I like to use the internet now to look for recipes. I've learned that if I keep them in my email inbox with the intention of printing and keeping them, I end up deleting them a few weeks later. If I print them and put them on the counter with the intention of putting them in a book, they end up being used as coloring pages. So, I created a folder in my email creatively called "Recipes," email the link to myself and file it away. When it's time to cook, I bring the laptop in the kitchen, and presto, the recipe is there for use.
To get new recipes, I don't have the patience to just browse and find something that looks good. I search based on the ingredient I want to use, which in the case of tonight's dinner, was baked beans. I found an easy recipe with a yummy-looking picture and was very excited to try it. The Deen Bros (of Food Network fame) Ground Beef and Baked Beans Casserole seemed to me to have a lot of promise. (pic to the left) Looks good, no?
It was easy to make, hard to screw up, but it turned out just ok. The problem, I think, was the sauce. The majority of the liquid that makes up the sauce comes from the baked beans. When I opened the can of baked beans I used for this, I even thought to myself that the sauce was pretty watery, but didn't realize it would matter as much as it did. The taste itself, I thought, was very good. So I guess next time I have to use a fancy baked bean brand to make sure that the sauce is nice and thick like the picture. I also have to move the oven rack down one before I put it under the broiler so the bacon gets more overall crispy instead of crunchy tips and just-cooked middles. And I bet it would help the picture if I made it at 3 pm and put it on a pretty tablecloth as the sunshine beams in. But alas, here is my version:
Here's hoping my next blog, regardless of topic, isn't so watered down.