But... It's a Dry HEAT
May 7, 2012 12:12 am
Updated: May 10, 2012 5:43 am
In view of the recent Mexican holiday, I've done my best to prepare a couple of Mexican dishes over the past few days. Now, I like Mexican food... that is, as long as it's "Americanized!" When it comes to hot & spicey, I'm a total WIMP!
When a recipe calls for Serrano Chilis, I buy Anahiem's as they are so totally mild, that a true Hispanic cook would probably spit out my food! But, I wasn't raised eating spicey foods... I have a good friend, who buys Hatch Chilis, which are reportedly the
hottest chilis grown in this country, and only in New Mexico. Personally, I don't even care for jalapenos, which you'd think after 30 yrs in this neck of the woods, I'd have "learned" to eat! I have not!
As Cinco de Mayo approached, I began thinking of dishes that I could prepare, in honor of my neighbors and friends... This part of Phoenix, especially, is heavily influenced by the culture. I may not speak 3 words of Spanish, but each May I do attempt to
honor the holiday by preparing a Mexican dish for dinner... My homemade taco seasoning failed me on the 5th... I don't know if some of the spices sunk to the bottom of the jar, or what. However, on Thursday, I prepared Pork Carnitas, which I served wrapped
in warm tortillas. Despite forgetting to add the diced green chilis, we both attacked the food as though we'd not eaten in a week! As late as it is right now, I might just prepare some nachos, or a tostada... I've got the munchies, and I've got leftovers!
So, as long as it's "a dry heat..." I guess I'll make my own versions of favorite Mexican recipes! Meantime...
Be happy, be healthy, cook crazy!