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All American Beef Taco

August 22, 2010


  • ¾ cup peanut oil
  • 2 yellow corn tortillas
  • kosher salt, for seasoning, plus 1 teaspoon for beef
  •  medium onion, chopped
  • 6 ounces ground sirloin
  •  cloves garlic, minced
  •  recipe Taco Potion #19, recipe follows
  •  cup low-sodium beef broth
  •  ounces panela cheese, crumbled
  • 2 pickled jalapeno slices
  •  cup shredded iceberg lettuce, optional
  •  large tomato, seeded and chopped, optional
  •  cup fresh cilantro leaves, optional
  • Taco Potion #19:
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder
    •  tablespoon ground cumin
    •  teaspoons cornstarch
    •  teaspoons kosher salt
    •  ½ teaspoons hot smoked paprika
    •  teaspoon ground coriander
    •  teaspoon cayenne pepper
Make a taco mold by folding a 5-foot long piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil into a block that is approximately 8 inches long, 4 inches high and 2 inches deep, forming a shape to mold the taco. Set aside.

Heat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Heat the peanut oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees F on a deep-fry thermometer, about 5 minutes. Adjust the heat to maintain the temperature.

Shape 1 tortilla around the aluminum foil mold, forming a taco shape. Use tongs to hold up the sides against the mold and put the bottom of the tortilla into the hot oil and fry for 20 seconds. Lay 1 side of the tortilla down in the hot oil and fry for 30 seconds. Flip the tortilla over and fry for an additional 30 seconds. Remove the taco shell to a cooling rack set over a newspaper lined half sheet pan and cool for 30 seconds before removing the mold. Sprinkle the hot tortillas with kosher salt, to taste. Repeat frying procedure with the remaining tortillas. Keep the taco shells warm in the heated oven while preparing the filling.

Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the peanut oil from the skillet and return to medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook until softened and lightly browned around the edges, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ground meat, 1 teaspoon salt, and garlic. Cook until browned, about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, to break up the meat. Add Taco Potion and beef broth. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until sauce is slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

Assemble each taco with meat mixture, panela, jalapeno slices, lettuce, tomatoes, and cilantro. Serve immediately.

(Serves 6)

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Posted by dlmtechnology at 1:06 PM

Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream and Dill Dressing

December 18, 2007

Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream and Dill Dressing


  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  •  tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • Coarse salt
  • ground pepper
  • 1 pound 4 to 6 Kirby cucumbers (about 1 pound), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise

In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, lemon juice, and dill. Season with salt and pepper, and whisk well to combine.
Add cucumbers, and toss to coat. Garnish with more dill, if desired. Serve, or refrigerate, covered, up to 4 hours.

(Serves 4)

We've given this creamy recipe a healthy -- but barely detectable -- update. Reduced-fat sour cream (in place of full-fat) lowers the calorie count without losing taste.

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Posted by dlmtechnology at 10:13 PM

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It was bound to happen. It seems that a guy called Trujillo has been the first to file a class-action suite against Apple and AT&T because of the iPhone. The reason? You guessed it, it's the battery. Read all about this Mickey Mouse lawsuit, including the entire complaint text, after the jump.

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Posted by dlmtechnology at 9:43 PM

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March 5, 2007

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has banned Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Internet Explorer 2007 from its offices, and is considering switching its operations to Macs and PCs running Novell's SuSe Linux. The DOT enacted the ban in mid-January, according to one blogger, because certain applications essential to the agency's function can

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On a recent Saturday morning Cami Beghou, 13, pushed the right side of the tall, white bookcase that is built into one of the powder-pink walls in her bedroom. The bookcase, holding rows of books, a stuffed dachshund and a volleyball, silently swung outward, revealing a tiny, well-lighted room. Containing a desk, a chair and a laptop computer

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Posted by dlmtechnology at 8:17 PM