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July - Cuisine from Neighboring Countries 
Aug. 1, 2013 9:47 am 
Updated: Aug. 4, 2013 8:38 pm
This Month!

August’s theme: Choose your own August event from this list and make a dish that reminds you of that event.  Send a picture and a review to armonthlychallenge@gmail.com by August 31.  Be sure to write what event you chose.  (You can even say why you chose it, if you want.)

July’s Theme was… We are celebrating neighbors this month!  Make a recipe from a country that neighbors your country. 

Cook:  bd.weld
Country: Mexico

Review:  A couple of months back the wife and I went to one of my favorite restaurants Phillipes, the birthplace of the American invention, French Dip Sandwich. As I was eating my French Dip Sandwich I thought since one of our assignments for Allrecipes Allstars was to invent a recipe using Herdez(r) cooking sauces I decided to put a south of the border spin on this American icon. I can honestly  say that this turned out surprisingly good.

Review:  I know I may sound like an advertisement for Herdez but this south of the border recipe is absolutely one of the best I've ever tried. The use of this is endless, as a dip, or a topping for tacos, fish tacos, taco salad, a topping for burgers...I could go on and on. This recipe by our own Allrecipes Valerie's Kitchen has to be one of my favorites of all time. 

Recipe 3:  Mexican Baked Fish

Review:  Wow! Such an easy recipe to make and no need for measuring. No doubt that this would work with almost any fish and chicken. The cooking time was a bit longer for me.

Review:  I added garlic salt to the avocado sauce and used a food processor to make the tortilla chips into a finer crush. I also pureed the salsa and chipotle. In order to prevent from turning the delicate fish while cooking I place the fish on a cooling rack over a baking sheet prior to baking. This turned out great and the avocado sauce helped balance the heat from the chipotle.

Cook:  Jacolyn
Country:  Mexico
Recipe:  Mexican Rice II

Review:  This is a good basic recipe for Mexican rice. We used it as a side dish and a topping for the Weeknight Skillet Fajitas recipe from this site. The only changes I made to the rice were to cook the onions (with minced garlic and cumin) first (omitting the garlic salt) and added a small amount of diced jalapeños. Unfortunately, the jalapeños made it extremely hot, so next time I will use diced mild green chili peppers.

Cook:  Lela
Country:  Mexico

Review:  The Mexican Strawberry Agua De Fresca was a nice cool drink that hits the spot on a hot day. It would be fun to use different fruits to make this drink. It was simple to make; however, plan on making this drink the day before so the flavors have time to develop.

Background:  The Agua Frescas are very popular in Mexico. Throughout Mexico you will find Agua Frescas made with fresh fruit in street stands and restaurants. It is a fresh strawberry sweet water that will quench your thirst on a hot summer day. 

Cook:  Paula
Country: Mexico

Review:  I like this drink. The spices were subtle to me, certainly not overpowering, and the chocolate was the perfect amount. I can see this being addictive in the wintertime, maybe because cloves and cinnamon make me think of the winter holidays. My biggest problem was the straining. I didn't have cheesecloth, so I used coffee filters which took time. I may try brewing this in my coffee pot next time to see if the taste is similar. It would certainly be easier.

Background:  According to the submitter's introduction, this was made for a child by a Mexican restaurant owner in Mexico City. Perhaps I have the taste buds of a child because I like this coffee. :) 

Cook:  *Sherri*
Country: Caribbean countries
Recipe 1:  Ybor City Salad

Review:  The salad is a simple quick throw together with ham, cheese and salty pimento olives, but it is the dressing that makes this a really fantastic salad, just a simple blend of a few flavors, which needs to be made up a couple days in advance, allowing flavors to meld together. When serving the salad you give some shakes of Worcestershire sauce, which adds a nice bold flavor to the salad. My guest insisted I write this recipe down before she left the house for her. My thanks to Saveur for the recipe of this delicious salad.

Background:  I just knew I could find a great Caribbean food in Allrecipe's member Saveur’s recipe box. So, I went peeking around and found her personal recipe for this fantastic Cuban salad; Ybor City Salad.

Review:  My second recipe was found by doing an ingredient search for Caribbean foods on Allrecipes.com, although this may not be a true Caribbean food, but it was sure a fun summer meal. I made this with shrimp and added in some black beans since so many other members raved about the addition, and they were right, very filling and super yummy, and would make a great party food.

Cook:  Sueb
Country: Canada

Review:  I made this recipe into Maple Tassies.  I loved the taste, but think that brown sugar is not needed.  I will try using only white sugar the next time I try the recipe!

Background: Tassies are another name for mini pies!  The maple leaf is a symbol for Canada, so I had that country in mind when I tried this recipe.
Aug. 1, 2013 12:08 pm
FUN! BD Weld - My husband had to go to Cali for a wedding he was in and he had a day to himself to sight see. On his list ... Phillipes! Said it was spot on delish! (All I got brought back as a t-shirt from there! hahah)
Aug. 1, 2013 12:47 pm
The recipes and photos are all delicious. I had planned to participate, had a Canadian recipe all picked out and ran out of month. This is a fun blog.
Aug. 1, 2013 1:06 pm
Heather, it must be a good restaurant if it inspired bd.weld to create such a wonderful dish. That sandwich is sooo good! (If you haven't made it yet, do yourself a favor and make it!)
Aug. 1, 2013 1:07 pm
BigShotsMom, we missed you this month! I think it's fun too! I enjoy seeing what other people choose to make, and it always looks so good!
Aug. 1, 2013 5:17 pm
Great blog!
Aug. 2, 2013 6:06 am
Great job on the blog!
Aug. 2, 2013 6:59 am
Jacolyn-if you haven't tried BD Weld's Sandwich-you will have to give it it try! We loved it. Just remember to buy a bun that is crispy so it will soak up the Chipolte sauce! All the recipes look Delish!
Aug. 4, 2013 8:38 pm
Thanks, sueb and cat hill! Lela, I have tried it. I actually made my own bolillo rolls for the recipe. It was sooo good!
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I am a food addict and don't plan on recovering any time soon! I truly enjoy cooking and baking, though I still have much to learn. In addition to kitchen time, reading is one of my favorite hobbies. Also, I am the oldest of seven children, and my husband and I spend a lot of time with both of our families, because our parents and siblings live close. Finally, this is my second year in the Allrecipes Brand Ambassador program. This means that I volunteer to promote Allrecipes, because I love it!
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I enjoy trying new foods, but I often cook chicken dishes, because they are fairly easy and cheap. I really enjoy baking, but my husband does not like many sweets (much to my chagrin!) So, I often volunteer to bake a dessert whenever we spend time with other people or attend a church activity.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite cooking/baking traditions are those that occur the days before holidays. My mother and I sometimes stay up all night baking together (usually Greek & Jewish recipes handed down from my grandmothers), and it is truly a bonding time.
My cooking triumphs
Most of the recipes from Allrecipes lead to cooking success stories. Thank you to all the members of AR that have contributed recipes and reviews. They have been quite helpful!
My cooking tragedies
When I first began cooking, I had several poor attempts at using the broiler, most of which ended in a fire! I am happy to report that I have finally learned how to use it, after several tries. :)
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