Just One Of Those Days...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tuesday was one of those emotional days that catch you by surprise. 

I got a message early that morning about a young mom, just diagnosed with cancer and she has been in my thoughts ever since that very moment. There are so many things I want to tell her. There are so many things I wish I knew. My mind was racing all day as to what I should or shouldn't say to her. What if I told her the wrong thing? What if I didn't make her feel better? And all those questions that I had no answers to at first, all those terrified feelings of the unknown came rushing back through my mind, and I just couldn't fight them off.

I was so tired on Tuesday night from all those emotions and I honestly just wanted to eat my feelings away or have a glass (or two) of wine. But instead, I decided that's what the old me would have done. So the new me, with my new goals, went downstairs and hit play on my workout to clear mind and just to process everything that happened today. It wasn't until almost the end of the workout when I realized what that one thing would be that I would tell that new mom. 

I'd tell her to clear her mind of "can't". 

I just kept thinking about what it was that got me through those really REALLY tough days. And sure, some of those days it was just the unbelievable support my from family a I broke in half, but most days when I just thought that I just can't do this, I cleared my mind of of that word... "can't".

There will be days where this new mom will think she can't get through this. Just like I thought. But she can. And she will. And she will come out stronger then ever on the other side. 

When you clear your mind of "can't", you can do anything.

There will days when she will think she can't get through this. Just like I thought. But she can. And she will. And she will come out stronger then ever on the other side.

When you clear your mind of "can't", you can do anything.

Tasty Tuesday!! Pork and Red Chile Hominy Soup (Pozole Rojo de Puerco)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

It's Tasty Tuesday!

This recipe is one of my (Wes) favorite recipes!  I love authentic Mexican food and this is a very hearty rich soup. I have made this with many different varieties of chili powders and all have made for a delicious meal. Varying the type of chili's you use will either add more or reduce the heat depending on what you chose (pasilla, ancho chipotle, Anaheim, etc.) We like to garnish ours with shredded cabbage, avocado and lime wedges. We have also made this with adding black beans (which gives it a whole different taste and flavor, which is equally as good). This recipe is a great meal in and of itself, but can also be used as a good starting point for many other variations. You can essentially add whatever you like, you just need to play around with ingredients! 

We usually save this one for a Sunday evening which is when we like to cook some of the meals that take a little longer then our quick and easy ones during the week!

Pozole Rojo de Puerco (Posole)

What You'll Need
  • 6 boneless country style pork ribs, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 inch pieces, if using bone in pork, cut into 2 inch squares
  • 4 (14 1/2 oz) cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbs grapeseed oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 tbs pure ground pasilla or ancho chile
  • 1 to 2 tbs seasoned chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tbs dried oregano (Mexican variety preferred but not a must)
  • 1 tbs ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 (15 oz) cans white hominy, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (14 1/2 oz) cans peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup, loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro (I always use more!)
  • 1 1/2 tbs masa harina (flour for corn tortillas)
  • Finely chopped cabbage
  • Diced avocado
  • Fresh Lime Wedges

Put the pork pieces in a medium heavy pan. Add 1 can of the chicken broth and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook the meat until tender, about 40 mins. Reserve the meat in the broth, off heat. If the pork is on the bone, you may remove the meat from the bone, if desired, when it's cool enough to handle. Reserve the meat and discard the bones.

In a heavy large pot, heat the oil and fry the onion for 2 mins. Add the garlic and cook stirring, until onions and garlic are softened, 2 to 3 mins. Add the carrots, ground chile, seasoned chili powder, oregano, cumin thyme, and salt. Cook stirring, 30 seconds

Add the remaining chicken broth, hominy, tomatoes, cilantro, masa harina, and the reserved pork with it's broth. Bring to a boil, and cook over medium-low heat, covered, 25 mins to blend the flavors. Adjust salt, if needed. Serve the pozole and garnish with shredded cabbage, avocado, and lime wedge. Enjoy!
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