For several months, I’ve had alot of misses on the new recipe front. Alot of what I’ve tried just hasn’t jelled so well for me. The latest failure was the breakfast burrito I tried to make with chorizo, cheese, and egg. I’d gotten the idea for those burritos from a fix and freeze concept cookbook. You know the kind. The type of recipe where you make a large batch of something and then freeze it. I don’t know if it is because of the recipe or those wholegrain tortillas I used. No matter what the true culprit was the result was a dish that didn’t reheat well in my opinion. It was just the latest thing to hit the trash.
As a lay in bed the other night waiting for sleep to come and thinking of my recent kitchen foibles, my eyes landed on my bookshelf, and my little year’s worth of Everyday Food magazines that sat there, neglected and gathering dust. As my cooking interests have flitted from one idea to the next over the last year and a half, I’d forgotten about these little gems. Everyday Food helped me greatly when I first started this blog. You can see one of the issues above says October 2007, one month after I started Not Exactly Bento. I used these judiciously in my first 6 months of learning to cook. Then as other things caught my interest, they sort of fell by the wayside. I’ve always wanted to get back to them, but never have.
With a three more weeks of challenge to go, difficulty on the cooking front is an obstacle I don’t need. And as I stared at my bookshelf I realized that it was time to bring Everyday Food back into my life. I decided it was time to resubscribe. However, the first issue won’t be here until May. As I enjoyed my day of fun and visiting with Kim Monday, we stopped into Barnes and Noble where I picked up a copy of the current issue of Everyday Food. There were several recipes I knew immediately I wanted to try, some I may not have thought to try 2 years ago. And it made me realize how far I’ve come in the last 2+ years of this blog. <big grins>
Today’s lunch comes from the April 2010 issue of Everyday Food on page 72. A bean and rice burrito is featured. I’ve changed the recipe a bit to include black beans and quinoa with cheese. I made them all last night and then flash froze the little burritos. Each burrito was then wrapped into aluminum foil for safe storage in my freezer. One came out this morning and was paired with leftover green beans from yesterday and other goodies from my fridge. I plan to come back and post today on how this burrito tasted and if I think it will stand the test of frozen time better than that other concoction. In all honesty, I have great faith in this one than I did in the other.
This is Day 8 of the 30-Day Bento Challenge. For more information, see the original post. Latecomers are welcome to join.
Disclaimer: I have no affiliations with Everyday Food, Amazon, or any of the other entities in this post. These are simply things I use to make my cooking life easier.