I don’t care what the dog told you Pepe, I do not need a release to post pictures of you. I’m not having this conversation again.
What do you mean there’s no WiFi….
Fluffles 2.0 has wagered $20.00 that are as good as mine. I told him Snow is gone. As I shook his paw he smiled and asked, “Is anyone ever really gone?” and settled in for the wait. Last night he whispered, “The night is dark and full of terrors,” before he went to bed. I told him to cut it out because he was giving me the creeps. He should be considered a suspect if I don’t show up to work tomorrow. He hasn’t been the same since we marathoned all 5 seasons of Game Of Thrones. I told him there was no other way to fully appreciate the premiere tonight. He became especially interested in the house of black and white and where he could get his paws on some playdough…..
You don’t have to be a Game Of Thrones fan to enjoy this. Hurry up already April 24th!
By Estela Caballero
First, no moles (rodent kind) were used in the making of this chicken mole. No moles, that I know of, are used in the making of any mole. Just wanted to clear that up so you don’t spend valuable time trying to spot chunks of chopped up mole in these pictures. For anyone wanting mole that calls for real mole– hey, who am I to judge– just look up a recipe for mole and substitute chicken with mole, badger or any other kind of meat you fancy.
Chicken Mole is a common Mexican dish. The mole refers to the thick sauce the meat, usually chicken, is swimming in after it’s cooked. The chicken is fully cooked before being put into the mole sauce.
You can buy mole sauce in a tall glass jar in the grocery aisle that stocks most other Mexican food– or you can make it from scratch. The ingredients above are part of what went into the beautiful mole sauce my mother in law made for us. She combined that with ingredients from image below. I had no idea fried corn tortillas were part of the mix.
Oaxaca and Puebla are most often credited with oldest and best mole recipes in Mexico. If you taste a deep dry chocolate flavor in some mole, it is probably in the recipe. Peanuts are a staple in making mole sauce. The sauces I’ve tasted have a smoky soft chile flavor.
My father’s side of the family is from Aguascalientes, a small state in Mexico with beauty, industry and agriculture. No claim to the roots of mole.
My husband’s side of the family is from Michoacan. A state of beauty and strength. Michoacan has rich history, culture and is presently reclaiming it’s future. While it may not have claim to the roots of mole, it’s getting a run for it’s money with my suegra’s version of their famous platillo.
We usually eat mole with a side of Mexican rice. Sometimes we sprinkle queso fresco or queso cotija, different kinds of cheese, usually grated, over the mole and rice. Dress up your plate as much as you want. My mother in law is an artist with a plate and sides. Finely sculpted wedges of avocado will stand at whatever attention she commands. She will frequently wake up before any real early birds and chop fresh vegetables destined for a jar of water and vinegar to soften them up and flavor them for fresh chiles in vinegar.
I’m a messy eater and a C+ cook. I don’t dare try to recount the careful pasos de mi suegrita (steps of my mother in law) or the recipe. I’m trying to convince her to let me record her and post to share with the world. Not there yet! She’s amazing and has agreed to take any questions from the WordPress familia. She was in amazement that her fine embroidery had drawn attention from all around the world. I showed her the stats page on my behind the scenes blog pages. I told her that each number by the flag represented someone who had seen her work. She was in disbelief. This humble woman who lives to serve had never imagined she would live to see the day her work was admired outside the small town in Michoacan where she lived, loved and toiled.
Still haven’t found them? Look, you and me, we’re friends. I didn’t want to say anything but the cat, you know, the one with the crooked tail… he was eyeballing your sunflower seeds.
No need to thank me. That’s what friends are for, right? Cats are a bad deal all around amigo. No one’s sunflower seeds are safe if a cat is around.
Photography & Palabras by Estela Caballero ❤
Be the kind of person puppies like. This should not require you hide puppy biscuits in your socks.
I will let you in on a secret. No one person knows what the collective “Latino vote” will be. For any presidential candidate interested in this Latina’s (P.S. that’s not even what we call ourselves) vote, I give you the Rooster Challenge.