Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, January 8, 2012

taco salad party

another fun choice for entertaining has to be taco salads made to order.  each guest is able to make their own with ingredients provided for them buffet style.  for parties where some prefer beef, others prefer grilled chicken, and still others may be vegetarian; everyone can choose their own protein or simply the vegetables and condiments.

some individuals may choose to season their chicken or meat, and i have found this seasoning to be quite tasty.  seasoned meat is not required for this salad, just an option. if used, add to the meat while cooking or grilling on the stove top.

for these salads, i used round tortilla shells, chopped lettuce, ground beef, cooked corn, chopped red tomatoes, chopped black olives, chopped green onion, shredded cheddar cheese, or a selection of shredded cheeses, salsa, sour cream, and a red based salad dressing.  store bought honey french dressing or Catalina dressing is very tasty on this salad.
using similar serving bowls adds to the festive nature of the presentation.  these star bowls were purchased online at crate and barrel several years ago and are not available there today. 

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