Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Rainy day post

Good morning all.
It is a gray, rainy, chilly day here in Indiana.  Looks like it will be this way through tomorrow, and then again this weekend.  We do need the rain, which seems odd to say, after we had such a wet June and July!

What better to do today, than to think about cooking and recipes! 

Here are a couple ideas to stretch your budget and make your own.  When we make our own, it is not always easier, but we know exactly what is in our food.  It also keeps us from making an extra grocery run, and gives us an option for spur of the moment yumminess.

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/4 C water
1/2 C sugar
pinch of salt and a dash of vanilla extract

Mix cocoa, water and sugar in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and stir constantly for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and add salt and vanilla.
Yummy over ice cream or in milk or shakes.

1 C masa flour
2/3 C water
1/8 tsp. salt
Combine and mix for about 2 minutes.  If it's too dry, add a little water (1 Tbsp.at a time).  Divide into 8 balls.  If you don't have a tortilla press, place ball between two pieces of plastic wrap and roll into 5" - 6" circles.  Cover with damp towel till 'cooking'.
Preheat an ungreased griddle, and cook one at a time for 50 seconds on each side.  Keep in a plastic bag in the frig. for up to a week.
These are so easy to make, and they are actually less calories than store bought.  Oh, did I mention how yummy they taste?!!!!
As you can see, the bag is almost 5 lbs. and I got this bag on clearance for 1.49.  It is normally less than $3 at regular price, and will make a lot of tortillas.  Found in the ethnic aisle of the grocery.

3/4 C dried (instant) minced onion
4 tsp. onion powder
1/3 C beef bouillon
1/4 tsp. crushed celery seed
1/4 tsp. sugar
Mix together and store in an airtight container.  I keep mine in a pint jar.
2 tablespoons EQUAL one packet of soup mix.
How easy!  I like to give this as gifts as well!

Enjoy and make something homemade today!


  1. Thank you for this nice post. I've been wanting to make my own tortillas.
    On the soup, where do you find powdered bouillon to put in the recipe? I only have the cube or the semi liquid stuff that you keep in the refrigerator.

    It's raining here too! I would prefer it be a little cooler but that's coming next week.

    1. Laurie many of the grocery stores sell the dry bouillon here, but it is harder to find than the kind you mentioned.
      Also you might want to check out Allbulkfoods.com and look for Boyd's bases. They sell chicken, beef, and ham. The ham is always a mainstay in our house. I used to buy it at the Amish store when I got down there (they sold Boyd's), but now I just order it myself. It's some good stuff.
      The price on the web site is the same as I paid at the Amish store.

  2. Rain, Rain! Us, too, Cheryl. I have made homemade tortillas and vouch for their tastiness! When they get stale they can be cut into wedges and used for dipping into hummus and salsa, or layered in a casserole with beans and beef and tomatoes.

    1. They are also good to 'bake' in the oven for chips. Cut up, brush with a tiny bit of olive oil, salt, and bake till crisp.

      I have also draped them over the oven racks to make homemade taco shells. Kind of gives those NEW flat bottom shells. Bake till crisp.

    2. Yes indeedy! I wondered how to bake them into shapes, thanks Cheryl!