When there's a chill in the air, my food desires often switch toward Mexican food. However, making that same taste at home can also be quite special. We have several winning recipes that savor the south of the border cuisine.
Yesterday I made cupcakes for the grandchildren and I tried a new and perfect cream cheese frosting. I did not have to adjust it at all and the frosting spread perfectly. It makes enough to ice a 9 x 13 inch cake (or about 16-18 cupcakes). The flavor is really good!
Max Poodle has been relishing his days inside the house, sleeping in a leather club chair. I have been cleaning out older beef that was in the freezer over six months, and I've been cooking up some and adding it to his dry food. Is he getting spoiled or what? I also have started feeding the birds as I know winter is a hard time for some of these feathered friends.
Heavenly Cream Cheese Frosting
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You'll need the electric mixer for this one.
▪ 8 ounce package cream cheese (solid block-not whipped in a carton)
▪ 1 stick, or 8 Tablespoons butter
▪ 3 cups powdered sugar
▪ 2 Tablespoons orange juice (I used a fresh orange.)
▪ 1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Cream together cream cheese and butter that has been softened by keeping at room temperature a couple of hours.
2. Add sugar and orange juice and vanilla and beat until light and creamy. I beat this about 3-4 minutes.
Spread on cooled cake.
Thompson's Southwest Chicken Casserole
If you want to, you can buy cooked chicken from the deli and remove the skins and de-bone before dicing.
▪ 4 whole chicken breasts with bone-cooked and then de-boned (I usually boil these in water, but they can be baked.)
▪ 1 can cream of chicken soup
▪ 1 can cream of mushroom soup
▪ 15 ounce can chili without beans
▪ 1 small finely chopped white onion
▪ 1/2 pound sharp grated cheddar cheese
▪ 1/2 cup whole milk
▪ 6 flour tortillas-torn into pieces
▪ 14 ounce jar or canned chili salsa
1. Cook, cool and de-bone chicken breasts.
2. In a large bowl combine all remaining ingredients.
3. Add cooked chicken.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes OR until hot and bubbly.
We like this with a green salad.
Dee Dee's Mexican Rice
Make this a couple of times and you can experiment and improve on it by adding or deleting measurements or ingredients.
▪ 1 cup uncooked white rice
▪ 2 Tablespoons bacon drippings
▪ 1/2 cube butter
▪ 3/4 cup chopped onion-I prefer a sweet onion.
▪ 1 jalapeno-seeded and chopped fine
▪ 1 small jar of pimientos-drained
▪ 2 cloves garlic-chopped fine
▪ 1/2 of a bell pepper-chopped fine (Colored ones, like yellow or red, are really pretty.)
▪ 3 cups canned tomatoes OR V-8 juice OR a combinations of fresh tomatoes (summertime), and beef broth (Just be sure to start with 3 cups of whatever choices you decide.)
▪ 1 teaspoon Cumin
▪ 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
▪ Salt to taste
1. Sauté the rice, onions, garlic, jalapeno, green pepper in the bacon drippings and butter until the rice is golden.
2. Then add all additional ingredients.
I stir, then cover and simmer for about 30 minutes. I use a sauté pan. If the mixture looks too dry, add some more liquid.
Taste before adding more salt.
Dee Dee's Mexican Slow Cooker Soup
Here is one delicious soup that slowly cooks and just melts in your mouth for a wonderful dinner. We like to add a scoop of guacamole on the side over bib or butter lettuce.
▪ 1 pound Velvetta processed cheese-cubed
▪ 1 pound ground beef-cooked and drained
▪ 1 can (8 and 3/4) ounces undrained whole kernel corn
▪ 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans-undrained
▪ 1 jalapeno pepper-seeded and diced
▪ 1 can Ro-tel (mild, regular or hot)-undrained
▪ 1 (14 and 1/2 ounces) undrained stewed tomatoes
▪ 1 envelope taco seasoning
1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick Pam.
2. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook covered on LOW for 4-5 hours OR on HIGH 3 hours or until done.
3. This is really good served with your favorite Mexican chips and/or salsa.
With a little rain falling today, it's nice to know that the grass and plantings are getting that much needed moisture. Have another good week in Parker County and be sure and feed the birds and take special care of our furry friends.