Colcannon And Tamarindo

Colcannon And Tamarindo

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Note: 1) tamarind has seeds; tamarind is a fruit (a potato does not have seeds)

Colcannon is Irish food. It is a mixture of mashed potatoes, cabbage, onions, and kale. I used spinach. The onions and greens add pleasing flavors to the mashed potatoes. I recommend making colcannon in advance. After a couple of hours there was more flavor. I served this with pumpkin pie and whipped cream. I have a chart for making whipped cream. The different proportions make several different types of whipped cream that someone can use in different situations.

Tamarindo is my association for romance. A big foam cup of tamarindo and a big bean burrito are clear signs of success! Tamarindo and horchata are two of my favorite beverages. The experience of being excited by tamarindo makes me want to live forever.

Colcannon

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Tamarindo

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Colcannon

Tamarindo

1. Selma Brown Morrow: William Sonoma: Potato (New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc, 2002), 34.

2. “How to make Tamarind Juice” YouTube video, 4:29. Posted by “Evelyn Dominguez,” September 1, 2016. https://youtu.be/wL-H2FnnwL4.

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Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burritos

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Note: 1) cook an egg by heating a pan on medium, add butter, once the butter melts, add the eggs, for scrambled eggs, mix them gently, otherwise, put a lid on the eggs, and turn the heat to low, after a couple of minutes remove the lid, if the lid is not removed for too long a period of time, the tops of the eggs will cook and the tops of the eggs will not be shiny or yellow, add a little white pepper and salt

These burritos are very easy to make. My favorite part of these burritos is the fried potatoes. The flavor and texture of the potatoes is very pleasing. I probably recommend using mild cheddar, but some brands of sharp cheddar may be more exciting. The flavor of extra-sharp cheddar is too strong. I browned the tortillas in a panini press. Restaurants do not usually brown tortillas for a breakfast burrito. If I microwaved the browned tortillas to melt the cheese, the tortillas were soft. Here is a list of the ingredients: tortillas, cheese, bacon/sausage, fried potato squares, and salsa/pico de gallo. Baking “breakfast potatoes” from the freezer section at a grocery store would probably work well. Maybe hashed brown patties would be good also.

Large Breakfast Burritos

Small Breakfast Burrito

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Amazing Bean And Cheese Burritos

Amazing Bean And Cheese Burritos

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Note: 1) I changed the amount of jalapenos in the recipe

These burritos were more exciting than any burrito from any restaurant that I have ever visited. This recipe is from The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach by the America’s Test Kitchen. I used this recipe when I made Navajo tacos. This time, I used dry beans. This was very successful. I believe that making the beans at least 1 day  in advance is the secret for making beans that taste similarly to canned beans. These beans are my most successful.

I added buffalo meat to the burritos. A large oven will brown the burritos more evenly. I was able to move the burritos easily because they were firm and crispy. The flavor was very very good. I served them with chips and my caliente especial and guacamole. The recipe for the beans appears below.

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Amazing Bean And Cheese Burritos

Stuffed Jalapenos

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These are the best stuffed jalapenos I have encountered. The recipe is from The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach by the America’s Test Kitchen. The first jalapeno popper I had was very very exciting. I wonder if my senses are dull because I am older. Stuffed jalapenos are not as exciting as my first popper.

These poppers are exciting. They should probably be eaten slowly. Someone should concentrate to identify the great flavors. Despite these issues, these poppers were very impressive. The filling was more flavorful after sitting in the fridge for 24 hours.

1. The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach (Kindle Location 1050). America’s Test Kitchen. Kindle Edition.

Mexican Lentil And Chorizo Soup

Mexican Lentil And Chorizo Soup

 

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This recipe for Lentil And Chorizo Soup is from The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach by the America’s Test Kitchen. It is very very good. The soup should be made 1 day in advance. I went to a European deli to get these sausages. I served the soup with sourdough made with eggs and olive oil. This combination was great! Recipes from this book are reliable and very exciting. I used chili powder that included cumin and oregano. Red lentils were exciting, but the recipe includes brown lentils. Brown lentils probably have a stronger flavor.

1. The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach (Kindle Location 1879). America’s Test Kitchen. Kindle Edition.

Chef John’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, Baking Bread In A Dutch Oven, And A Simple Quesadilla

Chef John’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, Baking Bread In A Dutch Oven, And A Simple Quesadilla

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Chef John makes great food! This recipe for making pizza has the best ideas for making pizza. I am going to use these ideas for making pizza in the future. The flavors are very exciting. Putting shredded parmesan on the top was great. The pizza sauce was exciting. The crust was flavorful. The pizza was even better the next day. I suggest baking this pizza at 400°F/204°C for 10 minutes and then at 350°F/177°C for 30 or more minutes.

Baking bread in a Dutch oven is exciting! The bread browns perfectly. This sourdough includes (is enriched with) eggs and olive oil. The flavor is very exciting. I am going to reduce the temperature since the bottom of the bread started to burn. I am planning to bake this bread at 400°F/204°C for 10 minutes and then at 350°F/177°C for 30 or more minutes.

This quesadilla was made with extra-sharp cheddar, sour cream, and hot sauce. The extra-sharp cheddar has great flavor. I also like to put sour cream and guacamole on quesadillas. I like to pour cheese that melts on the panini press over top of the quesadilla.

Chef John’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

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Baking Bread In A Dutch Oven

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A Simple Quesadilla

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Chef John’s Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, or “Pizza” As We Call It In New York

Amazing Navajo Tacos

Amazing Navajo Tacos

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Note: 1) when making beans, consider substituting poblanos with jalapenos, and in general, consider substituting any chilies with jalapenos, 2) see notes in blog post for fried scones

These Navajo Tacos were the very best. They were so exciting! The recipes for the taco meat and the refried beans are from The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach by the America’s Test Kitchen. These recipes are amazing. I made Navajo tacos last year. These tacos are a big improvement. I used my caliente especial recipe for making taco sauce. The tacos with taco sauce and sour cream are very different than the tacos without these things. Both were exciting.

Since I cut the scones in half, someone may want to roll the dough to make a 20 x 20 inch (50.8 x 50.8 cm) sheet. The best way I have found for cutting shredded lettuce or cabbage for sandwiches or coleslaw is by making lettuce or cabbage chiffonade. Chiffonade is created by stacking and rolling leaves to make a cigar or cigarette. The ends of the cylinder are cut to make shreds. Since condiments should be room temperature to have the best flavor, using the defrost feature of a microwave makes this possible without being inconvenienced.

Scones

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Taco Sauce

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Refried Beans

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Taco Meat

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Navajo Tacos

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Iceberg Lettuce Chiffonade, Make Condiments Room Temp With Microwave Using Defrost

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Scones

Taco Sauce

1. The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach (Kindle Location 2488). America’s Test Kitchen. Kindle Edition.

2. The Best Mexican Recipes: Kitchen-Tested Recipes Put the Real Flavors of Mexico Within Reach (Kindle Location 8247). America’s Test Kitchen. Kindle Edition.