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New presentation makes tacos great

Oct. 11, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

If ever you wonder why I bother with the whole developing recipes, I suppose I can answer it this way: It is my intention to show rather than tell. Simply to be an illustration of me, painted in an ever-changing shade of food. There are no words that quite convey the truth about flavor than food and somehow I can see my world in many contrasting delicious flavors. It's a sentiment that not only serves me, but also anyone willing to pull up a chair and sup with me.

A fresher take on a simple great like tacos is a welcomed idea in my home. There's nothing fabulous about this meal. No unusual flavors, no slow cooking methods or tiresome chopping of this or that to make it pop. Just a unique presentation of a worn-out recipe that turns "Oh, yea, tacos," into "What? What is that?"

Did I mention how pretty they are?

Let's give them something to talk about. Food is a gateway to sharing.

Mexican Cupcakes

1 pkg. of wontons

1 jar salsa or pico de gallo

1 avocado

2 lbs. ground beef, browned

1 cup cheddar cheese

1 head Bibb lettuce leaves or Red lettuce leaves

1 tub sour cream

1/2 pkg. taco seasoning

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place two wontons in each cupcake holder. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Brown the hamburger that is sprinkled with half the package of taco seasoning. You can add the entire package, but I didn't because I like to control the salt a little. Fill each cup with the meat, top with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and salsa and avocado, if desired.

Janet McCormick is the owner of The Tea Room Cafe in Proctorville, Ohio, and the author of "10-Minute Meals." She can be reached at 304-654-2003 or www.10-minutemeals.com.