Sunday, July 16, 2017

Award Winning Salsa!!!!

Award Winning Salsa-Guacamole-Bean Dip-like for reals

If you know me you know I’m not athletic at all. Never have been. The only trophies I’ve ever received were for being on the Honor Roll. Wait....I did receive a medal for an Art Contest in Chicago in High School, which I am proud of to this day! But that has now changed and my head is slightly a little bigger now!

Upon returning to the office after a long day of work outside, I returned to find a trophy bestowed to me for the best salsa, guacamole, bean dip.

I walked in and there it was…the biggest trophy to ever exist! With MY name on it!!!!
Acceptance speech moment with the crowd of 2 people (J.Quick and one other coworker I can't remember who) within 10 feet. All I kept thinking is thank god Kanye isn't here to interrupt my lame attempt of an acceptance speech.

I look at this trophy with admiration. I thought this was the best badass motherfucking trophy ever! Sure I may be a little biased in saying that but I can say that because its MY trophy. And you may find yourself asking...."why Batman?" um why not.
It was like so much better than a DUNDIE award! And I definitely was not shy nor quiet about receiving it. Really ask my coworkers. As they were walking back in to our office I kept announcing to them my newest accomplishment in a polite manner. Except I wasn't polite about it at all. I was so excited and super hyper. You know my normal caffeinated self. And I think I recall saying something like....
"Recognize the motherfucking skills!" and
"Check it out, I got a badass trophy!"
But wait my obnoxious behavior did not stop there.
No, no, no!
I felt like holding it in the air and running around like Rocky. Can you picture it now....Marcela holding that badass trophy whiles humming the Eye of the Tiger, running around the office. I know I see it now. But I didn't, only in my head.
I eyed the trophy with a sense of accomplishment. I know what you're thinking/asking.... “Over salsa, guacamole and bean dip like really?" Yes! Come over and I'll make you some. Or lets barter for some. Suddenly I understand what Gollum was feeling…

I arrived at home and proceeded to ask my family "How does it feel to have a mother/wife who received a trophy for her badass cooking?!" Or something like that. I asked Rory (our cat) "Rory, are you proud of me?!" And she looked at me like "Stop! Talking to me!"

Okay so my moment has passed and I know its just food. But this is my food blog and receiving that trophy was definitely a highlight worth bragging about. Although its not the first time my food has received recognition. Thanks NB!
Watch out Michael Scott as there is a new, definitely note worthy award in town. I shall call it the Mark Wainscott Award! Take that Dundie. As this wonderful trophy was given to me by my good friend and coworker Mark! Thanks Mark!!!!

So if you ever try my cooking or try out my recipe, you can proudly say “award winning food” or “award winning recipe” because technically you wouldn’t be lying. I have now officially obtained a Mark Wainscott Award for my cooking and those don’t get handed out often! Hi Kathy! ;-)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Thank you for getting knocked up pasta recipe!

Holy shit! Is this thing on? Like seriously when was the last time I posted up in this motha. So like most adults I have found myself living the full work load plus the non stop parenting train. And I have been quite lost when it comes to all things blogging and documenting my cooking adventures.
So returns the food snob with a recipe I keep meaning to share!

This pasta!!!! Spaghetti in a green sauce. Oh what a lovely take on Mexican and Italian!!!!! My two favorite!!!


So I first tried this spaghetti at a baby shower. I wasn’t sure what it was but was intrigued by the aroma of poblano peppers. I served myself some with whatever else was being offered. And fell immediately in love. I asked around “what is this?” to which my cousin Miros replied “Crazy chic, its green spaghetti”. Ok I don’t recall the exact conversation but it definitely left an impression. So months passed and I was craving something. This often happens to me and I may not recall what the item is called that I am craving. So pinpointing what I'm craving can be quite challenging. And it finally came to me, it was the green spaghetti. SO I searched for my phone to ask Miros for the recipe. She didn’t know it but directed me to ask our aunt Norma. My aunt gave me her recipe and I ran out for all the required ingredients. As I raced to the store I was savoring what was to come……

After making the green spaghetti…. I started imagining what I can combine with this dish. Or how can I put my own twist on it. And thus was born “Thank you for getting knocked up pasta” or TYFGKUP for short! HA!

You will require the following:

6-8 Poblano Pepper

1+ Serrano pepper(optional depending on spice level desired)

Heavy Cream-Small container whatever size that is

Box (16oz) Spaghetti

Chicken bouillon

Salt/Pepper to taste

Garlic clove


Parmesan Cheese to top off

Alright you have to treat the peppers the same way you do for Chile Rellenos!

Roast them, peal outer skin, remove stem and seeds. This step is my least favorite and possibly the reason why I don’t make Chile Rellenos often. Refer to chile relleno recipe for detailed step by step.

 Meanwhile put some water to boil for your pasta.

Pictured below are a pic of them roasting and after I did all that darn work….. but so worth it!

After Chiles are done toss them in the blender with the salt, pepper, garlic clove, one chicken bouillon cube/tablespoon and the heavy cream. Blend! After sauce was made I cooked my shrimp. And added my sauce to the shrimp and brought it to a simmer. Slow simmer. No overcooking shrimp over here.

Once spaghetti was cooked I drained it and added the sauce/shrimp to the pasta!

Gluttony comes to mind! As this is the one dish that I make that I can eat and eat and eat and strangely not have enough of. Its like I've injected the fucking poblano peppers with cocaine or some other addicting drug. Please note I have not injected the peppers with any form of drug. Refer to ingredients as confirmation. Behold......drum roll please!

This dish is best when hot but I have eaten it cold, which was still freaking amazing! So once again ANGIE(don't kill me) thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!! For getting knocked up and letting that event turn into me attending your baby shower and falling deeply in love.

ps this post is a bit rusty as the only writing I have done lately has been addressed to Tom Riddle aka my diary!