Recipe: Posole

I’ve decided that I need to keep up with this blog and post more than my Menu Plan Monday post.  So, I’m going to start posting recipes!

The first one I’ll start with is Posole.  I grew up in New Mexico, so this dish was a tradition in our house for New Year’s Eve, although it is traditionally served on Christmas Eve.  This dish to me means comfort and home.

There are several variations, some make it plain and ladle the red chili sauce into each bowl as it is served and others use lots of garnishes like cabbage, radishes, cilantro, avocados, or onions.  It’s up to you.  I prefer mine as I describe here served with buttered flour tortillas.

Posole

  • 2lb pork roast
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cilantro seed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 29oz can of hominy
  • Your choice of red chili sauce, I use red enchilada sauce or El Pato (or if you’re ambitious, make your own!)
  • Flour tortillas

Season pork with cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, chili powder, and cilantro seed. (Please keep in mind, I don’t ever measure my spices out when cooking, so I only gave estimates in the ingredient list.  Use your best judgement.)  Cook pork roast in crock pot for 8-10 hours on low.  Shred pork with two forks.

At this point you can put everything back into the crock pot or switch to a pot on the stove, whichever is easier.

Add can of hominy plus chili sauce to pot along with about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water (I rinse out my cans from the chili sauce and hominy and add that to the pot).  Add pork to the hominy mixture and simmer until warm.

Serve with warm buttered flour tortillas and enjoy!

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Menu Plan Monday #11

Happy April!!  March was a crazy busy month for us.  Winter tried to hang on and I think Spring finally won out.  I was successful on my March Blogging Challenge… Woo!  Now I don’t know what to do!  Guess I need to come up with a plan.  Maybe I’ll start posting some awesome recipes?  Or I could throw myself into some crafting?  I need to be better about documenting my cooking and crafting processes so I can share them with you!

Lunches this week are going to be mostly egg salad I made from our Easter eggs.  I was planning originally to make some Deviled Eggs, but the eggs refused to peel nicely, so they all got chopped up.  It’s extremely tasty either way.

Here’s my menu for the next week:

  1. BBQ Pork with some awesome last minute coleslaw from a free cabbage I received today
  2. Posole
  3. Sausage and White Bean Soup, and I’m taking the suggestion from the comments and adding some spinach!
  4. Oven Fried Chicken
  5. Posole leftovers
  6. BBQ leftovers
  7. Burritos and Tacos

What are you having this week? Check out Pa-BLAM!, The Vampire Diet, and Food Allergy Experience for more ideas! And check out Om Nomalicious for some ridiculously amazing recipes!

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March Blogging Challenge: Day 31

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Well, I made it!  Woo!  I made it through the challenge.  I posted every day, well, I missed a couple of days technically, but I caught up.

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Here is my self portrait with my beautiful daughter.  I couldn’t resist showing her off, she’s such a cutie.

And the second part of the topic for today is what I liked best about this challenge.  I liked all the prompts, they were interesting to answer.  I also liked that I kept wanting to go back to the challenge and not give up.  It kept me entertained enough and I’m kind of sad it’s over!  I’m going to have to come up with something just as interesting for April.

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March Blogging Challenge: Day 30

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As with the favorite meal/food topic, I don’t know that I can pick just one favorite flavor of ice cream. Any flavor will do actually. I find a different flavor each time I get a carton, but my standards are Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, or just plain Vanilla jazzed up as a banana split.

One that we recently discovered and love is a local brand called Turkey Hill, flavor of Double Dunker. It is a glorious mix of mocha ice cream with cookie dough pieces and chocolate cookies.

I love ice cream so much, I could write poetry and sing songs about it.

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March Blogging Challenge: Day 29

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My favorite time of the year is a tie between right now and Fall. I love coming off of Winter and feeling the world wake up and get new life, seeing all the trees bud out and flowers bloom, and getting out to do more adventures. It’s such a beautiful time of year. And to contrast that, my other favorite time is Fall, when the leaves turn and fall to the ground and there is a crisp chill in the air. i guess I associate Fall in my head with so many adventures-pumpkin patches, hayrides, apple picking, camping, and so much more. What’s not to love? If I had it my way, the year would only have these two seasons all year long.

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March Blogging Challenge: Day 28

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I’ve got to be honest… sweets and carbs are my guilty pleasures.  I can’t resist a fudgey brownie or a nice dinner roll.  Beyond food, I’m obsessed with Pinterest and spend way too much time scrolling through the endless pages of amazing things.  I also like to stay up late laying in bed and catching up on Buffy The Vampire Slayer or any variety of classic 90’s TV shows that I can find on Netflix.  (Other shows I’ve watched or am watching right now are Felicity and Dawson’s Creek, and I might rotate Angel and Xena:  Warrior Princess in there.  Oh baby!)

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March Blogging Challenge: Day 27

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Today I’m supposed to tell you about three online friends I’ve never met but would like to soon.  I’d like to meet several people off of the journaling site Livejournal where I keep a personal journal.  I’d especially love to meet Sarah, Heather, Amber, and Stacy, but I’d really like to meet all of them.  I know most of my friends list over there already in real life and they are some pretty amazing people!  I’ve made some really awesome friends on that site and I hope it continues and the friendships last.

 

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March Blogging Challenge: Day 26

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I honestly can’t pick just one favorite food.  I love it all!  My mom raised me to eat pretty much everything (I ate spicy Mexican food and salads as far back as I can remember) and now, especially in the last year, I’ve branched out and I will eat anything.  I suppose that it would be easier to say that I won’t eat organs like menudo and tripe, liver, tongue, brain, eyeballs, or something equally gross.  Aside from that, I say bring it on!

I love to try new recipes and new things in the kitchen too.  Any suggestions?

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March Blogging Challenge: Day 25

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My location is in a suburb southwest of Philadelphia. I really like living here because we are close to everything. We are just a few miles to the center of the city, about 45 minutes to the beach, and driving distance to tons of awesome places like state parks, wildlife refuges, hiking and walking trails, and lots of historical places like Philadelphia itself or Valley Forge. It is a very diverse and wonderful area that I love to explore. One thing that I didn’t realize about the east coast is how tight and close together everything is. From where we are, it’s common to drive across state lines into New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland and still be home for dinner. Considering how spread out the west coast is, you certainly cover some ground when you travel but you don’t see much. Here, it is much more interesting. I much prefer this area to any other place I’ve lived.

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Menu Plan Monday #10

I have been pretty scatterbrained these past couple of days. If it weren’t for my iPad and typing these entries up in bed, I don’t think I’d be doing this!

We had a surplus of food last week, so a bunch of stuff got pushed forward. We have a fridge full of leftovers! It makes things really easy and I can take a rest day every now and then.

  1. Oven Fried Chicken, rice, mashed potatoes
  2. Chicken, Sausage, and Potatoes leftovers
  3. Sweet Potato and Black Bean soup
  4. Beef Stroganaff with egg noodles leftovers
  5. Posole, which is one of my favorite comfort foods. It’s a Mexican stew made from shredded pork, red chilies, and hominy.

What are you having this week? Check out Pa-BLAM!, The Vampire Diet, and Food Allergy Experience for more ideas! And check out Om Nomalicious for some ridiculously amazing recipes!

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