Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chicken in the Chips

Spent most of the day getting bills set up in online banking in our new bank account. What a hassle, but easier than righting a check every month. I'm pretty brain dead, tho.
Made this easy recipe from one of my favorite recipe books - 40th Anniversary Recipe Collection from Pace Picante Sauce, A Treasury of Tex-Mex Cooking, 1987 - called Chicken In The Chips - "A hearty, family-pleasing casserole. For quick convenience, streamline preparation with fully-cooked chicken or turkey from the deli department."
Original ingredients are:
2 to 2-1/2 cups diced cooked chicken or turkey
1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
1/4 cup Pace picante sauce
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded monterey jack cheese
2 cups corn chips

I did not have all the ingredients so I substituted. Plus, I wanted leftovers so I doubled the recipe. 
Here's my version:
3 large chicken breast halves, chopped (raw)
2 Tablespoons of Tastefully Simple Fiesta Party Dip Mix
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Pace picante sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 canister of Pringles tortillas Nacho Cheese, lightly crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook chicken with Fiesta Party Dip Mix until no longer pink.
(These pics are with my cheapo phone. The lens got steamed up. I can't find my adapter to get my camera pictures onto my computer.)
 Add in soups, sour cream and picante sauce. Mix well. 

Spoon half the mixture into lightly greased 8-1/2 x 11" baking pan. Top with 1 cup cheese and half the crushed chips. Repeat layers. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

We all thought this was yummy - not low cal, but yummy. 

My favorite TV show is on tonight - Who Do You Think You Are!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Fried Rice

Years ago I would hang out at my neighbor's house. Debbie was a year ahead of me in school. She had 3 brothers. Her father worked at the steel mill and her mom, Ruby, stayed home. Ruby was a good cook. To this day, I have never had a better steak than she could cook. One of my favorite dishes she made was Fried Rice. I love it. I made some tonight for supper.

Here's the recipe:

1 cup cooked Minute rice
1/2 cup diced ham
2 Tbls butter
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbls Soy Sauce
2 eggs, mixed lightly
(I usually multiply these ingredients by 4 when not serving anything else with it.)

Cook the rice ahead of time using a little less water than called for. Set aside.

Melt butter in skillet on medium. Add ham and green onions and saute for about 10 minutes.  Add Sauces and cook till warm. Add the eggs and cook until eggs are done, stirring often.
Stir in the rice and serve.

On a different note, I saw my brother and his family off this morning. They had been visiting us in our new home the last four days. Each goodbye gets a little easier. While it's never fun to say goodbye, it doesn't keep me from wanting visitors! It was just a little odd since our families had been neighbors for 17 years and now they were "visitors". We had fun though and I look forward to having them come back. I often sit here trying to figure out exactly why God has placed us here in our new home in Florida so far from our families in Indiana. No answers yet, but, I keep this in mind: