Taco Seasoning Giveaway

Today is the official launch of the If You Can Read, You Can Cook line of taco seasonings. To celebrate, I’m giving away a FREE jar!

Jars of If You Can Read, You Can Cook taco seasoning

I started making my own taco seasoning because it was frugal. I hated the idea of spending a dollar for a packet of taco seasoning when it only contained 10 cents worth of ingredients, and was bulked up with tasteless fillers.

I decided to start selling it because I didn’t like the idea of other people wasting their money on those packets either. My first thought was just to post the recipes here, but I thought I’d make things as easy as possible for people who would rather buy pre-made seasoning then mix their own.

To kick things off, I am giving away a jar to one lucky winner. You can pick from four flavors. Sweet Cumin, an earthy mix with no heat, mild for the traditional taco taste without the kick, medium to go with a little more spice, and hot because, well, some like it hot.

I’m using Rafflecopter to host this giveaway, which will be running concurrently on If You Can Read, You Can Cook and my personal finance site: Edward Antrobus.

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Don’t want to try your luck and want to just buy it? Go to the sales page here to order now!

5 Signs You Need to Take a Formal Cooking Class

Bulah Perez loves cooking and often offers cooking lessons in San Francisco and the surrounding area. She believes anyone can learn if they’re willing to try.

Have you ever watched a cooking show on television and thought, “They make it look so easy.” Well, yeah, that is because they are trained professionals. Very few of us can cook like Rachel Ray or Emeril Lagasse. However, just because you do not aspire to be a master chef does not mean you can’t be creative in the kitchen. Here are five ways to tell if it is time for you to take a formal cooking class.

A cook sautees onions and peppers.

A cook sautees onions and peppers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Oh-My-God-Not-Again Face

If you set dinner on the table for your family, or your significant other, and they have this dreaded expression on their faces, it may be time to expand your repertoire. There is nothing wrong with having a half dozen or so dishes that you specialize in, but if that is all you know then you are cheating yourself out of some great culinary delights. A cooking class teaches you more than just new recipes, you will learn how to experiment with food and have fun in the kitchen.

Fast Food Fever

If you are getting fast food or take-out food three nights awake because you don’t “feel” like cooking, maybe it is because you need some inspiration. There are plenty of cooking classes that can teach you how to make quick, easy meals that do not require you to spend hours in the kitchen. Plus, really, think about what you’re eating. It is a proven fact that it is much healthier and less expensive to cook at home rather than order out.

Marie Callender is Calling

Stocking your refrigerator full of frozen foods may seem like the easy way out, but even the best-frozen meals do not taste anywhere near as good as a home-cooked dinner. Sure, it’s okay to pop a frozen meal in the oven or microwave occasionally, but not every night. Don’t deprive yourself of delicious home-cooked meals just because you feel like a disaster in the kitchen. Cooking, like any other skill, can be learned.

Fire, Fire!

If you have a bad tendency to set off smoke alarms when you’re in the kitchen, don’t feel guilty. Many people make the mistake of cooking foods too fast. For example, many people fry hamburger meat on high and end up with a greasy stovetop because of it. If you take a cooking class, you will learn the proper temperatures for cooking and realize that – in most cases – your meals will taste better if you take your time preparing them.

You’re Tired of Eating

Are you that person who looks in the refrigerator, ruffles through the cabinets, goes back to the refrigerator, and then slumps down in frustration? That doesn’t mean that you don’t know what you want. It is likely a sign that you are eating too much of the same thing. Even if you are cooking for just yourself, it can get awful boring eating the same dozen or so meals all the time. Take a cooking class and learn some new recipes to cure your food rut.

Cooking classes don’t have to be expensive and you don’t need enroll in a culinary degree program. Many community colleges and local community centers offer relatively inexpensive classes that you can work around your schedule. Not only will your taste buds thank you for it, but you will get a great opportunity to socialize as well.


The Second Ever Lifestyle Carnival

My pizza quesadilla post has been included in the very second Yakezie Lifestyle Carnival. Read the other posts included in this carnival here.