Monday, May 20, 2013
Come and visit me at The City Farmgirl Blog at maryjanesfarm! I put up a new post there today.
Here's the recipe I promised you.
Delicious Baked Cheese Enchiladas
for the cheese filling
2 cups Monterrey or Colby jack cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup sour cream
1 onion, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1 TBSP fresh parsley (optional)
2 TBSP fresh cilantro (optional)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
for the enchilada sauce
15 oz. tomato sauce
2/3 cup water
1 TBSP chili powder (more if you want spicy)
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 garlic clove, minced
and you'll also need
8 flour tortillas
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Lightly oil a large baking dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the cheeses together with the sour cream, chopped onions, parsley and cilantro (if using), salt and pepper.
Combine tomato sauce, water, chili powder, oregano, cumin, garlic and heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce hat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Then, pour in a 9 inch pie pan.
Dip each tortilla into the sauce to coat both sides.
Spoon 1/4 cup or so of the cheese mixture onto each tortilla and roll it around the filling.
Place in a oiled baking pan, seam-side down. Pour remaining sauce over the enchiladas.
Top with 1/4 cup cheddar cheese and bake uncovered for about 20 minutes.
Oh seriously. MY STARS. The best ever. I've made them a million times and I always mean to take a photo of them baked and ready to eat on a pretty plate, but it just never happens. I always mean to. But. They are too good. I put them on a plate and can't control myself. I eat them while they're hot. And then I forget about a photo. Just close your eyes and imagine the most beautiful cheese enchilada you've ever seen.
at 4:25 PM
Monday, March 25, 2013
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Come and see me at The City Farmgirl Blog. Here's a link to my most recent post.
This morning's Report from the Farm
Another snow day!
The snow is coming down in big dreamy flakes. The wind is strong, so they float and flit and blow all over the place before they touch the ground. It's so beautiful it takes my breath away. A bird just tried to fly in this wind, right beside my window. I can't imagine why he's out and about. Get thee home to thy nest, little birdy. You crazy. Home is the place to be in snow. I've learned that in the few months we've lived here.
Our weather advisory said we might get 7 inches this time. I hope so. I'm guessing that this will be our last GOOD snow of the season. Maybe it will be a doosey. Yep, I'll take a doosey.
After I finish my cuppa joe, I'll build a fire. But first I'll bundle up and head to the barn. Fresh water and fresh hay for our three horses. And then I'll come in, dry off, warm up and get some bread rising. Next, get some soup on the stove.
I'm doing the farm planning diagram today, deciding what to do where. I've really got to decide on this whole chicken thing. How many? What varities? Where will they live?! My current idea is to take one of these old outbuildings and make it a chicken house. Oh yes, the time has come for me to learn to sling a hammer. And a drill. And a saw.
Yep, I'm sitting up here in the big mountains on a big farm with a big white horse. And now big SNOW!
Life. It is good.
(this photo from the other day...no blue skies today.)
at 8:14 AM
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
You mean you don't have one too?
A favorite silo?
Well, this is my favorite silo.
I used to drive by it, but don't travel down that area of the state any more.
Do you know what it reminds me of?
Those spearmint Brach's candies.
Green and White.
One day. Some day.
I want to paint the top of my silo to look like
Those peppermint Brach's candies too.
Except I'll take the Red and White ones.
But for now.
It looks like this.
Can't you just see it?
Yep, me too.
at 7:55 PM
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Christmas morning at our house means Sausage Balls and Dutch Baby Pancakes.
THE MOVE has interfered with my life. To say the very least.
I looked high and low. I looked in the attic and the garage. I looked in the other garage. I looked through all the boxes in the dining room. I looked in the plastic bins in the mud room. I went through those boxes in the front bedroom. And the hallway.
And then I said~dangit.mercy.i give up.
And I looked online to find a recipe for Christmas Morning breakfast.
I found the Sausage Ball recipe pretty quickly. Tried and true and everybody in the south loves and makes these babies.
The Dutch Baby Pancake recipe was harder, much harder.
I gave up finding MY recipe and instead decided to try Alton Brown's version from food network.
It was completely different. Flatty instead of puffy. But it was truly delicious.
Alton Brown's Dutch Baby Pancake
Ingredients3 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
2 3/8 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 1/2 cup
3 tablespoons vanilla sugar, plus extra for serving (I didn’t have vanilla sugar made, so I just used 3 Tbsp. sugar and 1 Tbsp. vanilla)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
Lemon wedges (I topped with sauteed apple slices in butter, topped with cinnamon and nutmeg. Didn't use lemons.)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.2. Place 2 tablespoons of the melted butter into a 10-inch cast iron skillet and place in the oven. Set the remaining tablespoon of melted butter aside to cool slightly. Wait 10 minutes before assembling the other ingredients.
3. Place the flour, vanilla sugar, salt, milk, eggs and remaining tablespoon of melted butter into the bowl of a food processor or blender and process for 30 seconds. (I haven’t unpacked my food processor or blender, so I just used a whisk and whisked it like crazy.)4. Carefully pour the batter into the preheated skillet. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until the edges are puffed and brown.
And then? The day after Christmas? Yes, you guessed it. I found my recipe.
Rebekah's Christmas Morning Puffy Pancake
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup milk
2 TBSP. Butter
1 tsp. each cinnamon
1-2 tsp. vanilla extract
FRUIT FOR TOPPING
2 cups sliced strawberries and blueberries OR
2 cups apples, peeled and sliced, sautéed in 1 TBSP. butter with 1 tsp. each of cinnamon, allspice and ginger.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place eggs, flour, milk, vanilla, and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a blender and blend. (Or whisk vigorously in a bowl.)Melt butter in an oven proof round skillet. (Either in the pre-heating oven or on stovetop.)
Pour batter into the skillet.Bake on middle rack of oven for 20 minutes until puffy and golden.
Slice as you would a pie.Serve topped with fruit and then whipped topping.
Okay, these two recipes are very different. Alton's is flat, mine is puffy. My daughter preferred mine (love her!) and I'll definitely go back to it next Christmas morning.
But, I do like Alton's version. And will make it again soon. It was quirkier. I like quirky.
Y'all, ENJOY your day!
at 8:47 PM