the outlet and unplugging something so who knows. 

To go with the sloppy joes, I roasted some red potatoes.  I was planning to make potato salad with the potatoes, but was really short on time, so I ended up just stopping after the roasting step.  I cut up the potatoes, drizzled with oil, then sprinkled paprika and salt over them and stirred to coat.  I baked them at 425F for about 35-40 minutes.  These turned out awesome!  We both loved them this way.  I still want to try the rest of the potato salad recipe (Smoky Spanish Potato Salad) even though Kelly tells me tonight he doesn't like potato salad.  We also went to the grocery store after dinner tonight to stock up on the leftover Easter candy, so that was fun.  

Tomorrow I am hoping I will get home at a much earlier time, and I'm thinking I will try the Taco Cornbread Casserole. 

Work is super busy right now since we are closing out our Spring group and bring in our new summer group of interns.  Tomorrow we have our final Spring intern event, then on Wednesday I am going to a women's leadership conference all day.  Having two days out of the office will be a little crazy, so I should probably go to bed soon.  But I feel like I just got home so I still want to relax, plus I am always a night owl.  This was a pretty quick entry tonight, but like I said; I am happy I cooked at home and got to update this!  I hope everyone has a nice night!
Apr. 22, 2014 11:07 am
Good for you sticking to cooking, even on a late night from work ;) Before I worked from home, it would kill me to get home so late and still cook (I'd do it but I wasn't happy!) Hope y'all are able to eventually fix that wonky outlet, we had one like that a few years back in our old home and it eventually caught fire :\ No bueno! Let us know how the taco cornbread casserole goes, you've inspired me to cook some sloppy joes myself tomorrow night!
Apr. 22, 2014 9:14 pm
Oh my gosh, I hope our outlet is okay! I made the taco casserole tonight, it it turned out well. I really liked it, and actually wrote a new update already, which is really quick for me! Do you have a good sloppy joe recipe? We are still trying to find one we like. :)
Apr. 24, 2014 5:10 pm
Try chef John's sloppy joe recipe (AR)when you have time to let it simmer on the stove, I do use less H2O then the recipe calls for. This is the first sloppy joe recipe that I like, grew up eating PA coal region BBQ, yes it tastes just like ketchup.
Apr. 25, 2014 11:30 am
We like Ruby Drive Sloppy Joes. It's quick because it uses salsa so the veggies are already chopped and cooked - no food processor or outlet needed! I just saw a time saving tip that suggested using an apple slicer (one of the ones that cuts apples into wedges) on potatoes for potato wedges. of course you'd have the calendar from the center where the core is removed but it would really speed up potato wedges. We like them, too, but I often forget to grease the pan and I kick myself afterwards.
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My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook would have to be dinner options. This is the main meal I cook most days and this is where I try the most new things. I absolutely love pasta or any Italian dish, and so does my husband. Macaroni and cheese is really becoming my favorite food, and there are so many ways to change it up! Pasta and macaroni are my go-to favorites!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma is a fantastic cook, so I love going to her house for any meal, especially holidays. I love her ham balls, chicken casserole, and chocolate chip pudding cookies. Eating these foods always reminds me of being at her house. I love whenever I visit her that she always has afternoon tea around 3:00pm. I think this is a nice little tradition and want to keep it up myself.
My cooking triumphs
I think the best thing I ever made was BBQ beef brisket out of the Food Network magazine. Pretty much anything I make from this magazine I consider a triumph, but I could not believe that I made this brisket; it was that good. This is definitely one I would use to impress people, plus you cook it in the slow cooker, so it is really minimal work!
My cooking tragedies
I remember I made some kind of dinner casserole and I think I accidentally used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk - it was so sweet and just gross! The first time I tried to make homemade spaghetti sauce, the recipe just said to use ground beef and diced tomatoes and that the tomatoes would cook down. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but this did not work and I have found a new recipe since. I also remember burning some butter or something on a flat baking sheet; the smoke alarm even went off and I threw the pan away!
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