Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mexican Pizza and Top 10 for Food Bloggers

After watching the food blogs the last few weeks apparently there is some sort of food blogger rule that says between the last week of December and by mid-January a blogger must post a top 10 list. Some post the best recipes of the year, some the best photos and some promise what they will do during the next year. My list is slightly different approach. The Top Ten Foodie Trends I Don't Understand.

Top Ten Foodie Trends I Don't Understand
9. Why does it have to be 10 things?
8. Highly specialized cooking gadgets. There is a new popsicle maker on the market it makes 2 popsicles at a time and sells for $50. Have you never heard of dixie cup, recycled popsicle stick and a freezer? Cost .03 cents. Maybe I have watched to much Alton Brown and believe his slogan Death to Uni-taskers.
7. Bacon - I like bacon. I have 2 bacon t-shirts. But this bacon thing has gone to far. Bacon Mints, Bacon toothpaste, bacon soap, and the thing that pushed me over the edge bacon nativity scene. Bacon has officially jumped the shark.
6. Cupcakes - when they started bacon cupcakes, there are 1,140,000 images in the Google search, cupcakes jumped the shark.
5. Grains - This years grain of the year is quinoa. I think the reason it is so popular is because no 2 people pronounce it the same way, so every time you hear the name it sounds new and run out and buy it. Now everybody has 12 boxes of quinoa and they have to cook with it. Yes I understand grains are good for you, but why all of these exotic 3 times more expensive than oat, barley and corn grains. Oh wait I think I just answered my own question.
4.  Gluten Free - I know some people actually have a medical problem with gluten and they are exempt from my rant. I have seen foods that have never had gluten advertised as gluten free, while this may be true the fact that they are advertising it implies that other brands contain it. Gluten is generally found in processed foods and grains. Gluten has become the new "fat" we must get rid of it in all food.
3. Sliders - Smaller burgers are good right? Except they are small so people eat twice as many and end up eating more fat and calories than if they would have eaten the full size burger.
2. Making things in a jar - why do we want to make it harder to get things out of the container. Tall and skinny usually means awkward and hard to get at.
1. Pops/balls - I don't like to bake so maybe I am missing the idea of why these are good. But why would you make a cake then squish it into a ball and then put it on a stick? If some one would hand you a piece of cake that is all squished up you wouldn't eat it.

Mexican Pizza
2 tortillas
1/2 can refried beans
1 cup Mexican Chicken

Salsa, sour cream, black olives, green onions, red onion, tomato, jalapeƱo, queso fresco or any other favorite topping to taste.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss the tortillas in the oven and heat them until they start to bubble. remove them and they will finish crisping as they sit. While the tortillas are crisping heat the beans and chicken. Spread some beans over the tortilla, then put down a layer of the chicken. Top that with some cheese. Put back in the oven until the the cheese melts. remove and top with the other ingredients.


  1. Very very true! It's amazing what floats some boats! lol this was more than a great read bonus with this great mexican Pizza.... check your title.. piza your Italian now!

  2. Thanks for being my spell checker!

  3. Love the pizza idea - yum!
    And your blog is really cool :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. You should have left that half my family talks that way! :) see I can be funny sometimes too you know... I had a great teacher .... in North C. have a great week!

  5. Choc Chip Uru thanks for the nice comment.
    Claudia you learn well.

  6. Awesome Recipe...Thanks for posting it dear..


  7. +1 on the Bacon thing - Fullsteam Brewery in Durham NC even has Bacon Beer (Okay, they call it "Hogwash", but taste's like bacon beer to everyone I've had it with).

    And I've been making Quinoa since a work potluck was alphabet theme-based, and I drew "Q". So after thinking about brining "quater-pounders", I settled on Quinoa.

    Actually, Quinoa's a healthy and really, really cheap grain if not bought at whole-paycheck, and feeds like a thousand people for about a buck-fiddy (Trader Joe's Organic, no hulling or rinsing and cooks in about 15 minutes).

    Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain, and contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans. It is also high fiber. I'll make sure we have some next dinner at our house.

  8. Bah I love it. I am so guilty of the food in jars thing. I even do a weekly post on it. Quinoa I am right there with you. The only thing I like bacon on is pizza. Your pizza looks amazing. You cracked me up. Thank you!

  9. Dear Greg, I think that we must think alike. Your top ten post I was saying, "yes, I agree!".
    I don't understand sliders. I like a nice big burger!!, not 5 tiny ones. I don't understand the bacon thing. I just like bacon the way the Good Lord intended it to be eaten. I don't really understand the whole cupcake craze. Well, I think you get the idea. I could go on but I won't.
    Anyway, your pizza looks just delightful!! Blessings, Catherine

  10. Wow! Love the link for the mexican chicken! Makes it so much for authentic! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lou the Mexican Chicken link is to my old blog. Don't want people to think I am stealing from other people's blogs without giving credit. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. For the record I don't really despise any of the things in this post, I was just trying to get some comments. It's been kind of quiet around here.

  12. This post had me laughing out loud! LITERALLY.... I'm not down with buying a bunch of crazy gadgets (I'm trying to save up for a camera!), I don't get the pops craze, I'll take my gluten thank you, and bacon... well, I'll just leave that one alone completely! :D