Sunday, August 31, 2008

Chile Relleno Casserole

We love TexMex food and detest waste and this evening as I dug through the refrigerator locating food that was in danger of being thrown out if it wasn't eaten quickly, I found some ground turkey, shredded cheese, green onions, and canned chiles. Makeshift TexMex was in order!

I used a recipe I'd not tried before and although it was good it didn't taste like chile rellenos to me. I think the name is a misnomer though my other half said it was a pretty good substitute for chile rellenos to him. I really do think that "Taco Casserole" would be a more fitting name for this dish, though.

Here's the recipe:

Chile Relleno Casserole

Brown 2 pounds of hamburger meat. Mix in one packet of taco seasoning. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for five minutes. Add 2 cans of chopped chiles to a casserole dish. Next add a layer of hamburger meat and then a layer of cheese. Continue layering until you run out of meat. Bake at 325 until cheese is melted and all is heated through.

In addition, I topped the dish with chopped green onions the last few minutes of cooking.

Again, I thought the dish was good but it wasn't quite what I expected. Its so tasty, quick, and easy, though, and we'll definitely have it again. And while it might not be strictly low carb, its definitely lower carb and that's a plus! Served with a salad and perhaps some black beans, it would feed a small crowd.

Friday, August 1, 2008

A quick look at Caffe Medici in Austin Texas

Caffe Medici is where the wedding rehearsal dinner for my son and soon to be daughter in love will be held next weekend. Jeremy and Lydia met there when the place was still Metro and it has sentimental value to them so that's where the dinner will be. I haven't been there but Lorenzo, Caffe Medici's person in charge of catering, sent me these photos today.

This is what you see when you walk in the door. I just love the look of this place!

A closer view of the espresso bar and Patrick, one of their champion baristas.

Upstairs. I just love the brick/red walls and the shelves!

More upstairs.

Confession time...I want to move in to Caffee Medici!