[64] Tortilla Beef Cassarole

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Well, this is the third “recipe set” we’ve made or attempted to make from this cookbook, and the the second of the third set.

The basic idea behind the book is a solid one; make something that will definitely have extra on day one, then transition it into a new meal on day two. The idea is to use the ease of making extra while avoiding the “stigma” of leftovers. Unsurprisingly, this means the stuff that goes into “day two food” tends to be extremely easy to obtain and use. You’d think that would be a good thing.

Unfortunately, something is making the second day’s recipes fall somewhat flat. I’m not sure what. Now, admittedly, of the three sets we’ve made, only two have had a second day’s worth of food, so we can’t judge the second day’s recipe for the second set (that’s a failing of it’s own, for sure).… Continue reading →

[63] Italian-Style Pot Roast

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Confession time:

“Michelle”:http://www.metacookbook.com/archives/66-Cherry-Pie-For-Michelle.html got this recipe before anyone else did. She specifically asked for an easy recipe in a recent e-mail. Since I’d just made this pot “roast” and it’s companion recipe, they were right on my mind. And, truly, they are easy. When she asked me to post about the cherry pie it was so my readers would know that even someone who makes a lot of “fancy” meals pulls out a can from time to time.

Well, y’all, this is that time. I wanted a slow-cooker recipe for last Friday, because I tend to be out in the afternoons during prime “cooking prep time”. Frankly, while I can still get a meal on the table when I get home, the thought of just having dinner be ready whenever Bill and I were was sublime.… Continue reading →

[29] Ginger-Lime Chicken Thighs

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I want to say this is going to be a relatively short entry, but every time I say something I write is going to be short, it balloons into one of my longest pieces yet.

Every dang time! I really do think this SHOULD be short, though, so we’ll see. It’s a fairly basic recipe, and tasty, but nothing to write home about.

The lime really does stand out. The ginger doesn’t.

h2. Ingredients

0.33 c vegetable oil
3 tbsp lime juice

3 tbsp honey

2 tsp grated fresh ginger or 1 tsp ground ginger (We used ground.)

0.25 – 0.5 tsp red pepper flakes

1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs

h2. Instructions

Combine oil, lime juice, honey, ginger and pepper flakes in a bowl. Place chicken in a tupperware or resealable bag, and add 0.5 c marinade, and goosh around to make sure the chicken is well coated.… Continue reading →

[9] Pork Tacos with Roasted Green Onions

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Since we made the Barbecued Pulled Pork from this cookbook yesterday, today was the day to see how good the premise of the book holds up. Thus, pork tacos!

I won’t say I was blown away with this recipe. However, it was super easy to make, so I’ll accept that this wasn’t really cooking (to make the “Cook Once, Eat Twice” name stick). It kind of reminds me of those nights that you want to eat what’s in the house, but you’ve just got a bunch of leftovers around. “Man, I don’t want another pork sandwich. How about… putting it in a tortilla and calling it a taco?”


8 green onions, trimmed
2 teaspoons olive oil


8 soft corn tortillas

2 c pork from Barbecued Pulled Pork, reheated


# Preheat oven (toaster oven in our case) to 425°F.… Continue reading →

Cook Once Eat Twice

Cook Once Eat Twice Recipes

Interestingly, this isn’t the only “Cook Once Eat Twice”. We actually expected to be getting Cook Once, Eat Twice Slow Cooker Recipes, published in 2006. Instead we received the book linked above, Cook Once Eat Twice Recipes (Favorite Brand Name Recipes). Whups! That was our fault in not buying the right book, not Amazon’s fault in sending us the wrong thing. We didn’t know about this mixup until we started to write this blog entry. Angelique, if you’re reading this, now you know what Natasha’s confusion about the book is 🙂

However, now that we have it, well, we’ve got to cook from it! This book (and presumably the one we expected) is about cooking a big meal, then turning the leftovers into another meal.… Continue reading →