My favorite ingredient in the tortilla soup is the ancho chile. Ancho Chiles are red poblano chiles that have been dried.
2T.extra-virgin olive oil
228-ounce cans Muir Glen® Fire-Roasted tomatoes
1medium-size yellow onion, diced
1large red pepper, deveined, seeded and diced
4garlic cloves, minced
1quartchicken stock, preferably homemade
4ears corn, shucked
2cupscooked chicken breast, shredded to bite-size
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Garnishes: tortilla chips, 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 1 cup sour cream, 2 ripe avocados - peeled and diced and 1 bunch fresh cilantro - stems removed and diced
Prepare the Ancho Chiles and Tomatoes:
In a Pyrex® bowl, pour boiling water over the Ancho Chiles, set aside for about ten minutes. Remove chiles from water and discard the stems and seeds. Place the softened Ancho Chiles in the bowl of a food processor. Puree until smooth. Add the canned tomatoes and roasted tomatoes pulse until the tomatoes are bite-size. Set aside.
In a heavy bottomed, 4-quart saucepan set over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onion and red pepper, sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
Stir in chili powder and cumin, cook for 1 minute.
Add the prepared Ancho Chiles and Tomatoes, chicken stock and corn. Simmer for about 1 hour. Add the cooked chicken, simmer for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Setting the buffet:
Arrange the garnishes in small bowls, wide-rimmed soup bowls, spoons on a buffet table alongside the simmering soup.
Ladle Tortilla Soup into soup bowls and garnish with favorite toppings.
Here’s our favorite pancake recipe . . . they are light, fluffy and delicious. Puffing up like a soufflé, the presentation is beautiful. Instead of flipping pancakes one at a time. This Puff Pancake recipe may be doubled or even tripled. So it serves many people at once. That’s a real time saver!
Inspired by Helen Corbitt's recipe, the original recipe calls for currant jelly and cream in the sauce. Recently, I decided to omit the cream and much to my surprise the dish was even better. Also, Kuby's Raspberry Chipotle Spread was substituted for the currant jelly. The flavors compliment the tenderloin and rosemary quite well. This sweet and spicy tenderloin is easy enough for weekday meals. It is a perfect dish for entertaining too.
2 2-poundpork tenderloin
1/2jarKuby's Raspberry Chipotle Spread
salt, freshly ground pepper and dry mustard
2T. extra-virgin olive oil
2T. fresh rosemary, chopped
1T.butter, room temperature
Preheat oven to 325ºF.
Remove the membrane from the outside of the pork tenderloin.
Rub the tenderloins with the salt, pepper and dry mustard.
Melt the butter and olive oil in an oven-proof pan or skillet. Brown the tenderloins on all sides.
Add the raspberry chipotle spread. Sprinkle with rosemary.
Cover and bake for 25 - 35 minutes.
Cook pork tenderloin to an internal temperature of 145ºF.
Place the tenderloins on a cutting board; rest for 10 minutes.
Blend the butter and flour; add to the skillet, cook over medium heat, whisking constantly.
Slice the tenderloin. Serve with the sauce. Enjoy!
Life is better with pancakes. For the holidays, make ginger pancakes with ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The gingerbread spices mixed with whole wheat flour, buttermilk and one secret ingredient. They rival my favorite gingerbread boys with much less sugar and butter. That’s how they became my new favorite holiday treat!
Decorating Gingerbread Houses is one of the most rewarding things that I have experienced.
When my first two children were just toddlers, we began the holiday tradition of decorating gingerbread houses. Over the years, our tradition grew to neighborhood gingerbread house parties and school events.
In 2008, I chaired a holiday event for TCU Dallas alumni. Families decorated gingerbread houses.
For six consecutive years, Laura Chudy with TCU’s development office and I planned this holiday event. We purchased a variety of purple and white candy (TCU’s colors), gingerbread houses and made arrangements with the venue. Prior to each party, TCU friends and I made purple and white trees, lollipop ponds, and mailboxes. Every year our Holiday event sold out. It was magical!
With an array of gingerbread house kits available at grocery stores, drug stores and craft stores it’s easy to buy and decorate a gingerbread house with the simple contents found in the kit. Sometimes, this is the best option. However if you are ready for an adventure, with just a bit of planning and following the tips and recipes on my blog, you can take your gingerbread house project to an entirely new level. Your family and friends will be dazzled! The wonder and joy of the holidays will fill your heart. I guarantee!