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See Me by Nicholas Sparks plus easy Chicken Enchilada recipe

Nicholas Sparks novel See Me is a suspense story I’d love to watch on the big screen.  Even when I had to put the book down to fulfill other commitments in my life my mind kept drifting back to the story full of action, suspense and flawed characters.  I got a real sense of what each of the characters were like and what role they played in the book. I am often drawn to suspense stories and books that include food and families that celebrate together the way mine has.  As I read about Maria’s Mexican family and their restaurant I found myself making our favorite Tex Mex dishes for dinner.  I’ve included my easy short cut Chicken Enchilada recipe at the bottom of this post.
Sour Cream Enchiladas inspred by Nicholas Sparks book See Me, book review


Being from Texas, we choose to eat out at Mexican restaurants often.  The family owned businesses are always warm and welcoming and loaded with atmosphere which made it easy for me to understand the dynamics in Maria’s family.  Being from a traditional family myself, it is also an easy step to understand the reluctance of accepting a character like Colin until he proves himself.


See Me book quote meme by Nicholas Sparks


The story puts a reformed Colin with a violent history together with a conventionally successful Maria in an unexpected love story.  There are struggles with Maria’s family accepting Colin but they work toward a future together until events in Maria’s past get the story rolling with suspense and intrigue.  I can easily imagine the location and setting as described and found it believable that two people so different could become involved.  I also found the story intriguing from the first chapter.

I’d rate the book PG due to the violent nature of the story.  I was pleased the language was not offensive and though it alludes to sexual situations and violent intentions the book is not too graphic for teens.

See Me by Nicholas Sparks link to Amazon
Amazon link
I purchased the book because Nicholas Sparks has a good track record with novels and has ten novels that have been adapted into major motions pictures. My favorites being The Notebook, Message in a Bottle and A Walk to Remember. If this novel is adapted into a movie I am certain it will be a suspense film I will find myself holding a bag of popcorn while watching with a good friend that gets it when I flinch in my seat and omit an occasional squeal.





Bonus:  Here is our favorite Chicken Enchilada recipe that even a novice cook can make with success.  You will have the family and friends asking for more so print and store in your recipe box.
How to make sour cream chicken enchilada collage


Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada
Sour cream chicken enchilada w black beans and corn recipe
by Jeannie
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: entree chicken tortilla sour cream Mexican
Ingredients (10 enchiladas)
    Enchilada
    • 1 Deli Roasted Chicken
    • 1 Cup shredded Cheese (Mexican blend or Monterrey Jack or Cheddar)
    • 1 Clove Minced Garlic
    • 10 Flour Tortillas
    Sauce
    • 3 Tablespoons Butter
    • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
    • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
    • 1 Cup Sour Cream
    • 1 Jalapeno, seeds removed, finely diced
    • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
    • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
    • 1 teaspoon Lime Juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
    Instructions
    Preheat oven to 350° F
    Lightly spray oil on 9X13 baking dish
    Prepare Enchiladas
    Remove skin from deli roasted chicken.
    Pull meat off the bones and chop into small bite size pieces. You need about 2 cups of shredded chicken. Freeze the remainder for another recipe another day.
    Mix chicken together with minced garlic and shredded cheese.
    Place flour tortillas in microwave for about 30 seconds to warm slightly. Warming them makes them more pliable and easier to roll.
    Place about 1/3 cup full of meat mix on center of a flour tortilla.
    Roll tightly and place, seam down, in prepared baking dish.
    Repeat until dish is full (about 10 filled tortillas)
    Prepare Sauce
    In sauce pan, melt butter then add cornstarch. Cook one minute on medium high heat.
    Add chicken broth and stir until it thickens to a gravy consistency.
    Add remaining ingredients.
    DO NOT BOIL.
    Pour sauce over enchiladas.
    Top with more shredded cheese.
    Bake 25 minutes at 350° F.
    Serve with rice, black beans, corn and crisp tortillas chips or a crisp green salad.
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    I'd love to know your take on the book and what draws you to certain books.

    5 comments:

    1. going to try this! looks yummy!

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      1. Do let me know how you like it!

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    2. Looks delicious! I make a sour cream enchilada, but it's a bit different. I'm going to give your recipe a try. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
      hugs,
      Jann

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    3. This meal looks awesome. We're expecting a major snowstorm tomorrow and this would be so great to have. Also, the book sounds intriguing. I love Nicolas Sparks movies even though I need a box of tissue when I watch them!

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