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NACHO gourmet dinner 
Oct. 29, 2011 7:31 pm 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2011 8:08 pm
I have no idea what posessed me this afternoon... after all, we had enchiladas last night for dinner.  Fact of the matter was that I've been craving nachos for a week or so now...  I was prepared to put out taco fixin's for J, but I was determined to sit down to a huge ol' plate of nacho's for dinner!

I loaded a pile of chips with taco meat, shredded cheese, salsa, black olives, diced red onion... all with a side of refrieds!  I believe it's safe to say that I scratched "that" itch for a bit... unless I finish up the beans and meat as a late night snack soon...

Speaking of Mexican foods, I found myself reading a newsletter I get re: Mexican cuisine, and was faced  with "Bread for the Dead," or "Pan de Muerto."  Of course, this intrigued me enough to learn more...  Apparently this bread is often baked in the month of October, in preperation for the first few days of November, when Dia de los Muerto is celebrated.  This apparently takes a few days/nights, and celebrates the passing of loved ones, first children, and then adults.  It isn't a mourning of those who have moved on, but more a celebration of the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us.

Pan de Muerto is an orange flavored bread, somewhat sweet, and is baked and left out for the spirits who return to visit their families these first days of November.  Other foods, soaps, razors... all sorts of things are placed out on or around an altar, which is lit by candles to guide the spirits home.  Photos and other personal items are also left out.

Well, my "dark side" was drawn to this whole process...  I sort of like the idea of a wake rather than a sombre funeral... or what about those held in the south, where the procession from church to cemetary is accompanied by brass horns... singing and dancing, as they go.  Enough chatting on that subject, I suppose!  Must admit though, I was tempted to bake a loaf....

So, as all hallowed e'en approaches, lets all try to be healthy, happy, and just that tad bit crazy!

Oct. 30, 2011 5:48 am
I've heard of Dia de los Muerto but was not sure of what it was exactly. I'm going to ask our Mexican friends more about it. I, too, have a "dark side". Happy Halloween!!
Oct. 30, 2011 10:49 am
Be well, MA, and let me know what your friends think...
Oct. 30, 2011 11:11 am
Hmmm, and I though Irish wakes were a good way to celebrate a dear one's life. This has the advantage of no hangovers. That bread sounds great, I have to find a recipe.
Oct. 30, 2011 4:25 pm
NACHO's Yummy, sounds good. the only problem with NACHO's is if you lit them set for a bit they become soggy, so you got to eat them fast. the way you describe them sounds so good that I may need to make some.
Oct. 30, 2011 8:08 pm
BSM, as long as there's a PARTY, I won't have to come back to wreak havoc! KS, I like my loaded nachos fresh from the micro... some of the chips crispy, some "soft" but regardless.... total YUM! Be well, and more later!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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