Tuesday, January 19, 2016

White Chicken Enchiladas

I saw a recipe in my Facebook feed the other day that I knew I had to try. It was for White Chicken Enchiladas and it looked so yummy. Funnily enough, turns out I have made this before, from a recipe sent to me by a dear friend last year. But I didn't know that until today, when I double-checked my recipe binder (oh yes, I have a recipe binder!). Anyhoots, I was anxious to make these enchiladas. And lets face it: I love me a recipe that is packed with cheesy goodness. I've got the hips to prove it.

Hips Do Not Lie Tom Hiddleston


I made this recipe over the weekend, and it was delicious! So of course I'm going to share it with all of you, too. I'm sure not gonna keep all these calories to myself, ladies. If I'm eating them, you need to eat them too. But trust me, you'll be glad you did.

So let's get to it.

Ingredients
2 Cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese (even pepper jack would be yummy)
1 Cup shredded Colby Jack Cheese
8-10 Flour Tortillas (I used 10)
3 TBSP Butter
3 TBSP Flour
1 Cup Sour Cream
1 4oz can of Diced Green Chiles (Mild or Hot, your preference)
2 Cups Shredded Chicken (you could use frozen chicken, or rotisserie too; I used an entire bag of Tyson frozen diced chicken.)
2 Cups of Chicken Broth
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Salsa (optional)




Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cook/shred your chicken breast and mix it with the 2 cups of shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
  3. Lay 8-10 tortillas out and fill each one with the chicken mixture. Roll them up tightly and put them in a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  4. In a saucepan, melt the butter and then add in the 3 TBSP of flour. Mix and cook for about one minute. Don't overcook--you don't want it to turn brown.
  5. Add in the 2 cups of chicken broth, whisking until it’s a smooth consistency. Whisk over medium heat until the sauce becomes thick and creamy (this will take about five minutes or so).
  6. Mix in the sour cream, salt & pepper, and the can of green chiles.
  7. Pour the sauce evenly over the rolled up tortillas.
  8. Add the 1 cup of the Colby Jack cheese on top.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes until hot and bubbly, or until the cheese is golden brown.
  10. Add salsa, if desired.
When it's finished, it should look a little something like this...

White Chicken Enchiladas Tasty Tuesday Tinalicious
I don't mean to brag much, but the Hubs told me this was one of the best meals I've ever made. He is not one to throw compliments around willy nilly, mind you. And I have made a lot of meals in my almost 32 married years. So that's really saying something. Never mind the fact that I have made this recipe before and he didn't rave about it then. I think it was the cheese variation I made--I added more cheese to the inside of the enchiladas, so they'd be even more cheese-a-licious. And clearly it worked.

But you know, don't worry about those extra calories. You can easily get rid of an extras that may land on your hips with just a little dancing.

Tom Hiddleston Dancing gif

And Tom Hiddleston's hips never lie.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

WTF Wednesday Teeny Bikini Moment

Well it's that time again, folks. You know, that time of the week when we're all just standing around a little dazed and confused from the midweek mind melt thinking, 'WTF?!'  And since we're thinking that anyway, it's the perfect time to share this WTF Wednesday Teeny Bikini Moment.

WTF Wednesday Teeny Bikini

Now I fully realize that this is America, and we're all pretty much free to wear any damn kind of bikini we want. But in the words of my grandma....just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD.  And I couldn't agree more. No other words come to mind here. Only one thing fits [and it ain't that bikini].

WTF?!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

10 Mostly Realistic Resolutions for 2016

One of my favorite posts to write in the last couple of years was the one about my 10 Mostly Realistic Resolutions for 2014. But dang, that was like two years ago! Apparently I didn't have a burning desire to set any goals for 2015, or maybe I was just lazy. So difficult to say. I'm sure you're aghast either way. So I think I'll just remedy this by setting 10 Mostly Realistic Resolutions for 2016 right here, right now. Who's with me?!

While you're thinking up yours, I'll just get you started with mine. You know, since you're here and all.

Ready?

I'm Ready Gif


1. Stop binge-watching shows on Netflix and Hulu. 


That's Insane Gif

You know what? That IS insane. Binge-watching shows on Netflix and Hulu is one of my favorite things to do. And since I can watch my shows commercial-free, it's even better. OK, yeah, so let's just modify this resolution to say, "Stop binge-watching shows on Netflix and Hulu...as much." Might as well aim low, to avoid disappointment.

And speaking of binge-watching TV shows...am I the only one who feels a cruel sense of isolation and abandonment when I finish binge-watching an entire series? I mean, I manage to hit all five stages of grief after a good show ends. The struggle is real.

Binge-watching It's Over Meme

2. Refrain from using the word, 'Dude' so much. But, dude. That's hard. For real. Someone needs to invent a new word that is just as fun to type in social media posts. Perhaps that should be one of my resolutions as well?!

3. Find word to replace, "Dude."  

Dude Yes Gif

4. Drink less Starbucks Iced Espresso. I mean seriously, I'm a wee bit addicted to this stuff. I need to cut back a little. But really, there are worse things I could be addicted to, am I right? It's not like I drink 3 bottles of this a week or anything. Well, not every week. Mostly not. OK, OK, mostly I do! [Hangs head in shame.]

Addicted to Starbucks

5. Do NOT give up on The Vampire Diaries. I will admit it: I'm still in the TVD fangdom. I can't help it really. I found that show on Netflix in 2010 or 2011 and I was hooked from the first episode. And even though Season 6 was less than stellar vampire TV drama, and even though I have *almost* given up on it a time or two, it still beckons me every week to come back for more. Even without Elena. But my love for this show has absolutely, positively nothing at all to do with Ian Somerhalder, aka Damon Salvatore. Nothing. 

At all.

Obsessed with Damon Gif


6. Eat more breakfast for dinner. Because cooking is hard. And breakfast is just easier. And yummier. And because French Toast! I already got a jump on this resolution: we had French Toast for dinner tonight. How's that for being an overachiever?!

Breakfast Food Gif

7. Do NOT learn to Whip and Nae Nae.  Let's face it: I'm getting old. And I'm not exactly dancer material. So it's highly unlikely you'll ever see me either Whip, or Nae Nae for that matter. But I do like the sound of it. It's catchy, no? And I like to watch other people do it too. So even though I'll not be whipping anything but cream, or nae-nae-ing anything--except to object to something--at any point in the coming year, if YOU are so inclined, by all means, Whip. And Nae Nae.

Whip and Nae Nae Jimmy Fallon
(Image: FallonTonight)

8.  Develop the healthy glow of someone who goes to the gym. But with one important caveat. 

Healthy Glow Gif

9. Live every day like it's Taco Tuesday. I mean, who doesn't like Taco Tuesdays?

Taco Tuesday Meme

10. Keep on being weird. Because "normal" is overrated. And really, if you think about it, there is no "normal." We're all just different degrees of screwed up and weird. And that, my friends, is totally OK.

I like being weird gif

So I will not only keep on being weird, I will revel in my weirdness. Weirdness rules. Rock the weird in you too! Especially if they pump up your jam.

Baby Dancer gif

And with that you have my 10 Mostly Realistic Resolutions for 2016. Mostly do-able.
Fully and Tinaliciously me.

Have a safe and Happy New Year, peeps!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dusty Cabinet Deep Thoughts Thursday

Time for another not quite exciting edition of Deep Thoughts Thursday.

So I was in the kitchen this morning, doing my usual morning kitchen-type stuff, when I went to grab a coffee mug and happened to look up. And what did I see, as I'm sure all inquiring minds are wanting to know? Well, friends, I saw a thin layer of dust on the top of my upper cabinet doors. Not a lot, mind you, but enough for me to notice it.

So then I immediately thought, "I should probably clean these cabinets."

Better Not Reaction Gif
 

Deep stuff, no?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tasty Tuesday Creamy Chicken Soup

I found a great recipe recently from the Cookie Rookie blog for some Creamy Chicken Soup. I love creamy, thick soups and that recipe looked too good not to try. So I gave it a culinary whirl the other day and, as I imagined, it was quite yumtastic

That's Not Even a Word

And because I loved the soup to such a degree that I started spouting non-words in blog posts, I decided I should share the recipe with my favorite people too. Hint: I mean YOU.

Image Source: ReservationsatDorsia


Now I did modify the recipe just a wee bit. Their recipe called for wine, which I omitted. I also left out the turmeric, and I swapped dehydrated onion for the yellow onion--and I used granulated garlic instead of garlic powder, and frozen diced chicken instead of rotisserie. But this soup was so good in the end, so those omissions didn't hurt it at all. You could always add them in if you wanted, of course.

So anyhoots. How about that recipe?

Ingredients
For the Roux (to thicken your soup--make this first)
  • 4 TBSP Flour
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 2 TBSP Butter - unsalted
Make the roux by heating the oil and butter in a small pot, then sprinkle the flour on top. Whisk it together until the flour is fully absorbed and the roux turns almost golden. Then take it off the heat and set aside while starting with your other ingredients in a dutch oven or large pot.

  • 2 TBSP butter - unsalted
  • 2 TBSP Olive OIl
  • 4 stalks Carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalks Celery, chopped
  • 1 sweet Yellow Onion - diced (or whatever onion you prefer, or even shallots)
  • 4 Cups Chicken Stock or broth
  • 3½ Cups Milk or cream or half & half (I used milk)
  • 2 TBSP Chicken Bouillon granules
  • 1 TSP fresh cracked Pepper
  • 1 TBSP Dried Parsley or 2 TBSP fresh parsley
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1½ TSP Herbs of Provence
  • ¼ TSP Granulated Garlic (or minced--add more if you like)
  • 3 Cups cubed Chicken - frozen, rotisserie, or leftover
  • Shredded Gruyere Cheese
Instructions
  1. Start by making the roux.
  2. Chop the vegetables and set them aside until ready to saute.
  3. In a Dutch oven, saute the vegetables in the olive oil and butter until softened. Cook the carrots and celery first, then add the onions when the veggies are almost tender.
  4. Add all of the other ingredients including the roux, stir well.
  5. Bring it to a boil, then turn down the heat to low and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the soup thickens to the desired consistency--stirring frequently so that the soup can't burn.
  6. If you need to thicken the soup, mix together some cornstarch with milk or cold water  and then stir it into the soup.
  7. Remove the bay leaves.
  8. Pour soup into bowls and then sprinkle with shredded Gruyere cheese. 
It may look something like this...

Creamy Chicken Soup Tinalicious

And after you've eaten it, you may look something like this...

Friends Monica Yum Gif
    Bon appetit!