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Household Chicken Soup

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Today has been a little unusual. I thought that I would be celebrating the anniversary of my birthday, however, almost everyone in my home has the flu.  I decided to make chicken soup.  It turned out pretty good, was very soothing and, I pray, therapeutic.

 

 

 

Here’s the recipe. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Posted by on February 18, 2017 in Chicken, Soup, Uncategorized

 

Pace-Setting Enchilada Casserole

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This recipe was adapted from a recipe that I clipped from the Houston Chronicle more than 10 years ago.  It is simply scrumptious and will definitely be a family favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups picante sauce
  • 1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1  tab. lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup dairy sour cream
  • 3/4 cup 3-oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3/4 cup 3-oz. shredded cheddar or additional Monterey Jack
  • Shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 c sliced black olives

Directions:

  1. Brown meat with onion and garlic; drain
  2. Add picante sauce, spinach, tomato sauce, tomatoes, bell pepper, lime juice and salt.
  3. Simmer uncovered 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
  4. Arrange 6 tortillas on bottom and up sides of lightly greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish, overlapping as necessary
  5. Top with half the meat mixture
  6. Arrange remaining tortillas overlapping as necessary
  7. Spread sour cream evenly over tortillas
  8. Top with remaining meat mixture
  9. Bake at 350 degrees about 30 min or until hot and bubbly
  10. Remove from oven; sprinkle with cheeses
  11. Let stand 10 min; cut into squares  to serve
  12. Garnish with lettuce, if desired, and olives
  13. Serve with additional picante sauce

Twist:  Ground Turkey as opposed to ground beef, black olives, omitted tomato sauce, poblano peppers instead of red bell pepper

 

Valentine’s Day Pancakes

I received an email from a young lady who asked me to put something on my blog that was easy and red and white. As a result, I will add at least three recipes this week in recognition of Valentine’s Day. I actually went out and purchased some Bisquick.  As some of you know, most of my cooking and all of my baking is from scratch.

I used a large heart-shaped cookie cutter to make the pancakes.  I didn’t have any strawberry syrup, so I made a little simple syrup and added some strawberry preserves and allowed it to reduce down.  Finally, I garnished the pancakes with pecans.

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Posted by on February 11, 2017 in Breakfast, Valentine's Day

 

Black-eyed Peas and Mustard Greens

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A Great Combination!

African cow peas also know as black-eyed peas, are filled with nutritional benefits.  Several years ago I visited a very popular restaurant in New York.  I don’t really remember my entrée but I do remember that my sister had black-eyed peas and some type of greens.  It looked awesome and according to her, it was delicious. I had to try this dish; and here is my twist:

Ingredients:

  • 4 bunches greens (collards, mustards, etc., washed and torn into large pieces)
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 smoked turkey part (drum stick, wing, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar (Natural Cane Sugar) or Agave Nectar
  • 1 dried California Chili Pod (Anaheim chili, or New Mexico chili)

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, cook onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until they sweat.
  2. Add water and smoked turkey part to onions and garlic.
  3. Cook about 15 minutes before adding greens.
  4. Add greens, broth, and remaining ingredients.
  5. Cook until the greens are tender (approximately 45 minutes or until tender)
  6. Combine black-eyed peas and greens in a bowl, enjoy

Twists:   A home smoked turkey part enhances the flavor

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2017 in vegetables

 

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