Enchilada Meatball Casserole

This is not my final form…

I hope everyone had a blessed Samhain. I know that, at this point, that was two weeks ago, but life comes at you fast!

Before I explain this video, I want to say that on November 5, I did my oral defense of my dissertation proposal. My doctoral work is in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, with an emphasis on training and development. My study focuses on skill transference from playing games (in this case, Dungeons & Dragons) to working life. I’m very excited and by the time you read this, I’m hoping to have been granted approval to submit my study application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Also! Happening this week on Thursday, I will be debuting my burlesque act! Tickets are still available (and if you use the code LAVINIA at checkout, you’ll get $5 off your tickets) and I’m also very excited about this particular endeavor, as well. Don’t worry, I’ll still be doing videos and such for cooking and witchery. You’re not getting rid of me that easily.

So, this video. This was a last-minute decision to record and my ADHD brain did not plan well. I started blocking another burlesque act and was way too into the blocking and lost track of time. I had a Halloween thing to do at 7pm, and it required a costume–a costume I’d planned on wearing all day! I just started my video too late, so I ended up having to finish the video as Dawn from Cry for Dawn by Joseph Michael Linsner. Pretty sure no one minds, but it was a cross-over I had wanted to avoid. Oh, well!

The casserole was really good. It was something that came across my Facebook feed the other day and I decided to give it a try. I still had the nightshade-free enchilada sauce from a while back (which was still good), so I used that and went from there. Cleanin’ out the fridge.

This post is kind of short. I apologize for that; I’m quite a bit distracted. I’ll try to remember to let you all know how the defense turned out and I hope to see you at my virtual burlesque debut!

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Keto Philadelphia Cheesesteak Skillet

I am very steampunk in this. Also, this is the first time I’ve been able to wear this since I bought it in 2018.

One of my favorite meals when I was little was Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. I just didn’t like the cooked veggies that went on them (silly child). I did not grow up in Philadelphia; I did, however, grow up in Pennsylvania, so even though you can’t get a proper cheesesteak outside of Philly, you can get pretty close. I’ve since been to Philly and suffered through the stomach distress of having a very glutinous, but very authentic cheesesteak sandwich.

Cheese whiz, by the way, is not authentic. Cheesesteak sandwiches were invented in 1930 by Pat Olivieri, a hot dog vendor. Cheese Whiz was invented in 1953 by Kraft and it is nothing more than over-processed oil that is given a cheese-like flavor. It’s gross and no one should eat it, but especially not on Cheesesteak.

This recipe really didn’t want me using actual onions, but that’s how I’ve always had them, so I used actual onions. To be honest, were I to make this again (which I will), I’ll probably caramelize the onions and use Swiss cheese instead of Provolone. But, I mostly followed the recipe for the first time. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t cheesesteak.

You can make this meal in a cast-iron skillet (or another oven-proof skillet) or you can use a baking dish. Either way is acceptable. I ended up adding three more slices of provolone to cover the whole thing. Yay, more cheese!

Please enjoy and, as always, if you like what you see and want me to keep making these videos, consider supporting me via Patreon.

Look! A NEW VIDEO Post!

I am endeavoring to be better with posting here. Before I go into other things, I want to first say this video comes with a trigger warning. So…


Click! BOOM! …yes, I watched Hamilton this weekend…

July 4 celebrates the successful rebellion of angry white dudes from England who were tired of King George’s “Love” (please see at *least* “You’ll Be Back” from Hamilton). I am finding it difficult to be celebratory this year with the current administration, the rampant and blatant racism, and all the murdering of PoC. “None of us are free until all of us are free.” We still have brown children in cages; brown families separated and held hostage in a land which had the promise of a new life away from governmental oppression. Indigenous peoples are being shunted off as if they don’t belong and their sacred lands are being stolen, violating centuries-long treaties. What is there to celebrate? We’ve come full-circle from a dictatorial monarch to a dictatorial President.

But, my neighbors (who are predominately brown people) really love explosions. Cinco de Mayo, June graduations, July 4, Memorial Day…. I mean, really, just lighting off some bottle rockets really makes them happy. I’ve become numb to it, for the most part. My cats no longer flinch. They were more worried that there weren’t as many explosions as previous years.

Anyway. Enough of that. You want to know about the Keto Big Mac Casserole I made. First of all, the link is here. Second of all, the sauce is what makes this. Third of all, I’m hoping to make a Vegan version of this in the near future. Did I mention the sauce is amazing? I’m planning on making a batch of just the sauce to use on burgers, hot dogs, pretty much everything. This casserole could be made into a salad, too, if you leave out the eggs, and put it over lettuce and tomato. May still want to toss it in the oven to melt the cheese (or just melt the cheese on the stove top) and pour it on the salad then top with Dat Sauce.

This recipe really does taste like a Big Mac. The first time I made it, I only had 1lb of ground beef, so I made a half-batch and it was so good, Cameraman Ken actually asked me to make it again. We were going to make this casserole (or burgers!) and hot dogs for July 4; I ended up playing City of Heroes too long (it was an ITF that took 4.5-5 hours and I was Over It by hour 3). So, we filmed as the fireworks were starting (which, to be fair, they had started around 4pm, anyway…they just got louder by 8pm). Nothing is more American than Big Macs, right? Except blowing up illegal fireworks. But, with all the unrest and injustice going on, I agree with blowing up things that are meant to be blown up…fireworks, Confederate statues, illegal pipelines… you know. Things like that.

So, this July, remember that the U.S. was built on the backs of black and indigenous people and we need to pay more attention to them and their lives and culture. Black lives Matter. Indigenous lives Matter.

“Until we are all free, we are none of us free.” – Emma Lazarus, 1883 “Epistle to the Hebrews.”