Cedar brought home an American Girl Doll cookbook from Becker Library featuring Josefina and her New Mexican cuisine so we thought it would be fun to pick dinner share recipes from it!
Beans: Straight up, simple pinto bean recipe. I used a few new techniques I learned from watching Martha Stewarts Cooking Show yesterday and turns out the same techniques were actually described in the actual recipe in the Josefina cookbook. I learned the beans should be stored in their cooking water in the refrigerator so that’s how I’m sending them to you. To reheat, simmer beans in their liquid on stovetop. Strain beans with slotted spoon to serve.
Tortillas a la Gryffin: Gryffin made the tortillas. We think they’re wonderful. To reheat, I might wrap them in tin foil and place in oven for 5-10 minutes. It’s possible they’ll dry out a little and crack upon folding, but, still yummy.
Red Chili Sauce: I’ve never made this before. It has a little kick to it, as you’d expect. Personally, I only liked it with a small skim of it on the tortilla. If I used too much, I found the flavor to be too much.
I sprinkled some Daiya cheddar cheese on mine and liked it. (Not included)
Quelites: I’ve no idea what the translation is on this. It’s steamed spinach with mild fire roasted hatch chilies and onions. We used it as a topping in the beans and tortillas although it makes a nice side too. To reheat I’d just bring to simmer on stovetop and remove from heat. Drain before serving.
Bizcochitos a la Cedar: Cedar made the cookies and in true meal planning fashion, we picked out this recipe first. We happened to make these GF for my mom to enjoy, which she did. (The tortillas are not GF). The little cookies are unusual and very good. We rolled them out in almond meal which was not in the recipe and I loved the taste of almond in my mouth followed by the slight anise flavor, enhanced by the cinnamon and sugar. Not something I’d make regularly, but they were easy and fun for Cedar to make.
The kids exclaimed this was their best dinner share meal EVER. They do love beans and tortillas though. Overall, it was not too time consuming to make. The cookies and the tortillas were most time consuming and I had help with them. The beans and the chili sauce were a breeze. I will say that this is the best batch of beans I’ve ever done. Such great flavor to me.
Hope you enjoy! As always, can’t wait for the review!