Saturday, December 26, 2009

Jessica Cooks! Chicken Tex Mex Salad

I love salads.  I love the crunch of crisp vegetables, the vibrant colors (No iceberg lettuce here!)  and tangy new ways to spice them up.  
 This is one of my favorites and was inspired by a salad I had at Chili's restaurant. 

You can use any amount of the ingredients that you prefer.  It's the mix that makes it so wonderful! 

You'll need Romaine lettuce, coarsely chopped


Fresh Spinach, coarsely chopped

Chinese Cabbage, you guessed it...
coarsely chopped

 Roma or other nice, firm tomatoes, chopped

Green onion, chopped


And some Cilantro, chopped fine.
I was about out of this- so I used what I had. 


Mix those ingredients together and you have the main part of the salad:

Next, we'll do the chicken:

4-5  chicken breasts

                                              cube them:

             And your spices for it: chili powder, crushed red peppers,
             garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Pour a bit of olive oil into your skillet. 
(My son poured a little more than I wanted, but it worked)

When your oil is hot, add  the chicken


Sprinkle liberally with the seasonings- 
extra on the chili powder
and Saute until done.


While the chicken is cooking, 
make your corn relish:

Add one can of corn to a sauce pan


Dice up some red bell pepper and cilantro and add it to the corn

Add a dollop of olive oil and sprinkle generously 
with pepper and coarse Kosher salt


Cook until heated through and flavors incorporated. Turn off heat.

Now we make our pico de gallo :

Chop up the same amounts of onion, tomatoes and cilantro.
Season generously with coarse kosher salt

 Mix well
 Unfortunately, I was running low on cilantro this time. 
More is definitely better!

 Okay, now that our salad , corn relish and pico de gallo are ready,
finish cooking the chicken and remove from heat.

Heat a small amount of olive oil in a skillet.
Cook 3-4 corn tortillas separately, until crisp but not browned.

Cool slightly on paper towel to absorb any extra oil.
Then, chop the tortillas and sprinkle liberally with coarse Kosher salt.



If you prefer, you can leave them in strips.

Now, get out some ranch dressing and barbeque sauce.
I prefer homemade or made-at-home Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
For barbeque sauce, it's gotta be Sweet Baby Ray's!

Okay, we are now ready to assemble our salad. 

On  your plate, place a heap of salad. 
On top of this add a few spoonfuls of chicken. 

Add the corn relish, pico de gallo and tortilla chips.
Top with some grated cheese, if you  like.
Then, top with a bit of ranch dressing 
and a few dobs of barbeque sauce here and there. 
Mix it in a little to incorporate the flavors.


 Serve with warm garlic bread and enjoy!

Another alteration would be to add diced jalapenos to the pico de gallo.
I'm not much of a jalapeno fan- but I wish I was. :0)


Thursday, December 24, 2009

On the 1st Day of Christmas...

While I think the 1st day of Christmas actually begins Christmas day...and the eleven others follow, I'm still counting down.  So bear with me.

Last night we attended The Hughes Brothers concert.  A wonderful family group from Branson, Missouri.  Five brothers, their wives and children all sing and perform.
Last night it was their Christmas program.  It was a lot of fun and very enjoyable.
Even the children perform.  
My girls, in particular, absolutely loved it!  They can't stop talking about it.

Tomorrow is Christmas day.  We all have so very much to be thankful for.

I'm off to bed.  It's late and my duties are done.  
Love to all and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

On the 2nd Day of Christmas

My hubby risked his life....

To allay the tears and fears of two little girls...

Who found their kitty crying and stuck up in the tree.
And a serious snowstorm on the way.
The wind buffeting the bough she was on...and she too scared to climb down.

Because of the hero's bravery.....and compassion,

Francesca lives to enjoy her nine lives....and Christmas!

(The girls hugged and thanked him and I breathed a sigh of relief when he was on the ground again)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

On the 3rd Day of Christmas....

The kids made homemade ornaments....

My scrapbook mess is cleaned up...

The little girls have wrapped, exchanged and opened gifts for each other from their bedrooms...

It takes the edge off the Christmas anticipation, I suppose.

And my hubby has 5 days off from work!
Christmas excitement is taking over....

Monday, December 21, 2009

On the 4th Day of Christmas.....

My family made for me:

An enormous pile of laundry...

(to fold)

And a little girl 

                                    who likes to have fun!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

On the 5th Day of Christmas....

Mother Nature gave to me:

Fancy Frosted Fenestrae



      And pulchritudinous pomegranites for my progenies to peel.

(Don't you just love weird words?)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The 6th Day of Christmas

 I'm a little late counting down the 12 days of Christmas...

But, I decided to post a picture a day (or pictures each day) until Christmas has arrived.

So- On the 6th Day of Christmas:

My True Love Read to Me.



  And Charlie lounged cozily.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday Family Pictures

We decided to gather everyone together yesterday for a family picture.
Set the timer....and presto!
Digital cameras are simply amazing.
So is the fact that everyone is smiling and looking in the same direction.



It took all of 5 minutes and was quite painless.
Our new son-in-law is forever trapped in our crazy family.
(insert evil laugh)

And my little Boo had a very special day.
Eight years old and baptized yesterday evening.

By her big brother.
"Hey! How'd  you get so tall?"


Who celebrated his 20th birthday on that same, special day.


What an amazing Sabbath.
My cup runneth over.

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