Olympics Opening Ceremony… 2nd July recipe test with Anna!

The evening of Friday July 27th Anna and I had our second recipe test for the month while watching the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. We tried out some Mexican dishes, and no joke, this was seriously the best homemade Mexican food ever.

The taquitos were taste perfection in a roll- I ate three of them! 😀

The Spanish Rice was equally delicious.

Our “Cheater Churros” were way better than the real thing (I think) – anything that is made of bread, butter and cinnamon sugar I’m more than ok with.

The finished meal- It’s making me hungry again just looking at it!



I was pretty impressed by the opening ceremony this year- it was not quite as all out as China’s when it was in Bejing in 2008- but I think it was just as good in a different way. England was more subtle and ‘homey’ in their storytelling of their history. I loved the set up of the stage and how they had volunteers acting out scenes from England’s history including pasture scenes and the industrial revolution. I also appreciated how they used important British figures and accomplishments such as actors, musicians, and British literature and comedy  in the program.

These were a few of my favorite things:

The pastoral scene representing the part of the history of England. It was very cool how they showed different stages and high points of their history.

The pastoral scene representing the part of the history of England. It was very cool how they showed different stages and high points of their history.

Queen Elizabeth and Daniel Craig in the James Bond spoof

Queen Elizabeth and Daniel Craig in the James Bond spoof

Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean- SO funny!

Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean- SO funny!

Actor Kenneth Branagh :)

Actor Kenneth Branagh 🙂

Voldemort puppet from 'Harry Potter' as part of the British literature section of the ceremony- scarier looking than the actor in the movies!

Voldemort puppet from ‘Harry Potter’ as part of the British literature section of the ceremony- scarier looking than the actor in the movies!

Mary Poppins!!

Mary Poppins!!

Flag bearer Mariel Zagunis leading in the USA athletes

Flag bearer Mariel Zagunis leading in the USA athletes

The fireworks!!

The fireworks!!

It was a great start to the Olympics, and a fun filled (and tasty) evening!

GO USA!!!! 😀

The delicious recipes:

Recipe: Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Serving Size: 1 taquito

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup green salsa
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice (juice from half a lime)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp sliced green onions
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican flavored cheese
  • small flour or corn tortillas
  • kosher salt
  • cooking spray

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, salsa, lime juice, ground cumin, chili powder, onion powder and garlic. Once combined, stir in the cilantro and green onions. Add the chicken and cheese; mix thoroughly.

(If you decided to prep this in advance, refrigerate the mixture at this point until ready to continue.)

Working with a few tortillas at a time, heat them in the microwave between two paper towels until they are soft enough to roll (about 20 – 30 seconds).

Spoon 2-3 Tablespoons of the chicken mixture onto the lower third of a tortilla. Roll the tortilla as tightly as you can.

Place the rolled tortilla seam side down on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas until the mixture is gone. Make sure the taquitos are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with kosher salt.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until crisp and golden.

Serve with salsa, sour cream or guacamole.

**To freeze: Before baking, freeze the taquitos in a single layer on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes, then place in a labeled freezer bag and store up to 3 months. To bake a frozen taquito (no need to thaw first): Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and bake for 15-20 minutes.


Recipe: Basic Mexican Rice

Prep Time: 10 Minutes  |  Cook Time: 15 Minutes  |  Difficulty: Easy  |  Servings: 6


  • 2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
  • 1/2 whole Large Onion, Chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 cups Long Grain Rice
  • 1 can Rotel (10 Ounce)
  • 1 can Whole Tomatoes (14.5 Ounce)
  • 2 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth (more If Needed)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin (more To Taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Cilantro, Chopped

Preparation Instructions

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onions and garlic, then cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add rice and garlic. Stir constantly, making sure the rice doesn’t burn. Cook over low heat for 3 minutes. Add Ro-tel and tomatoes. Stir to combine and let cook for 2 minutes. Finally, add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 additional minutes or until rice is done. Add more liquid as needed; rice shouldn’t be sticky.

Just before serving, sprinkle lots of freshly chopped cilantro over the top. Serve immediately.


Recipe: Baked Cinnamon Sugar Churros (“Cheater Churros”)

These little sticks of goodness are absolutely divine. Whenever I go to an amusement park or county fair, it is a requirement to get a churro. Something about the crunchy warm cinnamon and sugar gets me every time. I had never attempted to make them myself (I am a chicken when it comes to deep-frying things), but came across this recipe for BAKED churros. I seriously made them that very same day and I guarantee you will want to do the same thing! They turn out amazing . . . crunchy cinnamon goodness in 15 minutes flat!

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Churros
1 sheet frozen pastry puff sheet, thawed (usually they come in a 2 pack . . . if you want to make both sheets, just double the recipe)
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, meltedDirections:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Unfold and cut puff pastry sheets in half lengthwise, and cut each half crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips.  Place strips on a lightly greased parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown (mine only took 8 minutes). Meanwhile, combine sugar and cinnamon.  Remove pastry sheets from oven and dip in butter, then roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Let stand on a wire rack 5 minutes or until dry.

Makes 18 churros.



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