Author: Colleen Dyroff

Green chile and chicken casserole 

The garden is doing magnificent this year. Which, for a change, includes the pepper/chile patch. Our Big Jims and banana chiles are producing enough so I can pick four to five a week. Jalapeños,  habanero and chipotles are coming along too. I roast them all then find something to make with them, or just eat them on the side with a dish. But yesterday, I am really snooping around the Big Jim plant and find three more trophy chiles. So, now I have a good amount to do something with…..it is hot, so slaving in the kitchen it not my idea of fun. Also, it seems like we are eating very late these days because of the heat and long sunny days. Trying to head outside in the evening to accomplish all the chores for the day while it is cooler. Then I cook. I think the system is a bit out of whack.  Trying something new last night, I timed the dish to be prepped during the heat of the day, but put together …

Vegetable dip

Everyone is making baked veggies. Squash, califlower, greenbeans……yummy stuff. Some have strange dips or none at all. I tried this one last night with some baked zucchini chips and it was great.  1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup goat cheese 1 tablespoon diced chives Mix everything together, cover and refrigerate a few hours. Very light with out salt so if your vegetable is salty it will balance it out well. As always we hope you enjoy. 

Giant cabbage leaf stuffed with fish

Looks great yes? We have a fabulous garden this year. Six beautiful heads of cabbage are getting ready to form heads, but while they have a ways to go I am thinking about the giant outside leaves. There is no way the pioneers wasted these, but what did they do? So I am thinking cabbage rolls….with some fish. In a since a meal in one type dish. We were very pleased with how this turned out.  Giant cabbage leaves, preferably ones about dinner plate size Fish fillets, I used Swai. Firm white fish that is mild in flavor 1/2 cup white rice 1 cup water 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 green onion In a microwave safe bowl put rice, water and soy sauce. On high zap for 2 minutes, set aside. Wash cabbage leaves. In very large skillet put about 1/2-3/4 inch water. Heat water….does not have to boil. Place leaves one at a time in hot water, carefully flip over  about 45 seconds each side. Just enough so leave bend easily. Put on a …

Gringo Spanish rice

I’m in a Mexican flair mood. Tonight it is chicken and tomorrow venison. Tonight however, is a chicken we have marinated for months…….hahahaha….it was froze, perfect to thaw out and have ready after a hard day at work. The fruit juices, oregano, onions, garlic salt make a perfect blend for the chicken. After placing in a bag, let it freeze a bit, then seal. Saving for a later date…..usually great for camping, but tonight…….olé……and for this meal we are adding rice. A nice side dish to anything you would like to add a flare too. Colorful, tasty and easy.  1 cup short grain rice (sushi style) 1/2 onion chopped fine  1 guajillo pepper (seeds and all, no stem, chopped up) 1/2 red pepper 1/2 yellow pepper 1/2 red pepper OR….. 1/2 bag of frozen ” 3 color pepper and onion strip” I used PicSweet brand 1 big teaspoon garlic salt A little olive oil 3 cups chicken broth Heat a sauce pan, add oil when hot add all the veggies, even the guajillo pepper. Cook …

Guajillo chili dip (chili cascavel)

It is super bowl Sunday and I just came up with a blow your mind flavored dip. We are making stuffed potato skins, bacon, chives, green onions, cheese, salsa or ranch dressing. A sort of build your own skin, for the skin game. While making some salsas I wanted to do something with guajilloes, my favorite chili, and used this as a starter. This is chili recipe number one for today.  3 guajilloes dried, stem removed 3 large tomatoes 2 tablespoons salad oil 2 teaspoons salt 1 clove garlic 1 cup sour cream Chop tomatoes and place in a blender, crush guajilloes seeds and all, just remove the stem. Add everything else, blending really well for a few minutes. Put everything in a sauce pan, cook on medium heat at a low boil for 30 minutes or longer. Stirring from time to time. It will reduce some. Remove from heat and cool. After mixture is cool place sour cream in a container with a lid, mix 1/2 cup guajillo sauce into sour cream. Seal and …

Pomelo tequila chicken

I really like pomeloes, but finding a “good” one  can be difficult. They smell good, look good, however after slicing into them the pulp just is not quite right. And yes, this happened the other day. I hate to waste food. Having planned something chicken for dinner I decided to use the pulp for a marinade. It turned out pretty darn good. Of course some additives helped improve the flavor too.  Chicken boobs ( I used two halves) boneless, skinless 1 pomelo pulp removed and squished for some juice ( you can use a bowl and the back of a spoon)  2 ounces of tequila  1 teaspoon oregano 15 peppercorns whole 2 serranos, slice big with seeds  A pinch of pink  salt  1 plastic bag or marinating dish Remove pulp from pomelo, I cut chunks out placing them in a bowl and pressed down with a spoon to create some juice. After doing that add all the other ingrediants except chicken and stir. Put chicken in bag or bowl, pour everything on the chicken and …

Tropical poblano peppers with shrimp

Yes, it has been awhile since I have published a recipe. True I have cooked, just forgotten to share with everyone. I have a couple of great ones too. It is not often I randomly shop without a purpose for a meal. The poblanos looked wonderful at the market so I was compelled to purchase two hoping to come up with a stuffing. Of course there is a time frame involved…., if I don’t come up with something fairly soon they will spoil and that is a waste. Planning meals ahead for the week is just something I do, trying to maximize potential left overs etc. Rotating what we have in the freezer is a priority too, things can get lost in there. So, I found some nice fish and decided on fish tacos, and an older bag of gulf shrimp, that really needed to be used. Now this old brain went to work and this is what I came up with. It has a wonderful sauce to go over it too. 2-4 poblanos roasted, peeled, plus …

Colleen’s cranberry salad

Giving thanks to the Lord, our family and our friends. Be safe and be kind.  If you follow my recipes at all you know I am always reinventing the wheel so to speak. Again, I have altered an old recipe to make it even better…..I think anyway. Super easy and you probably already have this stuff on hand for Thanksgivings dinner. I am even thinking of making this throughout the year, it is light and full of flavor.  1 bag cranberries, washed and drained 2 oranges cut out the pulp, no rind or skin: BUT save one sliver of rind. 2 stalks celery finely chopped 1 honeycrisp Apple finely chopped 1 small can crushed pineapple drained ( I had hunks and blended it for a minute) 11/2 cup of sugar In a processor of your choice chop cranberries and orange pieces INCLUDING THE LITTLE RIND PIECE. Add sugar mix well. Place in a sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Stir and boil 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. …

Moroccan vegetables

I love spices and vegetables, but do not like to make the same thing over and over again. Usually I use only spinach and Moroccan seasoning. Today was a bit different. I had      a refrigerator full of miscellaneous produce and needed to use them up. So this is what I came up with.  1/2 onion chopped 2 sticks celery chopped 2 carrots chopped 1/3 bell pepper chopped 3 tablespoon olive oil 3 cloves thin sliced garlic 1 good teaspoon salt ( as opposed to a bad teaspoon) 1 sliced zucchini 1 sliced yellow squash 1 teaspoon Moroccan spice 4 small tomatoes quartered  Kale ( I had small leaves from the garden I used about 10, choice is yours on how much do to size) 1 can chicken or vegetable broth 1/2 lemon Heat a shallow pan then add olive oil, onions, carrots and celery, bell pepper. Cook about 5 minutes, add garlic, salt, squashes and seasoning stir and place a lid on it for ten minutes. Add broth, stir in. Place tomatoes and …

Moroccan vegetables

I love spices and vegetables, but do not like to make the same thing over and over again. Usually I use only spinach and Moroccan seasoning. Today was a bit different. I had a refrigerator full of miscellaneous produce and needed to use them up. So this is what I came up with.  1/2 onion chopped 2 sticks celery chopped 2 carrots chopped 1/3 bell pepper chopped 3 tablespoon olive oil 3 cloves thin sliced garlic 1 good teaspoon salt ( as opposed to a bad teaspoon) 1 sliced zucchini 1 sliced yellow squash 1 teaspoon Moroccan spice 4 small tomatoes quartered  Kale ( I had small leaves from the garden I used about 10, choice is yours on how much do to size) 1 can chicken or vegetable broth 1/2 lemon Heat a shallow pan then add olive oil, onions, carrots and celery, bell pepper. Cook about 5 minutes, add garlic, salt, squashes and seasoning stir and place a lid on it for ten minutes. Add broth, stir in. Place tomatoes and kale on …