Apr 122012
 

One of the many things I miss from the years I spent is Mexico is the food. I have yet to find truly authentic central Mexican cuisine in the states. I have experimented with a few recipes, but the only one that turns out perfect every time is elote.

Translated, “elote” simply means corn on the cob, but it is so much more than that! Most often you can find them on the street or in any town square in the evenings.

I have introduced elote to several of my American friends and while all have been highly skeptical at first, not one of them can deny it’s amazing yumminess and addictiveness once they have tasted it.

Last week Jake and I had our first elotes of the season and I can’t wait to make them again.

Elotes

And everything is better with Mexican Coke!

Ingredients
~ Fresh, raw ears of corn on the cob
~ Mayonnaise
~ Dry Cheese  (such as Parmesan or a Parmesan/Ramono/Asiago Blend)
~ Pepper Mixture (this part of the recipe is from Food.com, I was fortunate enough to have a large amount of pica made for me by a Mexican vendor, so we just use that)
    1/2 teaspoon chili powder

  •      1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  •      1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  •      1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Preparation
    Grill or Roast Corn (on cob, in husk) until tender (about 12 minutes on the grill, 25 in the oven)

    Pull husk back to make a handle.

    Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise all over the corn

    Roll  or sprinkle on cheese

    Sprinkle pepper mixture over everything.

    ENJOY!  

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    Jul 142011
     

     These worked great for me, a little too well almost! And they are a great tasting option for boosting your milk supply! Unless the recipe says no substitutions next to a specific ingredient you can alter it to be more natural, less sugar, etc. Enjoy and let me know how it works for you!!!

    Milk Booster Cookies
    Makes:
    12 dozen (if you make them small) – recommended to eat at least 4 a day
    4-5 dozen if you do teaspoon size drops – recommended at least 2 per day
    Ingredients:
    - 3C Thick cut oats (not quick cook or instant)
    - 2C flour
    - 1C butter
    - 1C sugar
    - 1C brown sugar
    - 4 Tbsp water
    - 2 Tbsp flaxseed meal (no substitutions)
    - 2 Tbsp Brewer’s Yeast (no substitutions)
    - 2 Lg eggs
    - 1 tsp vanilla
    - 1 tsp baking soda
    - 1 tsp salt
    - 1 C chocolate chips  (substitute dried cranberries, raisins, butterscotch chips or whatever you like
    in your oatmeal cookies; I just make mine plain)
    Preparation:    Preheat oven at 375F
    - Mix flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 min.
    - Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar.
    - Add Eggs, stir in flaxseed mix and vanilla.
    - Beat until well blended.
    - In a separate bowl sift dry ingredients, except oats and choc chips.
    - Add butter mix to dry ingredients.
    - Stir in oats and then the choc chips.
    Drop onto parchment paper or non-stick cookie sheet.
    Bake 8-12 min for crunchy cookies, slightly less for soft cookies.

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    Jun 152011
     
    Looking for
    something to cook

    Aedyn has been eating like a toddler for the past few weeks. It got so frustrating that I finally just stopped making dinner because it wasn’t getting eaten. He was living on 2 bites of this and a bite of that. Now I know that it’s a fairly normal phase to go through, but still…
    Getting the pot into the sink
    So when he asked me if “Aedyn cook tortellinis?” at dinner time, I was not about to say no! Especially since they were stuffed with spinach and cheese.
    Over the past couple months I’ve also found that he loves to cook. Whether it’s just the involvement in what I’m doing or a true love of all things culinary is hard to say, but it’s been fun!
    Filling with water
    I try and let him do as much as possible on his own, but certain things, like carrying a full pot of water, turning on the stove, pouring noodles into a boiling pot, and straining boiling hot noodles, I feel compelled to help out with.
    Ready to pour tortellinis!
    Our kitchen is still being remodeled, so our only sink is in the bathroom. He carries the stock pot and fills it with water for me.
    While we wait for the water to come to a boil we have a science lesson. We put water in the pot, when it gets hot we see bubbles, then it turns to steam! It’s amazing how miraculous these things are when seen through the eyes of a 2 year-old!
    <<< The peanut gallery occasionally tosses in some comments, but is mostly just happy that he's being included in the conversation.
    After we pour the tortellini in together I pretty much lose him. After all, who wants to stand by the stove for 14 minutes waiting for pasta to soften? By the time the pasta is done, he’s concentrating on doing something else and I’m just doing good to get him to the table. YUM
    This was his second helping, his first filled all three
    sections of the plate, then he asked for more!
     I really hope that cooking is something he continues to enjoy. I always swore that I would marry a man who could cook because I am not a fan! I am very blessed because Jake is a wonderful cook even if he can’t be in the kitchen as often as he’d like. I can’t wait until his schedule gets back to a point where he and Aedyn can have quality cooking time! 
    And *Bonus* if he learns to cook now, I don’t ever have to worry about him going hungry when he moves out!
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