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Grilled Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad with Agave Lime Dressing

Found this on fortheloveofcooking.net and slightly modified it for a dinner party yesterday.

by Pam on July 23, 2009

When looking for a tasty salad on the Internet I came across this one from Jehan Can Cook. It sounded perfect. I love all the ingredients and flavors used so I was really excited to try it. It was so quick and easy to make and tasted fantastic. We all really loved this salad. The dressing was delicious and the salad was filled with great textures and flavors. I will make this dish over and over again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Mexican Food, Sides

 

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Chile Verde Pork

This recipe is great for cold winter Sundays and pairs great with my Z Tejas Style Cornbread.

30 Hatch Green chiles, roasted
5 pounds pork shoulder
4 medium white onions, chopped
10 whole garlic cloves, crushed
4 bay leaves
4 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
28-oz can of whole tomatoes, crushed by hand, and the juice (I like San Marzano)
4 cups water
1.5 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon, Base Chicken
Salt
Flour Tortillas (I like buying the uncooked torillas, found in the refrigerated section, and cooking in a non-stick skillet right before serving)
Sour Cream, for garnish
Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

Directions
Remove the stems and seeds from the chiles and coarsly chop, set aside.

Remove the fat from the pork shoulder and cut the fat into small pieces. In a large dutch oven over medium-high heat, fry the fat until crisp, 4 or 5 minutes, and then remove the chunks of fat from the pan.

Sweat the onions and garlic in the same saute pan, cooking them in the residual pork fat. Cut the pork shoulder into 1/4 – 1/2 inch pieces, add them to the pan, and saute until browned. Add the bay leaves, oregano, cumin, tomatoes, and Hatch chiles. Simmer over low heat for about 25 minutes. In the meantime, heat the water and chicken base in a medium saucepan and then pour it into the chile.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours or until tender. Remove the bay leaves.

Serve in bowls, and garnish with sour cream and fresh cilantro leaves. I also served homemade pinto beans on the side.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2012 in Mexican Food

 

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Z Tejas Style Cornbread

Z Tejas is a small chain of restaurants that serve a sort of texmex fusion cuisine. The food is surprisingly tasty, and they make the best cornbread. This is a sweet cakelike northern-style cornbread rather than a thinner southern style, but it’s my favorite.

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup creamed corn
1/4 cup frozen corn
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
pinch salt

Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl, add dry ingredients.

Lightly grease a 10- or 12-inch cast iron skillet. Pour in batter. (I preheat the skillet while I’m making the batter.)

Bake at 375 for 16 minutes, rotating pan halfway through.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2012 in Bread, Mexican Food

 

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