November 24th, 2013 § 2 comments

Calabacitas is the vegetable dish BSK creates when that excellent home cook wants to give a Mexican flavor to a dinner of pork chops or grilled chicken. BSK heats olive oil and sautees zucchini, red peppers, corn, onions and garlic. This gets a dusting of the magical, secret ingredient of all good kitchens — Goya Adobo powder. If the mood hits her, BSK will add (for a bit of heat and savory smokiness) a jolt of Spanish smoked paprika. A tip: BSK always uses Trader Joe’s frozen roasted corn niblets in cooked dishes. Fresh corn, while delicious off the cob, is wasted when cooked as part of a larger dish. If you want to forgo the chops and enjoy Calabacitas as a solo meal, here’s HG’s suggestion (nice while watching football or basketball on the TV): After the calabacitas is cooked, top it with lots of shredded Monterey Jack (or sharp cheddar cheese) and lower the heat until the cheese melts. Open a can of chipotle peppers and a jar of picante salsa. Warm tortillas. Tuck some calabacitas in the tortilla. Ramp up the heat with chipotles or salsa (or both). Mix up some Micheladas (Clamato and Corona beer served on ice with slices of lime in a salt rimmed glass). Roll up your tortilla and have fun. Go Broncos!!!


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  • This concoction called a michelada sounds simply vile, and far, far beneath the lofty standards of our HG. Rethink and repent, HG!!

    • Gerry says:

      A Michelada is to Tex-Mex-Mexican food what a Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Tonic is to a Katz’s pastrami sandwich. Sounds odd but works perfectly. There is a large world beyond Petrus, Pomerol, Piesporter, Medoc, Cote Rotie and other attractive beverages. Expand your horizon, Peter.

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