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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Recipe Time Again

Welcome to our newest visitor Sue at Susie's Space. Not to be confused with Susie at My Gobhole.

Sue is from the San Francisco Bay area, has two grown kids, and four grandchildren. She's in the midst of kitchen remodeling and is on the lookout for simple recipes which can be doubled easily, prepared in appliances such as a crock pot, and frozen.

Here's her chicken chili verde. I have used lean pork as well. As she says, either one should work out beautifully.

Chili Verde
2½ cup salsa verde (I use Trader Joe’s brand, yummy)
1 4 oz can diced mild green chiles
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 1 lb boneless pork loin (both equally good)
14 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
14 oz can of white beans, drained and rinsed
Place 2 cups of the salsa verde in the Crock-pot. Stir in the chilies. Add meat. Cook on high for 4 hours. Take meat out and shred with two forks. Add back to crock-pot along with remaining ½ cup salsa*
and the 2 cans of beans. Stir and cook on high for 30 more minutes.
Serve as filling in tortillas or over rice.
*I usually add about ¼ cup water to salsa at this point.
My husband loves this and it freezes well. I also double my rice and freeze that in a Ziploc. It reheats in a snap!

Upon reading further I discovered this link to a blogger who calls herself "Overwhelmed". She's an adoptive mom who has launched a feature called "Five Ingredients Friday". The Chili Verde Recipe came from her. Check her out if you'd like to join in.

Here, from Pea is her gran's raisin pie recipe.

GRAN'S RAISIN PIE (Double crust - 45 minutes @ 375 ° F)

1 cup raisins
3 cups water
1 cup brown sugar

Put the above ingredients into a pot and bring to boil.

add 1/4 cup molasses and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Let boil for 20 minutes.

At the last minute, thicken with cornstarch that's been mixed with some water. (Note from Ann: Pea doesn't specify amount of cornstarch and I'm no help because I usually go by instinct. Most cornstarch boxes have the amount to thicken one cup of liquid for gravy and you could probably multiply by 3. Or perhaps Pea knows. I'll ask her. Meantime, better too little (in a small amount of cold water) than too much. You can always add; it's hard to take away.)

Note from Pea:I usually use 2 heaping tbsp of cornstarch and mix it with enough (cold) water to make it runny. Hope that helps! lol

Take off element (burner) and add 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp butter and pinch of salt.

Put in pie crust, cover with top crust and make slits for steam to escape. Bake at 375 F for about 45 minutes or until crust is browned. Let cool completely. We like it even better when it's been in the fridge and is completely cold. Enjoy!!

I'll probably be back later with the day's excitement.

Mollie - Giants 7, Mets 6. 12 innings.


wolfbaby said...

This should be a form of heaven for me I love easy receipes or short ones LOL this should be fun thanks for the links!!

Tammy said...

Instead of recipes I've got pictures at my on over and chew a pork chop with me :-D

Sue said...

Hi Ann,
Now I'm giggling! You were right the first time. The Chile Verde recipe is mine, but the Five Ingredient Friday orginated at Overwhelmed. People each add links to their own recipes at her site with Mr. Linky. Hmm, is that clear as mud or what??? Thanks for all your sweet words.....

madcapmum said...

Raisin pie... definitely not a standard in this part of the world. I should figure out a gf crust and give it a try.

Thanks for the blog-hug back at the Maison, btw!

tAnYeTTa said...

betwen you and tammy, i've gained 10 pounds this weekend just by viewing the food and recipes. thanks. LOL

oshee said...

My husband makes something similar to the Chili Verde. He likes to eat with tortillas. It sounds great. Maybe I'll surprise him and try out your recipe. He'd like that.

ipodmomma said...

yeah SF! :)))

hope you had a lovely Sunday... summer has finally arrived! I'm very happy...

Merle said...

Hi Ann ~~ We all like easy recipes don't
we. I have printed a few of them.
Now I have one for you with three ingredients. FRUIT SLICE. Or CAKE.

Soak overnight 1 kilo Mixed fruit in
2 1/2 cups of orange juice.
Next morning add 2 1/2 cups Self Raising Flour. Mix really well.
Bake in moderate oven, no higher than
160 C degrees, as it burns easily.
This can be made into a fruit cake, but I make it in 2 biscuit trays (Lamington tins) It goes much further and is cut into small pieces.
Take care, Merle.

Siri said...

my reply will go on a tangent. i dont like recipes for a very simple reason. Measures!!!
how big is a tablespoon/teaspoon?
how much is one cup?
I always go mad at these. End up doing a vague measure.

Overwhelmed! said...

Ann- thanks for stopping by my blog and thanks for linking me on yours. I love your blog colors, by the way!

I hope you (and your readers) stop by again this Friday and contribute to my Five Ingredients Friday recipe exchange. I need all the help I can get with planning meals for my family. :)