A recipe and a story - from two South Texas gals!
Friday is Cinco de Mayo - so this South Texas gal just has to share some festive food and art!
"Mexican Chickens" painting by Claudia True
20 x 16" acrylic on canvas
Recipe by Susan Keehn
Please check out this colorful page from the Cooking with Friends calendar, 2011. These little Hispanic chickens are all dressed up for a fiesta!
A very dear friend - Susan Keehn - shared her rather sophisticated recipe for Mexican food. When I was growing up in South Texas, we never had Mexican crepes. For sure I had never made crepes. And I never would have thought of using crepes for "enchiladas" when you could use perfectly wonderful flour tortillas!
Susan, who's also from South Texas, has this sort of "larger than life" approach to the world. I learned soon in our friendship that she would broaden my thinking on many things. She's also a wonderful cook so I was super excited when she shared this dish. It definitely wasn't your typical Tex Mex!
Here's part of what Susan shared about her recipe: "My Alsatian grandmother and British grandfather ranched in Northern Mexico. The wonderful meals at their hacienda blended European and Mexican flavors . . . " See, not your norm for the Tex Mex that I knew.
Great story! But there's more - It was Susan who suggested that people should tell us why they chose their recipes to share. That idea has added such a lush layer to the collection of recipes and art! The stories have also inspired my illustrations of the recipes. For instance, I once I got a recipe for meatballs (which are amazing and I still make them) and I was at a total blank about how to paint meatballs. But when I read about how her family got together every Christmas to make the meatballs as they drank Bloody Mary's, I was saved! I knew I could paint a Bloody Mary. But - that's another story . . . .
Susan still lives in South Texas. This is a photo of our visit 2 years ago at her beautiful home in San Antonio. Of course she whipped up some delicious appetizers and a most amazing meal. And boy did we share some great stories!!
Here's Susan's recipe for Chicken Jalapeño Crepes. If you haven't tried making your own crepes, I recommend you give it a try! I was surprised that they were pretty easy and it's worth the effort for this flavorful and festive dish.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!!
Chicken Jalapeño Crepes
Shred meat off whole rotisserie chicken. Add 1 pound grated Swiss cheese, 2 seeded and diced jalapeños (canned in escabeche, not raw), 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1 tablespoon jalapeño canning juice. Salt to taste.
Fill each crepe with 2 to 3 tablespoons filling. Roll up. Place seam side down in large Pyrex pan. (At this point crepes may be refrigerated or frozen.) To serve, warm to room temperature. Pour 1 - 1 1/2 cups cream over crepes and place in 350 degree oven until heated through for 25 to 35 minutes.
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I'm an artist living in Kansas City with my hubby and cats. My passions: colorful paintings, yummy food, and sharing my love of art and cooking with others.