Monday, January 30, 2012

Where You & I Are Going & A BIG Announcement

I am slowly finding my "new normal" here in Memphis, after the loss of my grandmother back in November.  What I thought would only be a few weeks of down time from blogging, quickly turned into several months.  But it was time well spent, thinking & praying about what needs to happen next.  I don't feel the need to apologize, I am not one of those bloggers.  But I do want to thank you for sticking around & I appreciate all the support from those that contacted me, privately.  

So, where do we go from here?  Well, with the latest developments on the foodie home front, yes, I am talking about Paula Deen & her announcement that she has Type 2 Diabetes.  There have been all kinds of nasty comments & judgement, on what she should & shouldn't do (I will address this more in depth at a later time).  But the fact of the matter is, her announcement shed light on how lost America is, when it comes to what we chose to eat.  Our lifestyles promote on the go, fast food, highly over-processed food & it's slowly killing us.  I do realize, not everyone eats that way but these facts are based on the rising obesity rates, in America.  According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), nearly 1/3rd of Americans are obese.  Commercials & ads are telling us what's good for us, when they are being PAID to do so.  We have to see through that because they are clearly the WRONG people to listen to.  I am not saying, you can't enjoy Paula's show, I know I do. But I am saying, it's up to us as individuals to do our homework & align ourselves with the right people that will help lead us to less biased information.  For example, let's use McDonald's (by now most of you know, how much I loath them - more on that later too) says they have REAL CHICKEN, well first of all chicken nuggets are not even a real chicken appendage, so right there you know it has to be processed in order to get in that nugget form.  So, whether it's "real" or not doesn't matter, it's highly over-processed, don't eat it!!!  These are just some of the concerns that are a part of a bigger picture.  But I believe that's where us food bloggers come in.  

Here's the BIG announcement!!!
I am being promoted to Food Writer!!!  My 17 yrs + experience working in restaurants & hotels, my husbands experience working in the same field for more than 19 yrs, a background in nutrition & a degree in hospitality, together is what makes up this page.  I love cooking & I love creating recipes but it hit me, there is more to food than just recipes, there is so much information out there that I can share with you & together we can grow in our food knowledge.  By adding more informational content to this page, you can rest assured that the decisions you are making for you & your family are good ones.  We are going to make a difference & I can't wait!!!!  I will continue to post recipes (may not be as often as I have in the past) but it's time to take the next step.  And my hope is that each of you will help make a difference, in how we all eat.  So, ask me questions, on Angie's Big Love of Food on FB, challenge my thinking & get engaged in conversations so that we can all learn something that we can take with us.  

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Green Chili Enchilada Pie

I happened upon this sauce on accident.  And there's no doubt that Rick Bayless is an authentic Mexican food genesis.  And with Frontera Grill's new seasoning sauces, he is taking us all on a exotic vacation, in sunny Mexico tonight & you never have the leave the comfort of your home.  We can not wait to try them all!!!  Right now Whole Foods & Target are both carrying them, see I did the leg work for you, ain't that sweet ;).  And all you have to do is make this for your family tonight, come back & share with me this is nothing short of fantastic.  And since it's prep time is less than about 30 minutes, you can have this on the table for a great weeknight meal that the whole family will be talking about for weeks to come.  There is a SECRET, I make this ahead of time (yes, even bake it) & then let it sit in the fridge overnight.  Just pull it out about an hour before baking it, let it come to room temperature & then warm it in the oven or microwave.  I promise it's worth it.  Whole Foods has them on sale right now so I grabbed a handful last time I was there, WAHOO!!!!

1-2 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 lb ground pork 
1 tsp medium chili powder (medium is the level of heat & it includes cayenne)
2 tsp kosher salt
1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 cup corn
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 cup shredded monteray jack & cheddar mix
4 (9inch) flour tortillas
1 (8 oz) package Frontera Grill's Green Chil Enchilada Sauce (Target & Whole Foods carries this)

Preheat oven to 400F.  Over medium high heat, heat oil in large pan or skillet.  Add onions (season with kosher salt to taste) and cook til soft & translucent. Add garlic & continue cooking for about 1 minute.  Add meat & 1 tsp of kosher salt (or season to taste), continue to cook til brown.  Stir in tomatoes, corn, last 1 tsp of kosher salt.  Allow the mixture to reduce & thicken for about 15-20 minutes.  Turn off burner & remove from heat.  Add most of the cilantro (saving about 1 tablespoon or so for the top to garnish).

Pour enchilada sauce onto a plate or pie dish.  Coat both sides of each tortilla with sauce before placing it in the dish.  In a 9 inch pie plate, layer up some enchilada sauce on the bottom, then a tortilla, then 1/4 of the meat mixture, cheese.  Repeat for each layer.  If you have any enchilada sauce remaining, you can just pour it over the top. Then add the last of the cheese.  Cover & bake for 10-15 minutes.  Remove from oven & garnish with cilantro.  Serve & enjoy.

Makes 4-6 servings

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