Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Tree of Life/ The Importance of All

                                                                The Tree of Life
                                                          Is the Tree of Humanity.
                                                   All people are bound together
                                                By the simple outreach of branches.
                                           What affects an individual branch of the tree, 
                                  Affects the health and well-being of the tree as a whole.
                                   Respect and Protect All... no matter their cycle of living.
                                                                     Like leaves,
                                                               Some sprout new,
                                                                      and tender.
                                                              Some grow strong,
                                                                     and green.
                                                               Some grow aged,
                                                                    and golden.
                                                              Some have fallen,
                                                           and carry forth a promise.
                                                  All are important to the tree of Life.
                     Without the nourishment of the aged and fallen,
                                                                   the new and young
                                                                                  will never

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Jane Dough's Taco Pie


Cinco de Mayo is coming up soon and I very much enjoy cooking Hispanic. I was pondering recently how I could create a dish that would allow me to enjoy the beautiful flavor of Tacos, but control the amount of salt and fat in my recipe. So, with that said... I came up with a Taco Pie. The crust is simply an adaptation of my Pie crust, using Corn meal. And I rendered away the fat from the meat... and infused it with wonderful herb and spice. Here is my recipe:

                                                      Jane Dough's Taco Pie

For the Pie crust:

1 Cup ground Corn Meal
1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Shortening
4-5 Tblsp. Cold Tap Water

In a medium bowl, blend the Corn Meal and Flour. Add Shortening and blend that thru with a fork until the dough takes on a peas appearance.

Add cold Tap Water and continue to blend that in with a fork..... until the dough reaches a consistency that when pressed with your fingers it holds shape.

Press the Pie dough firmly into a pie dish as shown, forming your Pie crust. Take the tines of a fork and randomly poke holes into the crust. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350' until lightly golden.


While your Pie Crust is baking... you can work on the 'Pie Filling".  

In a Skillet, place approx. 1.25 Lbs of Ground Beef,  Browning the meat, keeping it loose with a fork, and rendering off the fat from the meat as it cooks. Do be sure to remove the fat from the meat... I know.. some of you might say that removes the flavor... but to that, as a Nurse & an avid Cook... I say.. Nonsense!!... :P Just look at the awfulness that won't be going into your body......


                                                       Once the fat is removed from the Ground Beef, add in 2 Tblsp. of Chili Powder, 1 Tblsp. of Smokey Cumin powder and 1 heaping Tsp. of dried Cilantro. Add in 1/2 to 3/4 Cup of TapWater to this and stir through to make a 'Broth' throughout the meat. You will cook this broth down on medium heat until it is infused and absorbed into the meat and the meat is well coated.

Then dice up Avocado and Tomato, finely shred Iceberg Lettuce and set aside.....

When your Pie crust is out of the oven, .......
Fill it with the coated Ground Beef, and top the Ground Beef with your favorite Low Fat shredded Cheese. Place back into the oven for just a minute or two to let the cheese melt.
You can then finish layering on the lovely fresh vegetables... placing Lettuce first, then Avocado, then Tomato. If you like Black Olives, you can dice those onto the pie. Cut into slices and top with your favorite Salsa ... and if you must be bad... Sour Cream... but do me a favor... go with low fat Sour Cream... :P This was really fun for me to make...I hope you enjoy it as well.... xo  


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