As Seen on TV

I have to admit, I’m an impulse shopper, especially if it is food or something to cook or serve the food.  Over the years, I’ve purchased an electric wok, a quesadilla maker, a pizzelle maker, assorted seasonal shaped cupcake and loaf pans, an espresso maker, and a juice machine  I have developed a little more self-restraint the last few years, though. Instead of buying something right away, I look over the product and price, and then tell myself that I mat buy it when it goes on sale. After-holiday sales are one way to do this; I’ve gotten some Wilton and Nordicware products at really good prices this way, as well a cupcake maker.

Most recently, a toy I’ve wanted – I say toy because it is not a necessity, simply something else to play with in the kitchen – are the tortilla bowl pans. Every time I saw them on TV, I thought, Hey those would be fun to play with.  I show self-restraint and do not make the purchase, thinking that I will wait until they become available in stores wh.ere I can buy them on sale or with a coupon.  Then, last month, there they are, the tortilla bowl pans at an outlet store. So, I bought the set of four pans .

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... and look, they tessellate - functional and fun!

… and look, they tessellate – functional and fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the next trip to the grocery store, I purchased white corn tortillas, lean ground beef, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, and fat-free sour cream. For dinner, I made taco bowls with my new pans. I followed the box’s directions, baking the shells at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. They came out fine, although the next time I made taco bowls, I kept them in the oven a couple minutes longer, wanting the shells to be crispier. If I had to give a consumer review, I would say that these tortilla pans work as promised.

 

I added the beef and cheese to the tortilla bowls before baking.

I added the beef and cheese to the tortilla bowls before baking. Since I like cheese, I had two layers of cheese, under and on top of the beef.

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

 

 

Cookie Decorating

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Have you ever heard cooks say that we first taste with the eyes, then the nose, and then finally the mouth. This, of course, means that before anyone has tried your food by putting it in their mouth, they got a “taste” of it by smelling the food’s aroma, and before that, taking it in visually. Well, producing a food which appeals to the tongue and taste buds has never been a problem for me. Where, I often fall short is in the visual presentation of the recipe, especially if it involves dessert decorating.

I could blame it on my arthritic hands, but I’ve been baking long before rheumatoid arthritis settled in, and the decorating has always been an issue for me.  Maybe I’m too impatient and am rushing when I don’t realize that is what I am doing.  Anyway, I suppose I haven’t worried too much about it, since, as I said, people complement my baking and eat everything I make.  Even when I point out a mistake, people respond something to the effect, “Hey, it tastes good, and that’s what matters.”

Here are photos of cookies I made last week.  They are Duncan Hines Key Lime cookies with Pink lemonade frosting and Wilton decorative sprinkles. I had this cookie mix in the pantry, and knowing it was not part of my new restricted diet, I decided to make the cookies and bring them to work for others to enjoy.  They were a big hit.

I added the silly smiling mouth under the mustache, and it ended up looking like a worm is crawling on his face.

I added the silly smiling mouth under the mustache, and it ended up looking like a worm is crawling on his face.

 

 

The poor lady in the foreground - she kept getting knocked by other cookies on the platter.  Even with surgery, she ended up with wrinkles and scars.

The poor lady in the foreground – she kept getting knocked by other cookies on the platter. Even with corrective surgeries, she ended up with wrinkles and scars.

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