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)

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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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Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Avocado Tree

I just finished planting this Aguacate (Avocado) tree a few minutes ago. This is a Hass Avocado, one of two types that I like, the other is the Fuerte avocado. These are the only avocados types that I'll eat. I'll be planting two Fuerte trees in a week or so. They give fruit at different times of the year so I'll have avocados mostly year round. It's going to take a couple of years but I'm patient.

I'm trying to bring a little greenery and life back to the yard. It's taken a hit over the last year or so. The St. Augustine grass has died out. The drought hasn't helped.

While I was digging the hole and planting the tree I couldn't help but think back to the time my father planted his avocado tree. I must have been in the 6th grade and about 11 years old. My father planted the tree in the back of the yard, near my pigeon coop, too close I thought. He was happy with it and talked about the avocados he would be eating. He was looking forward to the day. He loved his avocados.

The tree grew fast. A few years later, by the time I was in 8th grade it had to be 15'-20' tall and was beginning to bear fruit. My father was getting anxious.

I had been saving and collecting 2x4's, plywood panels and any other kind of wood I could get my hands on, including chicken wire. My father had built the pigeon coop for me several earlier and I had decided it was time to add on. I had too many birds and needed room.

I looked at that tree and decided that it had to go. I needed that spot for the addition. With an Axe, saw and shovel, I chopped, hewed and shoveled that tree until it was just a pile of logs and branches neatly stacked and tied just the way my father liked it. He would be proud of the way I not only took care of business but that I cleaned up my mess too. It's funny how things never go the way you think they will. Looking back I think I should have expected it but for some reason I was clueless that day.

My father came home from work but instead of parking in the front of the house where he almost always did, he drove all the way to the back and of course the first thing he noticed was the big empty space where the tree once stood. He got out in a controlled rage. “What the hell happened to my avocado tree? I felt just like George Washington. I thought the truth would set me free. I literally took my cue from our first president and said verbatim (thinking it would lighten the mood) “I cannot tell a lie father, it was me”. The last thing I'll say about that is the shit hit the fan.

In time he got over it and I built the extension to the coop but every time there was an avocado at the dinner table my father would give me the ol' evil eye.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con Pollo

Arroz con Pollo has been one of my favorite dishes through the years. It's been a few years since I have made it. I gave it a shot today. I like to add sausage to the rice. When I can get it I like Spanish Chorizo otherwise I use Linguica (a Portuguese sausage). It came out pretty good considering it has been a while. Like my wife and mother said, "You still got it!"