Thanks to the wonderful weather we've been having, our autumn outside chores are perking right along. The daylily dividing and the moving of two entire beds is almost complete (which is good because I can hardly bend over to plant the little rats anymore.) I've planted about 800 daylilies so far and have about 200 to go. Piece of cake!
Last week I headed over to our local Kitchen Collection to see if they had a lettuce knife. They did and I got one. It was only about $3.00 and I managed to snag a lime green one just like the picture in my other post.
I also splurged and bought a tortilla press. I had an antique one when I was in my early twenties and tried making corn tortillas. It was a fiasco and I never tried again. Last night I mixed up Masa Harina (do not substitute corn meal - it's not the same thing) with water and dash of salt, stirred it up, and made little balls of the dough. I put heavy plastic on the press (top and bottom) and squished out 20 perfect tortillas. After a quick cook in a dry cast iron skillet set to medium high (about 40 seconds each side), it was time to make enchiladas. I used cooked chicken breast, which had been marinated in lime, oil, and cumin. Mixed the chicken with cream cheese, a can of green chilies, and sauteed onions and garlic for the filling. Baked for 30 minutes with a topping of enchilada sauce and shredded cheddar. Fresh homemade tortillas made a huge difference. Can't wait to try tacos.
Saved the last of the veggies a few nights ago before our first hard frost. I'll miss fresh tomatoes.
The priciest pepper, evah! Can you believe I paid $6.99 for this pepper with orange and lemon peels in it? I can't either - but I did, and it's wonderful!
Thought for the day:
Only about nine weeks until the winter solstice when the days will start getting longer again. Since we're having such a long autumn, this winter will just whiz by...