Tuesday, December 6, 2016


            Likely my biggest problem when it comes to anything cooking and/or baking is failure to read the recipe before I start, or to read it fast and miss big, important things, like a foreign ingredient that I don't have and cannot be missing. Another problem is to make a familiar meal and not make sure I have everything before I start. I can start off making spaghetti and end up with hamburger gravy over egg noodles for lack of sauce, or spaghetti noodles. 

            Tonight I made the same mistake. I decided to make Simple Perfect Enchiladas from Pioneer Woman. 

And all went well, for the first five minutes. I whisked together the flour and oil, then realized I needed chicken broth and enchilada sauce! The broth wasn't a big deal, but I would have preferred to have it made before. The sauce was a bit more complicated. I had some in the pantry, but it was badly outdated (we don't usually use enchilada sauce). I used it anyway, hoping it wouldn't taste as bad as it smelled. :)   It did. I set about to make a new batch. Since I had no more enchilada sauce to use, I mixed together some tomato juice, water, flour, and several seasonings (basil, oregano, etc.). Against all odds, it actually turned out good! Then again, I assume it's good. I don't know what it was supposed to be like. :) 

                  Then came the actual assembly. It was a messier process than I had anticipated. 

        I didn't use the chilies, olives, green onion, or cilantro. I think they would have been better if I had. They were, however, still very good. 

I learned two things:  first, Pioneer Woman has a much bigger pantry than I do, resulting in my often having to substitute/skip ingredients. And second, wow, she can make some really good dishes, often with more steps than I usually do. I was surprised (because......I failed to read the recipe thoroughly and realize what it all involved!). 

1 comment:

  1. Hey, pick me. I have enchilada sauce. I think I do anyway.
    And melskitchencafe has a recipe for homemade I believe.