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Baked Chicken Chimichangas

A devout vegan told me a couple weeks ago about yet another brand of vegan cheese.  I already knew about a brand I tolerate (averaging up the liking the "mozzarella" and the disliking the "cheddar" versions).  So I bought a couple packages of, yes, "mozzarella" and "cheddar" plastic flavors to try them in some future fleichig recipes.

The other day, while a package of frozen leftover chicken shreds and a package of frozen leftover rice were defrosting in the fridge to become the future chicken fried rice, I came across a recipe for baked chimichangas that used (surprise!) leftover chicken shreds and leftover rice.

A chimichanga, for those not in the know, is a normally a fried burrito.  This recipe, instead, called for lightly brushing the burrito with oil, then baking it.  And it called for a handful of cheddar cheese.   Woo-hoo!  A chance to use the pretend cheddar wannabee!

You will probably notice that nowhere in the pictures are the black…

Cook's Night Out

Today's my birthday!  Hello, Kosher Chinese Express?

Non-Blintz Blintz Casserole - Easy

I was doing a bit of housekeeping on this blog, and discovered that I never got around to posting this recipe like I threatened to promised.  My apologies.  Even tho it's intended for use during Shavuot, it's easy and tasty enough to use for an everyday dairy lunch.

This recipe is based on the one in my shul's Sisterhood's bulletin.  I first made a non-blintz blintz casserole like this one a few years back, but  that version is hiding somewhere amongst my other cookbooks, so I tried this one instead. 

I liked this version alot  because it tastes like a blintz, but without using overpriced frozen blintzes or spending time making them from scratch.  Normally I like making things from scratch.  But I have a bit of a problem making crepes that 1) have no holes in them 2) are not so thick as to prevent said holes or 3)don't chemically bond with the pan.  Many moons ago there was a crepe craze upon this Unites States, and you couldn't swing a dead cat without hitting …

Sometimes Recipes Aren't As Simple As They Appear

... such as the day when I saw these wedding cakes pops at bakerella.  You really need to view the original to appreciate what follows.  Go take a look at the pops and the instructions, then come right back.  I'll wait.

You're back?  Great!

OK.  Since my daughter just recently announced her engagement, I thought, "Gee, those pops look like an easy dessert to make for her engagement party."  So I attempted to make a test batch.

I baked a random yellow cake, then crumbled it up and mixed in frosting according to the instructions.

I smooshed some of the cake mixture into a tiny scalloped mold.

Then released the sucker onto a wax-paper-lined cookie sheet.  Repeat until bored of scalloped-shaped cake.

I did the same thing with a slightly larger round mold.  Then I took the aforementioned scalloped molded thingys and placed them atop the larger round thingys.

They sorta look like the ones the pro did.  I figured the frosting will hide any imperfections.  So far, so good.

Then came…