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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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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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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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Crispy Chicken Fingers with Sriracha-Mayo

May 9, 2015

 Crispy Chicken Fingers

Yields: 6 servings

1 serving: 3-4 pieces
Time: 15 minute marinade: 12 minute cook-time

 

E: Today is Saturday, and we are having a low-key day. Sam made margaritas last night, and we rented a movie. So we slept-in this morning. I read, did my nails, and went on a light 2 mile-run. When I got back from my run Sam was running errands at the local hardware store. We are currently trying to install a shed.  Sam text me that his cousin Mike, who lives around the corner from our place, was going to stop-by. Mike was nearby because he was at the park by our house playing with his daughter. His wife was not with him, she was celebrating an early mother’s day by going antique-shopping with her mom. (That is so cute, by the way.) Mike and lil Gracie couldn’t stay for dinner. It was a shame because Sam has been smoking a leg of lamb since we woke-up. We are having it for dinner.  Anyways, I was starving and I figured we could all use some finger food for the short visit. I remembered I had chicken breast thawing in my fridge, so I decided to make these bad boys.  I served the chicken fingers with a sriracha-mayo-ketchup mix and a side of ketchup for my picky eater. These are so easy. They are healthier because they are baked, rather tan deep fried. The panko gives it a nice crunchy taste. 

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Chicken in Guajillo Enchilada Sauce

May 7, 2015

Chicken in Guajillo Enchilada Sauce

yields: 4-6 servings

 

E: So I had to work late yesterday. I had a community committee meeting at work. I made this dish for Sam so he could just put it in the oven when he got home. It was the first time I made it. It has the flavors of being an enchiladas, except it doesn’t have the fried tortillas. Enchilada sauces, like moles, are one of my favorite things to try at restaurants because the flavors change depending on where from Mexico the family recipe is from. My parents are from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. My parents’ grandparents, and some siblings still live there.  Specifically, they live in a small town called Hernandez, in the province of Villa de Ramos. Most people there are farmers: growing staples such as beans, corn, and chile. When my parents visit, they usually bring back some organic, local dried chiles. My mom recently visited me in March and she left me a bag of Chile de Arbol, and Chile Guajillo. So, I made this enchilada sauce from chile guajillo. I experimented with adding a bit of chipotle as well.


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Spicy and Sweet Chicken Wings

April 23, 2015

Spicy and Sweet Chicken Wings

Time: 1 hour

 

E: My mother-in-law introduced me to these chicken wings two years ago at New Year’s Eve. They smell and taste SOOOOO good. The garlic, ginger, honey and chipotle give off a very pleasant asian-fusion smell. The honey makes them a little sticky, but the sweetness is perfect to cool off the spiciness from the chipotle.

As I was grocery shopping today, I figured I would make finger food since we were going to be watching the Golden State Warriors play in game 2 of the NBA playoffs. I made these along with some potato wedges. These are relatively easy to make. There is hardly any clean-up. Sometimes that’s a bigger factor than the time it actually takes to cook the meal. My mother-in-law got the recipe from “The Neelys,” a show on the Food network. I replaced the butter with canola oil. Enjoy. Let me know how they turned out.


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