Brief Burritos. New Music From Astrid’s Tea Party.

Brief Burritos

Don’t you love the name of this recipe?


Yes, ‘Brief’ accurately describes the prep to create these cheesy, refried bean-laced beef burritos. Super easy and really good.

If you like these brief burritos you also might want to try the very similar Cheddar Bean Quesadillas that I shared earlier this month.

Brief Burritos
Brief Burritos


1 pound ground beef
1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
1/2 cup chili sauce
8 flour tortillas (10 inch size), warmed
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream


1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in beans, tomatoes and chili sauce; heat through.

2. Place about 1/2 cup meat mixture near the center of each tortilla. Top with cheese and sour cream. Fold bottom and sides of tortilla over filling and roll up. Serve immediately.

Serves 8

Recipe from
Brief Burritos

‘Black Swan’ is a new single from UK based band Astrid’s Tea Party. I love the menacing music. You can be pretty sure when a woman sings to warn someone what another “She” will do to them, it probably doesn’t involve the threat of making them delicious burritos.

“You can’t run
She’ll be too fast for you
She’ll take your lying heart
And cut it into two
Some things you’ll wish you’d left alone
Now everything you owned
Everything you owned skinned to the bone”

Nope. Not a burrito in sight there.

Check out Astrid’s Tea Party on the band’s Website, where you can learn of upcoming gigs in the UK and keep tuned for info on where you can buy the music.


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Easy Baked Puff Pastry Cheese Twists. New Music From The Wallies.

Easy Baked Puff Pastry Cheese Twists

So, I’m in the elevator on my way to my apartment after a long day at the office. A neighbor, who I hadn’t seen in awhile, was riding with me. I said “Hey, do you want to come over for a drink to catch up? Why don’t you come by as soon as you drop your stuff home.”

Three things wrong with that scenario. I don’t work, I don’t live in an apartment building and I am not spontaneous.

I do love to catch up with friends, though, and have a small arsenal of easy recipes on hand that come together quickly for an impromptu get together.

Like these Easy Baked Puff Pastry Cheese Twists. They only take 15 minutes to make and keep well in an airtight container.

I love the twists warm with soup when the cheese is fragrant and melty. The twists are also perfect with a cold glass of wine when they are cool and crisp.

Easy Baked Puff Pastry Cheese Twists
Easy Baked Puff Pastry Cheese Twists


1 sheet frozen puff pastry
1 large egg
½ cup shredded Italian cheese blend, such as Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago
½ cup mozzarella cheese
Flour, for dusting


1. Thaw the pastry according to package directions.

2. Preheat the oven to 400℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. Crack the egg into a small bowl or cup. Add 1 tablespoon water, and whisk until blended.

4. In another small bowl, mix together the cheeses.

5. Unfold the puff pastry sheet and place on a lightly floured work surface.

6. Using a pastry brush, brush some of the egg mixture evenly over the dough.

7. Sprinkle half of the cheese mixture evenly over half of the egg-brushed dough.

8. Fold the uncovered dough over the cheese and press gently to seal.

9. Brush the top with the egg mixture, sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese mixture, and press gently to help adhere.

10. Turn the dough over, brush the other side with the egg mixture, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and press gently.

11. Cut the pasty lengthwise into 4 equal strips.
Holding each strip by the ends, turn the ends a few times in opposite direction to make a twist. Place the twists, evenly spaced, on the baking sheet.

12 Bake until browned, about 10 minutes.

13. Let twists cool briefly. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe from Momables

Easy Baked Puff Pastry Cheese Twists
Easy Baked Puff Pastry Cheese Twists

It was this song title that first got my attention. I may not be spontaneous, but I sure as hell am picky. :)

These lyrics cracked me up.

“I know he saved all the clever stories for ya
when he saw you bobbing your head
to that boring Beiber song yeah
and just your taste in music might have given over
the fact that you’re not
that very picky
are you?”

Check out The Wallies on Bandcamp, where you can buy their music.


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Pear And Maple Syrup Banana Bread. Listening To Fire/Works.

Pear And Maple Syrup Banana Bread


Banana bread gets kicked up a level with the addition of pears, pecans and maple syrup. Although already plenty moist and sweet, a drizzle of maple syrup over the slices is a terrific touch.

Pear And Maple Syrup Banana Bread
Pear And Maple Syrup Banana Bread


100g/3.5oz unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
3 (about 250g/9oz) very ripe bananas
100g/1/2 cup golden caster sugar
2 ripe but still firm comice pears, cored and chopped, dusted in a little flour
1 Tbs maple syrup, plus extra to serve
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
150g/1 1/3 cups flour
½ tsp baking soda
50g/20z pecans, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease and line a 9 x 5 inch loaf tin with parchment paper so it overhangs the short edges of the tin.

2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl, then stir in the melted butter and sugar until well combined.

3. Stir in the pears, maple syrup and vanilla, then beat in the egg.

4. Sift the flour and baking soda into a small bowl. Gently fold flour mixture, along with the pecans, into the banana batter.

5. Pour mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Bake for 45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

6. Allow bread to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then lift out onto a wire rack. Drizzle with extra maple syrup to serve.

Serves 8

Recipe from Delicious Magazine
Pear And Maple Syrup Banana Bread
Pear And Maple Syrup Banana Bread

‘Elephants’ is a lovely new tune from Canadian duo Fire/Works.

Those ‘whoas’ and ‘las’ building up to the chorus are exceedingly good.

“Anything can happen in the dark”

Check out Fire/Works on Facebook. You can buy their music on Bandcamp.


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Baked Italian Sausage Sandwich. New Music From Misun.

Baked Italian Sausage Sandwich

My mother was Italian. It is a wonder I can use a wooden spoon without breaking out into a sweat.

As a modern era parent, I use my wooden spoons solely to stir up delicious things on the stove. An example is the sausage-olive filling for this easy, tasty, and quick Baked Italian Sausage Sandwich. The bun gets toasted and crisp in the oven while the cheese oozes all over the saucy filling. Yum.

I served everyone their sandwich in its foil packet, which was fun. Onion rings made a great side.

Baked Italian Sausage Sandwich
Baked Italian Sausage Sandwich


3⁄4 lb bulk Italian sausage (hot or mild)
1 1⁄2 cups marinara sauce
1⁄2 cup sliced pitted black olives
1 red onion, sliced in half rings
1⁄2 red bell pepper, sliced in strips
4 French rolls
4 slices mozzarella cheese, halved lengthwise or 6 oz, shredded


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2. In a skillet brown sausage until cooked through, breaking it up. Drain. Stir in the sauce and olives; heat through.

3. Split rolls lengthwise without cutting through opposite side.

4. Place a piece of cheese (or a sprinkling if using shredded) on bottom half of each roll.

5. Divide sausage mixture evenly among the 4 rolls, top with onion, red bell pepper and remaining cheese.

6. Wrap each sandwich in foil and seal. Place on a baking sheet and bake the wrapped sandwiches for about 15 minutes.

7. Unwrap and serve.

Serves 4

Recipe from
Baked Italian Sausage Sandwich

‘After Me’ shouts out “picnic in the sunshine” music. I want to turn to face the sky, crank up the volume and dig into my sandwich. What a great tune.

Check out Misun on Facebook. Their “Feel Better” EP is due out May 29th.


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Cheesy Jalapeño Stuffed Pizza Crust

Cheesy Jalapeño Stuffed Pizza Crust

You’ll want to listen to me today (not that I’m a yellow light or anything like that) when I tell you that these Cheesy Jalapeño Stuffed Pizza Crusts are Da Bomb! So ridiculously delicious.

And why wouldn’t they be delicious? Cheese and pizza crust with a good dose of jalapeño all baked together until the cheese is melted and molten.

Use your favorite cheese and add as many jalapeños as your taste buds like. I didn’t think I would like the Velveeta stuffed crusts, but the cheese melted into such a silky, smooth mess that I was hooked.

Cheesy Jalapeño Stuffed Pizza Crust
Cheesy Jalapeño Stuffed Pizza Crust


1 roll (13.8 oz) pizza crust dough such as Pillsbury
Velveeta cheese and/or mozzarella string cheese, cut into 1/8″ strips
Jalapeño peppers, finely chopped
1 egg beaten with a little water to make an egg wash
Olive oil
Oregano and Parmesan, for sprinkling
Marinara sauce, for dipping


1. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and slice into 2″ strips.

2. Place a strip of cheese and a sprinkling of the jalapeños into the center of each dough strip. Press the dough around the filling to seal.

3. Place stuffed crusts seam side down on a parchment lined baking sheet and brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with oregano and Parmesan.

4. Bake at 350℉ degrees for about 12 minutes or until golden.

5. Serve hot with marinara sauce on the side.

Makes enough to feed 4 as a snack or light dinner. Recipe doubles and triples easily.

Recipe from Oh Bite It!
Cheesy Jalapeño Stuffed Pizza Crust
Cheesy Jalapeño Stuffed Pizza Crust

Here’s a Cheesy Love Song (For You). Per Pete Morrison, it is ‘cheesy stuff about love’. I think we’ve made a recipe match. :)

Check out Pete Morrison on Bandcamp, where you can buy his music.


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Short And Sweet. Buttermilk Pie.

Buttermilk Pie

Oh My! You should make this pie.

Buttermilk doesn’t necessarily get my imagination running wild like, say, caramel would. Pancakes are what pop into my mind.

Until this divine pie came into my kitchen.

Just a few basic ingredients, 1 minute of mixing and a 50 minute bake time and you have a sweet, custardy, smooth pie with a crisp, caramelized top.

I thought the pie was perfect, but so many comments on the Food Network website called for reducing the amount of sugar to one cup, that I felt I needed to pass that along to you.
Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk Pie


1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup biscuit mix such as Bisquick
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 eggs


1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease a 9-inch pie pan.

2. Put all ingredients in a bowl and blend for 1 minute with an electric mixer. Pour mixture into prepared pan.

3. Bake for about 50 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

Serves 8

Recipe from Paula Deen
Buttermilk Pie
Buttermilk Pie

Here is a short song, that is also sweet.

And a sweet song, in a dark, shotgun-titled sort of way.

“but you’re so pretty in my tshirt,
if you wear nothing else, I’ll stay

I just want to kill time with you”

Check out Revolution, I Love You on the band’s Website, where you can learn of upcoming shows on the US east coast and name your price to buy their music.


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Frito Pie. The Regal Peaches On The Stereo.

Frito Pie
Frito Pie, the popular southwestern dish of chili, corn chips and cheese, is the perfect meal to make a Monday a fun day.

Just make a batch of your favorite chili (or try the delicious beef and bean recipe below) top it with Fritos and a whole lot of cheese. Individual baking dishes are a festive touch.

Bake it up. Serve it up. Smile.

Frito Pie
Frito Pie


Chili (recipe follows)
1 (10.25-ounce) bag Fritos corn chips
16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 green onions, thinly sliced


1. Preheat oven to 375℉.

2. Transfer chili to a baking dish or individual ramekins. Top with Fritos, pressing them lightly into the chili. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top.

3. Bake until cheese is melted and the chili is bubbling, about 30 minutes.

4. Sprinkle with green onions and serve immediately.

Serves 10



2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 yellow onions, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
¼ cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt, divided
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 (15-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree


1. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Add the onions, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne and ½ teaspoon of the salt. Cook until the vegetables have softened, about 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.

2. Add beef and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 10 minutes.

3. Stir in the beans, diced tomatoes, tomato puree and the remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat. Cover and cook over very low heat for 45 minutes.

4. Remove lid and continue to simmer for an additional 45 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Recipes from Brown Eyed Baker

Frito Pie
Frito Pie

Here’s a casserole sized Frito Pie.
Frito Pie

‘Blame It On The Weather’, from LA-based band The Regal Peaches’ debut EP, is a fine way to start the week.

Check out The Regal Peaches on Facebook. You can buy their music here.


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