March 29, 2011

The One Where I Try To Take My Mind Off Icky Things

I haven't been home much in the past several days, but when I was, I was usually cooking or baking. I decided this would be a great way to take my mind off recent events (car accident-bleh). And since I can walk to a grocery store and get anything I need (thank you Chicago!), there's no excuse for me not to cook for myself. In fact, I am thankful for being able to do so!

On my recent road trip, I purchased this cookbook because it was on the bargain shelf and looked like it had good recipes (p.s. I'm a sucker for good marketing in cookbooks - if it has glossy beautiful pictures of food, then I want it!) Cook Yourself Thin Faster. It's small-ish, guessed it, lovely pictures :-)

I decided to make the Chopped Taco Salad. Pretty obvious and could've come up with it myself. But there was a recipe with it for homemade dressing and I wanted to try it. It's kinda like ranch dressing, with cilantro in it. Not the prettiest dressing ever, but it sure was yummy:
Because I was making taco salad, I got all Mexican-focused and decided to attempt my own salsa for the first time. I used a recipe from the America's Test Kitchen cookbook that I have (awesome/massive cookbook). I think I pulsed it too many times in the food processor, cuz it looked a little mushy:

And then, I thought, how about some guacamole also? I make an awesome guac if I do say so myself (if there's anything I learned in my previous relationship, and there were many things, one of them was definitely how to make delicious guac!)

A pic of the finished salad...mmmm....

And the best part was enjoying the food with my dear friend who came over for dinner :-)

2 questions:
*Does anyone recommend a good salsa recipe? I'd like to try one with fruit - pineapple or mango maybe?

*Does anyone want to come over for dinner?

1 comment:

Rachel W. said...

Yum! My favorite fruit salsa recipe of ALL time comes from my friend's blog:

This is more than a salsa recipe, it's the best appetizer of all time recipe. Not vegan. But amazing.

And YES I'd love to come over for dinner soon! I'm headed to Boston this week but maybe next week???