Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chocolate Raspberry Tamale

Chocolate Raspberry Tamale
I made up this recipe on the fly at my last Tamale Making Workshop and it came out pretty darn good if I say so myself!

7 cps Prepared Masa
2 cps Instant or Ground Mexican Hot Chocolate (Ibarra or Abuelita)
1 cp Sugar
1/2 cp Water or Milk
1 tbsp Vanilla
Raspberry Preserves
Chocolate Chips
Pecans (optional)
24 - 36 Corn Husks, washed & soaked for 2 hours

Beat masa, hot chocolate, sugar and water together in a large mixing bowl until smooth.  Spread masa onto a corn husk in a square. Leave two inches clear on the narrow end of the husk and a minimum of one inch on the widest side of the husk. Spoon raspberry preserves down the middle and sprinkle chocolate chips on top keeping the fillings in the middle section. Add 2-3 pecans if desired. Fold husk over so the masa covers the fillings. Use the top of the corn husk to push the masa back, then roll it to close. Fold up the narrow end of the tamale. Place open side up in steamer for 25-35mins or until masa pulls from husk.

Serve warm with whipped cream or by itself
Makes 2-3 dozen tamales

Monday, August 15, 2011

Chipotle BBQ Sauce

 Slather this on top of Chicken or Ribs (Before or after grilling however you do it! I don't even want to touch that subject) for a great twist on a traditional BBQ sauce. A 'lil sweet and spicy never hurt anyone!

1 7-oz. can chipotle in adobo
1 cup boiling water
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 12-oz. can tomato paste
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon Tobasco sauce

Melt butter in a saucepan and add onion, garlic, cumin and thyme. Sauté until the onion is soft and translucent. Add finely chop chipotle chilies and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Aguas Frescas

This and other similar fruit drinks, which translate literally as "fresh water," are served all over Mexico and they're a cinch to make at home. The key is to strain the pulpy fruit to make a clearer liquid. You can use strawberries, pineapple, or mango -- any fruit that is soft enough to puree. Basically its lemonade but made with other fruits. Simple & refreshing!

Aguas Frescas
3 cups of Fruit Puree or Juice
1 1/2 cups water
2 to 4 tablespoons sugar
2 to 3 limes, juiced

Puree fruit and pour through a fine sieve to eliminate pulp. In a pitcher, mix strained fruit puree with water and season with sugar and lime juice. All ingredients can be adjusted to taste. Serve in a Jara or large punch bowl with slices of fruit.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Father's Day Memory Box

Last year I sent the following email out to my family to make a memory box for my Dad. It was very fun to sit around with the family at our annual Father's Day BBQ to read, reminisce and laugh with one another on all of our memories. Most importantly it was a gift from the entire family showing my father how important he is to all of us. Best of all everyone could participate no matter what age or income level.

Wooden or Sturdy Box
Colored or Textured Paper
Pens & Pencils or Computer & Printer

I am going to make a memory box for Father's Day for Dad/Grandpa. So I would like each of you to write down your memories of Dad now and growing up. Use these three opening line to make simple sentences thanking Dad, Papi, Grandpa for memories he has given us. You can print the sentences up yourselves or I will print, cut them and place in the box if you email it to me by the Friday before Father's Day. I will have a box to put everything in. Also, if you have little items to symbolize stuff that you can get from the dollar store that would be good. See examples below.

Answer these questions:

Thanks for .........

I remember when .........

I love it when ...........

Thanks for teaching me your secret Guacamole recipe

I remember when you drove up with a trailer on the corner lot and my first horse came walking out. (Toy Horse)

Thanks for teaching me how to drive even though I rolled 3 cars (Mini Bug)

I remember when I would fill my bed with pillows and you would pretend to try wake me up, then act surprised when I popped from behind the bed.

I love it when you make huevos rancheros on a weekday morning for no reason at all


Five Senses - See, Hear, Taste, Touch & Smell

See - The perfectly manicure lawn, christmas tree lights,

Hear - Flamenco Music and Paso Doble bullfighter song

Taste - Guacamole, Huevos Rancheros, Mexican Coffees

Touch - Hacking down the tree and building stuff

Smell - fresh cut grass, BBQ on the grill,

Friday, May 27, 2011

Super Cheesy Garlic Bread

I'm going to share my recipe for my very popular Super Cheesy Garlic Bread. This bread is soooo good but I must admit it is not the healthiest thing to eat. It will however put a smile on your face so it all evens out.

1 Loaf of Sweet or Sour Dough Bread
1 cp Parmesan or Three Cheese Blend (Parmesan, Romano, Asiago), shredded
1 stick Butter
1/2 cp Mayonaise
2 Tbls Parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cp Garlic, finely chopped or minced (or to taste)

Set oven to broil or 500º. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Cut loaf in half lengthwise and spread mixture thickly on both sides. Place on baking sheet with garlic spread facing up into oven for approximately 10 minutes or until mixture is melted and bubbly with slightly brown edges. Cut into thick slices and serve hot.

Grape, Blue Cheese & Candied Pecan Salad

Grape, Blue Cheese & Candied Pecan Salad

1 Bag Baby Spring
Mix Greens
1 Bunch Red or Black Grapes
1/2 cp Crumbled Blue cheese
1/2 cp Candied Pecans or Walnuts
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Mix greens, vinaigrette and grapes in a bowl. Place in salad bowl or plate. Sprinkle walnuts and blue cheese on top and serve.

Lovely Lemon Meringue Pie

Growing up I had a neighbor who lived across the street named Eleanor Platt. She was from the midwest and had a overflowing lemon tree in her backyard. She taught me how to make real pies from scratch. Her pie crust was perfectly flaky and tasty! Although I must admit I just buy pre-made crust now but I concentrate on making the fillings fabulous!

Lovely Lemon Meringue Pie


Lemon Filling:

* 4 egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue)
* 1/3 cup cornstarch
* 1 1/2 cups water
* 1 cup sugar (add more if you like it really sweet)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1/2 cup fresh squeezed Meyers lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
* 1 (9-inch) par-baked pie shell (I like Mrs Smith)
Meringue Topping (see below)

Preheat oven to 400º F.

Bake pie shell for half the time the instructions suggest and set aside. Whisk egg yolks in medium size mixing bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Place saucepan on medium heat and add water, lemon juice, and zest. Whisk until well combined and stir constantly bringing mixture to a boil. Boil for a couple minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and gradually add hot mixture to egg yolks and stir until you have added at least half of the mixture.

Return egg mixture to saucepan and butter, turn heat down to medium and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 more minute. Pour mixture into par-baked pie shell and top with meringue while filling is still hot. Make sure meringue completely covers filling and that it goes right up to the edge of the crust. Bake on cookie sheet for 10 to 12 minutes or until meringue is golden. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Make sure pie is cool and set completely before slicing.

Meringue Topping:
* 4 egg whites
* 1 pinch salt
* 1/2 cup sugar

Place egg whites and salt in bowl and beat with mixer until peaks form. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Use to top lemon filling.

Make one 9" pie

Make sure to not get a speck of yolk in your egg whites before beating or it will not rise.

I prefer Meyers lemons for flavor. They taste like a cross between a citrus lemon and a sweet mandarin orange. If you can't get Meyers lemons substitute a little orange juice

You can add up to 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar to the Lemon filling if you prefer your pies really sweet.

Roll lemon across counter before juicing to extract maximum juices.

Use Baker's sugar for a smoother filling

Sprinkle sliced almonds on top of meringue prior to baking for an extra crunch.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bacon & Queso Quiche

  • One 9-inch pie crust
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup half & half 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Black and red pepper to taste

Crumble bacon into the bottom of prepared pie crust. Sprinkle cheeses on top of bacon. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour over bacon and cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
Serves: 6

Note: For our vegetarian friends substitute 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen spinach and 5-6 mushrooms browned with butter.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Chocolate Fondue

You will need:
12 oz pkg Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1/2 cp Half n' Half
3 tbls Kahlua

Mix all ingredients and heat over double boiler. Simple & Sweet!

Fondue Set
To keep fondue at the perfect temperature, add your own tea light to the candle burner of this elegant set. Included are a 24-ounce ceramic pot, and metal stand, 61/2H" overall and four metal forks, 9"L. Pot, 3"D x 5 1/4" diameter overall.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Baja Citrus Marinade

The beer based citrus marinade works well with Beef, Pork and Lamb.

2 - 12 oz. Mexican Beers
1/3 cp fresh Orange Juice
1 tsp grated Orange Zest
2 tbls Red Wine Vinegar
2 tbls Soy Sauce
1/4 cp Canola Oil
1/2 cp Minced Onion
2 tbls Minced Garlic
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a blender, pureeing until onions and garlic are liquified. Reserve one cup for basting, and use remainder as a marinade for beef, pork or lamb. Use a shoulder or leg cut. Marinate meat for at least two hours for best flavor.

Darlene's Tips;
If you like it sweet add 1/2 cup brown sugar or honey.

To make it spicy add 2 chopped chipotle peppers OR 2 chopped red chili peppers.