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Mahi-Mahi Ceviche

June 9, 2016

Ceviche de Mahi Mahi

E: I love having ceviche on hot summer days. All you need are some healthy crackers, and some hot sauce like tapatio and you are good to go. Yum! Aside from the wonderful taste of ceviche, I like making it because it is a meal I can make ahead of time and can be made without dirtying up the stove or pans. It’s a one-pot meal so to speak. The only caveat is that the fish cooks by way of acidity from the lemon so it needs time for the cells to be denatured. The smaller you cut the fish, the quicker it will cook. However, I’m a big fan of ahi-tuna and sushi so I don’t mind the big chunks of fish, and don’t mind if they are slightly undercooked.

 

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Birria (Slowly Cooked Beef with Chile Sauce)

April 9, 2016

E: This is my mom’s recipe for birria. It’s super easy. Birria is slowly cooked meat with chile sauce. I made it here with beef, some people use chivo (goat) or borrego (lamb). Birria is usually served at weddings, quinceaneras, birthday parties, etc.. I rarely make it but I don’t know why. Weirdly enough, it wasn’t until my mother-in-law started asking for my mom’s recipe that I started making it myself. They encouraged me to “get the recipes, write it all down.” “I’m trying,” I said. So here it is. 


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Enchiladas with Panela cheese

March 23, 2016

E: Make yourself a batch of this enchilada sauce. You can use half of it and freeze the other half for another time. It’s not that hard, and it will be ready  in  about 10 minutes. Once the sauce is ready, it’s downhill from there.  I tend to vary my sauce depending on what kind of chile I have on hand. This time my mom left me with a bag of California and Japanese Chili pods, so I used that. However, you can also use chile pasilla and guajillo. You can serve the Enchiladas with rice and/or beans. We ate them a la carte to save calories.

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Kale-Basil-Parsley Pesto with Toasted Nuts

November 12, 2015

Kale-Basil-Parsley Pesto with Toasted Nuts

 

E: I got home around 7:10 pm today. I didn’t have to cook because I have spaghetti and fajita leftovers. But I was in the mood for a vegetarian dish that incorporated kale. I got the idea to make this recipe once I saw the pine nuts in my pantry. I haven’t made pesto in over four years, so I kinda forgot how to make it. I started googling kale pesto and I found several recipes that used kale instead of basil and walnuts instead of pine nuts.

One recipe from epicurious  from Fifty Shades of Kale, by Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh mentions that kale-walnut pesto has high amounts of folate capable of producing a pound of serotonin in one hour- which they say translates into good sleep and a smile in the morning. Umm. .. sold!  

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Chicken Fajita Platter

November 11, 2015

Chicken Fajitas

 

E: We love fajitas in our house. It was actually the first meal we shared together. Sam took me to Margaritaville in Capitola and we shared fajitas for lunch on our first date. He  likes to order beef, chicken and shrimp fajitas. At home I will sometimes make the trio for a special occasion. This time around I incorporated more vegetables. It was fun selecting what veggies to put in my taco and sometimes substituting out the chicken. I made the salsa ahead of time. 

Instead of using the fajitas pre-packaged seasoning envelopes with preservatives, just make your own. I sometimes add lime juice at the end too. Okay, enjoy.

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Albondigas (Meatball Soup)

November 11, 2015

E: Happy winter! It was 37 degrees overnight in Gilroy. That is one of the coldest nights of the year.  If you are in the mood for something warm, this soup is ideal.

First I have to say I’m sorry for not having blogged in awhile. I’ve been cooking, I just haven’t had time to blog about it. I’m a bit behind. Last weekend I ran a half-marathon and I injured my knee. I’ve been home for three days. Today is Veteran’s Day, so I’m off. Happy Veteran’s Day by the way.  The weekend before that my parents came over. They had not visited for over seven months.  It was nice to have them here. The weekend before that we went to a wedding, and before that we went on vacation. Long story short, life happens.

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Spaghetti Sauce a la Tricarico

August 31, 2015

Spaghetti Sauce a la Tricarico

E:  Although this is a “spaghetti sauce” it’s technically more like a bolognese sauce, except it doesn’t come from bologna. My husband’s grandmother gave this recipe to my mother-in-law (MIL). Grandma likely learned it from her MIL who was a first generation Italian immigrant from Tricarico, Province of Matera, in southern Italy. After comparing marinara recipes from various sources, I learned that southern-Italy uses more ingredients than northern Italy.

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Esme’s Turkey Chilli

August 30, 2015

Esme’s Turkey Chilli

Serves 6+

slow-cooker
(4 hours cook-time)

 

E: It’s Sunday, and I am not feeling well. I went on a run this morning and ten minutes in I got a migraine. My head started throbbing and I started to lose my vision. I made it back home and immediately iced my head, and closed my eyes. A few hours later Sam helped me pull myself together. He went to get me aspirin, and some lunch. I decided to make this chilli which takes about 30 minutes to make if you don’t think about the 3.5 hours it sits in the slow cooker without supervision. We had it for dinner, and we will have it tomorrow as well. This is my original recipe, and I hope you like it. I added brown rice this time, because it reminds me of albondiga soup which always brings me comfort.

 

During my time “relaxing” I caught up on some blogging. I’m going to get ready for a new day tomorrow, and hope this migraine and tension headache goes away.


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Summer Penne Pasta with Sweet Heirloom Pear and Cherry Tomatoes

July 18, 2015

Penne with Yellow Pear and Cherry Red Heirloom Tomatoes

 

E: Well summer is officially here. I harvested some tomatoes from our garden today. This is the first year we have a garden, we moved into our house last year. I planted about five different types of tomatoes in March. The garden is on a drip system, so there are weeks that go by without anyone tending to the garden. I was pleasantly surprised to see the pear tomatoes were sweet and ripe. I hadn’t planned to make dinner, but once I had these delicious homegrown, organic heirloom tomatoes I decided to whip up a quick veggie pasta meal. I love the warm tomatoes, mozzarella that is not really melted but almost, and the simple olive oil sauce with garlic and cheese. It’s better than any marinara sauce if you ask me. yum yum yum… Continue Reading…

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Chicken Chile Verde

July 17, 2015

Chicken Chile Verde

 

E: I used my “vaporera” the pressure cooker my mom gave me as a wedding gift. You can also make this in a slow cooker at 4 hours on high. Chile Verde is usually made with pork meat but I decided to use chicken instead. Nothing against pork, it’s just that I normally buy chicken in bulk. You can add crema mexicana on top and some cilantro for garnish. Eat with warm tortillas rolled up into a taquito and dip for sauce. Or you can serve it along with mexican brown rice like I did here. 


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