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Authentic Mexican Recipes for Green Chili – Green Chili Casserole

A spicy casserole featuring ground beef, corn tortillas, cheese and chilies.

1 pound ground beef

8 (6-inch) corn tortillas

1 small onion, diced

1 pound processed cheese food, shredded

1 (4 oz.) can green chili peppers, chopped

1 (10.75 oz.) can cream of chicken soup

1/2 cup milk


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a medium sized casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until evenly browned; drain fat.

Place half of the tortillas on the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Layer on half of the onion, cheese, ground beef and chilies.

Layer with the remaining tortillas, onion, cheese, ground beef and chilies.

In a medium bowl, dilute the soup with the milk; pour over the top of the casserole. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Green Chili Burritos

A classic burritos recipe featuring green chilies, refried beans and spices.

1 pound boneless pork, cut into 3/4-inch cubes

1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup water

1 cup fresh tomato, diced

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/4 cup green pepper, chopped

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

5 teaspoons cold water

1 (16 oz.) can refried beans

10 (6-inch) flour tortillas, warmed


In a skillet, brown pork in oil over medium high heat; drain.

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Cha…cha…cha…it’s chili time!


Author: Brandy Summers
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Thu, December 11 2014 » Cooking » No Comments

Why Riedel Wine Glasses Are The Very Best

With such a wide range of wine accessories on the market today, it can be a little daunting finding out which the good and useful ones are. When it comes to choosing wine glasses, the quality and shape really do make a difference to the tasting experience.

How do you know which glasses are value for money and which aren’t? Well, that’s not difficult. When the Riedel range is compared to any other, they stand head and shoulders above them, for a number of reasons. The most obvious one – especially when you have seen them – is their look and feel, i.e. the way they’ve been made.

Claus Riedel was the person responsible for the finer design and development of today’s modern wine glass styles. He made Riedel, into the finest producer of wine glassware in the world. With his son, Maximillian, they recognised the importance of the design of the wine glass in its relation to the style and type of wine being tasted.

I know wine can be consumed from any sort of vessel, but I guarantee that if you tasted wine out of a wide, thick-rimmed average-style glass, and compared it with a Riedel glass, you would definitely notice a difference in the whole wine tasting experience. Finesse has its part to play as well!

When it comes to actually tasting a wine, the shape of the glass is important. Professional tasters have to be able to assess the wine accurately in order to portray their findings to us via tasting notes. It’s the same from an amateur’s point of view. Before we sip the wine, we want to find out a bit more about it via its smell or ‘nose’ (as it’s called when tasting).

To be able to extract so much information from a ‘sniff’ when the wine is swirled in the glass, the design of the bowl helps a lot. The ideal design in a Riedel wine glass allows the aromas to be neatly collected at the rim, ready for the taster to sniff and assess the wines’ quality prior to drinking it. However, conventional wine glasses, through their design are unable to concentrate the nuances in the same way.

Max Riedel – 11th Riedel generation – has developed bespoke wine glasses for different varieties of wine. Therefore, if you are partial to a delicate wine like a Pinot Noir, then the ideal glass for this is one with a wide-rimmed bowl. Whereas, for a Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc, the glass shape is taller and thinner, enabling the capture of the youthful, freshness and acidity (which would be lost in the Pinot Noir glass).

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More on why Riedel Wine Glasses really are the very best to drink out of. Also, there is a video of the amazing Riedel Amadeo wine decanter being mouth blown.

To learn more about wine, please visit Understanding Wine where you will find a wealth of interesting wine information.

Author: Rob Hemphill
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Tue, December 9 2014 » Cooking » No Comments

Meditations for Moms

I used to be one of those ladies who would set her alarm a half hour early just so I could get a jump start on my day by drinking my tea, meditating and reading an inspirational book. Then after a half hour to sometimes an hour, I’d go back upstairs get dressed, make breakfast and head off to work.

Then I had a kid.

Somehow my motivation to wake up 30 minutes earlier than the baby is zip, zero… none! Zen, inspiration and spiritual growth are nothing compared to scoring some extra zzz’s nowadays.

But that left the question, how do I fit in my meditations? Now that I’m a mom does that mean my spiritual growth comes to a standstill until baby goes to college?

Not exactly. I’ve remained flexible and found something that works for my new mom routine.

I shower at night. I confess, I’m one of those night-showerers. And I love it. Have been since I was a kid and is the ultimate wind down to a busy day. The house is quiet, baby is asleep, nothing left to do but jump into a steaming hot shower. Ahhhh I get relaxed just thinking about it!

However, when I got in the shower, I was finding myself running through all the to-dos and what needs to happen tomorrow that didn’t today. And what’s the weekend plans and ohh I have one more email to send out before I go to bed.

So I had to really force myself to stop it and get quiet. For my own sake. So in the shower I repeat my prayers over and over. Something along the lines of asking God to take over, relieve me of any difficulties, to help me release the need to control everything and everyone. I run through my gratitude list and I thank the Universe for my amazing life… (even on my bad-mood days). I find I feel a lot less shitty when I’m only thinking about what I’m grateful for instead of running through the reasons of why life sucks that day. ;-)

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Author: Katie O’Brien
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Fri, November 28 2014 » Random » No Comments

Tailgate Party Fun With Easy, Portable Dishes and Menu

You can easily get a fantastic Tailgate party menu together with a little helpful advice. It’s not difficult to pull together a great meal plan for the Tailgate party; you’ve just got to make sure your food is highly portable.

When you are supplying the dishes for the Tailgate party, the crock pot and the grill are your friends. You’ll learn to love them and keep them well supplied with tasty treats for everyone at the party. Try filling up the crock-pot with some mini sausages and bbq sauce for nibbling on. Or you can cook up some brats on the grill. Packets of veggies in butter with seasoning can be made of foil and tossed in the coals to supply food for veggie lovers. One of our favorite dishes is enchilada casserole, which you can make in the crock pot and take warm to the tailgate party. Don’t forget the desserts. Smores are an excellent way to use the residual heat from your grill.

Enchilada Casserole

For this tailgate party dish you’ll need the following: one big crock-pot, two enchilada sauce mix packets, two cans tomato sauce, two cups water, tortilla chips, half cup cooked rice, cup of browned ground beef or shredded cooked chicken, 3 cups cheese preferably sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack.

Combine he two enchilada sauce packets, cans of tomato sauce and two cups of water in the warming crock pot. Mix thoroughly and let cook until it thickens. This may take a long time so you can also thicken the sauce by cooking it in the microwave or on the stove.

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Author: Gail Leino
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Thu, November 27 2014 » Cooking » No Comments