Sep 15, 2014

Trendy {Chicken Jalapeno Popper Crostata}

I'm really not one to follow trends.  Or if I do, it's months afterwards.  Sometimes years.
Which makes them not so much trends anymore.

Chicken Jalapeno Popper Crostata | Ms. enPlace

The word "dated" comes to mind.
But then that brings up images of shoulder pads and mom jeans.
So let's turn that around right quick.

Chicken Jalapeno Popper Crostata | Ms. enPlace

Call me retro.
Bringing the past back in the spotlight.
Making it cool all over again.

Chicken Jalapeno Popper Crostata | Ms. enPlace

This week was going to be about wings with a garlicky sauce I've been working on.

But I can't resist spicy, roasted jalapeno, bacon, and gooey cheese.
This Jalapeno Popper thing...I'm kinda late.
So I'm interrupting scheduled programming to jump on the trend.

Chicken Jalapeno Popper Crostata | Ms. enPlace

You may know about Ranchero Chicken Crostata (If not, google.  It's good.).  That was part of the inspiration here.  I like the idea of a savory pie for to have "pie" for supper.   I like the idea of a crostata even more.  It's forgiving.  And it looks rustic and all...also trendy.

Chicken Jalapeno Popper Crostata | Ms. enPlace

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Chicken Jalapeno Popper Crostata

3 jalapeno peppers, roasted, skins and seeds removed, chopped
2 1/2 - 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken (about 2 large boneless skinless breasts)
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 - 5 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup chopped green onion
3/4 cups colby jack cheese, divided (1/4 cup for top)
1/4 tsp salt
1 refrigerated pie crust
olive oil
garlic powder

Note: the jalapenos, chicken and bacon can be prepared ahead of time.  Leftover cooked chicken can be used.

Preheat oven to 375 F

Combine all of the ingredients except for the pie crust, olive oil, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl.

Place the pie crust on a baking pan.  Spoon the filling onto the center of the crust and spread, leaving about a 2" border all around.  Top the filling with the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese.  Bring the edges of the crust up over the edge of the filling.  You can free form it or flute the edges.  Brush the exposed crust with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder.

Bake at 375 F for about 25 minutes.  Let stand for about 7 minutes before cutting.

More savory pies...
Crawfish Pie | Ms. enPlace
Broccoli & Gorgonzola Pie | Ms. enPlace
Tomate Pie | Ms. enPlace

In the past...
Vegetable au Gratin | Ms. enPlace
Peanut Butter, Chocolate, and Banana Smoothies | Ms. enPlace
Eggplant and Lemon Risotto

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Sep 14, 2014

See Ya in the Gumbo # 150 {potluck}

Welcome to the 150th round of See Ya in the Gumbo!
My great grandpa said See ya in the gumbo! 
instead of "good-bye."
It means see ya out there in the mix.

Gumbo is a mix of various ingredients.  
And no two people make it the same way.
To "make a gumbo" means much more than cooking.  When someone says "I'm making a gumbo," it means family and friends are invited.

I invite you to join this POTLUCK PARTY every Sunday night.
Bring whatever mix of ingredients you'd like.

Ms. enPlace

Top Five Features
(based on your clicks)

   One Pot Dinners for Easy Weeknight Meals  
from A Life in Balance
  simple dinners one pot meals 

Loaded Potato & Chorizo Casserole  
from With a Blast
  Loaded Potato and Chorizo Casserole ~ Gooey, creamy 2 cheeses with Bacon and Chorizo makes this a winner ! #PotatoDish #LightDinner #PartySnack

Crockpot Pork Shoulder 
from Return to Loblolly
Crockpot Pork Shoulder  from Return to Loblolly    

Pizza Muffins
from Hun...What's for Dinner 
Pizza Muffins from Hun...What's for Dinner

Sourdough Cheese Rolls
from Turnips 2 Tangerines
Sourdough Cheese Rolls from Turnips 2 Tangerines

My picks...
Fluffy Biscuit Muffins 
from Our Sunday Cafe
Fluffy Biscuit Muffins  from Our Sunday Cafe

Spicy Italian Beef Sandwich with Vinaigrette Dressing
from Upstate Ramblings 
Slow Cooker Spicy Italian Beef Sandwich made with Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing #shop #FoodDeservesDelicious

The Boy's picks...
Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies 
from Best of Long Island and Central Florida
Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies  from Best of Long Island and Central Florida

Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake 
from Upstate Ramblings 
Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Bacon and Greens Pasta 
from Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Bacon and Greens Pasta  from Miz Helen's Country Cottage

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Sep 11, 2014

What's the Haps Wednesday {Gumbo Weather...maybe but probably not}

Louisiana is buzzing right now.  There's talk of that first whiff of Fall this weekend.

When I think of fall, this song always, always pops into my head.
"This Time of Year"
One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands (Better than Ezra) off of one of their best albums (in my opinion)

So anyway, this Fall weather.  At first our local forecast was lows: low 60s.  Highs: low 80s.
Now that's a cold front to us!

Cold fronts mean that we can go outside again for extended periods of time instead of just dashing from the air conditioning in the house to the air conditioning in the car.

Cold fronts also mean gumbo.  We even call it "gumbo weather."

Then it was lows: mid 60s.  Highs in the mid 80s.
That's pushing it for gumbo making.

Now it looks like it'll be only a few degrees lower than our current temps.
We may just turn that AC down and make gumbo anyway.
But probably not.

(Click the pictures for recipes)
Guinea Gumbo

Post Holiday Turkey Gumbo

Red Bean Gumbo

Gumbo Z'herbes

Crab & Shrimp Gumbo

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo