Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday Eats

While my husband went and got supplies to rebuild the front porch (looking every bit of a hundred years old and starting to sag from a rotted support post from years before we got the place and landscaped it for proper drainage),  baked, cleaned and cooked

Abby is snoopervising, only retreating to the futon for a nap when Vlacula comes out to clean up the area rugs.
I'm helping Mom!

Call me old fashioned but I enjoy taking care of a home and a kitchen for my husband so he's got a comfortable place to come home to after a long day of work (as do I).
After they got married my great grandmother did that, my grandmother did that, my Mom did that (when she wasn't being Deputy Sheriff).  But they did it out of love, the greatest of reasons.

My husband does as much work as I do, probably a bit more with all the renovation. It's a shared responsibility but I don't mind doing the tasks he doesn't like to do,  just as he cleans the gutters and does the weeding and yard work, which I don't like to do.

Because if I was expected to do everything it would be.


But I'm lucky to have a husband like my Dad, that views the house as a shared responsibility.  As he deals with spiders, and plumbing reworkings, I try and leave enough meals so that after a long day, or regular weeks away from home in a hotel, he doesn't HAVE to cook or eat something from a box.

We had roast beef sandwiches for lunch but tonight's  dinner was "what's in the fridge.  The stir fry I made a couple of days ago was gone and I usually do my grocery shopping on Monday when it's not so crowded.

3 large tortillas.
the usual canned stuff.
some frozen veggies
2 cooked chicken breasts
about a cup of sour cream
a bag and a half of cheese
and a few jalapenos


I can make something out of that. (the light was pretty low but you get the idea)

Tex-Mex Chicken-Jalapeno Lasagna

No noodles to boil and a tasty mix of creamy, cheesy, and savory with a nice little crisp bite from the peppers. 

In a cast iron pan with a little olive oil saute until softened;

1 large onion

Set aside 2 cups of grated Mexican Blend Cheese

In a bowl mix:

Can of Cream of Cluck Soup
A cup of sour cream
A small box of spinach, thawed and drained and squeezed between paper towers til all the moisture is out.
A few dashes of seasoning salt (I used Janes Krazy Mixed Up Salt - My favorite as it is lower in sodium than many seasoning mixes).
The sauteed onions (or replace with celery or yellow or orange bell peppers if you don't like onions)
3-5 chopped de-seeded jalepanos. (I used 5 for hot, not make your eyes water hot, but zippy)

Chop up 2-3 cooked chicken breasts (or prepared veggie chicken or tofu), dusted with a little ancho chili powder before cooking).

Layer in a non-stick sprayed 8 x 8 pan

1 flour tortilla
1/3 of the soup mixture
1/2 of the chicken
a big handful of cheese

1 tortilla
1/3 of the soup mixture
1/2 of the chicken
a handful of cheese

1 tortilla
remaining soup mixture
remaining cheese.

Bake, covered with foil, at 325 F for 35 minutes, until bubbly and the cheese is melted.

And the beer was for the cook.
It was REALLY tasty and made enough to feed six folks, and should freeze really well for leftovers.


  1. Feminism = the right to do what you want. In our house we split the duties more or less 50-50. We both work, I work more and commute more. Other jobs we divide by preference for the most part. The things we really dislike we outsource:)

  2. Sounds a lot like how things work here too. It's called love and sacrifice - the two go hand in hand and that's how life can be happy:)

  3. That looks very yummy, and rich too.
    Since Dad is retired, (he's ten years older than ghostwriter) he does all the housework, shopping, laundry, and most of the cooking. Ghostwriter still works at the nursing home, so that's the deal. Sounds fair to me! (When the four siblings were growing up, there were times when ghostwriter stayed home full time and Dad worked three jobs!) I'm a happy doggie because Dad is almost always home now to keep me company.

    1. Mom is 25 years older than Dad (insert Cougar joke here). So she will have a lot more time on her hands, though she may do some "X-purt witness" stuff when she retires just to make a little extra money.

      Abby Lab

  4. Seriously - I started salivating at that lasagna lol! Love the paw pic! Our pawrents share the load too.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  5. OMD Abby... you said the Talk to the Paw thingy????

    We just KNEW that there was gonna be some of that FAMOUS Cream of CLUCK soup in that good meal.


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