January 8th, 2003

Brian and Anne

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yesterday was very busy. I went with Bill to settle that he was buying the car, then Tammy picked me up at the dealership and we went to the Van Dyke for our hotel review meeting. Gordon was late, so we walked around the hotel checking in on the function space. then Gordon got there and we got a fresh listing of all the reserved hotel rooms and moved to the restaurant, where we spread out and went over the function space layout and then reviewed sleeping room issues, moved people around. Tammy's cell phone was really useful. I really ought to figure out what I want to do about getting one.
a lot of the time I worked on the schedule -incorporating in the filk and kidfusion- for the program book, but I tried to listen to what Gordon and Tammy were doing at the same time.
then we went over the catering requirements, and around about then Gordon remembered that he ought to show us the new permanent bar he'd had installed in Central Park (West, I think - whichever one we use for the dealer's room) - it crosses one corner of the room and will required a new layout for the dealer's tables. we might even have to see if we can convince a dealer to display on the bar - but then, I'm not sure that would help. We'll have to go over it with Tom.
so that was interesting news. and then it took us at least an hour to finish resolving hotel room issues, a lot of which was spent waiting for staff...
they did serve us lunch, which was nice. the restaurant there was closed but they do a lot of business catering, so the kitchen was open.
it was an interesting meeting. We got back just in time for me to pick up my car at the dealership and go to my physical therapy. Sandy seemed encouraged by my progress and had me do the workout with no tape on, which was nice.
Brian and Anne

The way Enchilladas should be

I made Chicken Enchilladas yesterday, and they turned out really well! So I thought I'd share...

I cooked four small breasts of chicken (in an iron skillet on the stove top for half and hour, covered, in a small ammount of water), roasted a red bell pepper (in the oven at 425 for half an hour), and warmed up a can of cheesy refried beans. For some reason I didn't have any taco or enchillada sauce mix, so I added about a tablespoonfull of chili sauce mix plus some cumin to the beans, and also mixed in about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese. 4 min. in the microwave got that hot.
meanwhile, I made up a spicy tomato sauce - I cooked 1/4 cup chopped sweet onion and two cloves of garlic in some butter in a small saucepan until the onion was just tender, not brown. Then I added a teaspoon of minced ginger (we keep a jar in the fridge), a can (maybe 14 oz?) of Hunts tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of cumin, and two and a half tablespoons of the Chili sauce mix. Then I chopped up the roasted red pepper and threw about half of that in the sauce as well.

To construct the enchilladas, I spread the bean mixture on one side of a flour tortilla, then added cubed cooked chicken and chopped red pepper and rolled it up. arranging three of these (I was using the large tortillas) in a lasagna-style baking dish, I then poured the tomato sauce mixture over the top and sprinkled it all liberally with almost 2 cups of shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Cooked that at 350 for half an hour.

They were really good.
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