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Birria de Chivo–Goat Birria

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Our Thanksgiving meal. My sister-in-love has her parents up from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Since they were God-parents to our eldest child, they helped us with the party after the Baptism and together, in Mexico (!!where all these ingredients are easy to pull together whenever you need them!!), we made this recipe. This recipe isn’t so easy to pull together in a couple days, although, it is possible. (You may now “ohh and ahhh!) Having gone through the process, I do recommend advance planning with certain items. Grand Rapids may not be small, but it certainly isn’t Guadalajara with penca de maguey and chile de mirasol (regular, not sweet.) My Mexican husband was talking to my non-Mexican mom about the history of Birria. I just felt like I am taking this blog up a notch with what he said. It is not a small meal. (It is also not a small blog post. It is a feat, and as pregnant as I was while recording, my feet swelled up, even though I wasn’t the primary chef.) It is a meal for parties. Big parties like Quinceñeras, Weddings, Baptisms. (All Sacramental occasions! Ha!) It’s no small feat and you never make just…
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Mexican Rice — Arroz Mexicano

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Sopa de Arroz. The name used to confuse me. Sopa. Isn’t that soup? Why are you offering me soup and giving me rice? It’s just a phrase. It means rice cooked with a consume of water, garlic, tomato and salt with vegetables. My daughter loves her God-mother’s sopa.  I cooked it with her on more than one occasion, but alone, I just couldn’t seem to get it right. Ever have a dish like that? This is my nemesis. Or it was. Then I adjusted a few things and made several batches in one day. I got it down now.  The lovely finished product Ingredients: 2 tomatoes 3 cloves of garlic 1/2 a medium onion Water (or use chicken stock. More flavor! ) Puree the above with water and set aside. Chop: Carrots (as fine as the peas) Peas Set aside until rice is ready and add with the tomato broth listed above. Heat the oil in the bottom of the pan. A flatter pan is better than taller for more even cooking. One fistful of dried rice per person Isabel commented gave me a “rule of thumb” that I will never forget. One fistful of dried rice gives us a…
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Ham Tostadas cooked in Lime Juice

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Simple, light, summery. Main ingredients make me think summer, but I like this anytime of the year. You can use tostadas or tortilla chips. I make this in one batch and it usually goes so fast there is no leftovers. I like leftovers because the flavors brew together. We really like taking thin slices of avocado and laying them across the top of this treat, as well. Ingredients: Ham (I buy deli version and chop it finely) Cucumber (I found the hot house variety to be my favorite!) Tomatoes Onion Cilantro Salt to taste Lemon Jalepeño peppers (omit or add to your picante preference) Avocados (optional, and not in this one, likely because I didn’t have any laying around.) I take a package of ham and slice it long ways, then chop them into tiny pieces. Cilantro is washed and any bad pieces taken out. This is finely chopped. Our tomato is sliced one way, then the other, then one more time to be diced. Like this! Same with the onion. Fine. (Hey, whoever chopped this, come back here and run that knife through one more time.) Where are the cukes? Egads. They went on hiatus and made it back…
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Tinga from Guanajuato Chicken with Chipotle and Bay Leaf

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There are certain flavors in this recipe if you forget them, you miss them: bay leaves and chipotle.  This recipe freezes well. If you have any left, that is. This came to my house via my sister-in-law from the region of Guanajuato. She gave me the recipe years ago and since then it has become a household favorite. This is probably my favorite recipe of all the ones I have learned over the years. By the way, this recipe can easily be converted into a vegan/vegetarian meal. Just don’t add the chicken and use a faux chicken broth. I break my ingredients down into three compartments because I do this from memory at this point and it helps when I’m shopping for the ingredients. Yes, I have forgotten ingredients. Bugger to have to go back out for something, isn’t it? Ingredients: 1. The white mix: Chicken  Salt to taste  Onion, quartered Garlic smashed  Water to boil chicken Bay leaves Onion Olive oil Cabbage 2. The Red mix: Tomato Chipotle chiles -San Marcos has our preferred flavor.  Chicken broth (from cooking your chicken) 3. The finale: Tostadas  Sour Cream Salt to taste Salsa Chipotle Chile I had frozen from a previous…
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