Creamy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas from Budget Bytes. These babies cleanly knocked off the previous winner of the “cheap and easy super-inauthentic white people enchiladas” slot in my recipe collection. (These were the previous winner). These are even cheaper, even tastier, more filling, and slightly more authentic (by dint of their not containing cream of chicken soup). Our plates will be seeing a lot of this recipe because holy crap do I love enchilada sauce. The recipe explains how to make your own but the night I tried these I was in a big hurry and used La Victoria.
One Pan Chicken Apple Sausage Pasta from Inspired by Charm. I think this one of those recipes that someone blogged and then thirty or forty other food bloggers made it and blogged about it (with a link back to the original) and then more bloggers reblogged it from them . . . and I just don’t feel like tracking it back to the source. Wherever this originated, its creator must have been looking for quick, easy comfort food that didn’t use up every pot in the kitchen. It’s lightly cheesy and creamy, slightly sweet from the apples, a little smoky from the sausage, cheap (and makes a heap) reheats easily, and only takes about 1/2 an hour.
Green Bean and Potato Salad with Herbs and Anchovies from Williams Sonoma. I made this for my lunch this week to satisfy a craving for potatoes (and a growing curiosity about anchovies) and I was not disappointed with my choice of recipe! Green beans and Yukon Gold potatoes are dressed in a vinaigrette consisting of shallots, garlic, vinegar and oil (obvi), buttloads of fresh basil and tarragon, and anchovies. I confess to taking a big shortcut on the herb route because we overspent ourselves a bit on the Peninsula (on food, appropriately) so I subbed jarred pesto for the fresh herbs. Given that the vinaigrette was still outstandingly flavorful and bright I cannot wait to try it as the recipe was written. There is nothing at all like fresh basil or tarragon! (For those of you wondering: no, there is no fishy taste or smell. Anchovies are not like other fish somehow. If you think you’ve never had anchovies but you like Caesar dressing then let me be the one to tell you that you have had anchovies and you like anchovies.)