Taco Pasta

Taco Pasta

Hi folks. I sure hope you all had a wonderful day. I am still basking in the birthday celebration. Did you all stop by yesterday’s post to see my birthday cake? The wonderful and talented Chef Dennis baked me an amazing cake. If you have not seen it yet here’s a peek:

I know right! Make sure you all stop by to see the recipe on my post. Also take a minute to stop at Chef Dennis’s blog A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis to say hello and follow him if you don’t already. I cannot thank him enough for making my birthday extra special this year. You rocked my isolated little foodie world Dennis and I adore you for doing this. Now be prepared as you are going to get requests like crazy for birthday posts over the next year. Lol!

Taco Pasta

Okay so I made something a bit outside my comfort zone for Slow Cooker Saturday today. It was bit too mixed up and jumbled for me. I have issues or quirks as I like to call them, about certain foods that shouldn’t be hot getting all melty. I also have a quirk about food touching. Basically when I eat anything like this I have to close my eyes in order to be able to eat it. And that just leads to disaster and needing a bib. I cannot think about it or I won’t eat it. I wanted to make this one for hubs though so I put on my big girl pants and as I always tell my kids, “suck it up buttercup”. Sometimes you just gotta do what you just gotta do. What I had to do was a taco pasta. I started by wanting to do a taco bake but the thought of throwing hard, crunchy chips in a wet dish grossed me out. So then I thought soup, but I just could not logistically figure that one out. Then the mind wandered to Timothy Olyphant, er, I mean doing a pasta. I had no clue how to put this together. So I did some “research”, or basically what I call tinkering around. I looked up some recipes online for taco pasta but none of them were screaming come eat me. You see I don’t like sour cream and most recipes call for it. I also don’t like rotel and some recipes called for that. I found one recipe by a fellow blogger named Fake Ginger and hers looked really good. It still had the sour cream but I figured I could change that to suit my taste. Worked out pretty well. While for me I wouldn’t say I LOVED it, it was good. Now hubs, he LOVED it. So my vote is meh, and his vote is yeah! He even had sour cream on his, blech! So gross!

Taco Pasta


Taco Pasta
Recipe type: Pasta, Slow Cooker, Crock Pot
  • 2 pounds ground beef, cooked
  • 1 can beef broth (284ml/10 oz)
  • 1 can water using the broth can
  • 2 packages taco seasoning, any brand
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped white or sweet onion
  • 4 to 5 cloves of garlic, pressed or chopped
  • 1 can tomato sauce, any brand (680 ml)
  • 1 brick cream cheese (250 ml)
  • 6 cups medium shell noodles, cooked
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional- sour cream and/or salsa
  1. Brown your ground beef in a skillet or pan until browned. Drain excess fat and rinse.
  2. Now pop that into your slow cooker.
  3. Add 1 can of the beef broth, then fill that can with water and empty that in the slow cooker as well.
  4. Add 2 packages of taco seasoning.
  5. Add your onion and green pepper.
  6. Add your garlic.
  7. Now add your tomato sauce.
  8. Give it a good stir and cover.
  9. Turn on low for about 3-4 hours.
  10. Now add your cream cheese and cook for another 30 minutes.
  11. Now you can add your pre-cooked noodles and your shredded cheese.
  12. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes more, basically until the cheese melts.
  13. Serve with an ooey gooey smile.

Tips and Hints:

This is a monster size batch. Feel free to half or quarter it.

I thought I could have gotten away with half a brick of cream cheese.

I think you could jazz this up with tomatoes or salsa, I hate both.

It’s probably good with sour cream but I hate that too.

You could dunk tortilla chips in it and eat it if you wanted to. But that is just plain gross.

You could call a therapist for me for all my food quirks. I could clearly use some help!!!

Taco Pasta

I hope you try it out. I used a ton of noodles but I like my pastas like that. Feel free to tweak and change to suit your own taste. It’s one of those recipes that you can have a ton of fun with. I would love to thank Amanda from Fake Ginger for the inspiration, your pictures had me saying “okay Lunie, you can do this, today you will tackle your food touching fear”, and not a lot of recipes can make me say that. So kudos to Amanda for making seem a little less nutty, even if it was just for one day.

Okay so that wraps up this….


I said what?

I am hosting a what?

I promised a what?

Okay, okay I did, you are correctamundo. I did promise a giveaway. Now it’s not a new car, or a new camera, or even a new puppy, although I have a cute little westie pup if you’re interested. Her name is Demon Spawn of Satan aka Malia. Nope it’s nothing flashy or expensive or mind-blowing. It’s just this:

Yup, you got it folks. The winner gets a 1 year subscription to BonAppetit Magazine. How cool am I? Ya, you love me now right. It’s okay, I love me too.


Here’s how you can enter. Leave me a comment. That is your entry. Easy peasy. If you want extra entries you can do any of these things:

Follow me on TWITTER, leave me a separate comment you did so.

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I am adding a bonus entry for tweeting about the giveaway. Tweet anything you want about it but make sure you tag @CravingsLunatic so I can verify you have done it. All entries will be verified before winner is announced.

Also if you are a fan and not a fellow blogger please leave me your email or a way to get in touch with should you win. I have to have a way to notify you. Thanks. xx

That’s it folks. Easy peasy and Bon Appetit Squeezy. Simple and lots of chances to win.

The legal crapola:

This giveaway is open to everyone Bon Appetit ship their magazine. So international entries are very welcome on this one.

Contest closes in one week, the official draw date is January 28 at 12 noon. Winner will be announced the next day. Winner has 24 HOURS TO CLAIM PRIZE or it will be redrawn.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by yesterday to wish me a happy birthday. You guys rock and I am so happy to have met you all doing this little old blog.

Some other news:

The blog is getting a major overhaul soon. So stay tuned for big changes that will make your experience here more enjoyable and easier. Also lots of new things being added so sure hope you will love the new me. Cravings of a Lunatic is growing up and putting on it’s big girl pants. Woot woot!

Toodles and smoochies.xx

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    I am SO proud of you for tackling your foodie-touchie-thingy! I LOVE having my food touch! I also had no idea you didn't like salsa or sour cream! I'm scratching my head over that one, but I love ya anyway!

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    I follow you on twitter!

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    ….and Pinterest! (you love pinning horses!)

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    I'm also subscribed to your blog! ….cuz you're awesome!

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    ….and your FACEBOOK page! Who wouldn't "like" it!?

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    I also follow your other blog. Honestly, I hope you don't get a restraining order out! If there's a way to follow you – I do!

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    It's such a horrible phobia. But some I can't get over. I know right, what kind of foodie dislikes so many foods.

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    Lol again!

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    I may have to file paperwork but I kinda like it. Lol!

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    amy beth marantino says:

    i would love to win this prizw

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    Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    Mmmm, sour cream :) And I would LOVE this subscription, and can't wait to see the new look up your sleeve!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    And I totally follow you on Twitter :)

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    Anna @ hiddenponies says:

    And I follow you on Pinterest now – yay!

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    Yum! I've got a pin on pintrest that is like this, but it's stuffed shells that I've been dying to try. My sister is the same way about touching foods, so funny!

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    I'm following you on Pinterest

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    I follow you on twitter

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    Katherine Martinelli says:

    Kim you are too funny! But you know your tastes and you know how to cook to make yourself happy, so that's all that matters :-D Happy birthday again!!! You know I follow you in all those ways but I'm going to have to pass on this contest :-( Since I live with a foot in two continents, and mostly in one far away, it's more fair to give it to someone who will be able to enjoy them each month. But great giveaway!!

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    Anne Regalado says:

    Kim , that pasta looks sensational !!!! & with cream cheese , too ! Droolness hahaha 1 year subscription of Bon Appétit ? YOU ARE MORE THAN COOL :D :D :D

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    OmG, I am cracking up at reading this! But I am gonna try the dish soon

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    Curry and Comfort says:

    Kim, you and your food "issues" are too cute. I'm so happy you had a great birthday!!

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    This would be a hubby approved recipe here, too! And such a fun giveaway….who wouldn't want a year of Bon Appetit????

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    I follow you on Twitter~

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    I am a facebook fan~

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    I follow you on Pinterest~

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    I follow you on GFC :)

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    I follow your second blog, too!!!

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    Jill @ MadAboutMacarons says:

    Love the look of this pasta – incredibly tasty. So sweet of Chef Dennis with that cake – wonderful! Happy belated birthday and hugs from Paris xo

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    Quiche-ing Queen says:

    This recipe has my family's name all over it. I enjoy sour cream and I know we would love this. What a generous giveaway! I would love to win a subscription for the magazine. Drool. Looking forward to the changes to come.

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    Quiche-ing Queen says:

    I am following you on Pinterest now.

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    Quiche-ing Queen says:

    I am now a FOLLOWER of your blog and am looking forward to more yummies from your kitchen.

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    Quiche-ing Queen says:

    I LIKED your page on Facebook.

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    Quiche-ing Queen says:

    I am also FOLLOWING your other blog as well.

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    Kim: I would absolutely love a subscription to Bon Appetit!

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    I'm following you by email.

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    Anything easy peasy gets my vote of attention… even if you don't like sour cream, you salsa hater you :p

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    Of course I follow you on Twitter! What do I look like…. some sort of lunatic? Wait…don't answer that :)

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    From one Pinterest junkie to another… I adore sticking pins into everything you post (not at all in a voodoo doll way)

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    I subscribe via email, because frankly, I love stalking you. That's not a problem, is it?

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    I'm sorry, Kim…. I don't "like" your Facebook page. I LOVE your Facebook page. It simply must be done <3

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    I Tweeted about the giveaway on 1/22/12 via @ItsYummilicious

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    Happy Birthday Kim!!!! Great recipe, we'll be trying it out soon!

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    I follow you on Facebook through my blog page-Hun, What's for Dinner?

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    I follow you on Twitter- @HunWFD

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    I follow you on Pinterest- Cindy (HunWFD)

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    I also follow Loosing it like a Lunatic :o)

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    Hi I'm new to your blog, I were lead to it by that delicious-looking apple cake. So glad I found you. Happy Birthday!!

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    I'm following you on TWITTER

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    I Tweet Tweeted- @HunWFD

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    I'm following you on PINTEREST

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    I follow your blog by RSS feed.

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    Oh and I also follow you through GFC…. I'm really not a stalker, LOL.

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    I follow you on FACEBOOK

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    I follow your other blog, LOSING IT LIKE A LUNATIC, by GFC.

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    I tweeted about this giveaway.

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    celiacasaurus.com says:

    Hi Kim,

    Great looking recipe, I'm sure my hub would love it too. There's some secret cosmic connection between men and sloppy ground beef dishes, don't ya think? Add a big dollup of sour cream to mine, and I'm in heaven. I'm one of those freaks that licks the sour cream spoon before putting it in the dishwasher (will you ever see me the same way again…have I ruined a friendship?)
    I of course subscribe to your blog (duh) and you tweet my world baby!
    As far as the changes go…I'm nervous Kim…don't change, please don't change…I need my daily dose of Lunatic!
    xo, Christie

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    mike @the culinary lens says:

    Following you on Pininterest

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    I think you did pretty good since most of the things in a normal taco pasta dish you don't like. I have been meaning to make something like this for a while too. Glad too know it makes a ton. I like leftovers but not a week's worth.

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    The Cookinglady says:

    Well, you've done it again. Great post I love it. That is a good dish for the slow cooker. Hope you have a great day

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    I follow on Twitter.

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    I follow on Pinterest.

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    I like on FB.

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    Dee Hurter says:

    LOL! You always crack me up. This dish looks like it's right up our ally. Yum! Love that it's crock potable too. Happy Birthday to you! That cake looks so freaking good! How lucky are you. I hope that you had an awesome day BBFF! xoxo, Dee

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    That pasta is cheesy, to-die-for goodness! It would disappear in my house in a heartbeat.

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    Dear Kim, you made my day! My son is looking at me laughing, and my husband just asked me if I am ok. Of course, I am OK, I am more than ok and just having some fun here! What do they know? Men… What do they know is hot to eat that pasta in like 5 minutes! Great post!

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    The Mom Chef says:

    You crack me up. I'm all about foods the mush together. I think that's why I'm so fond of shepherd's pie. And sour cream is one of my close kitchen buddies. This pasta looks delicious and I'm sure I'd be on the 'yeah' side of the coin with it.

    A food magazine? Imagine anyone wanting one of those. :)

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    Taco pasta sounds amazing right about now! It looks delicious! And this is a great giveaway, I love cooking magazines :)

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    I follow you through google friend connect :)

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    I follow your other blog too :)

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    spinachandspice.com says:

    Ooh, I love Bon Appetit! And happy belated birthday :) Mine was Friday!

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    janet@fromcupcakestocaviar says:

    oooo, this pasta looks amazing, twin!! taco flavored anything is gonna be good but this looks REALLY good.

    Even though I follow you practically everywhere (gee, I feel like a stalker now) Don't enter me in the giveaway. I already receive the magazine and it wouldn't be fair were I to actually win. I just wanted to tell you how fantastic the pasta looks :-)

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    Eliotseats says:

    You kill me! Timothy Olyphant? How did you ever get back to pasta?!?!?!?!?

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    Torviewtoronto says:

    this looks wonderful

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    Cassie/Bake Your Day says:

    Happy birthday, Kim! I already get Bon Appetit so I'll let someone else win. This pasta sounds fabulous!

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    Pegasuslegend says:

    Happy birthday great now I am hungry and I just ate after looking at these drool worthy photos!

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    A Canadian Foodie says:

    You got me at the big dollop of sour cream! Loved reading the recipe – great idea. Are you from Alberta? Where are you from?

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    The Harried Cook says:

    Happy Birthday, Kim! :) You never fail to crack me up! :D I hope you had a wonderful day filled with laughter, love and tons of good food! This pasta looks fabulous! I am sooper-dooper excited about the giveaway because we can't buy the magazine here… so I am crossing my fingers!!! I missed your birthday guest post, and I am off to visit that now :) Thanks for sharing and for being you!

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    livingthesweetlifeblog says:

    Taco pasta … 2 comfort foods all in one place. YUUUUMMMM!! This is such a great dish!!

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    livingthesweetlifeblog says:

    I follow you on twitter :)

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    livingthesweetlifeblog says:

    I also follow you on pinterest :)

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    livingthesweetlifeblog says:

    And, I follow you on facebook :D

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    Good luck!

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    Thanks. I am so excited!

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    You must try it. So good.

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    Aw Katherine you are just so wonderful. No wonder I adore you like mad. xx

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    Lol thanks.

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    Thanks. It's super de dooper good!

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    Aw, cute if you don't live with me. Not cute if you ever do my dishes and I forty ramekins so nothing touches. Lol! Thanks.

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    Woot woot!

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    Thanks so much Jill. I wish I was in Paris with you! xx

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    Thanks, thanks, and thanks. Good luck! xx

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    Woot woot!

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    Good luck Charlie! xx

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    Right! Easy peasy and salsa no pleasey!

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    There is a certain aggressive aspect to it. Like punching bags but prettier!

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    Nopers, I tore the restraining up after we met last time.

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    Bah that cracked me up!

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    Thanks and thanks!xx

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    Woot woot!

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    Thanks! Happy to have you here. xx

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    Woot woot!

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    Pfftt, stalker shmalker!

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    Woot woot!

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    Woot woo!

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    Thanks. And lol at the spoon thing. I do that with cherry pie filling. I think I've been caught licking the inside the can once or twice. No judging!


    I will not change in the least but the blog will be much prettier and easier to us. My writing and nuttiness stays the same. Do not panic, it's good change.xx

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    Yeah and woot woot!

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    I know right. I have this thing about a taco looking like a taco. My quirks are many and annoying to those around me. Lol! Yah this is huge.

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    Thank you so much. Enjoy your day as well.

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    I love anything crock potable. It just crocks my world. Thank you. I am so lucky this week. I had a blast. Thanks for swinging by BBFF! xx

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    It is pretty pleasing. The dudes loved it.

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    Lol, I do that when I read some blogs too. Once I spit my pop all over the place. Hubs has a 5 foot rule for drinks and blogging now. Men!

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    I love shepherd's pie cuz it reminds me of my mom. But I have to eat it with my eyes shut and not think about it. Sour cream is evil. So is mayo.

    I know right. Who would want this thing? Lol!

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    Thanks and thanks and thanks. Good luck! xx

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    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear spinachandspice.com, Happy Birthday to you! And many more!

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    Thanks twin. Hey guess what? I drank a coke today. I was all out of pepsi and desperate. It stank and I ended up dumping it out and sent hubs to the store in the cold. Thought you must know that. Lol!

    Aw you are so sweet twin. I almost forgive you for being a coke fan. Mwuah! xx

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    Oh he is a hottie! A cutie patootie! A hunka hunka burning love! What pasta?

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    Aw thanks Cassie. You are so sweet. xx

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    Lol Claudia. I aim to please and make the world hungrier. All in a days work. I should buy a cape.

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    Hi Valerie! I am in Ontario. Down near Windsor. I may be out in Alberta this spring/summer depending where my son gets in to do his PHD. I told him I'd drive him to wherever he is moving to. Road trip!


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    Thanks. I had a great birthday. I now weigh a ton but it was fun. This is perfect for you. Good luck. Aw you are so sweet. Thank you!

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    Thank you! xx

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    Woot woot!

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    Woot pi!

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    Happy belated birthday sweet Kimmie! I am trying to catch up from the weekend, sorry it is a little late. I am sure you enjoyed your special day and I wish you many more. Your taco pasta does look like a great one to put on the dinner table. I love all things Tex-Mex so it does get a thumbs up from me! Great subscription give away, I have been getting Bon Appetit for over 10 years and it is a great magazine, so count me out on the giveaway. I am sure the lucky winner will enjoy the subscription as much as I have mine!

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    Mmmmm, looks tastey! ;) And yay for a giveaway! I kind of want to nom the cover page.

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    I follow you ont witter already (kirikiri1)

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    I like you on FB (Kerstin Wolff)

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    I already follow Loosing It Like A Lunatic Via RSS (uh, …andnomoreshallweparty@gmail.com?)

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    Annnnd I tweeted (@kirikiri1)

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    i have wanted this magazine for a while and i just haven't gotten around to subscribing yet! it would be awesome to win this giveaway!

    email: leabae@comcast.net

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    I like you on facebook! (Leah Zebovitz)

    email: leabae@comcast.net

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    Going to follow this blog, especially after seeing this recipe, this has my husband written all over it!

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    And I liked you on facebook! :)

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Mmmm, taco pasta! This looks excellent, Kim!

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    Thanks Tina! No worries, I partied for days. Well my idea of partying is eating not drinking but still, got a total sugar high going on. It's a great magazine. Thanks for stopping by and if your number comes up I shall redraw. Thanks again.xx

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    Thanks. Me too!

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    Woot wolf whistle!

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    Good luck!

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    Thanks, always happy to have a new follower. This is a real manly meal. My dudes loved it.

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    Thanks Stephanie! xx

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    Woot woot!

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    Julie Croxton says:

    Love your blog. happy birthday month!

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    Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

    Tasty looking pasta, Kim! Awesome giveaway too…would surely like a yr subscription of Bon Appetit!

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    Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

    I am following you on Twitter via @PinayInTexas…

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    Thanks Julie!

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    Thanks Tina! Good luck!

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    Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

    I am an FB fan…

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    Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

    and a GFC follower too…

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    Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

    I am also following you now on Pinterest!

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    This is a great giveaway and your taco pasta sounds really tasty to me (with or without sour cream!) Both my brother-in-law and a friend have the same (or very similar) food touchy-thingy so you're not alone at all. :)

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    I followed you on twitter (@jesshose).

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    Thanks so much. I am so happy to hear I am not the only nutball on the planet.

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    Great! Good luck!

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    My daughter loves tacos and I bet she'll love love LOVE this casserole. I'm heading over to her house next week to help her recover from cancer surgery. I'll pack a copy of the recipe to make a version for her (she hates cream cheese almost as much as you hate sour cream). Thanks!

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    Happy Late Birthday! :)

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    I follow you on Twitter

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    Follow you on Facebook too! :)

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    Kristen R says:

    I follow you on pinterest too! :)

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    Aw Dena I am so sorry she's sick. Thinking about you.

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    Thank you.

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    Great mag! Thanks for the chance to win. chefl@swbell.net

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    Erika Layne says:

    This pasta looks so amazing! I'm excited to try it!


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