Monday, March 09, 2009

do.

the dinner for 8 was a success! we had a fun group of people and the conversation flowed easily. i did not make churros for dessert, but we did have mango & strawberry sorbet served with fresh strawberries. it was a nice, light way to end the meal. plus, it was easy and yummy!
here's the super-easy casserole i made that night:Align Center
2 C diced chicken breast
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander which i skipped cause i didn't have any
2 T fresh cilantro i used WAY more than that, didn't measure, just kept plucking!
1 can black beans
1 can diced creen chiles
1 can red enchilada sauce
corn tortillas i use white, but i don't think it matters...
2 C shred. mexican-blend cheese
8 oz. sour cream

-preheat oven to 375

-saute chicken w/ cumin & coriander i've found the chicken stays more moist if you cook the breasts whole and then dice. maybe that's a no-brainer, but the first time i made this i diced it all up and then cooked it, thinking it would cook faster.
-transfer chicken to a bowl, stir in cilantro, black beans, and green chiles
-spread half the enchilada sauce over the bottom of 11x17 baking dish. layer tortillas over the sauce (they'll overlap), spread 1/2 the sour cream over tortillas, cover with 1/2 the chicken mixture, sprinkle with 1/2 the cheese. spoon remaining enchilada sauce over cheese and make another layer of tortillas. layer remaining chicken mixture over tortillas. cover with foil.
-bake for 30 min. remove foil. sprinkle with remaining cheese and dot with sour cream. bake another 5 min. or so uncovered.
i doubled this (or sorta, one & a half'd it) and i actually baked it in a 9x13. i used one can of mild enchilada sauce & one can of hot. i don't follow the recipe exactly, but you can't really mess it up. just make sure to use enough sauce and sour cream so that it stays moist. i made this guacamole served with chips & salsa, a salad with lime vinaigrette, and a fruit salad.

as i mentioned in the last post, we worked all day to get the house ready. we even did some projects that no one would've noticed, but just needed to be done; organizing all the cabinets, organizing our closets, et cetera. i know i said i'd post pictures, but most of it isn't all that interesting to look at. but here are some pictures of updates in our room:

i guess every room in our house gets an art collage on the wall.
this is a little painting of the town we lived in in colorado. sniff, sniff.

i also hung some cuties in piper's room, but i'm waiting for something from etsy to arrive!
i'll post pictures when it's all done. and here's the old-but-improved tv room:
i know the big blue chair doesn't go with anything, but it was a hand-me-down and it's super-comfy!

5 comments:

  1. Fun! I am horrible at finding things that compliment each other but aren't matchy matchy. So far I am matchy matchy in my house and I hate it. I need some decorating intervention. Shoot, I need intervention all over my style right now. Clothes, hair, makeup, house...I am a mess. Lol! But a happy mess!

    When are we getting together?? SOON???

    Oh, hey! Stacie is doing a small group at her house starting the Sunday night after spring break (next week). We are doing the Truth Project. Have you ever done it?? I keep meaning to ask you and then I forget. Agh! We want you and Seth to come and Piper. The big kids can watch the little kids. It will be SO good and we REALLY REALLY want you to be there.

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  2. I was just talking to Katie last night about how I am debating starting a blog about cooking with recipes and such... I guess great minds think a like! Glad to her your dinner party went well.

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