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Sunday Night Dinner: Enchilades Verdes

22 Aug

Josh and I have lived in South Texas our whole lives. Which means we’re used to two major things. The heat and great Mexican food. Even our move to North Texas for school meant Mexican food that wasn’t quite up to par with our hometown.

Well, you can imagine how I felt when I realized that our planned move to Oregon would mean a serious decline in the authenticity of my Mexican food! A challenge!!! I am going to be working on honing in the skills needed to make my favorite meals up north.

So, yesterday, I whipped up some Enchiladas Verdes. (Recipe adapted from All With chicken, queso fresco, and an amazing verde salsa, this dish made my confidence spike! It was delicious! The general consensus was that the salsa was a bit on the spicy side (which is ironic because I only added 2 of the 5 required serrano peppers!!) but other than that it tasted authentic and amazing!

I served up these babies with a sprinklin’ of queso fresco and cilantro and had Pomegranate Acai Margaritas to drink. (They were the Daily’s Frozen pouches. Have you tried these? Amazing!!)

What have you been cooking up lately? Do you stick to a meal rotation? Experiment a lot? Or both? What’s your favorite recipe?


Creativity Checklist: Rainbow Cake

4 Mar

Okay, I’m changing things up a little. Last “checklist” post, I said that I would be tackling the last of the wedding projects…. wellll, I decided to change it up last minute. With my first bridal show happening at the end of the month, I spent a huge amount of time in the kitchen, so I decided to switch my monthly item to tackling the “rainbow cake“.

And I decided to match it to my dessert table and make it shades of blue (like I said, changing it up!) It was pretty fun to make and I was really pleased with the way it turned out. This was also my second time dealing with fondant. I’m learning!

I probably will make an actual “rainbow” colored cake around my birthday. (I can make my own birthday cake right?) But I love the way the blue turned out! And it’s tasty. I may have cheated a little with boxed cake mix but the icing is homemade! Yum!

Want to see more of the dessert table this cake was in? Head over to the Très Sweet Designs blog.

Pink Cupcake Cookies

22 Nov

Well, the week of Thanksgiving is upon us, and as hard as I’ve been trying to resist the temptation of cheating on Thanksgiving with Christmas, I have failed… sort of.

This past weekend, I spent time with two of my best friends, Sarah and Amanda, to pick out bridesmaids dresses for Sarah’s upcoming wedding. It also happened to Amanda’s belated birthday, so I decided to make some cookies as a “bridal bonanza day/belated birthday” surprise for the both of them. And as much as I love fall colors, I wanted these to be pink… really, really pink. Roll that anti-Fall footage!

Aren’t they adorable? They are equally cute just plain or decorated with swirls and polka-dots. Perfectly fitting for a princess birthday party and, obviously, Valentine’s day! I’m particularly proud of these, because I can tell my cookie skills are improving! Yay, for dedication!

Comforting Traditions

7 Aug

With 7 days to go, our apartment has been a whirlwind. Tomorrow we’re leaving to go to our hometown and start prepping for the arrival of family and the wedding itself. This will probably be the most stressful trip to pack for in our lives. We’re leaving our comfortable apartment in North Texas for two weeks to get married and go on our honeymoon. Very intimidating.

But we are ending our “single” lives in this apartment in a kind of cute way. We first moved in together in May of 2009 and on of the most exciting memories was the first meal I ever cooked for the both of us in that apartment. Truth-be-told it was a pretty random recipe from a Kraft magazine with a lame title. Much to my relief though, the meal turned out great. *You have no idea how nervous I was cooking it*

We renamed the dish “First Night Pasta” and that is what we are having for dinner tonight. It’s just a little way to commemorate starting a new chapter in our life.

I thought I’d share the recipe with you. Bear with me because the physical recipe is long gone and I do most of it by eye now, but it is super yummy!

First Night Pasta

  • 1 1/2 cups rigatoni pasta
  • approx 2 cups fresh broccoli
  • chicken cut into small pieces (I usually use half the container of breast tenderloins)
  • approx. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese

    1. Preheat over to 350. Prepare pasta as instructed on package. Add broccoli about 3 months prior to pasta being aldente.
    2. In a small sauce pan, prepare chicken until cooked through. Turn heat down to simmer. Add chicken broth, cream cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Stir until melted.
    3. Drain pasta and broccoli. Add chicken and sauce and stir until thoroughly mixed.
    4. Pour into casserole dish and sprinkle with Italian bread crumbs and a little mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes.