Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chicken Enchiladas

~the farmgirl story~
Amanda finds all sorts of fabulous things on Pinterest.  All sorts.  Maybe one day I will actually join, it does look pretty great.  Anyhoo, this recipe came from Amanda via Pinterest.  They are super tasty.  My new favorite Chicken Enchiladas.  In the immortal words of Dora, "Mmmm, delicioso!"

Chicken Enchiladas
cooked, shredded chicken
grated cheese
Mix the chicken and cheese together

3 Tbl butter
3 Tbl flour
2 cup chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
1 can green chillies

Melt the butter, add the flour to make a roux. Pour in the broth and stir until it thickens, add the sour cream and green chillies.  Put some chicken-cheese mixture on a tortilla, pour a little sauce on, roll it up and place it in a 9x13 pan-- repeat until the pan's full.  Pour remaining sauce over the whole thing, top with more cheese, cover and bake at *425 for 20 minutes.
 ~the farmgirl disclaimer~
Truthfully, all of the instructions are a disclaimer since I didn't actually write it down. I didn't have any green chillies so I used a little salsa instead.  I also didn't measure the broth. I just used one can of broth, I figured if it was too thick I could just add a little water, but it seemed fine.
These are really, really good.

White Spaghetti: Creamy Pesto style.

~ the farmgirl story~
This recipe originated from one of my former YW leaders.  We were staying with her family in her cabin at Bear Lake and she introduced us to White Spaghetti.  Good times, good times.  I made this for my YW a few weeks ago for lunch, it was a hit.  Is that what we call The Circle of Life?
Sorry, no picture.

White Spaghetti
6 Tbl butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
boneless chicken breast or tenders cut up
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 thyme
2 Tbl flour
2 cup milk

Cut up chicken and brown in butter, add the chopped onion and finish cooking.  Remove chicken from the butter and onions- add the flour and the seasonings- stir together and add the milk to make a white sauce.  Add the chicken back into the white sauce. Server over cooked spaghetti.

~the farmgirl disclaimer~
As with pretty much everything I make, I don't do it just like it says to.  That's just how I roll.  I never have onion powder, so I leave that out.  I add a little garlic in when I'm cooking the onions.  In the summer when I have basil coming out the wazoo I make pesto and freeze it in ice cube trays.  I usually add at least two cubes of pesto to this, then making it 'Creamy Pesto White Spaghetti'.  I also add Parmesan cheese to the sauce, just because it seemed like the right thing to do one day and it turns out I really like it that way.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Enchilada Layered Casserole

~the farmgirl story~
So, I just discovered this recipe.  We are putting together recipe books in YW for our girls that are seniors this year.  This recipe is from Eloise, the lovely lady I serve with.  So, SO easy.  And I don't remember the last time I fixed something all my kids (minus one) kept eating it until it was gone.  They loved it! And I love that!  No pictures, sorry.

Enchilada Layered Casserole

Brown 1 lb. ground beef together with one chopped onion and one chopped green pepper.  Season with salt & pepper to taste.
Add 1 can tomato soup
1 can water (can use 1/2 can water & 1/2 can salsa)
1 packet taco seasoning

Layer corn or flour soft shell tortillas, meat and grated cheese 3 times.
Bake for 30 min. at 375*.

~farmgirl disclaimer~
I know, amazing that I have a disclaimer when I've only made it once--but I do.  She said this is a really liberal recipe.  I didn't have any tomato soup so I used a can of tomato sauce and omitted the water.  I did add salsa and some refried beans I had in the fridge.

Bean Casserole

~ the farmgirl story~
This is by no means fancy.  Most of my dinner items are not fancy, and a lot of them involve ground beef.  I'm a dairy farmers daughter, lest you forget....beef-it's what's for dinner.  But it is really good.  This recipe is from my mom.  Mike likes to heat the leftovers and put them on a tortilla, roll 'em up and walk out the door.  Super easy lunch.

Bean Casserole
1 lb. ground beef browned & drained
1 can pork & beans
1 can kidney beans
1 Tbl. vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketsup
1 Tbl. mustard
chopped onion to taste

Combine all ingredients together.  Put in 9x13 pan, top with cheese and heat through.

~the farmgirl disclaimer~
I started out making this in a 9x13, but now I just make it in a skillet and heat it on the stove.  Less dishes and time.  Win, win.

Bread Sticks

~the farmgirl story~
Once upon a time a long, long time ago I got married and before that I had a bridal shower.  At that bridal shower my friends had put together a recipe book of all their favorite recipes.  This is one of those very recipes...thank you Anneke.  It has been a favorite for a very long time.

Bread Sticks

1 Tbl yeast
2 Tbl sugar
1 ½ cup warm water
3-cup flour
1 tsp salt

Mix yeast, sugar & water- set aside 5 mins.  Mix with flour and salt- knead well. Let raise 15 mins. Roll out dough, place on cookie sheet, cut into strips with pizza cutter let raise 15 mins.  Bake 400* for 12-15 mins.  Put butter and Parmesan cheese on top.

~the farmgirl disclaimer~
I am quite liberal with the raise time on these things.  Pretty much whatever time I have seems to work.

Natalie's Peanut Butter Bars

~the farmgirl story~
One day last fall I was at my SIL Natalie's house, she had whipped up these delightful little things and shared some with me.  MmmMMmmm.  These are good.  She found the recipe on a bag of Western Family sugar or some such crazy place.  The original recipe is called Scott's Peanut Butter Bars, but we renamed them.

Natalie's Peanut Butter Bars

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup powdered sugat
2 Tbl peanut butter
2 Tbl milk

Cream butter & sugars.  Add egg & peanut butter and mix well.  Stir in soda, salt, flour & oats.  Spread in 9x13 pan.  Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and press down.  Bake 15-20 mins.  Remove from oven and drizzle with icing.

~the farmgirl disclaimer~
I always need to add more milk to the icing to get it to "drizzle" consistency.


~the farmgirl story~
This recipe is from my sister Sara.  I have been making these for years.  I don't really ever buy pancake mix any more.  I don't know for sure if these are cheaper, but they are definitely better and by not buying pancake mix it's one less thing I need to purchase at the store.

1 cup flour
1 Tbl. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 Tbl. oil

~the farmgirl disclaimer~
I usually add a bit more milk.  I also make these using whole wheat flour and my kids still love them.  If I want to make waffles, I just add a bit more oil and baking powder and it works great.

And while we're on the subject of purchasing fewer items at the store...I no longer buy syrup.  And it's better homemade too!  I just bought Mapleine imitation maple flavor and followed the directions on the bottle.
1 cup boiling water poured over 2 cups sugar, add 1/2 tsp Mapleine and stir.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  I've also done 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar.  I know exactly what's in it, and it doesn't leave an after taste like store bought syrup does.  Sure, it's not Butter Milk Syrup (or my favorite name for it Crack Sauce)--but it's simple and I like it.

Crack Sauce aka Buttermilk Syrup

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
3 Tbl. corn syrup

In a LARGE saucepan, bring contents to boil, boiling for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, add 2 tsp vanilla.  Start the timer as soon as it looks like there are bubbles in the syrup, I don't wait for a rolling boil.