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Cold days, Warm meals – Dark Days

December 21st, 2008 · 3 Comments

The snow is still falling here. I’ll pull my boots on soon enough to go check on the girls and maybe snap a picture or two. Our meals have trended toward the comfort food variety with the brisk weather outside, featured this week is the lazy womans version of enchiladas.

A few nights ago I broke down a Draper Valley chicken, poaching the breasts and reserving the rest for another dinner. As the breasts cooled from poaching I sauteed some onions and garlic with cumin and thinly sliced some raw sweetmeat squash. I grated several ounces of Tillamook pepperjack cheese as well. After dicing one chicken breast and letting the onions cool, I layered them with the squash, cheese and locally made corn tortillas.

Between the corn tortilla layers I spread liberal glugs of the green tomato enchilada sauce I canned up earlier in the year with our plethora of green tomatoes. I finished the top layer with the last of the cheese and popped it in the oven for about an hour. I probably used a bit too much of the enchilada sauce as the tortillas broke down into thier original components rather than retaining thier structure. But it all held together rather well, the squash merged nicely with the tart sauce and how can you say no to cheese?

And then, this morning I woke up with an urge for a warm breakfast (a rarity around here, we don’t usually even eat breakfast). I decided to make sourdough blueberry pancakes and topped em with butter and local blackberry honey. Yum.

Local Ingredients: Chicken, sweetmeat squash, onions, garlic, corn tortillas, green tomato enchilada sauce, blueberries, sourdough starter, butter, honey.

Non-Local Ingredients: Salt, Pepperjack cheese (Tillamook OR), Cumin.

Tags: Cooking · Dark Days Challenge 08-09

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  • 1 (not so) Urban Hennery » Blog Archive » Dark Days 08/09 Recap - Week #5 // Dec 21, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    […] “The Lazy Woman’s Enchiladas” were on the menu at Maya’s.  Regardless of how much work was involved, her casserole of tortillas, green tomato sauce, chicken, squash, and pepperjack sounded delicious!  Not to mention the blueberry sourdough pancakes she whipped up this morning. […]

  • 2 Mangochild // Dec 26, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Yum! I have green tomato sauce too and have been thinking about what to do with it, this is a good one :-)
    How do you make the sourdough starter? I’ve been scared of sourdough forever.

  • 3 maya // Dec 27, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Hey Mangochild. I just started experimenting with different ways to preserve all the green tomatoes a couple of years ago – so far to great results. The green tomato sauce also makes a great soup/stew base (really good with hominy).
    I made the sourdough starter from directions in a Chez Panisse cookbook. Essentially cook and mash a small potato in water to a very runny slurry and set aside in a warm place for around 3 weeks, feeding periodically with fresh water and flour. That is the toughest part, once your starter is established it can be stored in the fridge and just fed some more flour and water every week if you don’t bake every week. I was always a bit afraid of wild yeast maintenance – but have been very pleased with the ease and taste.

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