September 21, 2013

Chicken Enchiladas

I made these chicken enchiladas to share with family.  They're fairly easy and yummy.  This recipe is adapted from the Magnolia Manor Collection cookbook.  The Magnolia Manor is a house located in Cairo, Illinois.  It is an outstanding example of Italinate architecture.  The house is maintained by The Cairo Historical Association.  The cookbook is a collection of recipes from friends of The Cairo Historical Association and Magnolia Manor.  

This is green pepper sautéeing  in 1/2 cup of butter.  The recipe calls for green onion as well, but I didn't have any, and I was in a bit of a hurry to get these made and delivered.  

 This is a "back-in-the- day" recipe which calls for cream of mushroom soup, but trust me, it is delicious!

Here's the recipe . . .

Chicken Enchiladas

1 cup chopped green onions, including tops
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup butter
4 cups cooked chicken breasts, chopped
2 cups sour cream
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
10 flour tortillas
Salt and pepper

Melt butter, add onions, green pepper, sautéed until softened.  Add green chili peppers, soup, and sour cream.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Mix 1/2 cup of sauce with chicken.  Dip each tortilla in remaining sauce to soften.  Fill tortillas with 1/4 to 1/3 cup chicken mixture and roll up.  Pour remaining sauce over filled tortillas, sprinkle cheese on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes.  

Serve to family and friends!


September 9, 2013

Italian Beef and Arugula Salad

How about Italian Beef for supper this week?

I make my Italian Beef in the crock pot; however, if you're short on time, it will work in a conventional oven as well.  I put it together in the morning before I leave for work, and it's done when I get home.

My favorite salad right now is an arugula salad.

My son and his fiancee work at an upscale restaurant in a neighboring community.  My hubbie and I eat there occasionally.  I had this salad there one night, and I have been making it ever since. (Not his favorite!)  It is an arugula salad with dates, slivered almonds, and shaved Parmesan cheese.  Theirs was served with a Champagne Vinigarette.  I used Trader Joe's Fat Free Balsamic Vinigarette.  The sweetness of the dates goes perfectly with the slightly bitter taste of the arugula.  

It's healthier than Lay's Potato Chips, which I actually lurve with Italian Beef.  I try.

Italian Beef

1 roast
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1 clove garlic, minced
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon paprika
Red pepper flakes
3 or 4 beef bouillon cubes

Put ingredients on top of roast

Cook in crockpot all day on low.

Serve to family and friends!

(I recommend a chuck roast for this recipe.  I used some other cut for these pictures, and unfortunately we didn't like it as well.  I won't deviate from the chuck roast again!  Just sayin'.)

Arugula Salad

Slivered almonds
Fresh Parmesean Cheese, shaved

Dressing of your choice.  I used Trader Joe's Balsamic Vinegarette.


September 2, 2013

Turkey, Cheese, and Asparagus Sandwich on Asiago Bread

Last weekend, we went to a local winery.  Southern Illinois has many wonderful wineries.  We met my husband's family at the winery for supper.  There was a great band playing that evening.  It was a perfect evening to sit outside, drink  a glass of wine and eat supper.  I had a turkey panini with chipotle mayo, cheese, and asparagus.  I liked the sandwich so much, I decided to make them at home.

I started by roasting a turkey breast.  The sandwich I had at the winery had deli meat on it.  I washed it, patted it dry, coated with olive oil, rubbed in seasoned salt, and roasted it according to the directions on the package.

I bought this asiago cheese bread at Panera Bread Company, and sliced it and toasted it.  I did not make a panini.  I don't know why.  I just didn't.

I boiled asparagus in salted water until tender.

I mixed chipotle and mayonnaise together. 

I sliced turkey for the sandwich, placed a piece of provolone cheese on top, placed some asparagus on top of the cheese, spread the chipotle mayo on the bread, and voila, a turkey, asparagus sandwich with chipotle mayonnaise.  It was great!

Next time, I'll make a panini.  Then it will be awesome.