Beef Enchilada Mac n Cheese

Dude! (Sometimes I just like saying, Dude!) It's Tuesday. And it's come to my attention that it's been quite a long while since I've done a Tasty Tuesday post. How dreadful of me! Really, quite shameful. But there, there now, don't cry about it.

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I do have a new recipe. A pasta recipe, in fact. And I could give you the recipe. I mean, if you really want it. But you have to really want it. So do you? Want it?

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Well, OK. Since you're about it. I'll tell you. But first let me say that the original recipe came from Shugary Sweets blog, which I found on Pinterest. I tweaked the recipe just a wee bit, as I am wont to do. And this recipe is called Beef Enchilada Mac N Cheese. So here are the deets. 

  • 1 Lb box of your favorite cooked Pasta (I used bowtie pasta. I'm just cool like that.)
  • 1 Lb of Ground Turkey (I seldom use ground beef anymore.)
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream (The heavier, the better, I always say. It's only calories.)
  • 2 Cups Cheddar Jack Cheese (You can use Colby Jack. Or Cheddar. Or whatevs.)
  • 1-10oz Can Enchilada Sauce (the red stuff)
  • 2 TSP Minced Garlic (kissing is optional after you eat this)
  • 1 Small Diced Onion (see above)
  • 1 TSP Ground Cumin (I have nothing witty to parenthesize here)
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper, to taste (Kosher Salt is the bomb!)

1. In a very large pan, like, really large--large enough to hold all the ingredients when it's all done, brown your ground turkey.
2. As the meat is browning, add in your onion and garlic.
3. Once the meat, onions, and garlic are done, add in your heavy cream, enchilada sauce, cumin, salt & pepper. Heat just until it starts to bubble.
4. Reduce heat to medium and add in the cheese, stirring until it's melted and smooth.
5. Toss in your cooked pasta (OK, maybe "toss" is the wrong word, as that may get messy--just use your best judgment) and stir to combine.
6. Then serve it up in a bowl so that it looks a little bit like this:

Beef Enchilada Mac n Cheese Recipe

Please trust me when I say that this is good. Really good. Like, DELICIOUS! And trust me again: it's a real man-pleaser. Just in case you were wondering.

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You might want to make this as a side dish. You definitely could. But I'm a pasta girl, and when I make pasta, I want it to be the whole meal! And this is soooo worth the whole meal.

Dude! (Sometimes I just like repeating words I've used before in a post!) What are you waiting for? Go and make this.

The 80's Called

I saw a video on YouTube today and what I can say, I loved it. Even though it's just a commercial. A Radio Shack commercial, in fact. And while I'm not really one to promote commercials, when it's all about The 80's I just have to share it. 

Dude, I. Have. To.

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So let's all jump in our DeLorean, shall we, and travel back in time to the glorious 80's. For approximately 1 minute and 1 second anyway. To the land of legwarmers, and big hair, and dancing raisins, and even Alf.

See? How much more awesomely 80's can you get on a Thursday, I ask you?! Now admit it. You enjoyed that jaunt through your Ponch-sized past, Right? And it kind of made you want to get up dance. Just a little bit.

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I don't think it's necessarily going to help the store chain that much, considering they're closing so many of their stores around the country. But at least they have good taste. I'll give them that much. 

And now I return you back to the future...of the present, so that you can enjoy the rest of your day. Any questions?

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Gone to the Dogs

So my granddaughter, Destiny and I were watching TV yesterday when a Barbie commercial came on that I hadn't seen before. Destiny got all excited and kept saying, "Grandma, I really want that, so much." At first I thought it was just a new Barbie, but that's not really what the commercial was for. No, it was for Barbie's dog.

A dog that poops. WTF?!

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That's right. A dog that poops. Now maybe this pooping Barbie dog isn't even new. I don't know. But seriously, is it necessary to have a pooping Barbie dog? I mean, I'm trying to imagine the meeting that went down at Mattel. You know, the Suits are all sitting around debating what Barbie really needs in her ever so busy and plastic-filled Barbie world, and Suit #1 says, "hey, how about a dog?"

And Suit #2 says, "yeah, maybe, but that's so been there, done that. Barbie can't have just a typical dog. It needs to be something...more."

So Suit #3 says, "Hey, I know, let's make the dog poop!"

And all the Suits cheer in unison...

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And thus, Tanner the pooping Barbie dog is born. And you gotta love the marketing. "When Tanner has to go to the bathroom, Barbie cleans it up with the magnetic scooper."

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Yeah, as if Barbie would lower herself to scoop up dog poop. She might pop a boob or something.

Maybe I'm just getting old and cynical. But in this day and age, when we can open and close our garage doors from 300 miles away (there's an app for that!), I just think we're a wee bit more evolved than a pooping Barbie dog. I dunno. Call me crazy.

But I do know one thing: if you buy one of those pooping dogs for your child or grandchild, it'll all be shits and giggles (pun intended) until those little balls of plastic poop get lost. And then your child is going to freaking lose it.

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Which is exactly what Mattel wants, so you'll have to buy more! And then you'll be calling them up saying, "Hey, Mattel, I need to buy more dog poop." And they're going to just laugh themselves all the way to the bank, my friends.

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Well played, Mattel. Well played indeed.