August 14, 2011

it's a christmas miracle! august.

i cooked dinner. 
i planned ahead, bought the ingredients and made a meal. holy crazycakes.

and wouldn't ya know it...i documented the whole thing. these pictures of each step are my version of a  "how to" so i'm basically martha stewart. a domestic goddess! my homemaker moment! 

the excitement is overwhelming, i agree. 

and now, i present to you, vickichristine's family recipe for: 
enchilada casserole and mexican rice

set oven to 350 degrees.
cut up 2-3 tomatoes and half of one onion 

let your eyes burn and cry a little.

spread a little sauce on the bottom of the dish. 
layer corn tortillas to cover the surface.
spread some more sauce over the torts.

add loads of shredded mexican style cheese.

add some of the chopped up tomato and onion. 
repeat this layering process until the dish is full. i usually do about three layers of tortillas.

set the enchilada casserole aside. 

put some oil in a pan, add one cup of rice. 
fry it up, brown it, make it golden, etc. 

once it's golden, add tomato and onion. 
saut√© that shiz. 
then, add 1 3/4 cups of water and 1/4 cup of tomato sauce.
add one crumbled, chicken bouillon cube and toss in one glove of garlic (whole, not chopped - it's for subtle flava)
add some pinches of salt to taste. 
once the broth tastes yummy and deliciously scrumptious, cover 'er up. 

when the lid is too hot to touch, turn the heat to a simmer or to "lo" - which is what my fancy stove says. simmer, ha!

put the enchiladas into the oven. 
set the timer to:

(that's 20 minutes, not seconds)

now, go watch some of the recorded "so you think you can dance" and 
cry a lot because dance is so. freaking. awesome.

when the timer dings, go get your food. 
it's done and ready to eat!

put it on a plate. 
eat it because it's good. 
and you made it!
grab a glass of wine while you're at it. 

ole! an easy mexican dish sure to make tummies happy. 
if i had had sour cream to top the enchiladas with, i surely would have. 
i highly recommend sour cream with this one. 

happy eats. 
i hope you try it and love it. 



  1. weird thing to notice, but we totally have the same exact stove. win.

  2. I never thought I liked enchiladas...but after seeing these pictures and how emotional you got while making them, I just don't think I can resist them.

  3. This is so "Like Water for Chocolate"!!!

    Rose petals next time?

  4. aw, ali! definitely rose petals next time. mmm, i need to read that book again.