Chicken Tamale Bake

My husband loves tamales. My mother-in-law Anna makes them in huge batches and brings them up when she visits. It’s a whole involved process that she tried to teach me once (long ago when I was first married), but the thought of authentic cooking was a total brain overload for me back then. I found this recipe and knew I needed to give it a whirl. It starts with a rich cornbread base filled with chilies, topped with enchilada sauce, spiced chicken and cheese. If you like Mexican food, you will love this!

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Chicken Corn Chowder

Oh the humanity!! Protect your children!! It’s (insert dramatic pause and deep announcers voice) Snowmageddon 2012!! It’s not often that Seattle gets snow. It’s even less frequent that we get pounded with a snowstorm that leaves anything but a trace of the white stuff. However, I currently have 8 inches blanketing my neighborhood with a foot or more of it forecast in the next 24-48 hours. Wow. I’m in heaven. Because unlike most of my Seattle counterparts who cower at the thought of a few flakes and hole up like  hibernating bears when it comes down, I love snow. Absolutely LOVE it. I’ve spent the last two days building snowmen, making snow angels, throwing snowballs and generally making like I’m 7 years old with my kids. It has been amazing. I’m looking forward to being buried in more of it tonight and tomorrow. Freezing temperatures and days spent playing like a child work up an appetite for a warm hearty meal. Insert this corn chowder. I got turned on to this recipe by a friend who said it was amazing (thank you Shannon!), and it was. You will love it. Especially if it’s a snow day in your neck-of-the-woods.
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