Tip-Toe Through the Kitchen

Do you feel lucky? Want to tempt faith or the gods or the Powers of the Universe? Today is National Kitchen Klutz Day so we’re taking our chances in the kitchen with both a knife and a hand-held electric mixer.

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National Rotisserie Chicken Day and More

Hey there Bubba, looks like today is your lucky day. Yep, it’s National Bubba Day. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always associated Bubba as either a Southern Term of Endearment or a Slap in the Face, depending upon who is using it and how it‘s used. Turns out both are right.

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Nil Sine Numine

Colorado’s state motto is Latin. What does it mean? It depends upon who you ask. Most say Nothing Without Providence, while others claim Nothing Without God. There is evidence that those who chose the motto meant Nothing Without the Deity, a general translation without a reference to a particular god. Now that could be a reference to Colorado’s Garden of the Gods with its beauty beyond compare.

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On the Third Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Three French Hens. The three hens represent the three gifts of the Holy Spirit – Faith, Hope and the greatest of all, Love. Now the obvious choice for French Hens would have been a recipe for Coq Au Vin. Ha – too easy!

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Stand Up Chicken Tacos

Welcome to Tuesday in my world. You know, Taco Tuesday or as we call it Tijuana Tuesday. Tuesdays are our night for all things Mexican. As it just so happens, tonight really is all about the tacos.

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Bacon Chicken Ranch Casserole

Maybe it was the whole Stay Home ordeal that make Casseroles come back in such a big, big way. Families gathered ’round the supper table just like the good old days. It sure has been fun. Personally, I’me glad that the Casserole is once again taking center stage. At my table, it never left.

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Crescent Ring Chicken Pot Pie

Maybe it’s a mid-western thing, or a manly thing – one of Hubby’s favorite suppers is Pot Pie. He’s not particular, chicken, beef, turkey. He wants the sauce, the pie crust and lots of vegetables.

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Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas for a Weeknight Delight

If it’s Tuesday, it must be Taco Day, or in our house Tijuana Tuesday. My guys love anything Mexican. So on Tuesdays, anything Mexican goes. And you can’t beat these spicy Enchiladas for an easy weeknight meal.

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Super Easy Deli Chicken-Chile Quesadillas

The Christmas Madness is behind us. In a few days, we will ring in the start of a New Year with friends and family. It’s time to take a deep breath and relax for just a moment.

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Sweet Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Crescent Ring

Hawaiian barbecue in December? Sure, why not. I hear tell people like to go someplace warm for the Holiday. Although truth be told, I cannot imagine Christmas on a beach. But then again, I’ve never had a white Christmas either. Damp, wet, foggy and always cold – that’s my idea of Christmas.

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Crunchy Doritos Chicken Casserole

Do you like crunch? How about the flavor of Cool Ranch? And Alfredo Sauce. And tomatoes. Are these striking a cord with you? Great, then we’ve got a casserole that is right up your alley.

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Lattice-Topped French Onion Chicken Bake

Do you love pretty presentations but either aren’t all that good at the detail work or wish it were far more simple? To me, half the joy of cooking is to put something attractive on the table. After all, we eat with our eyes and sense of smell long before that first bite.

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Rotisserie Chicken Flautas with Salsa Verde

Hubby wandered into the kitchen and wanted to know what we had planned for dinner. The man drives me nuts sometimes. I print out a schedule every Saturday morning before we go to the market of the week’s planned meals and stick it on the refrigerator door right under the schedule of weekend events in our area. He manages to notice if  there’s a car show nearby on any given weekend, but not what we’re having for dinner on any particular night. We all have our priorities, I suppose.

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Crescent Chicken Enchilada is Out of the Ordinary

As I pulled the Crescent Chicken Enchiladas from the oven and called my guys to the table, Hubby gave me a strange look. He had seen the menu for the week posted on the refrigerator as it always is. He knew we were having Chicken Enchiladas. He forgot about the “crescent” part of the description. I’ve got to tell you, as I made and baked the enchiladas, I had my doubts too. It was strangely out of the ordinary even for me. They were really long, one enchilada cut in half was more than you needed for a serving. As Hubby noted, they were different. Guess what? Different was down right delicious!

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Portuguese Grilled Burritos

One Sunday, I made what I consider the perfect Sunday supper, at least when I was growing up, and that’s Buttermilk Pan-Fried Chicken. Of course, you can’t have  buttermilk chicken without a big pot of mashed potatoes, plenty of gravy, sweet corn and fluffy biscuits.

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As you know, most dinners and it’s just the three of us. While Hubby and Kiddo both have healthy appetites, left overs are to be expected. And so it was with all that delicious chicken. I put the chicken into a gallon zip-lock bag and stuck it in the refrigerator for future use. There it sat, next to two Tupperware containers of left over soups.

Hubby and I had talked about how both the inside and outside refrigerator were beginning to fill with left overs, and that there were only so many lunches to be made. It’s the slow season in the Event business, the lull after the holidays. Kiddo only works a few days a week, so it’s just Hubby turning left overs into hot lunches at the office. While there was a big Chuck Roast in the outside refrigerator just waiting to be transformed into my wonderful Mexican Roast Beef with Chipotle Cream Sauce, such a delicious meal was bound to render more left overs.

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It was time to get creative. As I stood in front of the open refrigerator door and stared at all the containers, a thought came to mind. We had plenty of tortillas on hand, always do. Portuguese Liguica Sausage wouldn’t take long to thaw. We had cheese, and sour cream and several cans of fire roasted tomatoes. It wasn’t long before a delicious stuffed tortilla recipe began to form in my mind. Kiddo had the day off. He joined me in the kitchen as we piled ingredients on the counter and bounced ideas back and forth. His input as far as seasonings and extras was of great help. Kiddo’s been working so much, I’ve missed these creative sessions we once enjoyed. One taste and between the two of us, we knew we had a hit on our hands.

Portuguese Grilled Burritos
2 Cups Cooked Chicken Meat
1 teaspoon Cumin
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Mexican Chili Powder
1 Link Liguica Sausage, diced
1 Can Ro-Tel Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chilies
2 roasted Jalapeno Peppers
6 Large Flour Tortillas
6 tablespoons Sour Cream
1 cup Mexican Cheese Blend, shredded

Chop chicken into small pieces. Place in a mixing bowl.

Season chopped chicken with Cumin, Cayenne Pepper and Chili Powder. Work seasoning into the meat with your fingers. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

Dice Liguica into small pieces. Set aside.

Heat a dry cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add sausage to the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until hot.

Add chopped chicken to the skillet. Stir and let heat through.

Open canned tomatoes, and pour into the skillet with the sausage-chicken mixture. Lower heat and let simmer.

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Roast jalapeno peppers in a small cast iron skillet until just beginning to blacken and blister.

Stem peppers, dice and add to sausage-chicken mixture. Include seeds for more heat, discard pepper seeds if looking for a filling that is more to the mild side.

Heat a flat griddle over medium heat. Spray griddle with a little cooking spray.

Heat tortillas, spraying with cooking spray as needed to make tortillas pliable.

Stack warmed tortillas on a plate.

Spread sour cream inside tortilla, one at a time. Pile cheese down the center of the tortilla. Be generous. The cheese is going to add gooie deliciousness to every bite.

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Spread several spoonfuls of filling over the top of the cheese. Fold in the ends, then fold/roll tortilla tightly.

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Place filled tortilla on the griddle and grill until golden brown and the cheese has melted.

Repeat until all the tortillas have been filled, grilled and ready to serve.

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Enjoy with a side of refried beans and a few more roasted jalapenos, if desired.