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The Dish

This may look like an ordinary casserole dish to you, but it is more than that to me. 

This is The Dish that I remember Mom finishing one of my favorite dishes when I was a kid – ham, mac and cheese.  As I remember, Mom used just your normal mac and  cheese, then added a ham steak cut into cubes.  She would combine them and bake them until there were bubbly good. 

This dish is permanently seasoned, missing the lid, has some spider cracking inside and a bit discolored. This ordinary dish was the one thing I needed to find when retrieving family mementos from Mom’s home recently.  With a house full of what had been a life, this was the most important thing to me.

Sadly, I now have Mom's casserole dish, but lovingly cherish The Dish.  Forever.


52 - Fifty One

Chicken Enchilada Casserole - Delicious!

How to:

Cook a few chicken breasts with seasoning, let cool a bit then pull apart with a fork.

Sauté 1/2 a chopped onion, a chopped green bell pepper and a 4 oz can of green peppers.  When sautéed, add some flour to start a rue, then add a 28 oz can of green enchilada sauce.  Simmer for about 10 minutes to thicken.

In a oven proof pan, cover the bottom of the pan with the sauce mixture, layer corn tortillas, add some chicken and then some Monterey Jack cheese.  Repeat to fit in pan, about three (3) layers.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes, serve hot.

HH liked it the second time around when the sauce mixture had more time to set, both versions tasted great.  Simple comfort food.


52 - Forty Nine

This is a potential new fair food - deep fried Chicago Dog. This dog is wrapped in a flour tortilla and deep fried.  The tortilla makes the deep fry light, crunchy and delicious.  You bit into the soft bun, crispy veggies and then the dog.  JP is trying to get his grandma to add it to the menu for 2016.  Stay tuned.....  You heard it here first!


52 - Forty Eight

Ahh, Gilroy Garlic Festival memories...
Mr. Garlic with a flame-up.

Thanks to Bill Strange for the photo.