I don’t know why, but chickens seem to be accosting me from all sides this week. I even made some great chicken enchiladas, although not as part of any theme or for revenge. Just because they are easy to make and also delicious.
The latest chicken story is this Eating Missoula column. Read about Heather’s Heritage Hens, and also about a new show called “Portlandia” and an episode that spoofs a couple folks taking the local food movement one fundamentalist step too far.
Speaking of people who aren’t chicken, though: Councilman Dave Strohmaier. I wonder if he really will run for the U.S. House. ‘Cause being very much a Missoula guy and relatively unknown elsewhere and probably a bigger fan of rules than a lot of other folks in Montana, well, he could get filleted.
Of course, it could be a political strategy of sorts that I don’t understand, maybe losing one race to win another one later. Or maybe there’s some factor his advisers can see that I don’t know about that’ll make him super appealing despite his Missoulaness.
If you want to know what he’s been up to on the Missoula City Council, Strohmaier has all his referrals available here. No question he can legislate. Anyway, he said he’d make a decision in the coming weeks, and “Stay tuned!”
If he chooses to jump into the fray, I’ll look forward to talking with a political professor or two about how this Missoula guy best woos people in the rest of Montana.
‘Til then, happy Friday! Oh, here’s my chicken enchilada recipe, which is actually my friend’s chicken enchilada recipe.
Put chicken in a crock pot with fresh salsa. Cook it ’til it’s done.
Break up the chicken and mix the whole thing with some cotija cheese.
Roll the mix up in warm corn tortillas.
Pour red enchilada sauce over the top.
Sprinkle more cotija on the top and bake until it’s bubbly and begging to be eaten.
It’s the perfect workday meal ’cause you can cook the chicken while you’re gone and then just pop the enchiladas in the oven when you get home. It’s the most forgiving recipe, too. I’ve burned a batch of crock pot chicken — afraid the pets were suffering from smoke inhalation — and it’s still quite good.
— Keila Szpaller