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Chocolatito – Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Mexican chocolate is a unique treat. Not only is there chocolate, but it’s blended with cinnamon which gives it some charm. Hot chocolatito is a great combination with colder weather. There are a couple ways to prepare it that I’m going to share here. The first is the charming old-fashioned way and the second is the fast, throw it in the blender and get a great cap of foam. It also skips the “nata”– fine layer of skin that warmed then cooling milk can get. (I love it, the kids don’t. If you don’t then just take a spoon or your finger and scrape it off the top. Nothing else changes.) Ingredients: Package of Chocolate (Abuelita or Ibarra) Milk, 4 cups per round of chocolate. Sugar (added to suit taste) Cinnamon (added to suit taste, optional since it’s in the Abuelita) Or: Powdered cocoa powder, 2 Tablespoons  * Milk, 4 cups Sugar or sweetener, to taste Cinnamon (1 teaspoon)* *These are just guesstimates, as I go by sight and how chocolate-y it looks to me. If you are doing it this way add more milk as needed, or whichever flavor is needed. Let’s start with the old fashioned way. The…
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Agua de sandia aka Watermelon Water

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Well, for our first sunny day in a couple weeks and time for some warm weather food! Watermelon is such a great summer treat. There are all kinds of “pick the best watermelon” tests, but really, you can’t go wrong when it’s in season! This is the first of many water posts. Aguas are popular in Mexico, and you can find big containers filled with Watermelon, Lemon, Lime, Tamarind, Hibiscus, and Strawberry, all wonderful fruits and refreshing.   Here the watermelon has been chopped into slices about an inch to an inch and a half thick. From there, chop the fruit into pieces your blender can handle. The ones below are fairly large. My blender can take big pieces. It’s a work horse. I think of my Grandma Easterday every time I use my blender. It was her Osterizer, and you can’t beat an old machine. They work so much better than anything new I’ve tried. Sorry about the blurr.  Add sugar to taste and water to it helps it all mix. There is about three quarters cups of sugar here. Consider this the concentrate and you’ll be adding more water to it. Watermelon water isn’t going to be thick, but…
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