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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ground Hog Day ~Santa Fe Chicken Cheese Casserole ~ Heavenly Hash

Good 29º morning. Cloudy but sun will be out. Promised! Heard geese flying over. Strange sound. First time I heard them when we had just moved here, I was in bed sleeping and started dreaming I was on a crowded freeway in Los Angeles. It was the honking of the geese!!! LOL
Ground Hog Day:
Groundhog Day 2012: Punxsutawney Phil Predicts Six More Weeks of ...

TIME‎ - 30 minutes ago
Pennsylvania's iconic groundhog has "seen" his shadow, meaning we're in for a long winter. | February 2, 2012 | ...

Yesterday I had to drop off 'samples' the pulmonary doc asked me to have tested .. at Three Rivers Hospital Lab.
Now, this label just makes me feel weird. As for women/girls doing a 'cough up test' (YUCK!) it's not easy as we don't practice spitting like men/boys do! Doesn't it always run down your chin, ladies?
Then it was off to the Law Enforcement/Fire luncheon. Such a nice group of guys (yes, me being the only female!). Our LAPD moderator/commentator/founder Hector, bought me a bloody Mary. Thank you Hector! Nice we can cross those cop/deputy lines and be pals! I do recall the lack of "friendliness" when I was in a radio car in their area and would an LAPD officer wave back... Never! :o(
It was a small gathering .... probably 16-20 of us. Mostly LAPD. Most of the 'snow-birds' have left for the winter and warmer climes in their motorhomes .... most to So. Cal. But............... since Saturday is Joe Kirk's birthday... I brought him a 'Snickers cup cake' and he didn't even show up.
Oh Joe, this cupcake made me drool. And you weren't there! Guess I'll just have to eat it myself. The guys at our table volunteered!
Then to Jeannie and Bills for wine and chat. Always a good time.
Today is a special anniversary... my friends John and Trish Bowler are celebrating number 49! Happy Anniversary kids!
Historically this date.....
1653New Amsterdam (later renamed The City of New York) is incorporated.
1848 – California Gold Rush: The first ship with Chinese immigrants arrives in San Francisco, California.
1925Serum run to Nome: Dog sleds reach Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod race.
And births this date include....
1937 – Tom Smothers, American musician and comedian
Tom and Dick ............................Dick and Tom
1941 – Lee Redmond, owner of the longest fingernails until February 10, 2009
1947Farrah Fawcett, American actress (d. 2009)
1948Ina Garten, American author and TV personality
1954Christie Brinkley, American model
Here is a simple good casserole you must try:
Santa Fe Chicken Cheese Casserole....
3 cups shredded cooked chicken breasts
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed
1 can (14.5 oz.) no-salt-added diced tomatoes, drained
2 green onions, sliced
1 tub (10 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Santa Fe Blend Cooking Creme, divided
3 flour tortillas (6 inch)
3/4 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese, divided
HEAT oven to 375ºF.
COMBINE first 4 ingredients in large bowl. Add 3/4 cup cooking creme; mix lightly.
SPOON 1/3 of the chicken mixture into 9-inch pie plate; top with 1 tortilla, half the remaining chicken mixture and 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Cover with second tortilla, remaining chicken mixture, 1/4 cup shredded cheese and remaining tortilla. Top with remaining cooking creme and shredded cheese; cover.
BAKE 20 min. or until heated through; uncover. Bake 5 min. or until cheese is melted.
All I know. Pay bills day/clean off desk. Happy Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
February 2nd
Heavenly Hash Day
February 2 is National Heavenly Hash Day. But which heavenly hash?
If someone offers you Heavenly Hash, you may want to clarify:
Is it a fruit salad bound with sour cream or whipped cream, or a chocolate confection or baked good filled with marshmallows and nuts?
The fruit salad version of Heavenly Hash is a traditional Southern dish. It began as a Christmas recipe with red maraschino cherries, green grapes, pecans and other ingredients folded into whipped cream.
Over generations the recipe evolved, with everyone inventing his or her own hash (the term, after all, indicates a jumble or muddle of ingredients).