Hahaha. Well, it's no secret that I do not enjoy cooking. But, I do it anyway because it is a surefire way of pleasing my family and being a help to my husband. There's nothing like a six year old boy with no front teeth grinning from ear to ear over something you have made yourself; or, hearing your daughters say, "when I grow up, I'm going to make this every day." This is truly amazing, especially because when I got married, I knew how to make scrambled eggs and boil water. That's it. Well, I think I was able to make a pot of rice too - but not without it sticking to the pot.
However, cooking three meals a day for many years teaches you a few things. I now can make several meals that taste reasonably OK, my rice never sticks to the pot and I even make my own bread. I confess, however, I prefer a nice store-bought loaf of sourdough over my homemade bread any day.
I am teaching my kids to cook so that they won't struggle the way I did in my early years.
One meal that Sophia, age ten, makes (and we enjoy this at least once a week) is enchilada casserole.
(all items are approximate)
2+ cups of cooked beans with some of the liquid
1 can of tomato sauce
1 can of salsa (or about a cup of homemade salsa, pureed)
2 cups frozen kernel corn
3 cups shredded cheese
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
18 corn tortillas
1 can sliced black olives OR
1/2 cup chopped green onions OR
In a 9x13 pan soak the tortillas in very warm water. While the tortillas are soaking, put together in a bowl the beans, sauces and corn. Grate the cheese. Empty the water from the pan and layer six tortillas across the bottom. Top with 1/3 of bean mixture, 1/3 of grated cheddar and 1/3 of the crumbled feta. Layer another 6 tortillas and repeat. On the top Layer sprinkle the olives and onions. Bake at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly - about 35 minutes. We usually eat this with a raw cabbage salad and sour cream. Mr. Santos adds extra jalapenos as is his custom.
Here are some other foods we enjoy:
This is quite a treat since we rarely eat meat, and Mr. Santos LOVES it. Again, I serve this with a raw cabbage salad sprinkled with feta cheese and warm corn tortillas. If we have guests, I will add some rice or beans.
Everyone at the Santos Times loves these wonderful muffins. I make them with a mini-muffin pan so that they seem more like fat cookies. In fact, Mr. Santos even requested that I make a couple batches for him to take to work. As everyone knows at the Santos Times, you have ARRIVED if Mr. Santos requests to take something to work. (note: I skip the butter topping at the end of this recipe.)
This is my Summer candy.
One of our favorite snacks is organic fuji apples with peanut butter.