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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 …

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 …

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 …

Green posole

We love stuff with tomatillos. Salsas, chile verde, and sauces. I had never made green posole before, in fact I did not even have a name for it until a high school student said, “oh you’re talking about green posole”. So, I guess it has been made before. This is an easy, tasty dish. Perfect for the upcoming cooler weather; Or even a football night. Just a few ingrediants are needed. But it takes a few hours to cook.  1/2 bag posole about 1-1 1/2 cups (soak overnight in some salt water) or use the package directions to prep it 8-10 tomatillos  1/4 cup water 1/2 Teaspoon salt 4 cups chicken broth or stock 1 pound ground pork 1/4 teaspoon cumin Cilantro, chopped onion, Jalisco cheese, limes: all for toppers and/or garnish 6 corn tortillas cut into thin strips  Hand blender or regular blender The night before or in the morning soak the posole in salted water. This will soften it up before cooking begins. Toss that water before using. Remove outer leafy layer on …

Island style meatballs in sweet and sour sauce

Tired of the same old thing? Need some flavor in your meals? This dish will do it. Pretty easy to make, colorful and mouth watering. We had been doing hamburgers on the grill for the holiday and I had about a pound of meat left over. A bit bored with the meat on a bun so I looked to see what we had and thought sweet and sour meatballs. The I imagined how could I improve on the ordinary and make it extraordinary. The meat balls are packed with flavor and are very filling. The vegetables add color and nutrition.  1 pound Hamburger  1 green pepper 1 yellow pepper 1 orange pepper…… Or any color of your choice  1 onion 1 yellow squash 1/4 cup coconut flour 1 egg 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce 2/3 cup rice 1 large can chunk pineapple. Save the juice 1 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon oil Sweet and sour sauce 2 tablespoon corn starch 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar  1 tablespoon soy sauce Plus liquid from meat …

Easy chicken and cheese with sour cream green sauce

Seems like there always needs to be a story. But after a crazy evening at home my story has left my brain. However, I could say this is an easy meal for a hard day. A few ingrediants is all you need and about 1 hour time from start to finish.  2 chicken boob halves boneless, skinless 1 tablespoon oil 2 cans green (Hatch) enchilada sauce 1 cup sour cream 6 flour tortillas 6 cheese sticks Colby/Jack type combo 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 hot pepper chopped   If desired 1 chopped tomato  1 teaspoon cumin 1 clove smashed or chopped garlic 8×8 pan  Skillet and a medium size sauce pan Heat oven to 350, chop chicken into pieces heat skillet and add oil, add chicken to heated skillet. Heat 1 can of sauce in a sauce pan, add chopped onion. Have it start to boil, then simmer while preparing everything else. When chicken has touch the heat on all sides add pepper, and chopped tomato then cumin and garlic. Unwrap cheese prices.  Take some …

Super sonic sloppy Jo’s 

Sloppy Jo’s are one of those easy meals that just hit the spot sometimes. But why not make them super sloppy Jo’s? The flavors take an ordinary meal to a new level of yum. 1 pound hamburger 1 can spam finely chopped 5 pieces bacon chopped into pieces  Sloppy Jo mix (can or package) Buns 5 green onions chopped In a skillet start to brown hamburger meat, add  chop bacon, and finely chop spam. Brown everything together. Drain grease. Add chopped green onions and stir. Then follow your favorite sloppy Jo mix directions. Brown buns or toast slightly, pour mixture on buns and eat.  As always we hope you enjoy

Baked grass….. Aka asparagus

Spring is here and that means grass is growing. All kinds of grass, the kind you mow to the kind you pull and even the kind you eat. Commonly know as asparagus. Having a mighty fine patch of grass means picking daily. In a short time you have enough for several meals during the week.  I don’t know about you but I can get tired of eating something the same way over and over again. I found this recipe and tweaked it a bit. It turned out so good I could have devoured the entire pan that night.  A bunch of grass rinsed and tough bottoms removed 2 tablespoons lemon infused olive oil 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs A shake or two of garlic salt 1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs 1/2 cup grated asiago cheese Shallow baking dish  Plastic bag or large bowl Heat oven to 350, place grass in bowl or bag. Add oil and close bag, mix around with hands. Open bag and add seasoning and bread crumbs, mix again. Add almost all the …

Roasted garlic rice

We love rice; black, red, white, wild…….you name it. Plus we love garlic. Most everyone has heard of garlic mashed potatoes but what about garlic rice? Had to think about it for a day and this is what I came up with. It takes some time to roast the garlic. I did it the day before then added it to the rice the day I cooked it. The flavor is creamy, light and surprisingly nutty in flavor.  1 cup white rice ( I would say any kind should work)  2 cup chicken broth 1 head of pre roasted garlic Squeeze garlic out of pods. Smash garlic in a sauce pan add broth then mix well. Add rice, stir then heat to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 40 minutes.  Fluff before serving. Yummy stuff Roasting garlic. You might have a garlic roasting terra cotta bowl, if not a baking dish with a lid should work. Heat oven to 350, cut top off garlic just so the cloves are exposed. Remove excess outside leaves if …