My Foray Into Food Storage

A regular gal learning about Food Storage, Home Cooking, Canning, Gardening, and more!


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Chipotle Inspired Corn Salsa

Making some corn salsa to go along with my Cafe Rio Inspired Beef for dinner tonight!

My Foray Into Food Storage

This is my last post in my Cafe Rio/Chipotle recipe series.  Once I’d mastered Cafe Rio Beef (recipe here), Cafe Rio Black Beans (recipe here), and Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice (recipe here), I realized that I needed something else to really put these “Burrito Bowls” over the top.  I needed a corn salsa.  I tried a few different versions, and this is what I came up with.  It doesn’t taste like Chipotle’s Corn Salsa, but it was inspired by it.  I hope you love it as much as I do.

And it's ready to serve. Tomato Corn Salsa

Tomato Corn Salsa

1 16-oz bag of frozen corn (or 1 lb of corn cut from corn on the cob)

1 7-oz can chopped roasted green chiles

Lime juice, to taste (I use about 2 tablespoons)

1 15-oz can petite diced tomatoes, undrained

1/3 jalapeno, diced

1/2 red onion…

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Bad Day? Stressed? There’s Nothing A Little Hot Fudge Sauce Can’t Fix, Right?

Disclaimer: I am not encouraging emotional eating, nor do I truly believe fudge makes everything better.  It might make everything a little more bearable, but not better.

 

With that said, let’s get down to the nitty gritty…  Hot Fudge Sauce!  Although, I am not a big dessert eater, I rarely say, “no” to a good hot fudge sauce, which is why I rarely buy it.  I would say, “yes” to it daily, and that is not a good thing.

 

Today, I made my third batch of homemade Hershey’s chocolate sauce (see post about my first attempt here), and I thought it might be fun to experiment by adding some cream and making the syrup into a hot fudge sauce.  My youngest son was worried it would mess up the chocolate sauce, and he has a point as my experiments go awry on occasionSo I pulled 1/2 cup of chocolate sauce out and experimented.

 

The good news?  My experiment was successful.  The bad news?  My experiment was successful.  Now I know I can have hot fudge sauce any time I want.  Hmm…  Want to learn how to endanger your waistline, too?  Here’s the recipe I used.

 

Thick, Rich Hot Fudge Sauce

Thick, Rich Hot Fudge Sauce

 

Hot Fudge Sauce

Adapted from a Food.com recipe found here

 

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)

dash of salt

2 teaspoons Vanilla extract (real is best)

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

 

Mix together sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium saucepan.  Add water and whisk until the ingredients are well incorporated into the water.  Turn heat on medium high.  Heat until boiling, stirring constantly.  Once the mixture comes to a boil, boil for 1 minute.  After one minute, turn off heat.  Add vanilla and stir into mixture.  Turn stove back on to medium high heat, and whisk in cream a little at a time.  Bring to a steady boil, stirring constantly.  Boil for 2-3 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken.  Remove from heat.  Serve and enjoy!  You may store this in the fridge and heat up as needed.

 

Here’s my photo step-by-step.

 

I assembled my ingredients (minus the heavy whipping cream).

I assembled my ingredients (minus the heavy whipping cream).

 

I measured the water, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt and put them in a saucepan.

I measured the water, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt and put them in a saucepan.

 

I turned the heat on medium-high and began to whisk the ingredients together.

I turned the heat on medium-high and began to whisk the ingredients together.

 

It took a couple of minutes, but soon enough it was smooth.

It took a couple of minutes, but soon enough it was smooth.

 

As the mixture heated through and as I stirred, the foamy bubbles on top began to disappear.

As the mixture heated through and as I stirred, the foamy bubbles on top began to disappear.

 

Shortly thereafter, the mixture began to boil.  I turned the heat down to medium, so it wouldn't boil over.  I stirred the boiling mixture for one minute.  Then, I turned off the heat.

Shortly thereafter, the mixture began to boil. I turned the heat down to medium, so it wouldn’t boil over. I stirred the boiling mixture for one minute. Then, I turned off the heat.

 

It's beginning to look like chocolate syrup, isn't it?  I let the mixture cool for a few minutes.

It’s beginning to look like chocolate syrup, isn’t it? I let the mixture cool for a few minutes.

 

Finally, I added the real vanilla extract and stirred it into the syrup.

Next, I added the real vanilla extract and stirred it into the syrup.

 

After transferring most of the syrup to a jar, I measured the remaining syrup and found it was 1/2 cup.

After transferring most of the syrup to a jar, I measured the remaining syrup and found it was 1/2 cup.

 

I turned the heat back on to medium high.  When the syrup started the simmer, I gradually added 3 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream, stirring with a whisk until it was incorporated.

I turned the heat back on to medium high. When the syrup started the simmer, I gradually added 3 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream, stirring with a whisk until it was incorporated.

 

Once the mixture was boiling, I started my timer and let it go for about 2 1/2 minutes when the syrup changed texture and got noticeably thicker.  At this point, I removed it from the heat.

Once the mixture was boiling, I started my timer and let it go for about 2 1/2 minutes when the syrup changed texture and got noticeably thicker. At this point, I removed it from the heat.

 

Note how the syrup coats the spoon.  This is different than the Hershey's syrup recipe which looks like this:

Note how the syrup coats the spoon. This is different than the Hershey’s syrup recipe which was a bit runny.

 

Ice cream with knock-off Hershey's chocolate syrup.

See?  This is ice cream with knock-off Hershey’s chocolate syrup.

 

And this is the Hot Fudge Sauce.  It coats the ice cream and thickens as it cools.  It was so yummy!

And this is the Hot Fudge Sauce. It coats the ice cream and thickens as it cools. It was so yummy!

 

What’s your favorite indulgence (which is bad for your waistline)?

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share with me?

 

 


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Knock-Off Recipe Test: Trader Joe’s Ranchero Egg White Salad

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My Foray Into Food Storage

A little over a year ago, I was working with a nutritionist who recommended Trader Joe’s Egg White Salads as a good way to add some protein to my diet without adding too many calories.  I was a bit hesitant, but I stopped by my local Trader Joe’s and bought some.  Both varieties were DELICIOUS!  Only two problems… it was $2.99 for 2 little servings, and Trader Joe’s is a little out of my way.  So, while I would like to eat this just about every day, it’s not going to happen.

Then it came to me!  I could find a “copy cat” recipe and make my own.  Only problem?  I only found ONE recipe online for my favorite Spicy Ranchero version.  ONE!  Usually when I want to make something, I can find at least a dozen recipes online.  Then I can pick and choose at my leisure which…

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