Mexican Mole Sauce with Chicken

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As promised ladies and gents!

   Mole from the Motherland. This recipe is one that my suegra uses to celebrate anything that needs celebrating. And today is Jose and my 5 month anniversary so I think that is worth celebration. Bring on the mexican comfort food!

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I used frozen chicken because, well, that’s all that was in the store. So I thawed it and then boiled the chicken. As you boil it the water is made into broth. Do not throw this away because you will need it later on.

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We now get to the goods. CHILE! Use about 6 chile anchos. They need to be dry roasted. Wash them good and boil them until soft. I boiled mine for about 20 minutes. After they are boiled through them toss them in the blender with the water. You want to liquefy the chiles so blend them for a good long while. Once they are a smooth liquid strain them and put the remaining in a pot. The heat should be on about medium-low heat.

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Guess what comes next…chocolate!!! This recipe just gets better and better. Toss about 2 Tablespoons of chocolate into the liquid chile. Constantly stir until the chocolate is completely melted.

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The next thing you need to mix up is the bread mix. In the blender add 1 tomato, 1/2 an onion, 2 small cloves of garlic, bread (about 2 slices worth), about 6-8 Ritz crackers, and a small amount of a cinnamon stick. WARNING: If you put too much cinnamon, your mole with be disgusting. Seriously so horrible. Take my word for it…In the photo of the cinnamon stick above, do you see the top of the side of my pointer finger? That is ALL you want. Combine all of these items in the blender. Add about 1 1/4 liter of the chicken stock that came from boiling the chicken. This will help it to not be a bread smoothie.

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Strain the mixture after it is liquified. Add this bread soup into the chile in the pot.

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Stir well

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Here’s a tip: keep stirring while the mole is on the burner. You do not want ANY curdles in your mole. That’s gross. So stir and take off the burner while you make the bread soup, or you can do as my suegra does and have a helper stir the mole while you get everything else ready. It makes for good family bonding time too!

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The last spice you want to add to the mole is pepper and gloves. Make sure that they are whole peppercorns and cloves. Use 3 peppers and 2 cloves. Anymore, they will overpower the mole. You want to mash them up. I didn’t have a stone bowl and hammer thing…I have no idea what those are called…but I do have giant rocks around my house. So I took the little bag of solid spice and smashed it like crazy with a rock on our concrete floor. This is a great way to get any extra anger or frustration out!

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Remember the chicken? Shred it with those fingers of yours, or a fork, and toss the shredded chicken into the mole. And you’re ready to serve!!

What’s mole without tortillas! But also don’t forget the rice! (I did…Luckily there is a real Mexican in our household who will let me know when we are missing something for a traditional meal.) So cook up some rice, put a spoonful in your mole and enjoy with some nice warm tortillas!

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Provecho!!!

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Food Frenzy Friday

I have always loved Taco Bell. Those crunchy tacos…holy crap I could eat like 5 at a time. One of the items on the menu that always soothes my craving is a gordita.

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Is your mouth watering? Because mine totally is…

This morning we got to the suegras house early so that I could learn how to make some Mexican food with suegra. Just my luck, she was making gorditas (food, not actually little fat ladies). When she said this I got so excited. She got the masa de maiz (corn dough) and quickly showed me how to mold a ball into a thick looking pancake.

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This was not looking like Taco Bell’s version. My friends…taco bell is not real Mexican food. Don’t let them fool you. You  want to then take the dough and set it on a tortilla warmer on your stove. Just let it heat up and cook. You will be able to tell when to flip it when the sides are turning brown and the gordita no longer sticks to the warmer.

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After we heated up the dough on the stove, suegra took a pancake thing and cut to, but not through the top of the gordita.

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She then pointed to the beans, cream, salsa, and lettuce that were on the table and told me to fill it up to my heart’s desire. Ok Taco Bell…see ya. This was so delicious and so moist! The gordita bread seriously melts in your mouth. You can fill it up with whatever you want. Meat, cheese, beans, veggies, cactus paddles, whatever you want!

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Sometimes, Abuelito will make these with banana bread dough. He won’t cut them through to add stuffing, but just eat them flat like regular bread.

For reals this is the easiest recipe that I have found. We just went to the tortilleria and bought the dough. Add a little bit of water so it is a little sticky and mold away! Make sure that you are throwing the dough ball between both hands. The quicker the better. The ball will transform into a perfectly round, flat gordita.

I would suggest buying the masa already made. Even the mexican ladies here do that. You can go to your nearest Tortilleria and just ask for masa de maiz. They will know exactly what you need.

Enjoy your very own authentic Mexican Gorditas!

Les Presento al Mr. and Mrs. Martinez!!

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We’re married!!

Here in Mexico they don’t see religious ceremonies as legal, so we got married civilly first and then took our 3 hour journey to the LDS Temple in Guadalajara, Mexico. There we were sealed for time and through all eternity. I am so grateful that the sealing power is on the earth today. Now we have the opportunity to be together forever! What a wonderful experience it was to be in the temple with my parents and a few of my siblings. Also when we walked into the sealing room, there were some friends of Jose from Aguascalientes. They were in the temple that day randomly so they were able to come and witness the sealing. It was so nice to have someone there from Mexico.

Before the ceremony, I had a few minutes by myself in the bride’s room. I sat there and enjoyed the spirit of the temple. As I sat and pondered I thought of all those who couldn’t attend my wedding, but wanted to. I am so grateful for my loving family. For their love and support for Jose and I in this new adventure. I also thought of those who already passed on from this life. My mom in particular. Without getting too personal with the spiritual experiences I had in that room, I will say this…God allows for your loved ones who have died to join you on your own special occasions. I know that my mom was with me the in temple. I know that she loves Jose and is so happy for us. I also know that she enjoyed the reception later that night!

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Now that we’re married and my family has gone back to the states, real life begins! We are renting a little house in a small town with about 200 people in it. It is just a short distance away from Jose’s family. There we have a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a storage area. It’s small, but we love it. It is the perfect size for us. We are also so blessed because we have a nice piece of land on the side of the house where we can plant a  garden! The front yard has a few flowers and I am looking forward to planting more. The house is mostly blue. I am so in love with this house. My kitchen is yellow and has a window that looks out into the front garden. Right as you walk into the house there is a roofless hallway. Each night we get to see the stars right from our home. Seriously, it is so romantic. We have no internet, and have concrete floors, but we have each other and plenty of projects to keep us busy around the house.

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Tomorrow we start to teach English in the same house that we hold our church meetings in. So far we have 5 people who are in the class. I’m so excited to see how things grow. The school, the church, the garden, our family! All of it!

I want to keep a record through this blog for my family, but also I want to share experiences about being a gringa in the small town of Calvillo. Everyone has been so welcoming and loving! They help me with my Spanish and are so kind and patient. Today I made my first grocery list and as soon as mi esposo gets home we are going grocery shopping to stock up the fridge for a week. That part of my life I really want to include on here for readers. I want to share authentic Mexican recipes and the adventure of learning how to be a Mexican woman. Speaking of…here is a photo of my first dish I ever made for Jose…

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eggs with the nopales and tortillas. Nopales are cactus leaves that have the slivers shaved off. They are so amazing. Go on…tell me how good my cooking looks. Yummy! Ha! It was so bland. Luckily, Jose’s mom keep salt on hand because, man, we sure needed it!! Hopefully my cooking gets better…

Until next time! Do something today that stretches you!

Adios amigos!

Ash