People disagree about so much, but I don’t think the food arena is a major battlefield. It might be tough deciding where to dine, because choosing a favorite food or cuisine isn’t easy. I’m grateful that by living in the good old USA, we have so many choices. I can assure you that if you live in China, you don’t see pizza on every corner, though you may see KFC. In Sweden they have McDonald’s, but hubby had a hard time finding a Chinese restaurant. In South Africa, a good bagel was scarce. Costa Rica seemed to have pizza and Italian everywhere, but no Chinese or much else. And growing up in Illinois in the 60’s and 70’s meant no Mexican food. Thank goodness we are a country of immigrants, or I would probably have never discovered Vietnamese food. I can’t live without a banh mi here or there, and Vietnamese noodle bowls are divine.
I don’t think we realize how lucky we are. Within 1 mile of my home I can go around the corner and find Mexican and Chinese and seafood and pizza and sushi and Middle Eastern and the list goes on. It is too bad many of us don’t realize what being a melting pot is all about. I don’t get it. If we can all agree on some things, why not others? Trust me. I may or may not like building a wall at the border, but that won’t stop my craving for Mexican food or my fondness for the Mexican people. Middle Eastern food? Jeez, ISIS is sure not for me, nor is Syria, but that won’t stop me from eating Middle Eastern food. Should I ban it from my table in protest? That would sure solve things.
So why am I ranting today? Frankly, this election is driving me crazy. FOX news or CNN? I don’t really care. Facebook? OMG! This is getting out of hand people. Republicans claim the Democrats won’t work with them. Democrats claim the Republicans won’t work with them. And on Facebook it just continues. I am tired of Republican bashing, Democrat bashing and people bashing others because of their personal views. Let’s rise above this, folks. Congress may not be great, but I do believe they take our cues from us. Well, if not, they should.
Your views are your views. I don’t begrudge them. I may not agree with them anymore than I agree with the Mormons who come knocking on my door every year before Easter. (They should be here any day!) These are kind kids who are on a mission and that’s OK. I don’t understand it, but as long as they understand that my beliefs are mine and there’s are their’s, and we respect each other, I’m OK.
This is our country and we are all entitled to what we think. Truth is that is what makes our country great. We are free to believe and voice our opinions. It is the spreading of hate and mistruths and the one-upmanship that seems to appear on Facebook, that I can NOT stand. Folks, you are more divisive than Congress. Insulting comments don’t bring folks to your side. Stupid jokes don’t work either. Can’t we all agree that working together is better than not? It seems like 4 year olds have taken over Facebook. “It’s her fault. It’s his fault. I didn’t do it. She did it. Sorry doesn’t help.” One thing I know is that life isn’t fair, but we have it better than most. Let’s try to rise above the vitriol and face the facts. Mexican food is perfect for breakfast!
Red Chile Breakfast Enchiladas with Chorizo and Cheese
Time to Make: About 45 minutes
1 recipe of red chile sauce, but you will have leftovers
1 lb chorizo, cooked and drained
3-4 T canola oil
3 corn tortillas per serving
1 or 2 fried eggs per serving
1 onion, minced
1/2 c grated cheese per serving (I like cheddar or jalapeno jack)
1/2 T chopped cilantro per serving
Oven proof plates for serving
Start by making your red chile sauce. I love this stuff and prefer it all ancho chile powder because it makes this sauce extra rich. Brown your chorizo in a large skillet over medium high heat. If I can’t make my own, I prefer the Boulder brand if you can find it. Blot free of grease and set aside. Wipe out skillet and heat up your canola oil. Fry your corn tortillas until soft, but not crisp on each side-maybe 30 seconds at the most per side. (Frying the tortillas like this keep your tortillas in the finished dish from getting soggy. You may think you are saving calories by softening them in the microwave, but I promise your finished dish will not be the same. Took me years to learn this!) Set aside. You are now able to fry your eggs in this skillet.
Preheat oven to 350.
Spoon enough chile sauce on the plate so that your tortilla has enough to sit on. Don’t drench. Now place tortilla on that. Spoon another tablespoon of sauce on the tortilla. Cover loosely with cheese and onion. Add another tortilla. Spoon another tablespoon of sauce on that. Cover that tortilla with chorizo. Add your third tortilla. Cover with a tablespoon of sauce. Cover that with cheese. Now place in oven to bake for about 5-10 minutes or until your cheese has melted. While these are baking, fry your eggs to your desired degree of doneness. When enchiladas are ready, take from oven and place fried egg on top. Garnish with a little more onion and cilantro.
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