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Good chicken enchiladas

DEAR MELBA: These enchiladas are a little different and, of course, good.


•1/4 cup butter or margarine

•1/4 cup flour

•1 can (14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth

•3/4 cup water

•1 cup sour cream

•2 cans (4 1/2 ounces each) chopped green chilies

•1/2 teaspoon salt

•1/4 teaspoon black pepper

•12 flour tortillas (8-inches each)

•4 cups cooked, finely diced chicken breast

•2 cups grated Monterrey Jack cheese

•1/2 cup chopped green onions

Preheat oven to 425 F. Spray 9-by-13-inch casserole dish with non-stick spray. In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat . Add flour and stir until smooth. Cover and continue cooking over low heat about a minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened. Stir in sour cream, green chilies, salt and pepper.

Pour half of mixture into prepared casserole dish.

Soften tortillas in microwave about 10 seconds.

Stir together in large mixing bowl the chicken, half the cheese and half the onions. Measure 1/2-cup of mixture onto each tortilla.

Roll up and place seam-side down in prepared casserole dish. Cover with remaining sauce. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and onions and bake 5 minutes more. Makes 10-to-12 servings.

— Laura H., Oklahoma City

For the birds

DEAR READERS: Someone mentioned feeding birds during snowy weather. Remember Robert E. Lee who used to work for The Oklahoman? He gave me a note one day that I think is still up-to-date. He said:

"Be sure to tell your readers that if they start feeding birds, they should continue doing so during the snowy weather. Birds have short memories, and once they've found food at a certain place, they keep returning for more. Conceivably, they could starve if feeding is started then discontinued."

— Melba

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