Category: Meals

Tripe in Tomato Sauce

04/21/09 | by alvaro [mail] | Categories: Meals

I love tripe. The flavor and texture are both acquired, but it’s not as over the top as most people think. Sauce covered dishes like this are probably the easiest to pallet for newcomers to the cow’s second stomach.

In this case I just cut the tripe up into little 1 cm X 5 cm strips. I boiled it in water for 30 min, discarded the water and boiled it for another 30. It was still really tough, but after simmering for another hour or so in the sauce, it’s now silky smooth and soft.

In short:
cut tripe into strips
boil tripe for 30 min or so
discard water and boil for another 30
Simmer in your favorite sauce.


I think this will be a perfect midnight snack paired with some scotch!



Boil the tripe outside! I have a burner that I use outside for when I make all sorts of great stuff that happens to be really stinky. Some describe the smell of boiling stomach as horrid or vile. It’s not so bad - makes me hungry for tripe to tell you the truth, but it’s a smell best left outside the home!


Chicken Mole

04/20/09 | by alvaro [mail] | Categories: Quick Meals, Meals

I threw together this chicken mole today. I didn’t have all the ingredients from a Paula Dean recipe I found, so I just used whatever I had in the pantry. The Goya jalapenos turned out to be an awesome, if not better alternative to boring bell peppers. The little carrots in the can, are a great addition to this dish.

My goodness is this a delicious way to make chicken! One would never imagine how well chicken, chocolate and peppers go together! Brown the chicken a bit in olive oil, remove, wilt the onions until translucent, then add the garlic and spices. When aromatic throw in everything else including the chicken. Simmer 30 - 45 min, until chicken and veggies are to your desired tenderness.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, coarsely chopped
3-5 cloves garlic, chopped or smashed
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 can whole tomatoes, quartered + liquid
6+ canned Goya jalapeno peppers + carrots (insides removed unless you want the heat)
__ or Anaheim pepper
__ or 1 bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 or 2 chipotle peppers, roughly chopped
1 (10-ounce) can chicken broth
__ or 2 tsp chicken Maggie or Knorr + water
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons cocoa powder + 2 tablespoons of honey
__ or 2 oz bitter sweet chocolate
1 (5-pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), for garnish
White rice, for serving

Chicken Mole


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