Foodie Friday: Enchilada Soup

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As you can tell I’m trying out another alliteratively themed post.  I will attempt to write a Foodie Friday post once a month.  These posts will simply include recipes I’ve tried, both self invented recipes and those found from other blogs, Pinterest and/or cookbooks.  This week I’m featuring a recipe for Enchilada Soup.  Let me start this post by saying you can probably find a better recipe elsewhere on the interwebs.  My recipe is super tasty it’s just not very detailed.  I cook like my mother and my grandmother before her, adding a little of this and a little of that until the aroma and flavor is just right.  This concoction was dreamed up after I made too much enchilada gravy and needed to find a use for it.  That enchilada gravy is one of the main ingredients yet I’m not quite sure of the measurements to make it.  So I will estimate here:

1/2 Cup of Flour

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1/4 Cup of Chili Powder

Mix together with a fork or whisk in a bowl.  It should have an orangy tint to it.  If it doesn’t, you may need to add more chili powder.

Meanwhile warm about a tablespoon of olive oil in a pot.  Before you add the flour/chili powder mix fill a pitcher with water and have it nearby also make sure the oil is hot.  Dump the powder mix in and allow it to soak up the oil.  All the powder must become moist and doughy.  Add more oil if necessary just a little at a time.  The powder mixture must become warm, melding all the flavors together but DO NOT take your eyes off of it for a second because it WILL burn.  Once it begins to bubble a bit add water slowly and begin whisking all the clumps out.  Once all the clumps are out add seasoned salt to taste.  I would suggest starting out with half a tablespoon but I’m not sure how much I ended up using.  Once the gravy has a good consistency – it coats the spoon but isn’t pudding like – allow the mixture to sit and boil for a while.  This will give it time to possibly thicken up.  If it does, you may want to add more water.

Enchilada Soup

1 1/2 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast

1/2 TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 Cup of Water (or less)

1 Cup Sour Cream

1 Cup of Cheese (fiesta mix)

1 (10 oz) Can Rotel

1 (10 oz) Can Sweet Corn

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

Salt, Pepper and Cayenne to taste

Garnish:  Tortilla Chips, Onion, Olives, Diced Fresh Jalapeño, and/or Cilantro

Chicken

Add Water

Ingredients

Whisk

I diced my chicken into thick chunks then threw them into a pot of warm EVOO.  Toss the chicken around in the warm oil, once it’s coated add all the spices.  Allow the chicken to cook all the way through then remove from the pot and set aside.  Add just enough water to get all the flavors off the bottom of the pot.  Once the bottom of the pot is clean, add the enchilada mix.  Allow it to warm through before adding the drained cans of Rotel and sweet corn.  Once the mixture is bubbling add the sour cream and cheese.  Make sure everything is all gooey and melty.  After the pot has been either turned off or set to simmer add the chicken.  If you add the meat when the soup is too hot it could get tough.  I added chips, onions, a little more cheese, and olives to mine but I also listed a few more tasty options up above.

Final Product

I hope this recipe wasn’t too tough to follow.  I will definitely be trying to whip this up again come fall and winter!  I will also be working on improving those food photography skills.

Road Trip Home

Shrimp Salad

I arrived in Sweetwater around 6:20, just in time to unpack my Carlita and make it to my hair salon appointment on time.  Later, I was able to scratch off one item from my food wish list, shrimp salad (and less healthy in the background, fried pickles).  It was so delicious!   My mom and I rented a movie that evening but didn’t end up watching it.  We just waited until my daddy got home from work and chatted into the wee hours of the night.

Pancakes

The next morning, instead of waking up early for a round of golf as planned, my parents slept in and I went for a run.  I forgot how extremely dry and hot west Texas is!  My run was miserable.  Later that morning I undid my run by eating a stack of pancakes and marked off yet another food item from the wish list.  To be fair I only ate about 1/3 of that ginormous stack but I also had 1/3 of a hamburger.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted breakfast or lunch and my wonderful parents decided to indulge my inability to make decisions and split the burger with me.

Golf MommyThe heat was bearable out on the golf course due to the cool breeze wafting about the open lawns.  I’ve never golfed and I didn’t this time either, I just watched my dad play.  The first and last time he invited me to go with him I asked if I could bring a book.  After he said no, I decided to stay home instead.  It wasn’t boring like I thought it would be but you won’t catch me watching a golf tournament on television any time soon.

Texas Theater

Nice picture mom!

Immediately after golf we rushed over to the Texas Theater, the only local movie theater.  It has been in a constant state of renovation for as long as I can remember.  Let me just say this place brings back so many memories!  The theater definitely needs some love but we enjoyed watching Despicable Me 2 together despite the peeling paint, sunk in chairs and sticky floors.

New Tennis

On Sunday, my mother and I headed to the big city of Abilene for some shopping.  I needed a new pair of sneakers and we found these bright pair at Academy.  Can you be in love with a pair of running shoes?  They are soooo lightweight and pretty.  Thanks Mom and Dad!  While in Abilene that day we also marked another item off the food wish list, paletas!  YUMMY!  I have yet to find a place here in Tulsa with Mexican style paletas that are this good.  I love the ones at Mary’s in Abilene because they have a large flavor selection, most include with or without chile options and most paletas are the frozen juice kind not the creamy kind.  If you’ve never had paletas that last part may not make sense.  Some paletas are more like frozen juice with a healthy amount of pulp included while others are more like fruit flavored ice cream.  I prefer the juice kind because they taste more natural and have fewer calories, I think.

Paletas

Kittens

Blizzard

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A few other moments to remember.  My parents have a small herd of cats that have taken up residence outside their house.  There are four teeny kittens and it took all my strength not to capture them and bring them all home.  Too Cute!  There was also a trip to Dairy Queen, yummy in my tummy!  And check out that glorious sky I saw on the way back to Tulsa.  Now after that fun and relaxing trip home, I’m ready (kinda) to start the new school year.  Today is my first day back.  Wish me luck!

Farewell Sweet Summer

I have one more week before school starts and Richard’s big day is tomorrow.  (Sad Face)  This weekend was our final farewell to summer time.  We had so many big plans for the weekend but we actually ended up doing nothing on the to-do list.  We went to a couple’s gathering and to meet Richard’s peer mentor ( a student who is just a year ahead of him) Friday evening.  She was very nice and so were the rest of the people we met.  We slept in on Saturday so instead of going on a last Wichita adventure we kept it local.  We went to the flea market Saturday morning as a little family.  I love when we all go together because one of us (usually Richard) can keep a hold of Baxter while the other (usually me) dives head first into the nearest pile of interesting looking antiques.  Baxter LOVES the flea market!  He made some new friends both two and four-legged.  He showed off his sweet skills, his high-five and dance tricks, and earned some free puppy treats.  He also got some more fancy home-made doggy treats because he helped his mommy score some free goodies and she was so grateful.  Then we took Baxy back home and went to eat lunch in the Brady District at a restaurant called The Rusty Crane.  I’ve heard lots of great things about this place and it lived up to all of them.  Let me just say a place that serves you drinks out of a mason jar and has spicy seasoned fries is my kind of place!  At this point I realized I hadn’t been taking any photos of our farewell to summer tour so I started photographing the rest of the day.

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We decided to walk around downtown for a bit after lunch.  We visited the Guthrie Green for the first time.  Then headed to Mod’s for gelato! Yum!  Richard tried something berry flavored and, though I tried the birthday cake and it was delicious, I selected pistachio.  I am obsessed with pistachio anything these days.  We also wandered around some pop up shops that are down town next door to Mod’s.  They were really cool but I left empty-handed mostly because Richard wouldn’t let me buy everything… party pooper!

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I also finished up a big project this weekend with some help from Richard.  He’s just better than me at everything so he usually ends up “showing me” how to do it which actually means he just does it.  I’ll be posting more about it tomorrow including step by step photos.

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Baxter now has snuggle privileges and he loves it!  I’m not sure why but this weekend for some reason we considered how long a dog’s lifespan is.  I’m not sure how the subject came up but we both got really choked up thinking about life without our four-legged child.  We decided that, though it may be considered a bad behavior, bed time snuggles should be allowed.  We just love him so and he’s so warm and snuggly.  And since he’s so small what does it hurt really?  He only gets up there when invited.  And he’s most happy when he’s near us.  He was so happy to snuggle that he made a sound that I’ve only heard from cats… Do dogs purr?  Hope your weekend was just as relaxing and filled with happy moments!

Picnic Pieces

So to continue with this week’s theme.  Outdoor eating is perfect for the summer but to have the perfect picnic you need the perfect pieces.  Not only are the items featured in this week’s collection beautiful, interesting, unique and useful but they’re also eco-friendly.  Often people link picnics with plastic-use-once items like snack bags, paper plates and plastic utensils.  Buying eco-conscious items like reusable plates and cups can often mean ending up with a prettier item and better quality.  I also think cloth napkins is a better idea than paper ones because they’re heavier so less likely to fly away and you’ll likely only need to use one.

Alright done with my eco-friendly spiel.  A few other items of interest, the collapsible dishes are a great way to save space when you’re hurriedly cleaning up after a great meal.  And I think bringing along floor pillows is a great way to make sure you stay comfy even though you’re eating on the ground.  Speaking of eating on the ground picking the right picnic blanket is of vital importance.  Okay, overstatement a little but pick one that is soft and spacious but is also durable.  A wet ground under the blanket could mean a soggy bottom after sitting through a full meal.  And if you or any of your guests eat like me, your picnic blanket needs to be easily laundered because it will get dirty.  That cool condiment gun seems like you’re just asking for a messy event, doesn’t it?

For more details on all the items in the gallery scroll down below the photos.

Picnic Basket | C Wonder ($128.00) // Picnic Blanket | Etsy via Angel Street Market ($35) // Plastic Plates | Target ($15.99) // Mason Jar Lid & Straws // Etsy via The Country Barrel ($27.50) // Wooden Utensil Set | Etsy by Shop Sucre ($15.00) // Cloth Napkins | Anthropologie ($32) // Collapsible Bowls | MoMA Store ($22) // Whale Tongs | MoMA Store ($25) // Condiment Gun | Broadway Panhandler ($15.95) // Floor Cushion | HayNeedle.com ($49.99) // Chess & Checkers Game | Uncommon Goods ($40) // Portable Boom Box | iHome Audio ($199.99)

Rainy Day Soup & Foodtography

It was rainy and cold all day.  Unlike most people I LOVE those days.  I love the light on gray days and the smell of mud.  I also mostly love the cozy mood a good rain puts me in.  Today when I got home, despite having a dinner date with a friend at 5, I had to eat some soup.  I made White Bean and Sausage Soup last week and had enough for a small bowl left.  It’s like protocol for me to have soup on a rainy day, even if it’s only a can of Campbell’s (chick and stars is waddup).

Click the image for the recipe over at Recipe Girl.com

Other than sharing the recipe and not so great photo I also wanted to share a new project I’m working on.  I love cooking and discovering new recipes but I need a place to keep them all.  So I’ve decided to make a cook book smash book.  What’s a smash book you ask?  Well I’d never heard the term until very recently when I was blog hopping and came across it on Give a Girl a Blog by Kellie Winnell.  It’s like scrapbooking but books are usually themed.  The craft is perfect because Richard and I agree that looking at pictures of food is so much better than reading about them.

Via Give a Girl a Blog. Click the image to check out the blog.

Now I just need to improve my foodtography because sometimes my delicious meals look absolutely unappetizing after I see them in my pictures.  Well practice makes perfect.  I also made a simple, warm, crunchy and cinnamony Apple Crisp this week.  So good!

I also have a TON of avocado’s that’ I’m trying to tear through before they go bad.  My go to recipe when I have avocado’s on hand is Avocado Tuna Salad.  It’s like basic tuna salad with whatever things you normally put in there, I like tomato, onion, salt, pepper, about a half tablespoon of mayo and a whole avocado and if it’s too dry I add pickled jalapeño juice.  I normally don’t put extra avocado on top but like I said I have a ton of them to eat.  The picture kinda looks yucky but I think maybe tuna salad is difficult to make look extremely appetizing but it sure IS tasty.