Monday, September 7, 2009

Recipe: Cheesy Tortilla Spirals

My mom made these often for summer parties as a refreshing appetizer. It is way too easy to get your fill of these flavorful bite-sized treats.

Cheesy Spiral Tortillas


6 large flour tortillas
8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
4 oz. can chopped green chiles
1/2 cup chopped olives
1/2 cup chopped green onion


Mix the above ingredients. Spread the mixture thinly on the tortillas. Roll the tortillas tightly. Chill and cut into slices. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Recipe: Curry Chicken and Rice Salad

This is a recipe that came from my paternal grandmother. My dad does not recall my grandmother making this when he was growing up, so it is probably a recipe she found in the newspaper or a magazine, made it for a family function, and it became a big hit. 

My mom would take this dish to potlucks and serve it with crackers. I have always preferred to make myself a bowl and enjoy it as a snack or cool summertime lunch.

Curry Chicken and Rice Salad


2 cups chopped chicken
1 jar of marinated artichoke hearts (you will only need the liquid from this)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon curry powder


After cooking the chicken, set it aside and drain the excess oil. Next, follow the directions on the back of the Rice-A-Roni box (you will need 2 1/2 cups of water and two tablespoons of butter). When the Rice-A-Roni is done, combine it with the cooked chicken.

In a separate bowl, mix the mayonnaise, curry powder, and only the liquid from the jar of artichoke hearts. (Save the artichoke hearts as a snack for later).

Add the mayonnaise mixture to the rice and mix until thoroughly combined.

For best results, chill in the refrigerator overnight (though this recipe can be enjoyed warm as well).

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