Technique drawn from Mel’s Kitchen Café
I am making Jan’s birthday dinner of chicken mole and drunken beans. We are having company so I decided to add a rice dish. Jan is pushing me to use more “low glycemic” starches in my diet so I made it with brown rice.
Karl’s Mexican Brown Rice II
Jan is on a soft food diet—nothing where she needs to bite something off—and she decided that chili with small bits of vegetables and meat would fit the bill. Although I would prefer beef or pork chili, she has asked for ground turkey. Turkey is a rather bland meat so I decided to spice it up with some chili powder.
Karl’s Turkey Chili Powder
Adapted from a Family Cookbook Project recipe
Jan and Eilene went to Hopi this summer and came back loving hominy. I made some Hopi beans and hominy, but I used canned corn for the dish. I bought a bag of pozole corn with the intent of making it fresh, but Eilene said she wanted Mexican pozole instead.
Note: In some American recipes it is spelled posole.
Karl’s Nayarit Pozole Roja
A few weeks ago, I tried to make some enchiladas the way I thought my mother, Claudia, had made them. While this was not one of the recipes that I took down when I left home, I had watched her make them several times. While my enchiladas looked good in the pan, they were hard to serve without them completely falling apart.
Karl’s Chicken Enchiladas
Jan had brought some ghost chili products back from a trip to Monterey. As a result, I was doing a Cal-Mex cuisine Sunday dinner. I did not want the usual beans and rice, so I decided to make enchiladas.
Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas
I had run out of my usual four chile chili powder, so I threw together a new blend for my chicken soup. Continue reading
Several years ago, I tried to make an authentic mole. This is a Mexican sauce—like many others—with no set list of ingredients. Basic ingredients include chilies, fruit, some kind of seeds or nuts, one or more herbs and/or spices, and frequently chocolate. Just about every family, in Mexico and beyond, has their own variation—some with as many as 30 ingredients.
Karl’s Simplified Mole Poblano
Jan’s newly discovered Mexican family lives/lived on the boarder of Jalisco and Nayarit. Jan decided on a Mexican Christmas feast of crab tamales, I though a shrimp soup would go nicely as a starter. I found a site on Nayarit cuisine that described a caldo de camarón (shrimp broth). Adding some tomatoes, fresh shrimp, and cilantro makes it soup.
Karl’s Sopa de Camarón
Jan recently discovered that her birth father’s people live/lived in the mountainous region of along the Jalisco / Nayarit border. She asked for a Mexican Christmas with tamales this year. I decided that I needed a salad to go with them. A site I found describing Jalisco cuisine mentioned a pico de gallo of “pieces of jicama, orange, pineapple with lime juice and ground chili.”
Karl’s Jalisco Pico de Gallo
Chili powder—as a blend of spices—is composed chiefly of chile peppers and mixed with other spices including cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and salt. While there is some agreement about which spices this blend should contain, the amount of each is a matter for debate. This is not improved by the linguistic confusion between “chili powder”—as a blend of spices—and the “chili powder”—as in powdered dried chilies—used in those blends. In addition to the basic ingredients, some add other herbs and spices and still call it “chili powder.”
Karl’s Quick Chili Powder