Cooking & Clothes part III (or something)

Mexican Cornbread Casserole

The word “casserole” gets a bad rap—canned soup, string beans and corn flakes—but this dish is the frickin’ bomb. I’m from New Mexico and am always craving spicy, Mexican/Southwestern food. Oh, and it’s healthy, too!

chile*1 box of dry cornbread mix
*2 cans of diced green chile
*1/2 bag frozen corn kernels
*1/2 cup of cheddar or jack cheese
*garlic. As much as you want (about 3 cloves)
*1 each: large onion, large tomato, green & red peppers, habanero chile (w/ seeds if you like it spicy)
*1 can of black beans (drained)
*Andy’s a vegetarian, so I add firm tofu, but non-vegs could easily use lean ground turkey or beef, or even diced chicken.
*seasonings: cumin, salt & pepper, oregano, chili powder or flakes.
*for garnish: avocado, cilantro, red onion, tomato, sour cream, salsa.

Make the cornbread mix, adding the corn & 1 can of green chile (for a “homemade” feel).
In a large skillet, sautée the diced onions and minced garlic for a few mins. Dice the tomato, bell peppers, and habanero. Add them to the skillet & cook for a few mins, then add the other can of diced chile, the beans, and the seasonings, to taste.
Pour the skillet into a big ole’ glass baking dish. Layer the cornbread mixture over it. Sprinkle w/ the grated cheese and cook (at 425°) for 30-40 minutes. Stick a knife down into it every once in a while to see when the bread is cooked through. Then take it out and sprinkle each serving w/ garnishes. Yummo. And a crowd pleaser.

dressAnd if you can still fit into your clothes after eating that, check out Hanii Y, by Korean designer Hanii Yoon. Her designs are a great combination of modern and vintagey.

I am so obsessed with this blue party dress. How adorable is that? And it has pockets, which make it functional AND fashionable!

I love this top. It has gorgeous, chunky beaded detailing around the neckline, and the back is really unique and sophisticated. Sometimes that trapeze look can be really unflattering, but I think this top pulls it off.

I can’t decide about this jacket, but it’s growing on me. I like the color, and the combination of puffy vest w/ soft sweater. It looks cozy and sexy.

Overall, this line is a bit pricey for us normal folk, but a girl can dream, right?!

About alexgirl

I'm a YA novelist livin' in fabulous Brooklyn with my husband and our two kitties. I love film making, photography, music, chocolate, sushi, friends, cardio, TV, and a bunch of other crap I can't think of. One published novel, Back Talk, available at Amazon. (and another one in progress!)
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17 Responses to Cooking & Clothes part III (or something)

  1. Harith says:

    I’m a little skeptical of those pockets. Once you add up the angle, depth, and construction, I wonder whether you’d be able to actually keep anything in there. Also, I’m coming down firmly opposed to that jacket. It’s like a few seasons ago when H&M was building fake hoodies into blazers.

  2. alexgirl says:

    Good point, Harith. Damn, sometimes I’m so out of it in the fashion world!!!

  3. Emma says:

    your right that party dress is fab would look great for the holidays w/ tights and embelished flats

  4. I don’t love the jacket hardly at all but that dress! I want that dress badly. get it.

  5. Wendy says:

    I disagree with Harith and am coming down firmly in favor of that sweater jacket. LOVE IT!! Actually, I love all three things and am already planning to make the casserole. Your blog is so informative!

  6. Seraphine says:

    Love the blue party dress. The pockets
    are great b/c who wants to carry stuff
    at a party? Printed the yum cornbread
    casserole, think I might try that! I hope
    whole foods has some hawaiian papaya
    to go on top of a bed of greens as a
    side serving. I’m hungry! Thanks Alex.

  7. Modern Marie says:

    ooohh i love corn bread – yummmzzz!
    those clothes are really neat too – i like em’!

  8. jayne says:

    haha in MN casseroles are called hotdishes, it’s really sad, though that one sound good 🙂

    oo love the sweater/vest thing

  9. Lauren.]] says:


  10. sophie says:

    now this is my kind of post! dresses (hanii y love!) and food!

  11. Drusilla says:

    The top (I love the graphic grey at the neckline) and dress are keepers, I’d say- but the proportions of the jacket strike me as being a bit off.
    I think I’m going to try the casserole, though- it sounds yummy.

  12. WAT says:

    Lord have mercy, forget the turkey for Thanksgiving next year. Let’s have this casserole instead. Mmmmmmmmmmmm!

  13. molly* says:

    wow the black tee is amazing.. i love the back!

  14. Seraphine says:

    I tried the Mexican Cornbread Casserole.
    I used only one can of the green chilis,
    which was a big mistake. And instead of
    black beans, I bought organic refried black
    beans (beans, water, spices), which was
    a major mistake. I had this
    beautiful pan of peppers, onions, tomatoes
    and habanero- when I dumped the gloppy
    refried beans in the skillet, my heart fell.
    Dumb dumb. Can you tell I don’t cook
    very much Mexican? I baked it in a deep
    dish, and it came out beautiful, spectacular
    enough to serve at a party. Next time, I’ll
    follow the directions exactly, and I’ll use
    the habanero seeds too. Garnished with
    sour cream and avocado slices = AWESOME.

  15. pins&needles says:

    That dress is great! I went over to the designer’s site and all her stuff is nice and I want all of it. That does me no good when I’m trying to shop for other people.

  16. Lindsey says:

    Am I the only one who thinks the blue party dress looks more like sleepwear?

  17. Seraphine says:

    It looks too nice for sleepwear.
    But I see what you mean Lindsey.
    Sometimes one comes home from
    a party and doesnt feel like undressing.

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