The Need for Comfort over Authentic: Dad’s Mexican-Inspired Skillet Taco

Skillet Taco with Brown Rice

Everyone has a cheap, quick comfort food dish from childhood memories. Mine is Dad’s Skillet taco recipe. Perhaps, Mom occasionally made it, too. It a classic 1970s dish. It was taco seasoning mixed into ground beef scrapped to the center of the skillet. White rice surrounded the beef. Shredded iceberg lettuce layered the rice. Gooey, melted, shredded cheddar cheese topped the meat, and the dish was finished with plain chopped tomatoes. What I remember most about this dish: Always wanting more cheese.

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Turkey Meatloaf with Mushrooms and Herbs

This past weekend is the last of the grand dinners until I’ve settled into my new apartment… with a larger kitchen. Over the next few weeks, I’ll cook meals requiring less equipment for obvious reasons (unpacking boxes). The Fall menu includes Butternut Squash Gratin and Sautéed Kale. I admit, I’m not much of a meat person, but I feel honored to have finally made a juicy and flavorful meat recipe. The next day’s leftover menu will include Turkey Meatloaf sandwich, melted sharp cheddar cheese over rosemary ciabatta bread with caramelized onions… a sandwich inspired by Peaches Restaurant in Brooklyn. Read more