Chicken (optional) and Cheese Quesadillas

Chicken (optional) and Cheese QuesadillasQuesadillas are something that I like quite a bit when I go out.  They’re tasty, full of cheese, and they’re generally fried on a griddle.  Griddle anything and its gotta be good, I’m sure I could make a case for my socks tasting good as long as there was enough butter and a griddle involved.

I’m also a firm believer that most things I make at home will, with some research, practice, and a bit of love, turn out better than any dish served by any restaurant.  No different here, then.  I got an email from some fantastic family back East giving me some feedback on what I’m doing here.  In there was also a desire for a quesadilla recipe.  I’m working on the rest my dear, but here’s something to munch on while you’re waiting. Continue reading

Mole Poblano with Chicken

Mole Poblano with Chicken

So Chicken Mole Poblano.  I like moles quite a bit.  There are all manner of moles.  Pink, yellow, verde, Colorado, Oaxaca, Poblano…on and on.  They all have something going for them.  I love chocolate and any opportunity to work it into any recipe is reason enough for me to try it.  Top if off with being quite tasty to boot and what’s not to like?  I’m sure there would be a great swath of folks from Mexico, little old ladies and chefs alike, who’d argue that this is anything but a real mole.  A “real” mole might take hours and hours of cooking and roasting and all manner of wonderful things to make the very complex flavors that are indicative of them.  I don’t have 16 hours and neither do you (well maybe you do – I’m jealous if that’s the case.)  This recipe, however, is delightful, can be used any number of different ways, and is fairly quick to put together.  It’s also fairly complex, not overly chocolatey, and is quite spicy.  I’ve used this with chicken cut up, shredded, just made the sauce and drizzled it over whole chicken breasts, it works with eggs, making breakfast burritos, with pork….would you like me to go on?  It’s very versatile and it’s quite tasty.

I never would have tried this to be honest, but my other half loves this stuff and our inability to find a good one anywhere around our place meant I needed to find a recipe to make up for that inadequacy.  What emerged was this recipe (after some incredible disasters – stuff that tasted like chalk) but it’s a recipe which he loves, and so do I. Continue reading