Enchilada Casserole

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Left-Over Chicken

A few days ago, I made a roast chicken and we only ate a little of it. The thing sat in my refrigerator like a giant elephant mocking me because I couldn’t think what to do with it. We had tacos from it on Cinco de Mayo, but that didn’t use up all the chicken. I also had some left-over charred Anaheim chilis and some charred Italian tomatoes sitting in the refrigerator. It seemed I had the ingredients for enchiladas.

When we went to the store, I bought extra tortillas and extra sauce for my enchiladas. Yes, I buy canned sauce. It’s good and I don’t have to make it from scratch – but sometimes I do, like when I make Enchiladas with Three Pepper Sauce. But, I didn’t want to spend Mother’s Day in front of a hot stove, so I got the canned sauce. I also didn’t feel like burning my fingers rolling up hot tortillas. A layered casserole would be appealing and a lot easier.

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Basil, Bacon and Tomato Pasta Sauce

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I am a semi-regular subscriber to Saveur magazine. I love the recipes and the photography is always spectacular. I am also always on the hunt for something fresh and relatively easy to make for those days I don’t really want to cook. They had a recipe that called for bacon and tomatoes and basil. My three favorite things. That is what inspired this dish.

Making this Basil, Bacon and Tomato Pasta Sauce was very simple. I used a can of stewed tomatoes because I really like them, but you could use regular chopped canned tomatoes, or even fresh if you wanted to take the time to peel them. I also used frozen bell pepper medley that I always have in my freezer just for days like this.
You could add a light red wine to this sauce, but it probably would not taste quite as fresh.

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Sausage and White Bean One Pot Stir-fry

Recipes in this PostSausage and White Bean One Pot Stir-fry

I usually buy Polska Kielbasa to make Jambalaya, but I didn’t feel like making that. I wanted something simpler so I looked in my refrigerator and found cabbage and sweet bell peppers. I also had a can of white cannellini beans in my pantry. It sounded like a winning recipe, so I got started.

This makes a mild tasting one pot stir-fry dish. If you want to add some pizzaz to it, provide some hot sauce. It’s a very healthy dish, and of course, you could substitute other sausages, like German or Italian.

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Walnut Coffee Cake

Walnut Coffee Cake like Porto's

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So, a few months ago, I wanted a piece of coffee cake, specifically the coffee cake at Porto’s in Glendale. Instead, I got out my wonderful American Woman’s Cookbook, copyright 1942, and had a look in there. I found a recipe that looked good but didn’t have the ingredients. By the time I got the ingredients, I had forgotten about the cake, and just put them in the cupboard. Today, I remembered they were there, and decided to make the cake.

I was surprised at how easy it was to make, but what really blew me away was how it was almost exactly the same cake as Porto’s in Glendale! Porto’s cake is larger, but that just means increasing the ingredients if I want one that large, but since we have a small family, this works out perfectly.
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