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Friday, January 11, 2013

Infused EVOO ~ Lemon Pepper Salt ~ Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas ~ Snow in LA ~ Smoking ~ Farro ~ Hot Toddy

Good 33º cloudy gloomy morning.

Snow yesterday when I got up. Then it sprinkled on and off until the big flakes (no, not you, C.) started coming down....

It lasted a bit and then it all disappeared with the 39º heat wave!

I infused some light olive oil with garlic, red onion, Sonoma pepper, red pepper flakes and added in some of the new lemony pepper seasoning salt I found at Costco. Reallllllly good! I like the olive oil on everything, for cooking, and especially for dipping bread! Makes great salad dressing with a little lemon juice and mayo. Good on steamed veggies. I keep it in wine bottles with easy pour top.

Lunch was a spinach smoothie.... this is a HUGE bag of spinach! Got it at Costco. I add in carrots and chicken broth. Today I'll add in some flat leaf parsley and maybe some broccoli too. Tasty!


Ok, now who doesn't like enchiladas? How about the easiest ones ever?

Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas

1 1/2 pounds chicken breast (I use boneless skinless thighs)
1 (19-ounce) can red enchilada sauce
2 chicken bouillon cubes
Zest of 1/2 a lime
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 (15-ounce) can refried beans or black beans, warmed
8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  1. In a slow cooker, combine chicken, enchilada sauce, bouillon cubes, lime zest, and cumin; cook on low about 4 hours. Shred chicken and mix into the sauce.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Place beans in the middle of a tortilla, then add the chicken mixture. Fold and place into casserole dish. Repeat process until you've filled the desired number of tortillas.
  4. Pour the remaining sauce and chicken mixture over the enchiladas.Top with cheese and bake for about 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 4 hours 15 min
Serves: 8


Sent to me by Joe Kirk. Subject line was "Texas follows NY lead releasing map of gun owners". OMG. NO! ......... (LOL. Washington... Dems.... figure it out. Put on your big boy panties and live with the fact you are not taking away our guns!)

Historically this date......
1693Mount Etna erupts in Sicily, Italy. A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta.

1922 – First use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient.

1949 – First recorded case of snowfall in Los Angeles, California.

I remember it. Fascinating to me. Christmas tree out in the backyard covered in snow. Neighbor boy, Matthew, threw a snowball at me. I cried! He was several years older, I was just four years old.


1964Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Luther Terry, M.D., publishes the landmark report Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States saying that smoking may be hazardous to health, sparking national and worldwide anti-smoking efforts.
...............all right, friends of mine, you have known for nearly 50 years that smoking is BAD FOR YOU and yet you continue to smoke with every excuse in the book! SHAME ON YOU! Not only are your risk factors up for dying but you smell bad! Really.

And births this date include....
1946Naomi Judd, American singer (The Judds)

... and some other people of which I didn't know who in the heqq they are!

Today I have to make some earrings as requested by my pal Patty, get a gift wrapped and sent for my granddaughter Alex (will show you later) and decide what to cook today. I got a new grain at Costco, it's called Farro.

Because Farro contains a starch similar to that found in Arborio rice, it behaves much like risotto, releasing a creamy, binding liquid when cooked. But unlike risotto, Farro doesn't become gummy; instead, it retains its tender, distinct bite, even if it sits awhile after cooking.

Have a great TGIF! Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo
January 11th
Hot Toddy Day

1-2 T. honey
¾ glass of brewed tea (or you can use hot apple juice/cider)
2 shots Brandy
squeeze of lemon juice
cinnamon stick and a couple whole cloves (your choice)
1 slice lemon for garnish

Brew tea and fill glass ¾ full. Mix in honey, Brandy shots, add lemon. Add cinnamon stick, cloves and lemon slice and enjoy. *Supposedly cures colds (ha, but makes the cold more bearable!)