6/22/2015- Mexican Dirty Rice

 

Today not everything I made worked out. Not every day do I have fantastic baking days. I did have a success or two today while cooking, but sometimes the mistakes weigh harder then the successes and I will admit, I don’t feel so good about making mistakes. But that is one reason why I am making this commitment to blog, because even I make mistakes,.. in fact I make a lot of mistakes.

Good thing about my day were finally showing my husband my blog page. I know I said I wouldn’t blog about anything but food, but this is a huge step for me. Sharing with my life partner what I do, and he was actually interested in the development and growth of my Boho Mom brand. I love my husband, sharing this now with him feels like coming out of a turtle shell and being alive.

Now to get back to the food. I made krusteaz waffles again for breakfast, again in a rage. I don’t know whats been wrong with me lately but mornings have been hell. About after having about 3-4 cups of coffee, I finally got to my senses and started cooking. I realized that my “wannabe spanish rice” leftovers were in the fridge, needing some help, or they would face the garbage.( I say “wanna-be” ’cause I didn’t add enough taco seasonings to it the other day,) I grabbed some chorizo and half an onion, a bag of shredded cheese and went to work.

Mexican “Dirty” Rice:

1/3 cup cooked chorizo

half of a diced onion caramelized with the chorizo

2 cups leftover rice

1 cup shredded cheese (save ½ for top)

Salsa to taste

Combine Cooked chorizo with onion with leftover rice, mix thoroughly, add 1/2 cup of cheese mix well.

Pour into casserole dish, top with ½ cup cheese left and dallops of salsa. Bake until the rice is heated and cheese is melted, about 20-30 min on 350.

Mexican dirty rice in the pan
Mexican dirty rice in the pan
bowl of rice
bowl of rice

I fed my family and a guest and everyone was happy with the made-up recipe. I am sure not going to always have a cookbook on hand to tell me what to do, but it sure as hell works to have some cooking instinct. And I am just happy that I didn’t use any eggs, normally when I make chorizo I use 4-5 eggs to go with it. I did end up suggesting breakfast for dinner, so I did end up using some eggs with dinner anyways.

So here goes my first failure confessions and for this one I am a little mad.

I decided to make some fudge, and thinking that my homemade sweetened condensed milk was going to work, I flavored it with some cocoa and poured it into a lined pan. I also made a batch of caramel to add to the top. I poured the caramel onto the condensed milk to try to make a chocolate-caramel fudge. I wish that I knew that my condensed milk wasn’t condensed enough, because I wasted my good caramel on it. Anyways, after setting for a few hrs, my fudge is still jiggly and wobbly, so I think I may just end up with some yummy fudge-caramel Popsicles instead..

Here is the easy recipe I tried to use. It will probably work for you.

http://chocolatechocolateandmore.com/easy-chocolate-fudge/

Not that I don’t like popsicles, but I really wanted to learn how to make fudge. Next time I will just buy some condensed milk. Apparently my homemade batch was thick enough for ice cream, but not for fudge.

Now for confession #2.

I made breakfast for dinner. Since I didn’t want to dirty much dishes, I decided to make bacon in the oven, and hash browns-baked. And then make bisquick waffles with peppered bacon gravy. I made the bacon on a cooling rack over a tinfoil wrapped cookie sheet, much like I made my short ribs a few days ago. I use a cooling rack so the heat is distributed to all sides of the meat. I baked the hash browns and bacon at about the same tempurature. I pulled the bacon out first, and it was done perfect, and I turned off the oven. I made the waffles and made bacon pepper gravy. I even made some eggs on the side. I served the plates with bisquick waffles topped with bacon, topped with flat eggs and topped with gravy. Everyone loved it.

But I forgot about the hash browns!!!

When I finally remembered, that I forgot to take them out of the still cooling down oven, they were so crispy and done that they were only fit for charlie.

Charlie is our dog.

And that is how I learn from my messing up today.. ta..da.. how did your day of cooking go?

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