Wanna make something that’s quick, easy and completely delicious? I mean, I’m assuming you do – that’s probably why you’ve come here today. People don’t frequent this blog for gardening guidance or fashion tips. You’re here because you’re looking for dinnertime inspiration, and you guys know I love to dish it out.
I love hanging out in the kitchen – any kitchen- with friends, and if I can learn a thing or two while socializing and catching up, that’s all the better. On Monday afternoon my friend Fernanda taught me how to make chicken chilaquiles the same way her mother made them when Fernanda was a kid growing up in Mexico – what fun for me to watch someone make a dish she knows by heart.
It happens sometimes – even to Sendik’s biggest fan. It happened to me on Sunday. I had plans to go to the Mequon store after my workout. But there I was at the gym, where I had just done my time on the treadmill. As I was disinfecting the console for the machine’s next victim, Stephen Tyler began butchering the National Anthem to open the Patriots / Ravens game. It was awful (a little pitchy, dawg!), and yet, I was completely riveted. Like a car crash you know you shouldn’t slow down to peek at but you just can’t help it. And after one look at Tom Brady’s mug, I was sucked in. I needed Sunday football in my life.
Crazy end of the school year stuff ruled my life yesterday, and before I knew it, it was 4:10 and I had absolutely no idea what we were going to have for dinner. Usually I know what I’m making by around 9am, but there were wacky errands to run and a messy house to contend with and a workout to fit in and dinner just wasn’t part of my grand plan.
We were out with our friends Fernanda and Jorge this past Saturday night. They moved their family from Mexico to Milwaukee for Jorge’s job a few years ago, and we’ve gotten to know them recently. I love their accents. I also love to pick Fernanda’s brain about food from her Motherland, so of course I had to ask her about her menu plans for Cinco de Mayo. And naturally – because I tend to get really excited about these things – I was expecting a full and colorful description of authentic dishes, recipes and family traditions — and instead she looked at me like I was loco.
In keeping with the Cinco de Mayo theme of this beautiful brand new sale ad, I’m sharing one of my new favorite Tex-Mex dishes here today. I’ve probably made these tostadas five times over the past three months, because they are soooo easy, incredibly delicious, and everyone (YES! everyone!) here loves them. What more could you ask for in a weeknight dinner?
If you don’t care for cilantro and spicy things, or if you’re opposed to green foods in general, here’s your hall pass – you’re excused for today. The rest of you, please remain in your seats for the duration of the ride.
For as simple as these enchiladas are to make, I am absolutely blown away by how delicious they are. Truly. I’m mad for them, I tell you! MAD!! A couple beautiful aspects of the dish: Sendik’s has already done the dirty work of roasting a perfectly good chicken for you. Also the sauce, which tastes bright and lovely and totally homemade, is nothing more than two cans of enchilada sauce and a hefty bunch of fresh cilantro, pureed in the blender to an irresistible, gorgeous green. If you like it hotter, toss in a jalapeno for good measure. I might try that next time.
There’s a darling Mexican cantina on Pewaukee Lake called Seester’s. It’s a cute little spot with sidewalk dining, just across the street from the public beach. The nice people at Seester’s keep big bowls of fresh water on the sidewalk for all the thirsty dogs that pass by – their owners clutch dripping ice cream cones in one hand and leashes in the other.
Seven super-short school days to go before summer vacation begins, and the countdown is on! Is it just me, or does it seem like there’s a LOT to cram in before next Wednesday arrives?! We’ve gotta get our kids through field day, picnics and class trips; help ‘em wrap up last minute projects and study for final exams; attend music programs, graduations, dances, and carpool to a seemingly endless string of parties…the list goes on and on. You probably have a few fabulous functions of your own that I haven’t mentioned. Go ahead and pile ‘em on. We’re moms. We can deal.
I’ve said it here before: I have a problem with Mexican food. The problem of course, is that I could eat it nearly every single day of my life and never tire of it. I’ve passed this genetically on to my punks thanks to the cravings I had during my pregnancies. I dragged my poor husband out for steak enchiladas and guacamole nearly every weekend throughout the gestation of all three babies. They can be happy they got their love of Mexican food from me. Because I’m sure they’ll blame me later for other not-so-fun qualities I’ve passed on to them, attributes which we will not discuss here today – unless I have too many margaritas…hic!
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