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Saturday, January 1, 2011

1-1-11 HAPPY NEW YEAR ~ Tamale Lasagna

Good 28º morning. HAPPY NEW YEAR! It never got over 35º yesterday. Burrrrrr all day.

What a great way to start the new year.... I picked up my mail yesterday but didn't read it until just a few minutes ago... and in the mail was a lovely thank you from a soldier in Afghanistan! I had mailed a box of "snacks" to an old friend's daughter. I know Nick Cabrera from Lakewood Sheriff's Station and his daughter Teresa is a Sgt in the Army stationed in Kandahar. Thank you Teresa for your service to our country!!! My heart and prayers are with you.

The tamale casserole turned out good. I made a lot in anticipation of 11 of us eating, but there was more 'drinking' that eating! LOL I'm sure a few of my pals are nursing New Year's hangovers today! Menudo, kids, menudo!

Anyway, I used a 9x12 pan and 12 tamales. I think 3-6 would work fine, depending on the pan you find to fit them.
12 XLNT tamales (steamed for about 5 min) or use any other tamale of your choice
1 can black beans , rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes with lime, drained
1 can diced green chilies
1 can creamed corn
1 med onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, sliced
grated cheese
1 can black olives, each cut in half
(there is enchilada sauce in this picture, but I didn't need to use it)

I reconstituted the dried sliced garlic in the water I steamed the tamales in.
Unwrap steamed tamales and cut each in half. Line the bottom of the dish with the tamales, meat side up....

Next, mix all the canned goods and add the garlic and cilantro (I used a cap full) and spread half on top of the tamales.

Then add a layer of cheese and start the layers again so you have two layers.
Top with cheese and olives.

Bake covered 350º about 30 minutes, remove foil and bake another 30 minutes (until bubbling throughout)....

I was pleased, it came out AWESOME!

Along with that, Patty had a sliced ham she glazed and heated which was wonderful, and her potato salad. We had various chips and Patty's goope along with some Brie cheese and crackers. Tom made pumpkin pie to top it all off. Wonderful meal.

Debbie, Tom, PatC, and Tim left just ahead of us. Dave, PJ, and I left about 10pm. It was snowing wildly! Some places in the road the lines were not visible, but you could see the 'bump' at the edge of the road. Dropped them off and made a snuggy fire and promptly fell asleep in my chair! Whoopee.... wild night life. Woke up at 6 this morning and everything is snow covered.

Today, hopefully, snow permitting, I'll go to Brian and Jen's for 'our' Christmas!

Kristen is now selling Avon. Her web page is:
(Her last name is Follen, but Avon has it screwed up listing on the link "tollen"!) Right now a special is going on, "free shipping with a $30 order".
Historically this date..........
1890 – The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, is first held.
1908 – For the first time, a ball is dropped in New York City's Times Square to signify the start of the New Year at midnight.
1954NBC makes the first coast-to-coast NTSC color broadcast when it telecast the Tournament of Roses Parade
1962 – United States Navy SEALs established.
And births on this first day of the year include....
1735Paul Revere, American patriot (d. 1818)

1752Betsy Ross, American seamstress (d. 1836)

1895J. Edgar Hoover, American FBI director (d. 1972)

1930 – Ty Hardin, American film actor 

 Wow, on his 8th wife!!
1935B. Kliban, American cartoonist (d. 1990)

   "Love to eat them mousies. Mousies what I love to eat.
    Bite they little heads off and nibble on they tiny feet."
1938 – Frank Langella, American actor

1980Elin Nordegren, Swedish model

Here is a shot of the moon this morning coming up over our mountain....

All the good wishes for a year of good things!
xo Mom/Soupy/Sue
National Hot Tea Month

That's what I'm having right now... green tea with lemon. Mmmmm...