Saturday, September 15, 2007

Sunday Dinner, September 16, 2007

Guess what? This week I'm actually cooking Sunday Dinner! I know, it's almost impossible to believe, but it's really, really true. If you really don't care that I'm making Sunday Dinner this week please keep it to yourself, because I have delicate feelings and I would be irreparably wounded by your indifference.

No, not really. I just had a sudden wave of drama break over me. I think I'll be all right in a few minutes.

I'm making my MEXICAN CHICKEN CASSEROLE for Sunday Dinner this week. You can find the recipe by clicking on the link above, which will take you to my RECIPE BLOG.

This recipe has been in my family for at least 30 years. It used to be a Sunday Dinner favorite when everybody gathered at Mom's and Dad's on Sundays. I know everybody and his bird dog has at least one recipe for Mexican Chicken Casserole but this is my gold standard. I have yet to find one better than this one, and it's really easy. The most time consuming part is cooking the chicken, waiting for it to cool and then
skinning, boning and tearing the meat into bite size pieces. The rest is just mixing a few other ingredients together and heating them, then layering everything.

A good thing about this recipe is that it freezes and reheats well. I often double the recipe and freeze one of the casseroles for a quick meal at a later time. All of my family knows that I'm notorious for disliking leftovers and anything rewarmed but this is one of the rare exceptions to my rule.

Yet another good thing about this recipe is that it makes a 9x13 baking pan chock full of casserole. I often split this between 2 smaller pans so that I can get more meals from one recipe.

Once again I have no idea how many will be here for dinner so I'll make one big baking pan of casserole and if there's any left over I'll save it for later or freeze it for another meal. At the moment I'm not planning anything else to go with the casserole, but if I have a crowd I'll open some cans of vegetables to supplement the entree.

Dem's my plans, now what's yours? Share your menu or your Sunday Dinner plans in the comments, if you please.
That's about all I have tonight, but I would like to mention that suddenly I have 2099 (!!) new posts in my Bloglines.

This indicates to me that either:

(a) All of my blogging buddies have been holed up for weeks, feverishly writing blog posts to release at the same time today (and I didn't get the memo so I'm hurt that I wasn't in on it!)


(b) Bloglines has jumped stupid yet again.

You be the judge.
Y'all have a wonderful Sunday. May God meet all your needs, and may you have enough to share.


Cecil said...

Hey Joe... I thought I'd leave you a note and let you know that I won't be there at lunch tomorrow.. Brian and I are going out for lunch. Also, I thought I'd let you know that Martha had to put Bunny to sleep yesterday...I guess, Lord willing, I'll see you in the am.. Love, Cecil

Linda aka yellowroseli said...

MMM, Diane this sounds good. I never heard of Mexican Chicken Casserole. I will have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

PEA said...

Last time I looked at my Bloglines, I got that plummer saying it was being fixed! lol Yummm your dinner sounds good...I'm going out with my mom tomorrow night for Sunday dinner...we'll be going to Montana's:-) Have a great weekend my friend! xox

Greeneyes said...

Hi Sweet Diane ,
Thank you so much for the Emmy sugar in last post,I love it ! and need as much as you can spare , feels so good !I coukd kiss the cheeks right off her ! so thank you .

The pic after the clouds is so cute ,the look on Emmys face is priceless, something certainly caught her eye ,it is so sweet.

Glad Lamar is feeling better ,you must be getting more energy to post and cooking and on the move taking care of Emmy and Lamar and so on and so on , dont forget to recharge your batteries LOL

I am going to check out your recipe, sounds good ,I dont think I made this before but am game for anything LOL Thanks for sharing all your recipes I forgot to tell you I have use a few , they all seem yummy .By the way do you make pickled beets ??

Love you Sister friend
Greeneyes whoops I mean Miss G.

Linda said...

That sounds like a delicious recipe Diane. I love casseroles.
I don't know about bloglines. It either doesn't tell or goes way overboard.
Have a blessed sunday!

Granny said...

I looked and had 18,593 (yes you read that right). I marked them ass as "read" and started over. It seems to be okay now.

Chicken sounds yummy. I buy the 10 lbs pkgs of legs/thighs and skin and repackage them. Saves the skinning later and Ray's supposed to watch his fat intake. All I'd have to do is pull them off the bone.

He's still in hospital so I won't be cooking tomorrow. I've been polishing off leftovers since I've been by myself. Just used the last of them thought so I'll have to figure out something. I have some t.v. dinners in the back of the freezer. Maybe I'll be really lazy.

Just heard from Cecil so knew what your menu was going to be.

Hugs and thanks for the "microwave warning". I almost never use plastic; usually it's my Corelle or Pyrex. Plastic gets misshapen and stained too easily.

Susie said...

Bloglines can be beasty. Have you tried the Google reader yet. It's proving to be much more dependable..
Your mexican casserole sounds delish.
I'm thinking some type of soup will be cooking here tomorrow, even though it's really not "soup weather" yet. It just sounds good and perfect for a Sunday!

Mountain Mama said...

I think I'll be having leftovers. I baked some chicken breast yesterday, made mashed potatoes and steamed some fresh green beans from my garden. Problem is I wanted gravy, really bad, and there wasn't enough drippings from the chicken breast to accomplish that, so I opened a can of cream of chicken soup and chopped up some of the chicken into it. Was it ever delish! The soup really made the chicken more moist. I had it again today with steamed peas. There's just enough left for one more day. I'm not sure what veggie I'll have with it though.

Jeanette said...

Hi Dianne Just popped in to say hi,
Ohh your Chicken casserole sounds so yummy.
I just scrolled down to see little Emmy she is a doll with beautiful eyes and the fresh air used to put mine to sleep also specially when out walking.

Merle said...

Hi Diane ~~ Your casserole sounds delicious and I will try it, thanks for the recipe. Sunday , I cokked a leg of lamb with roast vegies and it was lovely. I have a nice home, with some nice thing in it that I have gathered over the years, but it is not beautiful. Hope your weekend is going well, mine is over now. Take care, Love, Merle.

Dawn said...

I missed your last post entirely. I don't do Bloglines, but it sounds like it's gone berserk!

Don't you just love the cooler weather? Apparently MIss Emmy does, too!

I think today will just be DC and me - at least I hope so since I"m making a small meat loaf for just us. It'll be a surprise if the kids show up!

Scratchin' the Surface said...

I'm actually cooking tonight - tenderloin, rice with mushrooms and peppers, and green beans. To muster the energy to do that, I'm off for a nice long Sunday nap - my favorite thing about football season - they don't notice if you go missing for 3 hours at a stretch! Happy week Diane. xoxoxo

Barb @ A Chelsea Morning said...

I'm pretty sure Bloglines jumped stupid again. That plumber has been popping up a lot this weekend. LOL

If I don't finish my cleaning in the dining room, which is the room I chose to start this madness with, we may be having Simple Green soup tonight. Meantime, Rob's eyeing the flank steak I have thawing. :-)

Marinated, broiled flank stead, baked potatoes and something green. Maybe asparagus salad. The poor man only gets a really dinner twice a week so I'm cooking tonight!

Happy new week to you. Cameron's back to daycare tomorrow! That means I can move on to the living room in this fall cleaning spree I'm on. Ugh.

T*mmy said...

Hey Gal...I was by earlier but was pressed for time so now here I am back ;)

We've been out and about today...found a little ice cream stand that advertized pulled pork sanwiches...they were ok...I'm still craving smoked meat!!

We just had a McD's and I'll be makin' some cinnemon rolls a little later...I never can spell that right, but you get the gist right?

Anyhow, I so enjoyed talking to you last are such a great friend!

Love YOU!

Lynne said...

Your Mexican casserole sounds yummy. And it freezes well with the chips? Do you freeze it cooked or uncooked?

Shelby and Dom are both working, so my Sunday dinner consisted of some leftover homemade macaroni and cheese and a bowl of raisin bran!

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy - I cooked a roast today in the crockpot AND put on a pot of pinto beans with a ham bone I had saved just for this purpose. It smells heavenly... I know what we'll be eating for a few days with some cornbread! Have a good one!

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a yummy casserole. Hope you have a big crowd and lots of fun.


Rachel said...

Howdy Diane!! There you go making me so hungry again!! Like I said, sometime I'd like to park my feet under your table and sample some of that good food!!

Looking back at the previous post I see Miss Emmy is just getting cutier (if that's possible!) all the time!!!

Jen said...


have an awesome week my friend

Naturegirl said...

Diane the day that you posted this it was my 39th wedding anniversary!!
I will jsut have to go get this recipe and try it out!! thank you for sharing and wishing you a lovely joy filled day! hugs NG

Maxine said...

I actually cooked Sunday dinner, well not really the crock pot did all the work but I did make cornbread and walnut brownies to go with my beef stew. It was good and first meal I've cooked on Sunday in several months. We love Mexican chicken so I'm going to try your recipe. Thanks for posting it. Have a great week.

MightyMom said...

ooo, Mexican chicken hubby just cooked up a big turkey last night, bet I could use some of it to make this here recipe whaddaya think??

I think sunday dinner was Kraft Macaroni and Cheese...if I remember right.

I'm working on that riduclous meme you tagged me with....

I have 3 new posts up that you haven't commented on so I'm assuming that you haven't seen yet. Must be a part of your 1099!!

Have fun Emmy-chasing today!

mer said...

Hi Diane,

Our weather is starting to feel fall-like too, so I made roast beef and mashed potatoes for dinner last night. You know that dinner is my evening meal, right?? *smile*

Your mexican chicken sounds yummy. So does taco soup. I'll have to try them both!

Have a great week.


Lucy Stern said...

That recipe sounds great. I will have to give it a try and I will use some of that broth to the soup mixture. I bet you could cook the chicken the day before and put the cassarole together really quick on Sunday.

RennyBA said...

You know I love your chicken recipe and remember your earlier post about it.

We had chicken tandoori last Sunday.

Please keep us posted about Bloglines !! LoL

Lyndy said...

That casserole sounds yummy! I will have to give it a try.

Hope you are having a great week.

Love and Hugs, Lyndy

Dawn said...

I just read your comment at Barb's and feel so bad for little Emmy! I know you'll miss her, but I am glad for you. But I'm sure you'll be the back-up for when she has days like today and can't go to day care.

I've missed your smiling face lately - come on over and have a laugh at my WW if you have a second!

Tammy said...

This recipe sounds wonderful! Not so sure my five year old would like it, but the rest of us would! I need to branch out and try different things, so thanks for sharing this!

Dawn said...

Funny - I thought I was Susie's first commenter tonight - and you beat me by a second - we both posted at the same minute.

Nashe* said...

I want that casserole. End of story.

Merle said...

Hi again Diane ~~ Thank you for sending love from Connie aka Meow's
blog. We are all looking forward to meeting up next Thursday (27th)
and we should have a lovely time.
Take care, Love, Merle.

Karen H. said...

Hello Diane,

Sorry I haven't posted in a while on your blog. I just posted on my blog (by the way, I changed my blog name to Karen's Korner instead of Karen's Bog Site). If you read my post, you will know why I haven't posted in a while. I hope Emmy is feeling better after her shots. I can still remember when my girls had their baby shots. I always dreaded it. Hope you have a great rest of the week. Take care and God Bless you.

Karen H.