Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I usually use 2 bowls because there is a lot of chile when making a big batch. You can't push it through if it is sitting down in the chile sauce.
One note: Salt is a variable in this recipe. Chile on it's own is pretty bitter. The salt is what changes that. In my experience, if you follow the actual recipe, you will need a bit more salt to make it taste right. SO, taste, add salt, taste again. You don't want too much salt but you definitely don't want bitter.
To make enchiladas......
*Toast corn tortillas in a hot skillet. No oil needed. Just heat till they begin to brown on both sides. You still want them to be soft enough to roll but a little brown to add flavor. I usually place them inside a folded dish towel to keep them warm while I'm working with them. (I do 14 tortillas for a 9x13 pan)
*For beef filling, cook 1 lb. of hamburger, drain, add some of the red chile sauce and roll in warmed tortillas. You can also make cheese enchiladas, chicken or whatever you prefer. Chopped onion is also a possibility if you like that.
*Roll enchiladas, place in pan seam side down. Pour sauce over the top and grated cheese on top of that.
Original Recipe: (Single Batch)
Salsa para Enchiladas (Enchilada Sauce)
8 dried California chiles
1 1/2 Tbsp. lard or vegetable oil
1 garlic clove
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. vinegar
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
Wash chiles thoroughly. Place in a large saucepan and cover generously with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand 45 minutes or until softened. Drain chiles, reserving soaking liquid. Pull off stems, slit chiles open and finse off seeds. Place chiles and 1 cup soaking liquid in blender or food processor. Process until pureed. Turn into a sieve and rub through sieve into bowl to eliminate small bits of peel. Rinse blender with additional 1 cup soaking liquid and pour over remaining pulp in sieve. Heat lard or oil and garlic in a medium saucepan. When lard or oil is fragrant with garlic, discard garlic clove. Stir in flour until mixture is smooth. Cook about 1 minute. Add pureed chile mixture and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cook and stir until slightly thickened. Taste and add more salt if needed. Makes about 2 1/3 cups/
My BIG version:
16 oz. bag mild chiles
20 (each) hot chiles
2/3 cup oil
10 whole garlic cloves
2/3 cup flour
3 Tbsp. vinegar
1/4 cup salt
2 1/2 tsp. dried leaf oregano, crushed
2 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
2 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Just follow the above directions using the larger quantity of ingredients.
Good luck, Mark! Text me if you have any questions along the way!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
This year for our Easter celebration I decided to make a simple "photo booth" setting.
This was our backdrop. The fabric is a painting dropcloth. If you look closely you can see paint splatters on it! (I used the kind of curtain rings that pinch on to hang the dropcloth.) I made the paper wheels and bunting out of scrapbook paper. The bunting is just triangles stitched onto a piece of ribbon. Over at The Creative Place there is a great tutorial for making the paper wheels.
Everyone had a great time posing! Most of our props came from the dollar store. I did print a few mustaches and lips from Accent the Party. They were a free download.
I think he wore these glasses most of the day!
With a little encouragement, even Grandma got in on the action!
I LOVE this picture!
So full of JOY!
We did try for a few "serious" pictures.
My 2 favorite girls and their Grandma.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Each year on Mother's Day I like to have a little something to hand out to all of my senior adult ladies at church. This year I came across this idea for a quilted bag. The original idea was from a blog called Pink Penguin. Here is the link to her awesome tutorial for making the bag! I made mine smaller but used the same technique. My smaller bags are done with 9 - 2" squares. I was making 70 of them and decided that making both sides quilted was more than I could tackle so I did coordinating fabric on the back and created a label to stitch on.
Here is the link to those instructions.
Here is the link to those instructions.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I never know where inspiration is going to come from!
This year for Christmas my daughters bought me my first Tiffany's gift. (Ooo la la!) Now I don't know about you but if I get anything in one of those pretty blue boxes the box must be saved! It has been sitting around in my bedroom since Christmas. Makes me smile just to see the box! On top of that, I keep seeing that commercial where the senior adult man orders Breakfast at Tiffany's for his wife for their anniversary. Anyway, when it came time to plan "Senior Appreciation Day" at church I had Tiffany on the brain! My variation of the Tiffany theme is "Breakfast at Trinity". I started by looking for Tiffany blue paper. I found a great resource for all types of Tiffany paper at Paper and More online. They had really fast service. I had my order in 2 or 3 days.
Pinterest but their idea was on a paper bag. I used an embossing folder with tiny dots and ran each bag through my Cuttlebug. The blue strap and wording squares were made from scraps! Love finding a way to use scraps! I had printed the squares for the candy holder and later decided the size was too small. They were perfect for the silverware bag!
TiffanyTwoLight and TiffanyTwoSmc. The second one is all capitols and most closely resembles the Tiffany box.
I think this theme would be wonderful for a wedding shower!