Friday, November 13, 2009

Bajio Chicken Chile Salad and Cilantro lime ranch dressing

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This is a recipe I found on It is really good and was a hit with my inlaws. It also made plenty for us and we ate it for a couple of days.

4 chicken breasts (I think I only ended up using 3, and it fed 4 adults and 2 kids)
1/2 c. salsa (I used the cheap Pace)
1 Tbs. cumin
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 4oz. can diced green chilies
6 oz. can sprite

Cook 5-6 hours in a crockpot. Shred the chicken and put back in juices. Cook for 1 more hour. Thicken the juices with corn starch (I omitted this step). Make as a salad with a warm tortilla on the bottom, or roll it up and make it a burrito. Serve with chopped lettuce, shredded cheese, black beans, olives, pico de gallo, and guacamole.

found on letsdishrecipes
Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

1 pkg ranch dressing mix
8oz. green salsa ( I used Mrs. Renfroe's. It is REALLY spicy, but added a really good kick, and I only used 4 oz.)
1/2 bunch cilantro chopped
2 cloves garlic
3/4 C. mayo
3/4 C. sour cream
1/4 tsp hot sauce (I used Frank's cayenne pepper sauce)
juice of 1 lime

French Bread

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I tried my mother-in-law's french bread recipe for the first time yesterday. I have to say it tasted really good, but did not look as pretty as hers and did not rise as well (I am wondering if it is because I did half whole wheat and half white flour??). I guess I have some work to do and more years ahead to perfect this.

Makes 2 loaves. Cook at 400 fr 30 min.

Dissolve 2 tsp. yeast in 3 C. warm water and let sit for a few minutes until bubbly.

Add and stir with wooden spoon:
1 1/2 Tbs sugar
1 1/2 Tbs oil
1/2 tsp salt
6 C flour

Rest 10 minutes. Stir and rest 5 times. Divide in half and rest 5 minutes. Roll in a rectangle and roll up (like you are rolling dough for cinnamon rolls). Place on a greased cookie sheet. Cut slits on top and brush with milk. Let rise for 1 1/2 hours. Then bake.

Homemade Brownies

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My mother-in-law gave me this recipe and they are my husband's favorite brownies. He can't stand to eat the boxed brownies anymore after having these for years. She usually cooks them and then sprinkles powdered sugar on top. I like mine more chocolatey, so tonight for a get together, I added chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Who can go wrong with that combination? Well, unless you are allergic to peanuts. If so, I am so sorry! But, I do have a bag of dark chocolate and mint chips that I was tempted to use in the batter tonight too. Hmm... something to try in the future. I will tell you though, these brownies are more cake like and not so chewey and really chocolatey. But are delicious!! Well here is the recipe Emma. Hope they turn out well for Richard!

PS Don't think about calories when making or eating these!

Cream together:
2 C. sugar
2 sticks butter

Add in and beat well:
4 eggs

Then add and mix together with batter:
2 tsp vanilla (unless using real Mexican vanilla and then use only 1 to 1 1/2 tsp)
4 Tbs. cocoa (HEAPING!!)
2 C. flour
1/2 c. nuts (optional)
And mix in more chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, caramel, mint, toffee, etc. for more flavor...

Put in a greased 9 x 13 pan (or smaller to make them more chewey and thick). Bake at 350 for 30-40 min.