Monday, February 25, 2008

Yum Yum for Your Tum Tum

Chenae asked me to put a recipe for my favorite food, chicken enciladas, on here. They are so scrumptious and I grew up eating these. My mom made them for me all the time. They are great, and relatively easy to make. Plus as long as you use all of the suggested ingredients, they turn out good no matter how you put it together. Enjoy!! I tried to decide how much would be necessary for a 9x13 pan but I had no idea. I don't use a recipe ever I just make it and then add more if I need more so I tried to just guess what would be necessary. I usually make a 9x9 so if you don't like the flavor, or there isn't enough of any of the ingredients, try to tweek it a bit to make it work for the size you are making.

15 corn tortillas
1.5 C sour cream
2 small cans Cream of Chix soup
3 boneless, skinless chix breasts
lots of cheese
small can diced chiles if desired
salt and pepper to taste
Begin by mixing the sour cream and the soup. Spoon some of the mixture into the bottom of the pan so that it is just a thin layer. Cut the tortillas into fourths. (I just do a cut down the middle and then the other way. Or you can just tear the tortillas into pieces.) Then lay down a layer of tortilla pieces, covering the entire pan. Then dice or shred the chicken into pieces. Place a layer of chicken over the tortillas. The chicken doesn't need to be covering the entire pan, just use about 1.5 chicken breasts. Then spoon more of the soup mixture, covering the whole pan. Use more than you did on the bottom of the pan to be sure that it gets between all of the chicken pieces and then to the tortilla layer. Then cover generously with cheese. Then cover that with another layer of tortillas, chicken, soup mixture and cheese. For the final layer, just spread the remaining soup mixture and lots of cheese. Bake @ 350 for 40-60 minutes until liquids are bubbling.
*Just use your judgement to decide how much of the ingredients you will need to use. Its a super easy recipe and sooo yummy.*

The Best Salad Ever!!

So this is my first time posting a recipe. I am pretty excited, although it is not my recipe. Michelle made it last night for dinner and it was the best thing I have ever tasted mixing some of my favorite veggies. It is from Rachel Ray and Ace wanted her to make it, but I honestly think I ate more than half and then Michelle even let me take the left overs. It is soooo good. And really healthy!

5 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 red onion, peeled, diced
1 cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
2 splashes red wine vinegar
Coarse salt and black pepper
*I wonder what it would taste like to add a little avacado or feta to this? Maybe I will try it and let you all know.*

Okay so I made this, it did not last long. It was good the first night, but got progressively more oddly textured. Ace and Mich made it and intead of using EVOO and vinegar, they just used Balsamic Vinaigrette with EVOO already in it. It lasted longer, plus tasted way way better. Make it that way. It tastes so much more amazing.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Chocolatiest Chocolate Cake

Does anybody else (in my family) remember when Jill made this for us when she lived with us in the Burg?
Jill's Hershey Chocolate Cake

2 cup sugar
1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp bkg soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water

Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Mix eggs, milk, oil and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake 4350 for 30-35 minutes.

Hershey Frosting:
1/2 cup butter or marg
2/3 cup cocoa
3 cup powder sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spread consistency. Add more powdered sugar to thicken frosting if needed. Stir in vanilla.