Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chicken and Grape Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

I am not a salad girl. Every time I go out to eat with women they get salads for their meal, but I just can't do it; it does not fill me up. I like my salad on the side. This salad was really, really good for you salad girls! I ate it all and was starving an hour later....

 Chicken and Grape Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
Meat from 1/2 of a rotisserie chicken
2 stripes bacon
2 cups spring lettuce
1/4 cup Blue Cheese
3 Tbsp. Greek Yogurt
1 Tbsp chopped chives
1/2 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp of lemon juice
salt and pepper
1/2 cup red grapes, halved
 Mix together blue cheese with yogurts, chives lemon juice and salt and pepper

 Fry bacon

Drain on a paper towel and crumble. 
 Slice grapes.
 Stir together chicken, lettuce and bacon.
 Mix in dressing.
Serve immediately....and if you are like me, ate a piece of bread or some soup along with it!

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Breakfast Enchiladas

We are back! J and I had a great time seeing both of our families. And now Christmas time is here! I have been doing a little shopping at JCrew this morning for Cyber Monday....it feels so good to save money! I only have 3 more gifts to get for Christmas.

Thanksgiving day, Mommasita wanted to have our pictures taken for her Christmas card. Here are some fun photos from our shoot.

Love this shot of Mommasita
and this one of my SIL
The only one where we all look good! 
 Izze should be a model


Like father, like son...


Katy and I made breakfast for Saturday morning. I first made these when I went to the ranch with my mom in September. This breakfast is a winner! I think we will make them again when in Ruidoso for Christmas.

Breakfast Enchiladas
2 cups of cubed cooked ham
1/2 cup chopped green onions
10 flour tortillas (not pictured)
2 cups shredded cheese. plus 1/2 cup for later
1 Tbsp flour
2 cups half and half
6 eggs
This dish is assembled the night before and cooked in the morning. Remember to start it the night before!
Chop ham and green onions. It is easier to chop ham if it is a spiral ham!
Mix together the ham, green onions and 2 cups of cheese.
Whisk together the eggs, half and half and flour.
Use a 1/3 cup to scoop out ham mixture onto a flour tortilla. 
Roll up the tortilla and place seam side down in a baking dish. You can zap the tortillas in the microwave for 30 seconds to make them easier to work with.
All 10 tortillas should fit in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, just squeeze them together tight.
Pour egg mixture over tortillas.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, preheat your oven to 350. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until no longer jiggly.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of cheese.
Bake for 10 more minutes and remove.
Serve with a side of salsa.
These were yummy the next morning too!
PS I am sure you could use a different meat in them as well, like sausage or bacon.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

I have been extremely busy this week! So busy that I am going a little crazy...ask my husband, I went a little wacko on him earlier, oops!! Good thing we are going on vacation tomorrow. At least I hope going home to Odessa will feel like a vacation. Sometimes visiting family can be just as exhausting. Either way, I am happy to see everyone!! I hope you have a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving as well. I'll be back after turkey day!

This dish was fantastic. J and I ate on the dressing for several days after.

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette

Roasted Garlic:
1 head of garlic
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Pork Loin
1 Pork Tenderloin
salt and pepper

Vinaigrette:
Roasted Garlic, from above
2 Tbsp flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 plus 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 475
Slice top off of garlic head.
Place on aluminum foil. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
Wrap foil tightly. Bake for 1 hour.
Season pork with salt and pepper. 30 minutes after cooking garlic, put pork in the oven to cook alongside the garlic. Roast for 30-40 minutes or until registers 140 on meat thermometer.
J was helping me take these photos (which is why they look so good!) He snapped a photo of me doing dishes that I sorta liked.

Remove pork from oven and allow to sit at least 5 minutes.
Remove garlic from oven and allow it to cool to be able to touch.
Squeeze roasted garlic pulp into a food processor. Add parsley and vinegar, pulse until smooth.
While blending, drizzle oil into processor.
Remove lid and stir in sugar, salt, pepper and 1 Tbsp of water.
YUM!
Slice pork.
Serve pork with a bed of arugula and lots of vinegar drizzle on the lettuce and the pork, maybe more on the side!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Homemade Chai

I thoroughly love my job a Dream Dinners. Mostly because of the amazing people I work with. We all love to cook, so I get to go to work and talk about one of my passions. Occasionally they send me home with great recipes, for which I am always grateful! My sweet co-worker, Cat, gave me this recipe. She got it when visiting some family who was living in the Ukraine. It is so much better than the Chai mixes you get a the store, and not hard to mix up in the morning!

Homemade Chai Tea Latte

2 cup water
2 tea bags (black)
1 cinnamon stick
6 cardamom seeds
1 whole clove
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 1/2 cups milk
1/4-1/3 cup of sugar, depending on how sweet you like it
Crush your cardamom seeds. I use a rolling pin the first time, but the second time I used my meat mallet, it was much easier!
Bring to boil the water, tea bags, crushed cardamom, cinnamon stick, clove and ginger. 
Boil for 5 minutes then remove from heat.
Strain the tea through a strainer, into a tea pot.
Mix in sugar, stir until it dissolves.
Heat milk, either in microwave or on the stove. Then add to tea pot.
Stir and serve. 
Yummy! I think it is a perfect drink to serve your family during the holiday season!!

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