Strawberry Sorbet

Fast, simple, and utterly delicious.

  • 1lb bag frozen strawberries, partially thawed (I leave them on the counter for an hour or two in the bag)
  • 3/4c powdered/confectioners sugar
  • 3Tbsp vodka
  • Juice of one lemon (fresh is best)

Cut open the bag of semi-frozen strawberries and dump it (and any liquid) into the blender.  Add remaining ingredients, puree thoroughly. Pour into ice cream freezer (I have one of these), and freeze according to directions.  Can be eaten soft serve or put in the freezer to harden.

Using the confectioners sugar and the semi-frozen strawberries makes it so you don’t have to let your sorbet mix chill in the fridge before making it into sorbet – it’s already cold, and you don’t need to make and then cool a simple syrup. The vodka is in there just to help it stay scoopable/softer when fully frozen – you won’t taste the alcohol.

Stuffed Roasted Poblano Peppers

My own take on the restaurant classic.  Serve with refried beans and sour cream.

  • 3 large or 4 medium poblano peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 cup diced tomato (fresh is better, canned will pass)
  • 1/2 cup diced mushrooms
  • shredded monterrey jack or cheddar cheese
  • Spices – I use cumin and “Fajita Seasoning” (this has salt in it, if you want plain seasonings, add salt)
  • 2 qt casserole dish with lid

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Wearing gloves (really, trust me) wash the peppers, and then using a sharp paring knife, slice down one side and across the top part way to make a T shaped opening.  Pull out the white pith, and slice out the seeds, leaving the stem intact.

In a skillet over med-high heat, saute the chicken until it’s about half done, then add the onion and garlic. Season with Seasoning Salt and Cumin.  If you like spicier peppers, add some cayenne or red pepper flakes. When the chicken is cooked, add the tomatoes and mushrooms, cook for 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat.

Put the peppers into a 2qt casserole or covered baking dish (I can baaarely fit three peppers in my standard 2qt). Sprinkle a little of the shredded cheese in the bottom of each, and then stuff with the chicken mixture. Fold the sides back up, and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.  Dump the enchilada sauce in the pan, making sure to get a little over the openings in the pepper.

Cover and bake for 30-45 minutes.