Lawyers Get Very Hungry: A Dinner Party

From left: Brittany, Geri, Laura, Rachael, Maureen, and me!

We had a dinner party last night with my new law school friends and their significant others. It was a blast. One of the guys even reported that “it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting.” In other words, high praise.
It was fun to meet everyone’s menfolk (we didn’t make them be in a picture) except we caught Laura’s hubby Chris and part of Maureen’s Jason.
It was fun have everyone meet Big Margo and see the house. Margo begged pretty hard, but didn’t get to eat any of our food.
Geri said lots of funny things that made us laugh…and we said a few funny things that made her laugh.
We ate lots of food and even most of the cake.

The food:
On Sunday, I made ahead of time: Chicken Verde Enchiladas, Mom’s Beef Enchiladas, and
Chocolate Butter Cake (from smittenkitchen, my favorite food blog!)

Chicken Verde Enchiladas
chicken breasts
1 onion
4 cans tomatillos, drained
1 jalapeno or serrano pepper
cilantro
sour cream

1. Boil chicken with an onion.
2. When chicken cools, shred it.
3. Blend or food process tomatillos, jalapeno, boiled onion, cilantro, sour cream, and some of the liquid from cooking the chicken.
4. Pour some sauce into bottom of baking dish. Reserve some to put on top of enchiladas as well.
4. Mix the rest of sauce with chicken.
5. Plop chicken mixture into a tortilla. Sprinkle grated cheese on top. Roll that puppy up. Repeat.
6. After forming enchiladas, add more sauce and cheese on top of all enchiladas in the pan.
7. Heat ‘em up. Until they’re warm and the cheese is melty. 350-ish is good.

Mom’s Beef Enchiladas
1 large can red enchilada sauce (this time I used Carlita’s, but usually I use Old El Paso)
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1 pound ground beef
Grated cheese

1. Brown ground beef.
2. Mix enchilada sauce and soup together.
3. Pour some sauce into bottom of baking dish. Reserve some to put on top of enchiladas as well.
4. Mix the rest of sauce with ground beef.
5. Plop beef mixture into a tortilla. Sprinkle grated cheese on top. Roll that puppy up. Repeat.
6. After forming enchiladas, add more sauce and cheese on top of all enchiladas in the pan.
7. Heat ‘em up. At some temp near 350 degrees.

Chocolate Butter Cake
(You can tell this recipe is from smitten kitchen because it’s detailed and not so haphazard)
One thing that is cool about this cake is that it is essentially one bowl, not following the regular cake pattern of creamed butter and sugar, eggs added one by one and then alternating dry and wet ingredients. That’s the good part. The bad part is that because of the curious way of assembling the cake it is imperative that you scrape down the bowl often, all the way to the bottom, overdoing it even. Otherwise, little deposits of unmixed butter or flour will sneak up on you.
The cake is insanely moist and while quite chocolaty, not so much that it is overwhelming–i.e. a perfect balance.

Makes one 8-inch square, three layer cake
3 cups cake flour
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
3 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups freshly brewed coffee, cooled to room temperature
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter three 8-inch square cake pans. Line the bottoms with parchment or waxed paper and butter the paper.
2. In a large mixer bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. With the electric mixer on low speed, blend for about 30 seconds. Add the butter and buttermilk and blend on low until moistened. Raise the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Whisk the eggs and coffee together, and add to the batter in 3 additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl and beating only until blended after each addition. Divide the batter among the three prepared pans; each pan will take about 3 1/4 cups of batter.
4. Bake for 38 to 40 minutes, or until a cake tester or wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Carefully turn them out onto wire racks and allow to cool completely. Remove the paper liners only when they are cool.

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