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What's Cooking at Casa Vaka?

 
Sep. 5, 2010 10:45 am 
Updated: Sep. 6, 2010 5:43 am
For Christmas last year, my mother-in-law gave all the women in the family a neat, spiral-bound book of all the recipes she made for her children while they were growing up. I felt honored by this gift. My husband used to rave about several of her recipes, and I was delighted by the idea of… MORE
Recipe? Check. Ingredients? Check. Technique? That's a whole different story.
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The edible part of the leek is the center, white part.
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For best results, turn the meatballs with two spoons.
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Success!
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Aug. 28, 2010 1:13 pm 
Updated: Sep. 20, 2010 2:38 pm
Ever since I moved away from Pueblo, Colorado, I have made it my mission to learn how to make the delicious green chili for which the town is known. The key ingredient to this dish, which I have only recently discovered, is roasted hatch green chili peppers, which apparently can only be found… MORE
Hatch green chili peppers, fresh from New Mexico.
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Roasting the peppers in the broiler.
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As the Pioneer Woman put it, the black is what gives it that roasted flavor.
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Mmm... Delicious roasted green chili peppers ready for my next batch of green chili.
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Sep. 4, 2009 2:32 pm 
Updated: Sep. 15, 2009 5:32 am
I never used to like avocado.  I used to be a really picky eater, actually.  But then Nick (my hubby) and I discovered the glory that is Chipotle, and we've been addicted to guacamole ever since.  It also never occurred to me that guacamole was easy enough to make… MORE
Ingredients for a guacamole night.
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The third guacamole attempt was a success!
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Modified pico de gallo.
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Slice 6-inch corn tortillas into quarters for tortilla chips.
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The Animator's Wife

Home Town
Pueblo, Colorado, USA

Member Since
Nov. 2005

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Dessert, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work

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About Me
I grew up in a house where dinner was never a big deal, and my mother never made anything from scratch. My husband's mother, on the other hand, made EVERYTHING from scratch and is an "ingredient elitist" of sorts in that she won't accept anything less than real butter or whole milk. Now that I'm married, my goal is to find a balance between the rich, wholesome meals my husband is used to and the quick and easy preparations that I like.
My favorite things to cook
I like recipes that require only a few ingredients to make something spectacular.
My favorite family cooking traditions
There are few times when I will go all out and make something that takes all day and a pantry of ingredients, but I will always go out of my way for good Mexican food. Although my mother didn't cook much, my dad's side of the family always made a big thing of it for any family gathering. We would arrive hours before the meal was due to start just to help with the preparation of everything, and then we would dine on enchiladas and tacos until we just couldn't eat anymore. Although for everyday meals I like "quick and easy" recipes the best, the occasional all-day Mexican feast is definitely one tradition I would like to share with my children.
My cooking triumphs
The Jello-shooter brain! This was the first recipe I ever came up with all on my own, and it was so realistic-looking my nephew was afraid if it (which is fine because it was alcoholic anyway).
My cooking tragedies
One year for Thanksgiving at my mother-in-law's house I volunteered to make yams from scratch. It was a disaster! The end product was crunchy and unedible. It wouldn't have been so disheartening if it hadn't taken all day, but the whole experience reminded me why I don't like to make things from scratch.
 
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