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Chiles Rellenos

Not sure why so many people think these are difficult or time-consuming to make...they're one of my must-go meals. If you have a gas stove, put a chili on each burner and turn occasionally till charred all over. Put them all in a brown paper bag and let the steam peel them for you. I find it easier to remove the seeds after charring, not before. The chili will hold its shape better while charring. I'm lucky enough to live in Mexico, where we get Oaxaca and Chihuahua cheese. I like to mix the 2...Oaxaca for the creaminess, Chihuahua for a bit of sharpness...Frying them is easy...just don't try to do too many at once, or you'll lower the oil temperature and they won't cook well. This is a GREAT recipe! Don't be afraid of it!

Feb 03, 2014
cygnet2 in Recipes

Perfect Margarita

1800 was originally called Cuervo 1800. It is still owned by the Beckmann family, who owns the entire Cuervo brand. They make 8 varieties of 1800, including reposado and anejo. But if you want a really GREAT authentic margarita like we drink here in Mazatlan, try el Jimador or Tres Generacions tequila and use Cointreau, NOT Controy!

Aug 06, 2013
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The Basics: How to Make Skillet Cornbread

Who cares if it's genuine "Southern" or "Yankee"?? Does it taste good? That's all that matters to me!

Aug 24, 2012
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Latticed Rhubarb Pie

Why would someone give this only a 3 star review when they obviously haven't tried this?? I have tried it and it's excellent...the only change I'd make next time, would be putting about half the amount of orange zest. Otherwise, it was great! Not overly sweet and gooey, but fresh and a bit tart, the way rhubarb pie should be! Delicious!

Apr 16, 2012
cygnet2 in Recipes

Vietnamese Coffee Ice Pops

One word: EXCELLENT!

Feb 22, 2012
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Poached Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

I made this with my goat cheese instead of blue. I sliced a log of chevre, coated each slice in panko bread crumbs and fried each slice until golden brown then placed 2 slices on each serving of salad. DELISH!

Dec 01, 2011
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Difficulty Handling Chayotes

I've always considered the food and cooking websites and books to be the experts, so I'll go with that, LOL.
You will also find smooth and prickly chayote on the same vine...At least the one in my backyard has both and I know it's not grafted.

Nov 02, 2011
cygnet2 in General Topics

Difficulty Handling Chayotes

The females have smooth skin, the males have prickly skin. JFYI

Nov 01, 2011
cygnet2 in General Topics

Cantaloupe... Ugh.

Eat it like we do here in Mazatlan (and all of Mexico!). Squeeze fresh lime juice over it and sprinkle with chili powder!

Sep 30, 2011
cygnet2 in Home Cooking

Chiles Rellenos

@npartz2007: I live in Mexico and this recipe is EXACTLY what we have here. I've never seen them covered in bread crumbs here. Perhaps in a different part of Mexico, but where I am, this recipe is the real deal.