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Hello! I'm Tony. I'm a Husband, Father, Friend, Blogger, Country Radio DJ, and proud Dance Dad. Faith, Family, and Technology...this is what matters to me and it's what I write about here.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

I was in the mood for loaded nachos and after surveying our freezer and pantry realized we had everything we needed to make them… with the exception of one thing. We were lacking a taco seasoning packet.

Not to be discouraged… I decided to try and make my own taco seasoning. It was a first for me and it turned out great! Here’s what I used:

  • 1 Tbsp Mild Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 3/4 tsp Paprika
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder

I mixed all the spices in a custard cup and then added it to 1 pound of browned hamburger. Next, 2/3 cup water was stirred in.

This mixture then simmered over medium-high heat until most of the liquid cooked off.

It was perfect for nachos… but would also be great for tacos or quesadillas.

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Review: Love Never Dies At Des Moines Performing Arts

I hesitated when I first got the invite to attend the opening night of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies at Des Moines Performing Arts. It’s the sequel to The Phantom Of The Opera.

I hesitated because I hadn’t seen the original, didn’t know the story, and was only familiar with a few songs from The Phantom that we sang in high school chorus.

Having never seen a bad show at Des Moines Performing Arts I pushed the hesitation aside and planned a date night for my wife and me.   I’m glad I did. We both had a great time!

Love, loss, frustration, and jealousy are all themes touched on in Love Never Dies. They’re packed nicely in this 2.5-hour show set in New York’s Coney Island in the early 1900’s.

The music was as amazing as you’d expect from anything with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s attached to it.  All of the performers were exceptional… but there were two standouts; Rachael Anne Moore in the role of Christine Daae and Jake Heston Miller in the role of the young child, Gustave.

Miller’s voice was flawless and at times almost angelic. This kid has the start to what I’m sure will be an impressive theatre career.

Moore’s soaring, solo performance in the second act is among one of the best I’ve ever seen on the Des Moines Civic Center stage.

Speaking of the stage, I was impressed by the way it was turned into a large turntable like surface. This made for some cool and unique stage movement and seamless scene changes.

There were also some pretty unique and colorful costumes that really added to the performance.

Even though Love Never Dies is the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera it can stand alone on its’ own. Phantom fans will love it… and Phantom newbies can enjoy it too. My wife and I did!

Love Never Dies, part of the Willis Broadway Series at Des Moines Performing Arts runs October 16 through October 21, 2018. You can learn more about the show and get tickets here.

Are you a Phantom fan?

***I was provided with press night tickets for the show to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.***

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Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

I’ve written about grilling cauliflower before… but I’m back trying a new way to do it; in large steak-like slices.

You get the largest head of cauliflower you can find and trim the leaves. When removing them don’t cut too deep into the stem.  I think that might have been the reason a few of mine fell apart in the video below.

Slice it in half, then working from the middle out cut into 1″ slices. Depending on the size of the cauliflower, you should get about 4 good slices.  You can save the pieces that fall off to grill in a basket… or eat them as a snack with dip.

Drizzle with olive oil or your favorite oil-based salad dressing, sprinkle with your favorite seasonings, and then grill over medium heat… five to ten minutes per side depending on how firm you like your grilled veggies.

Have you grilled cauliflower steaks before?

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