MN Masala: Turkey Enchilada Hotdish

By Jane and Chux: After Thanksgiving, we like to make sour cream enchiladas with our left-over turkey meat.  In the past, this was a very laborious dish since it called for frying the tortillas in oil prior to rolling them up with the sour cream filling.

Over time, we have deconstructed this entrée into a very simple, quick “hotdish.” Hotdishes are a Minnesota traditional one-dish meal typically hearty to fend off the cold weather.

According to the Wiki write-up, hotdishes started with church suppers and family gatherings.  Growing up in Michigan, we called them casseroles, but in Minnesota they are hotdishes.  Even though there are many different varieties of hotdish, they usually have cream of mushroom soup as a base and a rich topping like cheese, tater tots, or crushed potato chips.

This turkey sour cream enchilada hotdish has chilies for a little bit of heat and flavor.  We like to use canned roasted Hatch chilies, which can be found at Trader Joe’s.

Hatch chilies (also called Anaheim) are not as hot as jalapenos but use what you have available in your area – no matter what you add in, it will still be a hotdish.  If you want more heat, you can add hot chilies or serve them with a hot salsa.

We’ve lightened this dish by cutting down on the number of tortillas, bypassing the need for frying tortillas in oil, using the Healthy Choice versions of Campbell’s soups, and using light sour cream.  This hotdish is easy to make and is pure comfort food.  Perfect for those Thanksgiving left-overs! Continue reading

Do you have a Thanksgiving tradition?

Cindy Moy

By Cindy Moy: The Husband’s maternal grandmother, PawPaw, came to New Orleans from China as a young bride. She and her husband rented a duplex in the French Quarter from a Jewish couple which employed a Creole cook. This cook taught PawPaw how to make Jewish and Creole dishes.

By the time I joined the family, there was no distinction between which dishes were Chinese or Jewish or Creole. There was only PawPaw’s cooking, which was always plentiful and divine.

PawPaw passed away several years ago, but The Husband and my daughters keep her spirit alive by gathering at my in-laws house the day before Thanksgiving to help prepare PawPaw’s acclaimed Oyster-Turkey Dressing.

Please note that this is an elaborate recipe that requires advance planning and preparation. (Next week, a Turkey Enchilada Hotdish recipe in MN Masala.)

Happy Thanksgiving from The Socratic Project! Continue reading

How much could you forgive?

By Cindy Moy: The Bible says we are to forgive, and there are platitudes aplenty to tout forgiveness as a virtue:

“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Louis B. Smedes

That’s all well and good if we are forgiving someone for gossiping about us or stealing from us.

Could you, however, find it possible to forgive the person who took the life of your child? Continue reading

What is the best advice you’ve gotten?

Cindy Moy

By Cindy Moy: When my oldest daughter, JJ, first came home from China, my mom told me to write often in her baby book.

“You think you’ll remember, but you won’t,” she said. Filling in her baby book was often left until moments had passed, and many were forgotten.

Then a friend mentioned that she knew a mom who kept a daily journal for her young daughter. Some entries were quite short, but no matter what, every day she wrote a sentence or two about what happened in her daughter’s day. Continue reading