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P-Dub’s Easy Green Chile Enchiladas

This morning, well it was closer to lunch than breakfast, but still morning, I was looking through my RSS reader and a post by The Pioneer Woman came up. She talked about how she had been in Albuquerque for a book signing. (I so wanted to go, but it wouldn’t workout in our schedule) and how she had eaten some green chile enchiladas and how amazing they were. I have to agree with her that NM has the BEST enchiladas AND the best green chile anywhere… ever! So as I scrolled through her mouth-watering photos I innitally had no intention of trying the recipe. I make enchiladas, they take some time and effort and well… time. But once I saw how quick and easy this version was, I knew what I was having for lunch today! I love enchiladas!! LOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEE them! In fact they are my “go to” menu option at just about any Mexican food place we go. (Except Bear Wallow! DO NOT EAT THE ENCHILADA PLATE AT BEAR WALLOW!!! You have been warned. Don’t blame the consequences on me if you do! 😉 Anyway, this totally hit the spot! The onions were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! And of course the green chile was just….. just…. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! You’ve got to try this! I’m just going to link to her post because if my ravings haven’t convinced you, her photos will! Here’s to yummy (and quick) Mexican food at home! Delish! CLICK HERE to get your tastebuds in the... read more

Chocolate Chip Cookie Solution

So I may have mentioned before that I have the hardest time in the world getting chocolate chip cookies to turn out well. It’s a mixture of altitude with who knows what else that causes every recipe I’ve tried to fall woefully flat… for real. Until now that is. 🙂 Tonight I tried THIS recipe that I had pinned sometime back, but hadn’t tried because my chocolate chip cookie confidence is about as low as you can get. But Hurb requested some when I was getting ready to make some no-bake energy bites. 😉 Since it’s been a zillion years since I’ve actually baked him cookies, how could I refuse? So I swapped out my plans for a healthy snack for this cookie trial. I’m really glad that I did! The “secret” ingredient is (drum roll) corn starch. 😉 Ha! That and not over baking them! They turn out puffy and chewy and absolutely delicious!!! Wow! Oh, and I didn’t have a cup of choco-chips so ours were actually Chocolate, White and Butterscotch Chip Cookies. 😉 Finally the search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe has ended!! I will no longer dread the thought of making cookies. They come together quickly, bake quickly, and vanish pretty quickly as well. 😉 If you’ve ever had cookie flops like me, you may want to give these a whirl. Ingredients: 3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened 3/4 c. brown sugar 1/4 c. granulated sugar 1 egg 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 c. all purpose flour 2 tsp. cornstarch 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in. 3. Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks. 4. Using a standard-sized cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges. (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.) 5. Let cool, on the sheet, on a wire rack for five minutes. Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely. Makes approximately 3... read more

Slow Cooker Mushroom Chicken…again

You might think I’ve lost my marbles because if you follow the recipe posts (and have a good memory) you’ll notice that there is another slow-cooker mushroom chicken post. It’s even snitched from the same website! HOWEVER there are nuances that are different, and while I like the other one a lot, I thought I’d give this one a go as well. I think the other one might have been a teeeeeeny bit less complicated, but hey, it’s slow cooker, how complicated can ya get? 😉 We are having this tonight, so while I’m writing I’ve yet to taste it, but don’t worry, I’ll post a verdict on the bottom before this post goes to press. 😉 I made a couple modifications, of course, to the recipe. Would it really be ME if I completely followed a recipe? Ya know, now that I think about it, that is a tribute to my growth in cooking. When I was single on my own, I lived on tuna and bagles… (not entirely but pretty much) and when I finally started actually cooking it was a HUGE process. I’d dirty every dish in the kitchen, burn myself, be covered in flour, and have my nose glued to the recipe the entire time. I’d buy “special” dishes and equipment that I need for JUST that particular recipe… Ha ha ha!! Funny to think back on all of that. Also I had the hardest time with batch sizes. I’d cooke a whacking huge casserole for just Stuart and me. 😉 We were notoriously bad left-over eaters as well. Anyway, I’ve come a long way in my understanding of food and the cooking process… so I take it upon myself to make due, substitute, or go without many things that recipes call for. No exception here. I didn’t use the wine, subbed chicken broth instead, used MY “cream of something” soup instead of condensed golden mushroom, used just whatever cheap mushroom from the produce section I had… uh… Oh, used plain cream cheese with a little onion/parsley powder thrown in. SO aside from that I followed the recipe. 😉 Which is to say that if you repeat this recipe as written, your final dish may taste a bit different from mine… but the concept is the same. 😉 I plan to serve it over pasta since de Bella likes noodles! (I won’t be having any myself however, low-carbing and all that) Without any more adoing... read more

Easy Chicken Melts

This is one of my favorite easy “light” meals. It doesn’t involve a ton of prep and I usually have the ingredients I need for it on hand. I like to use the canned chicken breast we get at Costco for this one too. Most of the time I serve it with some sliced veggies like cucumber and carrots, or celery, and some cottage cheese or something. The recipe calls for Italian Bread, but I normally use slices of my Hawaiian bread instead. It makes about 8 slices that way rather than 10 that the recipe says. It’s yummy… the kids like it… the Hurb like it… the dog even likes it. 😉 Easy Chicken Melts 1 Can chicken drained and flaked 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided 1/2 c finely chopped onion 1/2 c diced green pepper (though I have used yellow or red and I like them better, any sweet pepper works great!) 1/4 c. Mayonnaise (I use Ranch Dressing) 3/4 t. Cajun seasoning (I don’t know what this is, but I use just a dash of Cayenne) 1/2 t. minced garlic 10 slices Italian bread 1/2 inch thick 2 plum tomatoes, sliced (I never use these because we rarely have fresh tomatoes on hand) In a small bowl, combine the chicken, 1/2 c. cheese, onion, pepper, mayonnaise, seasoning and garlic. Spread over bread slices. Top each with a tomato slice; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375* for 10-12 minutes or until bread is toasted and golden brown. 5... read more

No-bake Energy bites!

Yummers!! You’ve got to try THESE bites! (there’s a link there under that word, check it out!) After the crispy treat with non melting marshmallow fiasco the other week I was a little reluctant to have the lads “help” me again. Not so much because of them, but my patience is in bad shape! SO it’s good for me to work it out this way. Anyhow, they helped me with these energy bites and they did a good job, and my patience was mostly fine. 😉 I pinned this recipe some time back, but this was the first time I tried it. They are so so so so so good! You simply have to do it! It’s no bake even! Can’t get much simpler than that, right?? 😉 I didn’t have coconut, sadly, so I added a cup of chopped pecans instead. I’m a nut lover so that works for me. I also left out the choco-chips since I’m trying to be sweets conscious. I used Old Fashioned Oats, Almond butter, honey, chopped pecans, flax seed and the vanilla. They’re awesome!! Think I might skip lunch and just eat these ‘snacks’ all day, ha ha! Oh my! 😉 Here’s the recipe if you don’t feel like clicking the link. (makes 20 or so bites, I might need to double this the next time I make it. The lads LOVE them, just waiting to see Stu’s reaction) 1 cup oatmeal 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter) 1/3 cup honey 1 cup coconut flakes 1/2 cup ground flaxseed 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips 1 tsp vanilla Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy! Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Try it… you’ll like it! You’re welcome!... read more

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