Monday, October 27, 2014

A Bowl of Pozole

Pozole or Posole

Pozole condiments 

The Dog Days of Summer are behind us now and the cooler weather is coming. Over the last decade or so, Fall has become my favorite season. It spells relief from the heat. It's easier to find comfort.

Fall also means soups and stews. My wife will show her Texas roots by making a Tex Mex Guisado, a beef stew Tex Mex style (the leftovers make good a burrito filling). Caldo de Pollo, Cocido, Chile Verde and Chile Colorado are also perfect for the season. At the top of the list is Pozole - in New Mexico it is spelled Posole - and that is what we made last night. Pork shoulder,pig feet (optional), hominy and red chile (We use New Mexico Red Chile). The proper condiments are cabbage, radishes, onions, cilantro, and lemons or limes. This is comfort food. It does't get any simpler or any better than this.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

A recent meal at our house. As much as I love Mexican cooking, I do enjoy other types of food. Shrimp Scampi is one of our favorites and is actually pretty easy to put together.We also made Bruschetta with tomato and basil. We almost always top it with feta cheese but I forgot to buy it at the market. It was still very good but it lacked that extra zing that feta cheese gives it. next time I'll write it down!

I was a cook at JoJo's Restaurant in Ontario, California in 1977, the first time I tasted Shrimp Scampi. There has an older cook - I don't remember his name - that was at one time a promising chef but he was down on his luck working as a short order cook. He would make lunch for himself and it was always something that was not on the menu. Shrimp Scampi was one of those things he would make. A food memory.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Short Ribs in New Mexico Red Chile

Short Ribs in New Mexico Chile

Tonight's dinner: Short Ribs in New Mexico Red Chile with baby gold and red potatoes, carrots and onions. This can also be made with flanken style short ribs but I prefer the English cut. They hold up much better during a long braising. I'm not going to lie. It was delicious!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Mary Helen Smith (Huizar) 1953 - 2014

My sister-in-law, Mary Helen Smith (nee Huizar), my wife Jeri's younger sister, passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, October 6, 2014 of causes yet unknown. 

Mary was born on April 5, 1953 in San Antonio, Texas to Henry and Josephine Huizar (both deceased).  She is survived by her daughter Anna and her son Danny Smith Jr. She will be missed. Rest in peace Mary.

Below are various pictures of Mary.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Pollo en Salsa Tomatillo con Arroz Blanco (Chicken in Tomatillo Sauce with White Rice)

An ExtraordinarySupper

Pollo en Salsa Tomatillo con Arroz Blanco (Chicken in Tomatillo Sauce with White Rice). Early supper tonight, made by my wife Jeri. Absolutely delicious! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Mexico Asado


I made this Asado the other night using some of the New Mexico Red Chile sent to me by my prima (Cousin) Elba Burke from Las Cruces, New Mexico. Asado is, for all practical purposes, Chile Colorado, but cooked in a slightly different manner, usually on a disc, a large, usually homemade cooking pan resembling a wok. I don't have a disc but our large cast iron skillet worked just fine. It was delicious.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Mariah

By: Meranda De La O

August 20th 1999, I became a mother to this amazing daughter of mine. It brought so many tears to my eyes when I started going through old photos. It makes me sad because I will forever miss that little girl she once was but watching her grow and knowing she's MINE makes me so proud. I hope that you have a wonderful birthday and a blessed 15th year of life. You have blessed our family Mariah and you are so loved. I dedicate this video and song to you. How we danced around to this song so many times since you were just a little girl. I LOVE YOU passed the moon passed the stars way up high in the sky. Forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ALWAYS!!!!! Happy 15th Birthday.

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