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I'm Melting in Southern California!!! 
Jul. 21, 2011 7:25 pm 
Updated: Sep. 7, 2011 3:00 pm
Yeah, it's been ages since I've blogged, however, by the title, you can tell I'm not in Kenai anymore... at least for the moment.

Mom had surgery.  Dad ain't no nurse and would rather ignore than help.  Also, he is so rickety on his legs, I don't trust him safely managing the situation.  I might not be in the best of health (still recovering from that car accident) but I'm definitely up to it.  So I flew down to my home state and have been a caretaker here since June 2.

I have had an epicurian epiphany!!!  Now, I know I grew up in a high-density Hispanic community but I never went shopping...  Shame on me!  But back in the last 70's, the supermarkets were making their move...  But I have discovered "El Super", a truly Hispanic Supermarket where I went bonkers!!!!!

99 cents for three pounds of ripe peaches?  99 cents for nine leeks??  $1.49 for three pounds of ripe cherries???  Where has this supermarket been all my life??

Best of all -- pre-marinated meats that I absolutely felt weak in the knees.  So I bought... too much.  But I found such luscious desserts, many without dairy products (which my mom cannot handle).  Including a wonderful mosaic jello dessert far more flavor-filled that Jello!  And flan measuring over twelve inches in diameter, decorated with fresh strawberries and peaches??

So I picked up some freshly made masa for tamales, etc, marinated pork in bite-size pieces, too many canned products, leeks, cherries, pastries, tapas, shrimp ceviche, fresh farmer cheese, and Mexican CREME!!!!!  Ah!!!  Wonderful, slightly cultured creme a little thinner than standard sour cream but without the additives.  This stuff was scooped up from vats in the deli and plopped in the tallest deli container they had.  Yummy!!!  Could this be better than....???

So I made a tamale pie with the pork... nice and spicy with creme pooling over it surrounded in a pool of fresh salsa and freshly crumbled cheese...  I'm in heaven!  And this masa is so creamy, fluffly... with REAL LARD.  You wouldn't believe it did because of the texture, but the taste says EVERYTHING!!!!  And the Deli also had fresh sweet corn tamales which I'm steaming tonight!!  Yay!!!!

I also brought with me a cookbook devoted to the sweets of Mexico:

My Sweet Mexico: Recipes for Authentic Pastries, Breads, Candies, Beverages, and Frozen Treats

If you are even 10% interested in this subject, GET THIS COOKBOOK!!!!  I'll be working on Churros filled with Cajeta, caramel made from goat's milk (don't let this gross you out -- it's even BETTER than cow's milk-based caramels!!).  My next Days of the Dead celebration feasts are going to be so different and so much better from now on!!

Sorry...  Gotta go.  I made myself very hungry!!
Jul. 21, 2011 10:24 pm
Hi BB. I can sympathize with taking care of the older folks in our lives. They are challenging to say the least. Bless You and for your parents, Thank You. You are making a difference. As far as the Mexican treats, I made a coffee tart made with sweet spices( cinny,peppercorns,cloves, I added a star anise) and piloncillo. sorry my spelling might be off. The cone shaped sugar, made from raw sugar cane. OMGOSH!! So good! I am married to a Mexican Man for over 20 years and love to make Mexican food! As I was reading your blog, I was picturing the ingreds in my head of my local Mexican market, along with the great prices. Wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing.
Jul. 21, 2011 10:29 pm
Btw, last Oct. I made the Best Day of the Dead shortcake from DOD bread from my Nothgate market. I but mixed berries and cool whip on it. The flavor of that bread is Orgasmic! Yyyuummm could you pin point That flavor in the bread? I think it is anise seed. IDK. I just know I can't wait till it comes back! lol
Jul. 22, 2011 9:56 am
Oh, all those fresh veggies and prices sound great! Have fun with it. You're a wonderful gal to be there with your folks.
Jul. 22, 2011 11:47 am
Glad to hear from you! You are making me drool! Enjoy, enjoy! So glad you are able to help out your folks! Take care and hope you can keep cool while you are in sunny California.
Sep. 7, 2011 3:00 pm
Cajeta is the BEST! Good luck with your new finds!
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I have lived many places, including Amish Country in Ohio, but Alaska is the place I adore. I get all my seafood from Peninsula Seafoods, including wild white King Salmon, and King Crab at $9.95 a pound! I love the summers where it is just around sunset all night long! And on the Summer Solstice, we'll either stay up all night with the Dragon Drummers or go fishing in the middle of the night. In the Winter, we hibernate and eat comfort food.
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