In this little corner of the world it's feels like we're living in the deep freeze. I thought that it might be a good time to share a recipe to warm your belly. And this recipe happens to be one of my family's favorites as well as being something that the heroine in RANCHER TO THE RESCUE would cook.
Meghan is a celebrity chef and boy can she cook up a storm, but she also does it standing in front of the television cameras. She's more comfortable at home in her own kitchen where she likes to experiment and create her own recipes. I must admit I wouldn’t mind being more like her and taking my time in the kitchen. I love the way she is so creative with food.
She doesn’t follow recipes, she invents them. I must admit that I am the worst for following a recipe. I’ll see a dish I like in a magazine or book and take the concept, but end up doing my own thing—adding this, deleting that. Needless to say my cookbooks have been written all over with my revisions. And don’t even ask about the ones I make up on my own. So when a family member asks for the recipe of something I’ve prepared for an event, I’m at a loss. I have to literally go through the process of making the dish and documenting as I go in order to figure out “how much is a dash?” and “what’s the size of some?”
Here’s a snippet from RANCHER TO THE RESCUE. This is Meghan’s first time cooking solo for the hero. And though she might cook for a living, cooking for a sexy cowboy who can make her stomach flip-flop with just a glance made her nervous, wanting to impress him.
Cash broke into a smile. “Where did you find the recipe? I’ll have to try it sometime.”
The pent-up air whooshed from Meghan’s lungs. “Honest? I mean you aren’t saying this just to be nice?”
“Me? Nice? Never.”
She started to laugh. “Would you quit joking around?”
“You still didn’t say where you got the recipe.”
She sat up a little straighter. “That’s because I didn’t have a recipe. I made it up.”
He grabbed her fork and held it out to her. “Then I suggest you try your own dish.”
He had a good point. She’d been so wrapped up in his reaction that she’d forgotten to have a bite. How could she let this man’s opinion matter so much to her? When had he become so important?
By dwelling on this current of awareness sizzling between them she was only giving it more power over her. And the last thing she or her baby needed was another complication—even if this complication came with the most delightful lips that evoked spine-tingling sensations.
She stared down at her untouched food.
Concentrate on the food—not the cowboy.
I thought it might be fun to share one of the recipes that my family lassoed me and made me document. It’s a dish that Meghan would definitely cook up in her kitchen…although spicy food isn’t the only thing heating up her kitchen these days. ;-)
RANCHER TO THE RESCUE ENCHILADAS
4 chicken breasts (approx. 2 lbs) – cooked and shredded
16 oz sour cream
1 large onion
2 – 28oz cans of enchilada sauce
2 – 4 oz cans of diced green chilies
18 corn tortillas
2 – 8 oz bags of Mexican style cheese
Serve with fresh tomatoes – diced, lettuce, refried beans, and Spanish rice
Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
Spray baking dish with cooking spray.
Coat bottom with thin layer of enchilada sauce.
Layer bottom with 6 tortillas.
Add chicken (½ of total amount).
Add ½ of the diced onion.
Add (1) can of green chilies.
Dab on ½ of the sour cream.
Add ½ can enchilada sauce.
Add cheese (1/3 of all cheese).
Layer on 6 more tortillas.
(repeat layers, starting with the remaining chicken and following instructions until you have a new layer of six tortillas)
Add enough enchilada sauce to make sure to you completely cover each tortilla.
Add remaining cheese.
Bake 45 minutes or until cheese browns.
Let cool for 15 minutes and then enjoy. :-)
I know any time I get the clan together, I can count on enchiladas being requested. And the best part is that there isn’t a lot of mess. I like one dish meals.
What recipe is a family favorite of yours?