Won Ton Taco recipe

Posted on September 27th, 2012 in Commentary by EngineerBoy

Won Ton Tacos

One of my Facebook friends posted a Pinterest link to a description of little tacos made in won ton wrappers. I took that as inspiration to try it at home, and they were *delicious*!  Here’s how we made them:


1lb ground beef
1 medium onion
Won ton wrappers
1/2 tsp comino powder
1/2 tsp chipotle powder
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp cooking oil (we use grapeseed)
salt and pepper to taste
shredded cheese (we prefer four mexican blend)

1/2 head iceberg lettuce
Miracle Whip or mayonnaise (to taste)

Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium.  Chop the onions and saute until they start to turn brown at the edges.  Add the ground beef, salt, and pepper and cook until the meat is browned, stirring occasionally.  Once the meat is browned, reduce heat to low, add the comino, chipotle, and bay leaves, stir, cover, and let simmer for 20-30 minutes.

A few minutes before the meat is done, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Get a muffin pan – if the pan is not non-stick, coat the inside of each cup with oil (Pam, oil spritzer, or wipe with lightly oiled paper towel).  Put a won ton wrapper into each cup, pressing it gently down to the bottom, keeping it roughly centered.

When the meat is done cooking, give it a taste and adjust seasonings if needed to taste one last time.  Scoop a heaping tablespoon full into each won ton wrapper, sprinkle with shredded cheese, and bake in the oven for 12 minutes.

Optional: while the won ton tacos bake, shred the lettuce into a bowl, add some Miracle Whip and gently stir.  We use just enough to put a very light coating on the lettuce.  Note that even the mayonnaise-lovers in the house prefer the use of Miracle Whip for this recipe, due to the nice counterpoint the sweeter taste imparts.

When the won ton tacos are done, serve them with an optional dish of lettuce, and enjoy.  We put a small dollop of lettuce on each taco, then eat it.  Keeping the lettuce in a separate bowl and adding it as you go means the lettuce won’t get soggy sitting on top of the hot tacos.

Note that we usually have a little meat left over, and sometimes put in a second batch of 3-4 more tacos, or sometimes we just use two muffin pans and make them all at once.

Just for today…

Posted on September 11th, 2012 in Commentary,Engineerboy,Politics by EngineerBoy


Mourn the dead, honor the heroes, fight injustice, embrace freedom, celebrate life, and, on today of all days, forget to hate.







ANOTHER Open letter to TiVo

Posted on September 6th, 2012 in Commentary by EngineerBoy

Stop nickel and diming us, start WOW!-ing us

Dear TiVo,

Two years ago I posted an open letter to you and, sadly, I find myself once again compelled to send along some constructive criticism.  Just like last time, there was a specific trigger, and this time the trigger was your announcement of the TiVo Stream add-on.  The Stream is a $130 device that enables TiVo owners to download and/or stream some of their TiVo content to Apple iDevices.

That sounds okay on the face of it, but there are limitations.  First of all, it currently only supports Apple devices, so if you have an Android or Windows or other mobile device, you are currently SOL.  Support may come, but it may not, and given your history of not finishing what you start (see: TiVo HD menus still not finished after 2+ YEARS) I wouldn’t take that bet.  Note that I don’t own or use any iDevices.

Second, the streaming only works if I am using my iDevice on the same local network as my TiVo.  So, if I am traveling and want to watch something from my TiVo, sorry, I can’t do that with the Stream device.  I could theoretically have transferred a previously recorded program to my iDevice before I left the house (assuming I had enough room to hold the recordings) and take it with me, but if I didn’t have that foresight (or the show wasn’t recorded yet) I’ll just have to do without.  Meanwhile, the Slingbox allows me to stream all my TiVo content anywhere, anytime for roughly the same price, without the limitations.

Third, and this is the kicker, is that this is functionality that you should simply have enabled on our existing TiVo boxes, instead of charging us for another device, not to mention forcing us to manage another appliance with all of the power and wiring hassles it causes.

And there’s the rub, and my biggest complaint to you, which is that you continue to try to nickel and dime your already happy and loyal customers, to the point where we are no longer fans of yours.  For example, I currently have four active TiVo devices, and I have to pay a monthly fee for each one.  For that fee I get a) programming information and b) TiVo software updates.  That’s it.

Meanwhile, I pay a monthly fee to Netflix that is less than the monthly service fee on a single TiVo box, and for that fee Netflix provides me with unlimited streamed content.  AND I can watch that content on any of my devices, and I don’t have to pay a per-device fee.  I agree that you should be compensated for programming info and updates, but your current fee structure is simply off the reservation, and as the Netflix’s and Hulu Plus’s of the world come out with much more direct benefit for much less money, you are looking