Bringing Home and Cooking the Bacon

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Bringing Home and Cooking the Bacon

These days wives and mothers not only have to cook the bacon, they have to help bring it home. Because of the demanding lifestyle of the modern woman, it is more and more difficult to put meals from scratch on the table every night. Fortunately, thanks in part to Sandra Lee, there is a new genre of cooking that suits the busy life and the homemade taste. Semi homemade is the philosophy of combining ready-made foods with fresh ingredients to really give it a great “from scratch” flavor.  So make it a Mexican Fiesta night with Las Chalupas. Mix 1 pound ground beef, 1 package taco seasoning, salsa, and jalapenos; sauté 4-6 flour tortillas in ¼ cup canola oil and serve with your choice of toppings and watch as your family searches for the take out boxes. Or have your kids saying, “Pizza who…” when you top cooked canned biscuits with tomato sauce, prosciutto, mushrooms, onions, and shredded cheese. Warm until bubbly.  Are you in the mood for dessert? Top an angel food cake with a mixture of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and 2 tablespoons of sugar and dessert is served. What to do when the kids bring home surprise company?

Melt one bowl of milk chocolate morsels and one bowl of white chocolate morsels. Grab a bag of ridged potato chips and start dipping. Chocolate covered potato chips, now that is the perfect snack for any teenager. Or be the coolest mom in town when you whip up a batch of virgin mango margaritas. Just mix a little sugar, lime juice, mango nectar and plenty of ice into a blender. Grind it up and pour into neat margarita glasses. You can even dip the rim of the glasses in lime juice and colored sugar before you fill them up. Serve with a lime slice and they will feel so sophisticated and grown up. Who can forget football season?

Be the queen of tailgating when you rub a mix of taco seasoning, garlic salt and cumin on steak kabobs. Grill to perfection! Serve with a refreshing salsa made up of 1 can of  drained whole kernel corn, 2 cans of drained black beans,1 can of  diced tomatoes, cilantro, vegetable oil and diced onion.  Score!!! Everybody is a winner. So, whether it is a dish for pot luck or just dinner before a big game, there is a semi homemade recipe for everyone.


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