Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cole Hamels Tamale Pie

I ordered "FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS: A COLLECTION OF PHILLIES RECIPES" as a Christmas gift for my wife.  Despite the fact that it belongs to her I somehow believe that I am going to be the one that actually uses it the most often.  I might as well have purchased HER a cold air intake for MY 87 Grand National, but I digress... 

Okay, so last night for dinner the wife unit and I looked through the Phillies cook book and decided on the Cole Hamels Tamale Pie.  We decided on that particular recipe mostly because it did not have too many ingredients or steps and were feeling kind of lazy.

The tamale pie did not really take too long to prepare, probably about 10 minutes to get all of the ingredients together.  Other than sticking it in the oven for an hour, browning the meat took longer than anything. 

After mixing together the ingredients as required by Cole and his survivor wife, our casserole bowl full of tasty Mexican goodness went into the oven for an hour.


60 minutes later out comes the secret to Cole's MVP winning fastballs!


Don't let the looks fool you!  While at first glance this may look like something that has already been eaten it is very tasty comfort food in every sense of the word!


I do have to add one disclaimer.  The wife unit would not let me add the raisins as called for by Cole Hamels himself.  According to her the thought of raisins in quasi-Mexican food just did not sound too good.  I also forgot to add the chopped bell peppers.  With that being said the dish was VERY tasty.  In fact I had leftovers today for lunch and dinner, and there is enough left over for me to enjoy tomorrow evening when I return home from work.  

The better half and I do not always share similar tastes when it comes to food but this is something we both agreed not only tasted good right out of the oven, but even the next day.  It has been added to our list of recipes that we will choose to make again.  

Aside from the fact the first recipe we made was tasty, proceeds from the cook book go to COVENANT HOUSE, which is a charity that helps support runaway and homeless youths.  For more information on Covenant House please click below.

Here we go

Alright, I've tried this blog crap before with little success.  I believe it mostly due to not knowing EXACTLY what to write about.  Hopefully this turns out better than my last escapade.

To tell you a little about myself, I was born and raised in Philadelphia (Olney) and at the age of 19 I joined the United States Marine Corps, where I served on active duty for 8 years (96-04).  I am now 34 years old, married, no kids, two cats and a huge fan of my hometown sports teams.

I have not lived in Philly since 96 and only make it back every now and then.  If I want to watch any sports I either have to order those expensive satellite TV packages, or hope the teams are playing on national television.

To make things worse, I live in California right in the middle of Giants, Athletics, 49ers, Raiders, and Sharks country.  I live about an hour south of San Jose.  To be honest the only team out here I really CAN'T STAND is the Raiders.  I've been to a number of Giants and A's games and make it out whenever the Phils are playing.  I was fortunate (or unfortunate depending on how you look at it) to go to game 4 of the NLCS this year to see Fat Joe pitch and the Phils lose.

The A's are my American League team due both to the proximity of the team to my new home, and because of their having once been based out of my hometown.  I am happy to say that despite the fact that my wife was born and raised here in the Golden State I have turned her into a pretty big Phillies fan and that I am very proud of.

Unfortunately for me, I work with nothing but Giants fans at work and had to endure the breaking of my balls during the post season and due to a bet that I lost I have to wear a Giants hat to work every day until the next world series.  I can tolerate wearing the Giants gear as they have never been a true rival to the Phillies.  If it would have been a Yankees or Mets cap I would probably have just thrown myself from the Golden Gate Bridge.

By the way, I bought my wife "FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS:A COLLECTION OF PHILLIES RECIPES" for Christmas.  I love to cook and my intent is to cook at least one recipe from the book each week and give you my thoughts on it.  Take care and go Flyers!