Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Taco Bar Party Part Three

Loaded Beef Nachos a snack great for a party, game day or even a cheat night dinner. 
Cook's Notes: I adapted the original recipe from The recipe called for baking the nacho dish on baking sheet lined with parchment paper for 15 minutes @350 degrees. I found the microwave worked fine on HIGH at 20 second intervals until cheese was melted. 
I also shortcutted the original recipe by using fewer ingredients and substituting what I call a secret weapon Traders Joes Cowboy Caviar
If not available any corn, black bean pepper salsa will do. I substituted with this salsa.
Options for toppings include sour cream, olives, green onions and guacamole. 
Loaded Beef Nachos
  • 1 TB. olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 jar salsa e.g. Cowboy Caviar or any thick black bean, corn, red pepper salsa
  • Shredded Mexican 4 Cheeses
  • Diced Grape Tomatoes
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Tortilla chips about 8 cups (try the Hint of Lime Chips) 
  • 2 green onions,diced  
  • Brown hamburger in olive oil. Crumble ( use a pastry cutter) and wipe pan free of grease. 
  • Add in a jar of salsa and cook on low until heated through.
  • On a plate (microwavable) add crushed chips, hamburger mixture and grated cheese. Microwave until cheese is melted. 
  • Add lettuce, diced tomatoes and any other desired toppings.
It's a fast and yummy treat sure to be a hit with family and guests.
While waiting for a warm up
but do wait until closer to 0 degrees to avoid danger of frostbite try some of these fun cold weather science experiments. 
  • Blow bubbles and experiment on different surfaces to find the best places to freeze a bubble. Bubble wands are ideal, because you can really watch and observe what happened as it froze.

How to Blow Frozen Bubbles

  • Go outside when the temperatures are below freezing 32 degrees.
  • Allow your bubble solution to cool before blowing bubbles.
  • Find a place outside that is cold and protected from the wind.
  • Blow a bubble and catch it on the bubble wand.
  • Wait. The bubble won’t freeze immediately. Depending on the temperature outside, it may take a few seconds to a few minutes to freeze.
  • When the bubble is frozen, touch it lightly and see what happens.
  • Try making frozen bubbles in other places. What would happen if you carefully put a bubble in the freezer? Or blow it onto dry ice?

a link to more cold weather science experiments to keep you entertained when trapped inside.

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