Portabella Mushroom & Black Bean Tacos

Mushroom and Black Bean TacosI haven’t had time to write in a long time.  I have been creating/revamping dozens of lessons since my district has not purchased curriculum that meets the Common Core Standards.  So, that is my excuse, and I’m sorry!

The positive thing that has come out of being so darn busy is that I have also had very little time to cook.  This means that I have had to get creative with some quick and easy recipes because I can only eat so much roasted salmon and broccoli.  One of our new all-time favorites is roasted portabella mushroom and black bean tacos. These are super easy and will satisfy even the most devoted carnivore because of the savory, hearty mushrooms.  Topped with quick-broiled peppers and onions and a delicious lime sour cream, these tacos will soon be a go-to meal for a busy weeknight. Continue reading

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Review of A Sweet Pea Chef’s Fish Tacos, plus D.I.Y. Corn Tortillas

Fish Tacos PlateIn high school, I played volleyball with the Sweet Pea Chef.  It wasn’t until we became Facebook friends that I realized that we had something else in common besides volleyball – cooking! Lacey is powerful force in the food blogging world.  I was amazed to find out that she has a cookbook and videos, and she has partnered with the likes of Tastemade. I was also pleased to discover that she married her high school sweetheart (and my art class buddy), Dustin.  They are such a fantastic couple.

I have pinned many of her recipes on Pinterest and have tried one of them once before.  But since I’ve been on a taco kick as of late, when I spied her Baja Fish Tacos recipe, I pinned it on my TO DO: Summer board and made them the same night. They also moved to my YUM board that same night. Continue reading

D.I.Y. Sushi Part 4: The Cutting

You are so close to homemade sushi perfection!  You have made The Rice, you have chosen The Filling, and you have completed The Rolling. Your lovely rice and filling is rolled beautifully into crisp nori.  Can you taste it yet?

But you are not quite there.  There is one last step to possibly mess up!  Not to worry, it will be so easy once I help you with… Continue reading

D.I.Y. Sushi Part 2: The Filling

Now that you have read D.I.Y. Sushi Part 1 and mastered sushi rice, it’s time to think about what’s rolled inside the rice.  This is usually raw fish, which is delicious but sometimes a challenge for various reasons.  There are, though, quite a few workarounds that I will share with you in today’s lesson… Continue reading

D.I.Y. Sushi Part 1: The Rice

RiceFor our very first Valentine’s Day together, John and I decided to make sushi together. It was not the first time I had made sushi in my life, but it was the first time I wanted to impress someone with my sushi-making skills. That made me nervous because there a lot of things to mess up when making homemade sushi.

We actually managed to do a great job, but I think we ended up eating about 2 hours later than expected. Since then, we’ve picked up some tips to make the whole process much
easier. Now, we whip up our own sushi almost as often as we go out for it! Continue reading