Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas

A posted a recipe for fajita quesadillas a few months ago.  I really enjoy making (and eating) those but I wanted to try something different today.  Instead of onions and peppers, I decided to make the quesadillas with black beans and corn.  They turned out really good!
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Here’s how you make them!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of chicken
  • flour tortillas (I use 10 inch tortillas)
  • shredded cheese (I used colby cheddar)
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1-2 tablespoons of taco seasoning
  • butter for frying pan

Directions

  • Poach chicken for ~10 minutes or until fully cooked.  Remove chicken from pot and shred using two forks.  Set aside.
  • Drain and rinse black beans.  Then drain corn.  Add corn, chicken, taco seasoning, and black beans to a frying pan.  Cook on medium high until all ingredients are hot and a bit more cooked through like shown below.  This also helps burn off some of the water left over from rinsing. img_3041
  • In a separate frying pan, melt a bit of butter.  Add 1 tortilla over the butter then add cheese and as much of the bean/corn/chicken mixture as you’d like.  Then add second tortilla over top.
  • Once the bottom of the first tortilla starts to brown, flip the quesadilla over to cook the bottom (I put a plate over the pan and then quickly flip the quesadilla on to the plate.  Then I push the quesadilla back on the pan.  This helps avoid spillage which happens to me if I try to flip using a spatula).
  • Once the bottom of the second tortilla starts to brown, remove from heat, transfer to plate, and cut it in to 4 even piece.
  • Add toppings (salsa, green onions, guacamole, sour cream, etc.) to your liking.

Enjoy!

2017 Calendar

I’ve finally decided on the pictures I want to use for my 2017 calendar.

All pictures were taken by me in 2016 and here’s a description of each:

  • January – this picture was taken outside of our house after a snowstorm last winter
  • February -this was taken in February when I was out for a walk
  • March – this was at a local garden on a warmer winter day last winter
  • April – This is a neighbors tree.  I sat down under the tree and pointed my camera upward toward the sky
  • May – This was taken at the local garden one weekend morning
  • June – Also taken at the local garden (I guess I go there a lot!)
  • July & August – Also taken at the local garden (yikes!)
  • September – At a local university
  • October – My front porch after it was decorated for fall
  • November – this is a bush we have in our yard that turns red when the leaves start to fall.
  •  December – I took this when I was out for a walk on a warmer day last winter.

I used a fixed 50mm f/1.4 lens for all of the pictures except for January.  For January, I used a 18-55mm f/5.6 lens.  My camera is a Canon Rebel T3i.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Decorating for Autumn

I usually don’t put up autumn decorations (because I didn’t really have any), but this year I decided to change that.  I had a hard time figuring out how to decorate my mantel without going out and buying more things, but I think it turned out cute in the end.  How do you decorate for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or autumn in general?

 

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The pumpkin picture I took in 2012. The banner I bought at Target for a few dollars. Everything else was purchased at various places like Jo-Ann Fabrics and HomeGoods.

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Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

Hello everyone!  I want to share with you the recipe for a quick and easy dinner I’ve made a lot recently.

Chicken Fajita Quesadillas!

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound of chicken (I use chicken tenders cause they’re cheaper and cook quickly, but you can use chicken breasts instead.  Or you can use seasoned ground beef. Or you can go vegetarian which is awesome too.)
  • Bell peppers and onions.  I use the pre-packaged “fajita vegetable mix” in the produce section.  Super easy.
  • Flour tortillas. I use the 10 inch shells but you can go smaller with the 8 inch if you’d prefer.
  • Taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Shredded cheese
  • Your choice of toppings (sour cream, guacamole, green onions, cilantro, salsa, etc.)
  • Butter for cooking the tortillas

Directions

1. Poach the chicken until done. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred in to small pieces using two forks. Mix 1-2 tablespoons (depending on your preference) of taco seasoning with the chicken.

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2. In a skillet, mix olive oil with the bell peppers and onion. Stirring frequently, cook over medium-high heat until peppers and onions are soft.

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3. Heat a separate skillet on medium heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon of butter and allow it to melt.  Place a tortilla in the skillet and move it around a bit so the butter evenly coats the bottom. Then add cheese, the onion/pepper mix, and the chicken. Top with a second tortilla shell.

 

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4. Check the bottom of the tortilla fairly often because it burns quickly.  Once the tortilla starts to brown, place a dinner plate on top of the quesadilla.  Pick the skillet up and flip the quesadilla on to the plate.  I usually wear an oven mitt on the hand holding the plate in place so I don’t burn myself.

5. Melt a bit more butter in the skillet.  Using a large spatula, transfer the quesadilla from the plate back to the skillet to cook the other side.

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6. Once the bottom is browned, remove the quesadilla from the skillet using a spatula.  Cut it in to four even pieces (so it’s easier to eat)

Enjoy!

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I Opened an Etsy Shop!

Hi Everyone!  I wanted to share with you that I just opened an Etsy shop.  Currently the items I have for sale are hand-made (by me) banners and cupcake toppers.  I plan to add items that feature my photography such as calendars and post cards.  I named the shop Sophe’s Selections after my late grandmother Sophe (pronounced like Sophie).  Here’s a preview of my listings:

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If you like what you see, please visit my shop at www.etsy.com/shop/SophesSelections

Thank you!

Praying Mantis

Found this little guy on our front porch today.

Praying_MantasHope you had a wonderful weekend.  And thank you to those who voted for your favorite pictures in my previous post.  I sent some pictures to the art studio today, so I’m just waiting to hear back if they like them.