Sunday, October 17, 2010

So yummy!

Do you like Mexican food? Then you have to try this recipe!

Chicken Flautas with Avocado Cream Sauce

For the Flautas:
Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 small red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat finely shredded
1 cup salsa
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
1 cup shredded Cheddar/Monterey jack blend
1 lime, juiced
16 (5 to 6-inch) flour tortillas
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce, for serving

For the Avocado Cream:
1 very ripe avocado, halved, pitted and flesh removed (I used 2, 1 didn't seem enough)
1 (4-ounce) container sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Special equipment: toothpicks

Fill a large pot with enough oil to reach 2 inches up the side of the pan. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil reads 375 degrees F. To make the flautas: In a pan over medium heat melt butter and saute onions and jalapenos until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, and cayenne pepper and cook until fragrant, another 2 minutes. Add chicken and salsa; stir to combine. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro, cheese and lime juice. Let cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.

Working with 4 tortillas at a time, spread a heaping spoonful along the middle of each tortilla. Roll tortilla tightly around the filling and secure with a toothpick. Using tongs, hold each flauta in hot oil until firm, then release to continue cooking. Cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes, then remove to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately season with salt. Keep flautas warm in the oven on a sheet tray while assembling and cooking the remaining tortillas.

To make the Avocado Cream: In a serving bowl, mash avocado, sour cream and lime juice until smooth. Season with salt, to taste.

To serve, arrange flautas on a platter of shredded lettuce and serve with Avocado Cream on the side.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I hate cancer!

Because of cancer I never knew my grandfathers.
My dad's dad passed away when my dad was only 8 years old.
My mom's dad passed away when I was 3. The only memory of my mom's dad is seeing him ill & being at his funeral.

However there are cancer survivors.
My mom's mom was a breast cancer survivor.
My brother was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 40. He too is a survivor!

Now my sister has colon cancer.
She just had surgery last week.
My hope is that she too will be a cancer survivor.

I will pray every day that she beats this cancer.
I will pray every day that I can do all that I can to help my family, my friends & all that I can to live healthier lives.

If I can make a difference in someone's health, in someone's life, if I can make a person stronger, if I can make a family healthier... I will try.

I will try to do what I can to help those seeking help & seeking answers.

To all my moms out there that have children with autism. I wish you all the success and the strength to keep presevering. I wish that you will find answers and solutions. I will pray for the progress of your child. I will pray for the happiness of your family. Keep trying! Don't give up. There is hope!

For those that want answers, for those needing solutions... I am here! I will help you!

There is not a greater gift than helping those in need. There is not a greater gift than improving lives.

If there is anything I can do, I will do what I can.