Thursday, February 23, 2017

Entomatadas Recipe

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Entomatadas, corn tortillas covered with tomato sauce.

This post is for my mom, a woman that always offers something to eat to visitors in her house, especially if they are friends and family. I remember when my college friends used to always want to do group assignments at my house, since they knew that my mom would feed them without even asking if they were hungry. One of her favorite dishes that she used to make for us was entomatadas, since they're so easy to make; the process is similar to making enchiladas, but covered with tomato sauce instead.
Entomatadas are well-known all throughout Mexico, and it is a wholesome meal that is loved by all the adults and children in my family. My mom usually made them for an early lunch at around 10:30 or 11:00 in the morning, about the same time we got done doing our morning chores. At home, the last part of our chores was to clean the floors, right after we got done cleaning the bathrooms, counters, and other surfaces. My mind goes back to those times back home, when I would smell the saucepan in the kitchen simmering the tomatoes for the entomatadas. It was almost like a reward for cleaning the house and getting the chores done. By noon we had clean floors, a clean kitchen, and a satisfied appetite.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A visitor and a Facebook live event.

When I was growing up, I always thought that one day I was going to be able to travel throughout México and visit the cities that I only knew from my school textbooks, like: Guadalajara, Ciudad de México, Monterrey, Mérida, Veracruz, Puebla, Tabasco, and many more. My dreams finally came true years later and I was fortunate enough to travel to the north, south, east and west of México. I was able to visit ancient ruins of the Mayans, Olmecas, Zapotecas and Tenochcas, but I also learned of our vast and rich culture… and of our gastronomy.

Mexican cuisine is rich, diverse, and delicious because you can prepare recipes with anything and everything that comes to your mind: fruits, grains, vegetables, fish, poultry, pork, and beef. Yes, anyone can prepare delicious meals with your favorite kind of meat and other products, and this coming week I will have the privilege to host another fellow food blogger, Sonia, who shares her Mexican heritage and the wonderful flavors, colors, and foods she grew up with on her blog La Piña en la Cocina.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mexican Style Potatoes - Papas a la Mexicana

Mexican Style Potatoes - Papas a la Mexicana

This type of recipe reminds me of my mom, and how she always tried to make the most of my father’s salary to feed all 8 of us (my three brothers, four sisters, and I). Potatoes were always in our grocery list, and my mom would add them to almost anything you can think of. She would make scrambled eggs with potatoes, rice with potatoes, potato tacos, potato patties, tuna potato patties, potato soups, potatoes with chorizo, etc. Additionally, any stew she prepared was bound to have potatoes in it, too!

Nowadays, my mother’s glaucoma has affected her sight and kept her from cooking like she used to, but that doesn’t stop her from telling us (my sisters & I) how we should cook certain recipes.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Chocolate Milk Pie & Milk Pie Recipe

Chocolate Milk Pie recipe
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The other day my son and I took a trip down to Waxahachie, TX, a town on the south side of Dallas. It was a gorgeous day, and my son and I visited the wonderful Waxahachie HEB store.

I was really excited to be able to visit an HEB again after so many years, because back when we first came to live in the US, the HEB store was my first impression of an American supermarket. It was clean, modern, and offered a large array of products. And now, well, the store is huge! They have an international offering of products, including imported cheeses and a fresh bakery that has warm crusty bolillo rolls and Mexican sweet pastries. They even have freshly made flour tortillas! Could I even ask for more? If you live close to an HEB Store, I hope you do your regular shopping there.
HEB Store #Farfromordinary

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cream of Zucchini Soup - Sopa de Calabacitas

Zucchini Cream soup recipe, also known as sopa de calabacitas.

Let’s face it, I’m not too much of a soup person, and as a matter of fact, every time we go out to eat at a place that offers soups and salads, I’ll get the salad and my husband will ask for the soup. This, however, doesn’t mean I don’t eat soups. I do, and I even have a list of favorite soups, like our beef and vegetable stew, known as “Caldo de Res”, or the vermicelli “Fideo” soup. I also really enjoy cooking them and watching my family’s happy faces as they enjoy a nice bowl of hot soup, like this Cream of Squash (Crema de Calabacitas).

Calabacita redonda cucurbita

Anyway, let me tell you about this recipe made with squash, or “calabacitas”. Squash (“cucurbita”) is one of the more common ingredients in our gastronomy (alongside corn, beans, and peppers). It is favored for its texture and flavor, which is slightly sweet compared to zucchini. Here in the USA, you can find the round shape (creole squash) as well as the elongated shape (Italian squash) varieties at Latin stores, but for this recipe you can easily use regular zucchini.  This recipe allows you to be creative in your cooking; you can add heavy cream if you want, corn kernels for garnish, or diced Mexican fresh cheese. If you find the soup too thick for your taste, just add a little more milk. When I make it, we never have leftovers. I hope you try it and enjoy it with your family!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Chorizo Potato Crispy Tacos

Chorizo Potato Crispy Tacos recipe

Tacos Dorados take me back to the time when I lived in Tijuana and my mother would cook them when I got back from school. The smell of the frying tacos makes me feel nostalgic by giving me the warmth of when I finally got home one hour after school, because I had to cross the border everyday. The relief of finally having a meal freshly made after you waited hours just to eat it. It is very comforting to know a good meal was waiting at the table. Tacos Dorados, is something very simple to make but it has its work with all the preparation. It is a meal that everyone will enjoy at home, and that is something we can all relate too.

Chef Priscilla Curiel guest post at Mexico in my kitchen.
Recipe Courtesy of Chef Priscilla Curiel.
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