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Makeshift Enchiladas

Makeshift Enchiladas

Leftover night can be interesting when you cook everything from scratch. This past week I surveyed my fridge of random half-prepared meals and considered what I might pull together for our last dinner before getting a new box of groceries from the CSA. Quinoa (cooked in broth, of course), pinto beans, corn, and bits of stew beef fit together nicely into a sort of casserole, but the things that really needed to be used up were vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and yellow squash. With a little creativity, I ended up making tortilla-free enchiladas! I'll detail the process in this article, and then recap what made it work at the end.

Drying Herbs

Drying Herbs

I love using herbs, both fresh and dried. Sometimes a seasoning blend like the ubiquitous jar of "Italian Seasoning" is nice and convenient, but I also love learning the idiosyncrasies of each individual herb and using that knowledge to shape the flavor of a dish.

Fresh herbs aren't always available so I keep a good stock of dried herbs in my cupboard. Some of them are store-bought, but some I've dried myself. I took the opportunity to add to my stock of home-dried herbs this week after receiving a bag of assorted herbs in the CSA box.