Thursday, August 7, 2008

Mandolyn's Favorite Tortilla Soup

2 Tbl olive oil
Chicken, shredded
¼ cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 can chicken broth
1 can corn, undrained
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 Tbl cilantro

Sauté onion, garlic, chicken and seasonings. Add corn, broth, tomatoes and beans. Simmer. Top with your choice of toppings (e.g. sour cream, grated cheese, avocado, tortilla chips).

Grandma Betty’s Apple Pie Squares

Pie Crust
· 5 cups flour + 1 tsp salt→ stir well
· Add 2 heaping cups shortening → cut into until crumbly
· In a measuring cup → 1 egg + 1Tbl vinegar + water to equal 1 cup; then add to bowl and mix.
· Divide dough in half →roll out and place bottom of cookie sheet; use fork to make holes in dough
· Put apples (peeled & sliced if fresh or 3 cans of apple pie filling); then sprinkle apples with lemon and several dabs of butter
· Add pie crust top → fork or flute edges and fork holes throughout
Bake 425 for 25 minutes→ cool

Combine vanilla, milk and powered sugar to taste→ spread over pie.

Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

3 Tomatillo Peppers
1 Jalepeno Pepper
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Packet Dry Ranch Mix
¾ cup Mayonnaise
¾ cup Sour Cream
½ cup Buttermilk
1 cup Fresh Cilantro
¼ tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Salt to Taste
* Mix in blender or food processor; makes 4 cups