Taco night at TheRoxieWay’s house is no laughing matter……..We take our tacos serious here!!!

#Tacos made #TheRoxieWay

I have been making these #tacos for going on almost 30 years now hard to believe! With just a couple of tweaks from the original recipe, my father-in-law got from a certain local fast food chain that is still around today. The secret is in how you cook them and what you do with them once they are finished frying.

The orginal recipe called for you to put a light layer of lard on each tortilla before frying and used a certain flavor packet. For me, I could’t stand the lardy flavor left in my mouth when lard was used so I switched to using a very small amount of canola oil. Due to my food sensitives I came up with what my family says is a better tasting meat mixture, by using spices I am safe to use in place of the “flavor packet”….. Like garlic powder & garlic salt, smokey paprika chipotle, cumin, black pepper and sea salt.

I’m guessing the average person could eat 5 tacos but not my guys…..When I make #tacos it’s a process because on average my guys eat 7-11 each! That doesn’t count for guests, I’ve been known to make over 200 tacos in a single session.

A typical #taco dinner at TheRoxieWay’s house

 

 

I catered a Cinco De Mayo party for several years in a row, it was a lot of fun and a lot of work….

The Sun City folk can throw down some serious food the menu was basically the same year after year. Tacos, Chile Verde, Posole, Spanish Rice, Cuban Black Beans, Salsa, Guacamole, and so much more.

Cinco De Mayo catering pa

 

 

Trap Team

I catered the Trap Team many times, but it was the taco feed that almost got us in trouble. You are not allowed to sell your food to others teams or individuals. After several people came over trying to buy a plate we got talked to because the Trap Club thought we might be profiting off my food. Once we assured them we absolutely were not selling tacos we were given the ok to continue. I’ve never had to turn so many people away from my food before…….

 

 

I had a great time watching Alan play with my kids during down time he was tossing the ball for them. Then there was the 8:38 stretch with tacos in hand!!!!

My very first Recipe from Home segment with the One and only Alan Sanchez . I made grilled tacos with Spanish rice and jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped with bacon!

 

GoodDay’s Melissa and I did a second show years later featuring my Tacos

This was mine and Melissa’s first Recipe from Home segment we did together, she is so beautiful and the sweetest lady ever!

 

Best Bread & Cheese Ever

Premade loaf cut diagonally and horizontally but don’t cut through the entire loaf 

Add cheese, melted butter with garlic and parsley to the loaf

Cook in oven on 350° for 20 minutes or until cheese has melted

Enjoy with a bowl of chowder

Bacon! It’s what’s for dinner!

Here we have a #BaconTaco

Now I don’t know about you but I personally love breakfast for dinner, and I also love tacos so why not combine the two and have a party in your mouth!

The weave is easy….Cooking it can be tricky. I suggest using a large frying pan that fits the weaved bacon, then place a heavy heat proof pan on top to keep bacon flat.

 

 

 

The bacon weave oven cooked

The bacon weave pan fried

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking it this way allows for all the bacon to be cooked verses in the oven it cooks a little unevenly.

 

Biscotti….. it’s easier than you might think

Making #Biscotti is actually a pretty easy #snack to make

Your ingredients…..

Mix it up real good before adding the fruits and nuts.

Shape into loafs and bake until golden brown…..

Slice the cooled #Biscotti and bake a second time until lightly golden brown….

Let the cooked #Biscotti cool before enjoying!

Peanut butter cup Cookies

With just a few #fresh #ingredients you can have some amazing cookies!

Toss your ingredients into your stand mixer or mix with hand mixer.

Some of the #BEST cookie dough you can imagine results from just a few ingredients! 

Is there anything better than a warm #chocolatechipcookie? Only a peanut butter cup chocolate chip & walnut cookie!

Making #PieCrust #TheRoxieWay with #freshisbest real ingredients

I always thought making pie crust would be too difficult….. But #TheRoxieWay isn’t afraid to try new things so one day I decided why not give it a try…….

First attempt at #homemade pie crust…….surprisingly easy to prepare

Now about that edge…….You achieve this by using a fork. Not bad for the first attempt!

My berry mixture right out of the freezer.

The pie mixture #yummy sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, cornstarch…… I put all my ingredients together just before putting in the oven. When using quality frozen fresh berries you don’t want them to defrost.

Blackberry and Raspberry pie made with real foods not foodlike products #freshisbest

And there it is my first attempt at a #Homemade pie…… I can’t believe how incredibly easy it is to make a #FABULOUS pie from just a handful of real ingredients.

The juices are clear and not too runny, just about perfect!  Not too sweet not too tart…..

My next attempt would be pumpkin pie #homemade. I’m really liking this whole crust from scratch. I should probably give other recipes a try but this one is already #FABULOUS why chance it……

 

 

BLT Sushi

Here’s another great idea that is simple and easy to make. I saw this gem on Facebook and decided to give it a try, I mean who doesn’t Love bacon! Again to make it #TheRoxieWay I tweeked the original recipe to make it my own. First you weave your bacon. Cook until done flipping half way through the cooking process. Once your bacon is fully cooked lay down a piece of plastic wrap put your bacon on that, lay down the lettuce, spread  your mayo or guacamole on the lettuce then add tomato and onion and begin rolling into a tight roll, remove plastic wrap and cut into bite size pieces enjoy! You can add anything you want use your imagination and start making #BLTSUSHI

First you weave your bacon

Next you can either bake or fry your weaved bacon

Finished result! This roll was made with a parmesan mayo & guacamole. Always put the lettuce first it holds everything in.

This roll was fried no mayo or guacamole was used just pure flavors coming through.

Here we have romaine, tomato, onion, sprouts, pepper turkey and avocado.

Hot Chocolate Dippers

Hot Chocolate Dippers

I love a cup of hot chocolate when it’s cold and rainy outside. Unfortunately most of what is on the supermarket shelves I can’t have due to the chemicals in them, but after watching an episode of Terry Crews Saves Christmas, I was happy to see I could make my own! Here is two different ways to make them: Either dip a spoon into your melted chocolates and top with a variety of nonpareils or use a plastic shot cup fill with melted chocolates then top with marshmallows or nonpareils. Let the chocolate set up, add to a cup of steamy milk and stir!

 

BEAN WITH BACON SOUP…..NOT FROM A CAN…..

Who knew soup could be so good? If you like the canned version this will blow your mind it’s so good!!!! Made using fresh ingredients, dry beans, carrots, smoked bacon, and a almost secret blend of spices, cooked to perfection!

Recipe: Bean with Bacon Soup #TheRoxieWay

1lb. dry white beans rinsed and soaked overnight or fast soak method (DO NOT DRAIN WATER) if you need to add liquid I suggest chicken stock

1lb. thick sliced bacon (NOT: Maple but applewood, cherrywood, or hickory) chopped, fried and drained ( VERY IMPORTANT for final flavor… render the fat and set aside for use later. You should get about 1/2 cup give or take of rendered fat use it all)

1/2 Bag frozen but defrosted carrots chopped finely

1/4-1/2 small can tomato paste (Contadina or Muir Glen I find to have the best flavor)

SPICES: Ancho pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, 1 bay leaf, white pepper and salt (with the spices start off with small amounts like a teaspoon each increasing only the flavors you want to bring forth…example don’t over salt, the bacon will add salt, and you don’t want it over-salted, but the onion powder will add a back round flavor that is important to the final dish)

Cook beans on medium high when almost done add the rendered bacon fat and spices let cook until beans are fully cooked.

Add tomato paste in small amounts starting with a 1/4 can if you need to adjust add a little more. It gives the nice orange-red color of the soup.

Next the beans are fully cooked, and flavors taste right… add your carrots let them simmer until heated through.

Bean with Bacon Soup

Finally add your cooked bacon let simmer for about 20 minutes and flavors will deepen.

For reheating I suggest adding a little chicken stock or water to thin down a little.

 

 

 

 

IT’S ALMOST THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN……..SOUP TIME…..CHOWDER TIME :)

I look forward to fall mostly for the fabulous soups, stews, and baking that takes place @TheRoxieWay’s  house. Here is my Chowder I’ve been making for over 15 years improving upon until finally it couldn’t possibly get any better. Using fresh ingredients and a lot of love this is the best #ClamChowder in the West Coast made TheRoxieWay. So good it will turn a doubter into a believer………

Clam Chowder with Leeks and Smoked Bacon

Beef Noodle Soup

Bean with Bacon Soup