Friday, November 13, 2009

Hot cranberry juice (p. 38) and Cheese enchiladas (p. 104)

I'll admit that I don't drink enough water (or liquids as a whole) but I've been trying to do better. I had a giant vat of cranberry juice and didn't feel like just drinking it straight--Hot cranberry juice (p. 38) seemed perfect. One quart of juice, a sliced lemon, and a few cloves, heated up:

And done! I don't think there are many recipes that are so simple.

It was really good--the flavor seemed much more complex than three ingredients. I really love hot drinks and it was delicious (reminiscent of mulled cider)--I will make this again. It's a great use of zested lemons--I usually have a poor denuded lemon in the fridge and it seems like a real waste to throw it out.

I wanted to make something fast for dinner and I seemed to be running out of really speedy TJOC recipes. I noticed that although I had made beef enchiladas, chicken enchiladas, and enchiladas verdes, I had never made Cheese enchiladas (p. 104).

The recipe was particularly simple because I bought the enchilada sauce--I wasn't impressed with TJOC's version and have been working my way through store-bought sauces. This time I had a rather expensive version from the local co-op on hand.

I heated up some corn tortillas, then filled them with grated Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese:

Wrapped them up and poured enchilada sauce over them, finally sprinkling a little cheese on top:

And baked them:

They were good, although fairly boring. The enchilada sauce was horrible. I hated it. It had an extremely strong ancho pepper flavor and was amazingly smoky. In fact, I would imagine the taste of this sauce to be what heavy smokers (the type that smoke while eating) taste when they eat enchiladas. It ruined the enchiladas for me and had nothing to do with TJOC. Does anyone have a good enchilada sauce that they can recommend? I'm not having great luck.


  1. I had a similar experience when I bought a $5 can from a Mexican shop in town. Waaay too cigarette ashy tasting. Luckily I tasted it before using it. I added tomato paste, sugar, cocoa powder and even some salt I think, before it was close to what I like.

    Now I just stick with the Safeway brand, or Ol El Paso.

  2. I'd be curious to find out what brand you used, 'cause that's exactly what I want my enchiladas to taste like!

    Have you tried El Pato? It's really tomato-heavy, not very chili-esque at all. I hate it, but husband loves it, so guess what we use?

  3. I knew that was going to be a question and I don't know what brand it was, it was in the recycling bin before I wrote this post. If I go to the co-op again, I will get the brand name, although it easily could be a local Colorado place.

    I've tried Old El Paso and I don't like the metallic taste that comes from the can--odd, because I used canned tomatoes all the time with no problem.

  4. Congratulations Jessica! You were a gorgeous bride!!! I'm so sorry about your cake disaster.

    I have a great enchilada sauce recipe on my blog if you'd like to give it a try. It is listed under Mexican Comfort Food. It is for Enchilada Casserole that is one of my family's favorites. If you like rolled enchiladas, feel free to just use the sauce recipe with or without the cream. Being from South Texas, I'm really picky about my Tex-Mex and I love this recipe. You'll never buy canned sauce again.


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