google today and played pac-man? hope you have because it brought out the kid in me, standing in front of the machines and putting my whole body into it. it's fun. of course i was much better at centipede.
see these beautiful fiesta prep bowls? (forgive the light - it was late and the ups guy just delivered them) i won them on a giveaway at trust your style. i adore them!! can't wait to use them either - the bright color just makes me smile.
i realized this week why i don't make homemade empanadas more often. they are completely yummy but so time consuming. next time i think i will make it into a production line with friends or family. the worst part was cutting out the crust rounds. i took a short cut and used a store-bought roasted chicken and it made the filling sooooo easy. but, you could plan ahead and roast a chicken to have on hand. the recipe was simple and i think very changeable. one roasted chicken, shredded and i diced it a bit too (three cups). a couple of cups of shredded sharp cheese, four ounces of cream cheese (softened), a cup of diced red bell pepper, a tablespoon of cumin and salt and pepper to taste. the recipe also calls for a jalapeno seeded and diced but i couldn't find the one i bought. so, i drained a can of green chilies as well as i could, tossed those in and then added some chili powder. i also added some sliced green olives because we love them - but if you're a black olive fan, you could go for that too. i think the basic recipe allows for some experiements - like ground beef, drained well instead of chicken, maybe even mashed pintos or black beans (slightly mashed?) i could also see some green onions or finely diced sweet onions (maybe sautee them a bit before adding). i used pillsbury crust but one of my friends says she uses biscuit rounds.
hope you're having a great week. more thoughts later.