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I have been reading some very eye opening posts about blogging lately. Some that have really hit home to me. I started this blog 3 1/2 years ago, not really knowing fully what food blogging was. I was hooked from the beginning, but food blogging was so different back then. There numbers of food blogs out there was a few hundred, but today, there are thousands and thousands. I used to feel like I knew, or had been to, most food blogs, but now I’m discovering new food blogs every day. And most of them are bigger than mine. More followers, more comments, better photographs. It’s easy to get down on yourself. I’ve found myself comparing my blog to other blogs a lot these last few months. And feeling like I’m not part of the “in group”. Really, it hasn’t gotten me anything but depressed.

Until recently. I have to give a huge “Thank You” to Kristen at Dine and Dish and Kim at The Yummy Mummy Cooks Gourmet for 2 posts that I’ve read recently that really made me take a step back and re-evaluate why I do this.  I do this because I love food.  It makes me excited.  I love the whole process of planning a menu, going to the grocery store, then getting busy and making a recipe.  I love to blog about it.  I honestly spend most of the time that I am making a meal thinking out blog posts in my head.  And although I’m not the best writer out there – far from it – I love sharing.  I love having this platform where I can share not only recipes, but childhood memories or tidbits from my life.  I know that without this blog, my husband would surely get tired of me talking about and analyzing our dinner!  It’s not about how many hits you get, the cool trips, or how many people want to send you free things. It’s about doing something you are passionate about.  I have often wondered if what I blog about is too “every day” and nothing special.  But that’s what I cook.  That is me.  One thing I’ve been hearing over and over again in the blog world is to just be passionate about what you write about.  And I need to recommit myself to this.

I still will continue to try to make my blog better, but I am promising now to stay true to myself.  To not be embarrassed about things I make or think that they aren’t special enough for anyone to care.  Because this is me.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way!

This recipe is one of those recipes that I would normally worry that it’s too simple.  But these simple recipes have saved me more than once these last few weeks!!  And I actually really liked this – especially eating it on the tortilla chips.  This is one of those no-brainer meals that both kids and adults will love!
 

Skillet Taco Supper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Skillet Taco Supper

An easy weeknight dinner, with pasta, ground beef, beans and cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked wagon wheel or fiori pasta (5 1/2 oz)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives or green onions
  • tortilla chips, for serving

Instructions

  1. In 12-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until brown; drain.
  2. Stir seasoning mix, water, uncooked pasta, corn, beans and tomato into beef. Heat to boiling; stir.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is desired doneness and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  4. Stir in sour cream. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with cheese and chives. Cover; let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips.
  6. -----------------------
  7. from MomsWhoThink.com
http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/skillet-taco-supper/

 

Original photo from 2010


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36 Responses to Skillet Taco Supper

  1. Tasha says:

    I have only been blogging for about a year and a half, but it has become something I truly love to do. I realize I will probably never have tons of followers or magazine-worthy photos, so I try not to compare myself to other "bigger" blogs, keeping in focus why I began doing this- to document and share the recipes my family enjoys. And honestly more times that not, it's simple, everyday family friendly meals like this one that are the most well received. I love that these are the kinds of recipes you share most often. In fact, I just made one of yours yesterday, and it was a huge success. When it all comes down to it, it should be about what makes you and those you cook for happy!

  2. ~Monica~ says:

    I never write comments but just wanted to let you know that this is exactly the kind of recipe that appeals to the majority of us, who just want to get something fast and yummy on the table!! Keep up the good work! (honestly if I see a blog with lots of ingredients I don't have, or sometimes even recognize, I quickly move on and delete them from my google reader… you are a keeper!)

  3. ARLENE says:

    Deb, I thank you for this post which I'm sure resonates with many of us. I, too, have been blogging for over 2 years with a 5-month long hiatus last spring and summer. I still have only 60 followers, very few comments, and my very amateur attempts at photography. That said, I missed the food blogging world and am happy to be back on a smaller scale. I'm now content to post 1 or 2 times a week. DSO was diagnosed with diabetes and both he and I have lost considerable weight in the past year. We'd both like to stay slim and healthy, so my blog looks different. But I continue to love cooking and eating and talking about cooking and eating and reading about cooking and eating. So, on behalf of others like us out there in the blogosphere, here's a big "right on" from all of us passionate homecooks and bloggers.

  4. Susi says:

    Deborah, it's easy to get down on ourselves sometimes when blogging. I think most of us get this feeling. Blogging is extremely competitive and while I have met tons of great individuals there are also those that make you question if you belong. When I started my blog it was because my kids and husband encouraged me and not because I wanted to compete. I've come to love the whole process of blogging (cooking/baking, taking pictures, writing) but I'm far from good. When I'm down on my skills I try to remember that my blog is mainly to keep a journal my kids can one day use (I have a 17 year old that is leaving for college in a few short months) and that's all that truly matters. I've been reading your blog for a while now and can honestly say I enjoy coming here. Fancy dishes or not! It's about being real :o)
    Your skillet taco supper is perfect for a quick weeknight meal and boy, don't we all need those every once in a while!

  5. Kitten with a Whisk says:

    I think your blog is awesome. As a fellow blogger I think we all get a little hard on ourselves from time to time and I too have to remind myself that I am me and no matter what I have something unique to share.

    And never underestimate a simple and easy recipe!

  6. Keersten says:

    I love your blog! One of my favorite things about the recipes you post is that I think "Perfect, I'm going to make that tonight." It is the good, simple recipes that become part of my life. (Versus the beautiful, but ridiculously time consuming/exotic/expensive ones that are fun to read but often aren't ever even tried let alone loved.) I should leave more comments! You are great!

  7. Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

    I have been feeling the same way. I'm so glad you said it. I am not naturally witty or clever when it comes to writing like some people. I get down on myself. I'm not trying to be the next Rachael Ray but I still try to have a good blog. You seem very nice and I think we could be friends…in a non-stalkerish way I'm saying this. Just thought I would share that. Do you ever think when is it going to end? Sometimes I feel like I can't keep this blog going forever. I just need to remember why I started. Because I love food. Keep it simple.

    Wow that was a long comment sorry.

  8. The Double Dipped Life says:

    I love your blog. I feel the same way you do. I think there are more of "us" out there then the others who are looking for fame and fortune. Thank you for your great recipes!

  9. The Double Dipped Life says:

    Ok, now that I've looked at the actual recipe… I make this too, but a little different. Try putting the toppings on Frito's, and not using macaroni. The frito's are sooo good… mmmm… :)

  10. Joanne says:

    I definitely have those moments where I compare myself to just about everyone else in the blogosphere. But when it comes down to it. I love to write. I love to eat. And I love interacting with all the other bloggers out there. Food is my passion and that's the foremost driver in my posts.

    And I have to say, I love your blog Deborah. Never worry that anything is too simple because often it's those things that I love the most.

  11. Jennifurla says:

    You are NUTS Lady, I look at your blog as something to aspire too. I am so glad to read this post though, because I think I know someone and I really don't. I am glad to learn some personal thoughts of yours, I too always worry about what others think!

    I LOVE your blog! I also love easy recipes

  12. n33ma says:

    So true!I think all of us think like that sometime or the other.
    I just tried ur chocolate cake and loved it.

  13. Deanna and Gary says:

    I love your blog and read it regularly. Keep in mind that as in life there is always somebody "bigger, richer, thinner ect…" Keep up the good work! Measure your own sucess not by others but how much you help friends and family. IMHO

  14. Samantha says:

    I'm moving in with my boyfriend in a couple months and his Mom is a great cook. I, on the other hand, am not great at it. I can boil water without burning the house down, but nothing like the cooking that he's used to by any means. So when I discovered food blogging (after Julie & Julia, I admit) I have been so much more confident when I cook for him. The fancy stuff still eludes me, but I'm getting better and it's because of food blogs like yours. So thank you from the girl who is trying to teach herself to cook! You've helped so much!

  15. Melanie says:

    Your blog was one of my first food blog finds – more than two years ago! I kind of consider you one of the "originals." I still love it, even though I don't comment regularly and I hope you can realize the good you are doing and the fabulous blog you do have. Blogging (both food and personal) is fantastic, but the comparison is always there and it can be hard to deal with. I struggle with that, too. I'm glad you've been able to step back and see the love you have for this – and that nothing else really matters. Keep those simple meals coming. They are the best!

  16. M @ Betty Crapper says:

    For me, I initially started blogging to have the recipes I love archived in an easily accessible spot. Unexpectedly, what has made it fun for me is the relationships that have been developed as a result. I don't/can't post daily and it's not a competition for me.

    I'm glad I clicked here from somewhere else. I love family friendly "real" food.

  17. abbi says:

    I love your blog! Don't sell yourself short. I've made lots of your recipes with great success and always enjoy your posts.

  18. Cassie says:

    AMEN to everything you just said. Your blog is fantastic. I don't think you've ever been anyone but who you are, if that makes sense. :)

  19. Deep in the Heart of Happy says:

    Do your thang!!! I am proud of what you said and you are correct…what is the use of blogging if you can not be you. Write for your pleasure. I will still read. :)

  20. Kelli says:

    So ironic that you would post this today. Just this morning I was considering doing a post that said something to the effect of, "Is there anybody out there? If so, maybe I will keep posting, if not, maybe I'm done." But I didn't want to sound like a "poor sport" or "cry baby". I've been doing it for a little over a year for a hobby to go along with my love of cooking and trying new things, not to become a superstar. Your post was a good reminder of that reason. Good to know I'm not the only one feeling that way sometimes. Thanks for the encouragement!

  21. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    I totally understand you. I have also been comparing myself a lot to other blogs and feeling down because my blog is less good/nice/exciting/perfect than their's… Yes, staying true to yourself is the best way to be different.

    That dish looks very comforting.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  22. Monet says:

    Thank you for sharing so honestly with us. This is one of the reasons that I love coming to your blog. You are such a genuine person, and it is evident that you are passionate about what you do. You have inspired me in so many ways, and I appreciate the meals that you share with us…they are always full of flavor and creativity. I'm trying to navigate my own feelings about the blog world, so I truly did appreciate hearing your thoughts. You are doing this for the right reasons!

  23. <br><br><br><br><br>Dr.Sameena Prathap says:

    Hi Deborah,

    The skillet looks amazing…:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

  24. Indie.Tea says:

    Your blog should rightly be however you want it. A reflection of yourself.
    The recipe sounds great, perfect for a weekday meal.

  25. Kristen - Dine & Dish says:

    Hugs to you for writing this post. Comparing ourselves to others is just about the worst thing we can do as bloggers, but also the most challenging thing NOT to do. I'm glad that you are committing to stay true to what you are doing and why you are doing it. I am tryin gto do the same thing!

  26. Kristen - Dine & Dish says:

    Hugs to you for writing this post. Comparing ourselves to others is just about the worst thing we can do as bloggers, but also the most challenging thing NOT to do. I'm glad that you are committing to stay true to what you are doing and why you are doing it. I am tryin gto do the same thing!

  27. delishliving.com says:

    Oooh I love love LOVE this post. Trust me, you're not alone in feeling this way at all. Thanks for the reminder. I love your blog just the way it is, and hello, your easy Taco Skillet type recipes are just the type of thing I am looking for. You're awesome!

  28. Ingrid says:

    AMEN! I think they reason there are sooo many new bloggers (I've been blogging about 2 1/2 yrs) is because they want to be the next Bakerella or Pioneer Woman. They want free stuff and trips. Don't get me wrong that would be awesome if it happened to me but the truth is I'm not and never was looking for that. That isn't why I ( or obviously you) were looking for when we started blogging. Because those are not things I look for I don't miss them. The one thing I have always been envious of is all the gorgeous photos. I WANT those, too! :) So I've made an effort to do is improve my photography. It may sound yummy but if it doesn't LOOK yummy I'm wasting my time. :) Anyway that's my 2 cents for all it's worth!

    You have a really nice blog and your sincerity is something I enjoy so keep sharing with us! :)

    Happy Friday!
    ~ingrid

  29. Eeva-Maija says:

    I love your blog! I think you're doing it for just the right reasons! I enjoy reading about your comments to the recipes, your food and what you want to share about your personal life. I feel kinship with you in many respects and I love to come check out if you have new posts out. Don't feel depressed about the blogs you find out, just be confident in what you do and why you do it.

  30. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says:

    I loved reading this post. I agree, I only blog to blog, I genuinely don't care about readers and such. Comments do cheer me up, but not so much that I'm obsessed. I prefer following the simpler, homey style blogs rather than those with zine styled photos.

  31. Elaine says:

    Keep posting everything, even the simple stuff! Thanks for the doses of delicious!

  32. brannyboilsover.com says:

    Focus on blogging for yourself and your passion will shine through. That's all you need to promise.

    And my husband would eat this dinner up so very quickly!

  33. scrambledhenfruit says:

    Great post, Deborah! I love your blog and read it regularly. You share wonderful recipes, and I love your writing style! I've been "part time blogging" for a little over a year, and I don't dare compare my little blog to the others. (Yours included!) Don't get down on yourself- just remember why you started blogging in the first place. :)

  34. Alaina says:

    I LOVE your blog. I love the everyday simplicity of the meals you make. I love your honest writing. I was a food blogger for a few months. It is extremely hard to do! I too would compare myself and eventually I got burnt out. Its hard putting yourself out there for everyone. With that being said, I think you are doing a fantastic job. Stay true to you and your passion. Keep up the good work, because I go to you for inspiration!

  35. Rosemary says:

    This is the kind of cooking I like to do and I think it appeals to many people.
    This is the kind of cooking that lets people serve good food and do it on a budget, and everyone loves it, especially when we need to get things on the table in a hurry.
    its no fun to come home and everyone is hungry and tired and the dog and cat are fighting because they want to eat to, so this is the way to go;

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