Monday, November 1, 2010

What I did this weekend (w/more Recipes)

I need to get some more pics to do Part 2. Oh the bummers of not having your own camera.
Got em ladies and gents! See end of post

But Friday and Saturday included a lot of cooking. I've been getting quite a bit of satisfaction lately out of trying new recipes. This weekend I made hummus (the 5-minute one referenced here). Forgot to take a pic. I wasn't a huge fan of the texture. A little too thick. But that may be because I used a stick blender. Maybe it would be better with the tahini.
I also made Chicken Enchiladas Verde, but we did not like the topping (neither one of us are fans of cilantro) so we used sour cream and salsa.
The filling

I used 3 of these since I only had 7 flour tortillas

The topping we didn't eat :)
Down and dirty recipe for these:
2 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken (can use a rotisserie one, boil it, grill it, whatever)
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
1/2 cup diced green onion
10 flour tortillas or wraps (just need to be flexible)
1/2 Tbsp of fat free half and half per tortilla (so like 5 Tbsp)
1 cup tomatillos, diced
1 cup fresh cilantro, diced
1 cup fat free sour cream
(I would do it the easy way and use 1 cup sour cream and 1 or 2 cans of salsa verde [green salsa]. The small cans are sold in the ethnic section of most supermarkets)

Fill each tortilla with a rounded 1/3 cup scoop of the chicken/onion/cheese mix. Sprinkle 1/2 Tbsp of FF half and half over it. Roll up and place seam side down in a greased dish. Bake at 375 for 20 min or until slightly browned and filling is melting and thoroughly heated. Top with the sauce once out of the oven. Makes 10.

Then we carved this- our first one together! John said we could have a girly one! :)
We carved it on the tile floor in front of this- our first one of this season
Then we did this with the seeds:
The bottom half is spicy- top half is salted with a hint of garlic
Hubby had never had them before and thankfully liked them :) In our experience- 20 min at 350 gives a good roast. But I checked them every 5 min after 10 had elapsed to make sure they didn't burn.

Then Saturday was more cooking. We had a get-together to go to that night. So I made this:
2 cans of crescent rolls flattened out to 12"w by 15" length. Cuts 1.5" apart and 3" deep towards the center

Take each strip and twist once as you fold it in to the middle

Fold up ends

Can you tell my oven bakes a little un-evenly? But it tasted fabulous!
Chicken Broccoli Braid
4 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken (I boiled mine)
1 cup chopped broccoli (floret part only)
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup mayo
1 Tbsp dill weed (or 2 Tbsp dill seasoning mix)
I chopped it all up in a food processor and made the filling 1 day in advance
Mix well in a bowl
Also need 3 egg whites and salt
Roll out 2 cans crescent rolls to 12x15 on foil or a baking stone. (Transfer to a baking sheet if just using foil)
Perform the cuts as pictured above (width of uncut area should be about 6 inches) and lay mix down the center. Fold cuts toward center, twisting once to make a faux braid. Brush with egg whites and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Can be served warm or cool. This is so tasty, if there are more than 4 people you may wanna make 2 :)

Then I made a "just add" mix of apple-cinnamon muffins for the new neighbors. They haven't been home when we are to give them out just yet :(
This is where I took the broccoli braid-
The couple in the middle- the wife is a long-time friend of mine. They just got married in July and this was the first get-together in their new house!
Sunday evening was our Fall Festival at church. Mom and I manned our "trunk" while John had to work :(
He was still at church but occupied with other obligations. Thank goodness for mom. Could not have handled 2 dogs and a bunch of little kids wanting candy. Mom took a pic of all of us I've yet to see. I will post these once I get them. They are now posted below
Overall it was a fun time. Can't wait to see what I whip up this weekend! :) I'm recipe obsessed!

Our trunk

Prisoner Eby

Sheriff Ernie

She loves kids

Wacky tacky country girl

The fam


  1. look at you gooooo!! i have crescent rolls in the fridge and im making that braid tomorrow! thanks. :)

    funny that i know almost all those people. hehe.

  2. lol. you do! anyone else you know "from the old days" that blogs?
    i hope your braid turns out yummy (i mean- who can go round with crescent rolls?( :)


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