Each Friday, at least for the foreseeable future, I will be sharing a blog post from the past. These will be posts from other places that I have retained the rights once again, or from this blog. I hope you enjoy these entries. I know they are ones that have made me smile.
This post originally was posted February 19, 2014.
I had all sorts of wonderful things envisioned for this article this month. I had visions of beautiful dinner tables, with family gathered all around. I envisioned us together, laughing and enjoying the camaraderie of being together and enjoying the company we provided to each other. I had delicious dinners in mind to show you. I dreamed of making my challenge this year be something you just couldn’t resist trying for your own home and family. I failed miserably.
In my defense, things were pretty crazy around here this past month. We didn’t exactly spend much time together as a family. You see, Gary’s Dad became the priority for our family, as he was ill with incurable colon cancer. We’ve been dealing with this for a few months, but this was truly the end and time was precious. Gary spent a lot of time caring for his Dad during this time, and I did what I could by trying to be supportive and cook last meals that Dad wanted a bite or two of for memories sake. We often ate on the run. So gathering around the dinner table together was a luxury we just didn’t have at this time.
Finally, Dad’s suffering was over and he passed on. I saw a great burden lifted from my husband’s shoulders. He became lighter once again, despite the sadness of the moment.
One thing that I have found during my life and during these sorts of occasions, is that family gathers close together. There are moments of laughter as a life is celebrated. One such moment was provided for us by my nephew’s little boy. How cute is he?
There are also sometimes other occasions that take place during these moments that also need to be celebrated. In our case, my sister in law had a birthday. I made dinner for the entire family, and made a birthday cake for her so we could celebrate her birthday once she arrived that evening. In the spirit of sharing, I thought you might enjoy making this recipe for your own family to enjoy around your dinner table.
Chicken Fajita Enchiladas
- 1 lb chicken breast, diced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 Sweet Peppers–1 yellow, 1 orange
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 8 flour tortillas, softened ( 8 inches each)
- 1 1/2 cups Mexican blend cheese, divided
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 (15 ounce) can chicken broth
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
- In frypan, cook chicken, onion, and peppers together in oil over medium-high heat until chicken is just done.
- Divide cooked chicken mixture evenly between 8 tortillas; add 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese to each tortilla.
- Roll enchiladas and place seam-side down in 9×13″ baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with no-stick cooking spray or misted with olive oil.
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan; stir in flour to make a roux; stir and cook until bubbly; gradually whisk in chicken broth then bring to boiling, stirring frequently.
- Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and green chiles; pour sauce evenly over enchiladas.
- Top with remaining 3/4 cup cheese (baking dish may be double-wrapped and frozen at this point) and bake at 400F for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and sauce near edges of baking dish is bubbly.