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Drunken Salsa

Drunken Pasilla, Prune and Orange Salsa
Salsa Borracha de Pasilla, Ciruela y Naranja

Serves: makes about 3 cups salsa

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Ingredients

6 to 8 pasilla chiles (about 2 ounces), stemmed and seeded

2 garlic cloves with husks on

1 cup boiling water

1 cup beer

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 1/2 cups pitted prunes

1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt

To Prepare

Set a skillet or comal over medium heat and, once hot, toast the chiles for about 1 minute per side, being careful not to burn them. Remove from heat.

Roast, or char, the garlic cloves for about 6 to 8 minutes either on the same skillet or comal, or under a broiler for 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside and peel away the husks once the cloves have cooled.

Place the toasted chiles in a medium saucepan and cover with the boiling water, beer and orange juice. Add the prunes to the pan and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Put the chiles, prunes and cooking liquid into a blender, along with the garlic and salt. Puree until smooth and serve.

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Michelada

Michelada

Serves: 1

Michelada

Ingredients

For a basic michelada:

1 beer mug, chilled

Kosher or coarse sea salt, for coating the rim of the glass

1 lime wedge

Ice cubes (optional)

2-3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1 beer, preferably Mexican, chilled


Additional ingredients for a michelada especial:

Dash of hot sauce like Tabasco, Cholula or Valentina (optional)

Dash of a salty sauce like soy sauce, Worcestershire or Maggi Sauce (optional)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Pinch of kosher or coarse sea salt (optional)

To Prepare

Pour a layer of salt onto a small plate. Rub the rim of a chilled beer mug with the lime wedge and dip the rim gently into the salt to coat. Place the ice cubes, if using, into the mug. If making a basic michelada, add the lime juice on top of the ice, then pour in the beer.

If making a michelada especial, salt the rim of a chilled beer mug as directed above, then place the optional ingredients, to taste, into the mug. Stir the mixture lightly then pour in the beer.

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September 4, 2009
micheladas and pepitas

For Labor Day, our friends Jeannie and Bill invited us to their farm on the Eastern shore. Jeannie said snacks and grown up drinks are welcome. We can’t wait! Since we are going to be a large crowd, meals there are so leisurely and her family likes to try new things, I want to bring an interesting and friendly snack. Since I’ve been experimenting with pumpkin seeds, spiced up pumpkin seeds came to mind. Micheladas are a great pairing for them, especially since this may be one of the last weekends with enough heat for such drink.

Pumpkin seeds, Pepitas in Spanish, are one of the things I used to stuff in my suitcase when visiting Mexico. That’s because they have a mellow, somewhat nutty, almost sweet, barely chewy and nutritious nature, but also because of its multiple uses in Mexican cooking. They are used hulled and un-hulled, toasted or fried, to make salsas, moles, soups and drinks. There is more to Pepitas than being used for an unnoticeable role as a salad topping. So you can imagine my happiness when I began noticing their appearance in not just one, but many grocery stores here in the US.

Continue reading Micheladas and Spiced Up Pepitas: You Are Invited!


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