Just a few years ago, menu planning amounted to little more than a rotation of fairly standard, boring recipes all three girls liked and my husband tolerated. Nothing too spicy, too colorful (green was to be especially avoided), or too saucy... and forget about seafood! As the girls have gotten older, the stringent "food rules" have relaxed, and I can happily indulge in a little culinary experimentation again.
My goal is to try at least one new recipe each week. A folder of possibilities gathered from magazines, newspapers, blogs and websites can be found alongside my cookbooks. Multi-colored post-it flags, marking recipes that have caught my attention, adorn the edges of most cookbooks, too!
Martha Stewart's recipes have been a huge success lately, and this week had us adding her Tortilla Pie recipe to the "keeper" file. The tortillas are trimmed to fit a springform pan and layered with a mixture of beef, corn, spinach, and cheese. This was delicious served with salsa and sour cream on the side! As you can see, my pie didn't look much like Martha's (shown below). Next time I'll layer the mixture more evenly, and really pack it down before baking. Thanks again, Martha!