Friday, August 27, 2010

Recipes: Pepper Jack Enchiladas with Green Chile-Sour Cream Sauce

Long name for a recipe, but fabulous. From The Food Nanny recipe book, of course. :D I love my mother's enchiladas like these, but with this recipe you make your own cream of chicken soup. So good! :D

Pepper Jack Enchiladas with Green Chile-Sour Cream Sauce

8 corn or taco-size flour tortillas
1 lb chicken pieces, cooked and chopped
2 c (8 oz) shredded pepper Jack cheese, divided
1/4 c (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 c all-purpose flour
2 c chicken broth
1 c sour cream
2 (4 oz) cans diced green chiles, drained
1 (5-oz) bag fresh spinach

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees for flour tortillas or 350 for corn tortillas.
2. Lay out tortillas on a cookie sheet or aluminum foil or wax paper. Divide cheese and chicken evenly on each tortilla and roll up. Place the tortillas seam side down in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan; stir in the flour. Add the broth and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and bubbles. Stir in the sour cream and chiles. Cook until the mixture starts to bubble, but do not boil. Pour the mixture over the tortillas and bake for 20 min (flour tortillas) or 15 min (corn tortillas). Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the enchiladas and bake just until the cheese melts, about 5 more minutes.
4. Meanwhile, cut the spinach lengthwise with a pizza cutter or sharp knife. To serve, place one enchilada on each plate and top with extra sauce from the dish. Place a handful of spinach alongside and serve immediately.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Recipe: Spicy Cheese Surprise Burgers

I've been wanting to get back on here to share more recipes, but with the move and traveling around and getting settled I haven't gotten into a good dinner routine...
Until now. This recipe sounds scary, I know, and it doesn't look super pretty but it's soooo good. I'm not much of a spicy food lover, and this is SPICY (depending on how spicy the picante sauce is you use). So if you shy away from spiciness, stay away from this. If you love it or can stand it sometimes, try this out and let me know how it goes! :D

Spicy Cheese Surprise Burgers
Serves 4
1 lb ground beef
4 slices cheddar cheese
1/2 c picante sauce
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

Shape ground beef into 8 (3 1/2") patties. Place 1 slice cheese on top of four of the patties. Top each with remaining patties; press edges to seal. In large skillet over medium-high heat, cook patties 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until browned; drain excess fat. Mix picante sauce and tomato sauce in a small bowl and pour over patties. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until heated.
I sprinkle cheese on top (because...well...I love cheese) as it heats and serve over rice.

Recipe by Joyce Grohmann

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Gettysburg and an ignorant Cali girl

We went to Gettysburg yesterday with my husband's parents. It was awesome! I came to realize one thing....

I am an ignoramus. I took history like everyone else (as little as possible because, you know, zzzzzzzzzzzz) and not much stuck with me...except Harriet Tubman who conducted the underground railroad and Rosa Parks who sat at the front of the bus. :D You go girls! But how TERRIBLE that I didn't even really know what the civil war was about!
Tarrifs...the north (Union) were basically stealing from the south (Confederates) the end Pres. Lincoln made it seem like the war was about slavery.
All in all I'm very glad I had such an awesome and educational experience!

We got to see them do cool reenactments of military drills...they fired their old-fashioned guns and marched around. I asked one of them men about the war, asking stupid questions, and I felt like such a DUMB California blond. DUH! Alan told me to read a book, making sure I felt as dumb as possible. (He's really good at that sometimes.) ;) I do need to read up on my history, since I actually WANT to learn now! :)~

This is the Pennsylvania monument, by far the biggest one (I think they just might be biased.) I actually felt a little proud of that monument...after all, I am living in Pennsylvania now. :D