Lately, there has been an over flow of political jargon.  It’s hard not to get fired up with the over flow of information.  We are definitely living in historical times.  Not really sure how it will all end up, so I put my trust in God first of all.  But there is one thing that I can’t deny– that I am a daughter of immigrants.  Immigrants-human beings, who heard that there was a possibility of  a better life.  They left the familiar with only HOPEHope of opportunity- Hope of a better life-in hopes of a good job.  And this job they were looking for wasn’t to gain riches for personal indulgement.  It was a job for survival.  Not just their survival, but that of their families.

I am proud to say that my parents worked very hard, like a lot of immigrants.  My dad was always an exemplary employee, foreman and business man and my mom a proud owner of her own thriving beauty salon.  The day they became citizens of the United States of America, my dad shed a tear during the National Anthem (A man I have never seen cry.).  He had always been a proud Mexican, but that day I believe he was thankful for the flag that had given him the opportunity to help his family when he first left his beloved country and now was allowing his children to do even greater things than he had been able to.

scan-29My mom was never scared to work-whether it was in the fields or in a high-class beauty salon.  Today, I am grateful for her sacrifice, hard work, endurance and her life.

Mom, know that what you did in this life for others and myself have not gone unnoticed.  And even if those efforts appear to have been forgotten, I am living proof and a walking testament of all  your sacrifice and all you went through so that your children could have a future with hope and endless possibilities.  You are a true example of strength, endurance and perseverance.

May health, laughter, joy and family be multiplied in this year. Feliz Cumpleaños.  Que te la pases muy de pelicula!

Silvia

Disclosure: Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper but all opinions are my own.

The holidays are definitely about gathering with family and friends.  I love to throw on some festive music and of course gather around the table to eat.  One of my favorite things to make around this time is pozole!  Who doesn’t love a good bowl of pozole?

I have always loved my Tia Mela’s pozole and I would wait for the day she would invite us over to feast on this delicious dish (usually at Christmas or New Year’s Eve).  But now with all the practice I’ve had in the kitchen, I can whoop up my own pot of pozole any time I want.    It’s so easy especially with  #NorthgateMarket having all the items I need to make this happen.  My secret twist to this dish is adding Knorr Bouillon because it gives it an authentic flavor my family loves. And right now when you purchase Knorr Bouillon, you can get Guerrero Riquísimas flour tortillas for free.

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So if you are looking for a super easy recipe, you have come to the right place!  Make sure to let me know how you’ll customize this great soup recipe for your family and search for inspiration with #KnorrCelebrations!

Happy Holidays!

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Cook time: 3-4 hours

Serves: 8-10 people

Ingredients For Stew

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Garnishes

  • Raddish
  • Lemon
  • Onion
  • Cabbage

Instructions

  1. Fill half of a large pot with water.
  2. Add pork, onion, 2 garlic cloves, bay leaves, cumin, salt and bouillons.
  3. Bring to boil, then lower heat and let it took for 2-3 hours or until meat is nice and tender.
  4. While the meat is cooking, boil the chiles until soft.
  5. Puree chiles, 1 garlic and salt to taste.
  6. After meat is almost done, add chile sauce to the pot and let it come to a boil again.
  7. Add 3/4 of the can of hominy.
  8. Puree the left over hominy with a little bit of water and add to the stew. (Abuela taught me this step but it’s optional).
  9. Taste for salt.
  10. Let it all simmer together for about 15-20 minutes.
  11. Serve with all the trimmings.

Provecho!

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Christmas is always a great time to be with family.  I especially love making memories with my kids.  This year my daughter and I decided to make some Mexican Wedding Cookies aka “polvorones”.  I love when she gets these sudden urges to create things in the kitchen because I know I get to be involved.

I posted our process on Snapchat (sillysil2u) and many of you requested the recipe and so we gladly will share it with you.  This is a very simple recipe with few ingredients.  Enjoy “y Feliz Navidad” to all our Social Media familia!

Bendiciones y con mucho amor!

Silvia and Jezreel (daughter)

Ingredients
1 cup of butter
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 1/4 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of chopped walnuts

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Preparation

Cream together butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla.  Slowly add the salt and flour.  Round 1 inch balls with your hand.  Bake 10-12 minutes.  Do not let them brown too much.  Make sure to preheat oven at 400 degrees.

After they have cooled for a couple of minutes, roll in powder sugar.  Once cooled completely, roll in sugar again.

 

And your done!

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Provecho!

 

Why does it seem like there is an overflow of negativity now a days? I just know that good people still exist and good things are happening around us everyday. But why are we are missing it? Why have we lost our focus on the good in things, and instead, are driven by “chisme,”. Why are we giving more attention to the ugly stuff than to the things that are really making a difference in our world?

With the influence of social media and the bombardment of negativity, we as a society have changed; we have become more outspoken, direct, and outright rude at times. On social media, people leave negative comments on someone’s page about their “crooked nose,” “their weight,” or “their broken Spanish”—just dumb stuff! I understand if you want to express your opinion about something that you’re passionate about, but there is no need to be so negative. I’m tired of all this negativity! And I’m talking to myself!

With that in mind, I did some real soul searching and was thinking about ways that I could challenge myself, the Abuela’s Kitchen crew, and all of you, to think, act, and respond positively! We can all make a difference in the lives of those around us, one person at a time, beginning in our home and flowing out into our communities. In my reading time this morning, I read the following passage, it says:

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh word stirs up anger. Knowledge flows like spring water from the wise; fools are leaky faucets, dripping nonsense.”

As I read that I thought, “I want to be like spring water and not a leaky faucet.” Don’t you? Those darn leaky faucets don’t let me sleep. LOL!

In other words, in order to be like “Spring Water” we have to put into action our positive thoughts and words. So for the month of November, I am kicking off what I’m calling “Comida Del Corazon.” I will be picking two families who may need a little love and encouragement—and will be preparing a nice surprise for them. Sound interesting yet? Well, this is where you can also be like the “Spring Water,” by nominating a family who you think is in need of some love, encouragement, positivity, and a meal from the heart (Comida del Corazon).

The special person or family will receive a meal from us (the Abuela’s Kitchen crew), we will eat together or just hang out and share stories of life as we enjoy each other’s company.

Starting today, think of that special person or family who could use some cheering up and tell me why you nominate them to receive una Comida Del Corazon. Deadline for all nominations is October 21, 2016.

I’ll be looking forward to reading all of your nominations! Thank you guys for your love and support! Spread positivity not negativity, even with a warm cooked meal. J ❤

Two winners will be picked by the Abuela’s Kitchen crew by October 28, 2016.

How to enter:

There are two ways to enter.

  1. Submit your nomination via our Facebook page (publicly). OR
  2. Email your nomination to me at abuelaskitchentortillas@yahoo.com

Rules:

  1. Nominee must live within the Southern California region.
  2. You must submit the city and zip code of where the nominee lives.
  3. You give us permission to post your entry along with pictures, if included.
  4. You give us permission to announce the nominee’s location.

 

 

** Comida del Corazon meal will be for family of 5 and has no monetary value.

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¿Por qué parece que hay un exceso de la negatividad hoy en día? Sé que todavía existen personas buenas y cosas buenas están ocurriendo a nuestro alrededor todos los días. Pero ¿por qué no lo notamos? ¿Por qué hemos perdido nuestro enfoque en lo bueno de las cosas, y en su lugar, somos impulsados por “el chisme”? ¿Por qué estamos prestando más atención a las cosas feas que a las cosas que realmente están haciendo una diferencia en nuestro mundo?

Con la influencia de los medios sociales y el bombardeo de negatividad,  como sociedad hemos cambiado; hemos llegado a ser más francos, directos y simplemente groseros a veces. En las redes sociales, las personas dejan comentarios negativos en las páginas de alguien acerca de su “nariz torcida,” “su peso” o “su español mocho”- ¡sólo cosas tontas! Yo entiendo que queremos expresar nuestra opinión sobre algo que nos apasiona, pero no hay necesidad de ser tan negativo. ¡Estoy cansada de toda esta negatividad! ¡Y me estoy hablando a mí misma!

Con esto en mente, he estado pensando en maneras que podía desafiarme a mí misma, al personal de Abuela’s Kitchen, y a todos ustedes, ¡a pensar, actuar y responder de manera positiva! Todos podemos hacer una diferencia en las vidas de los que nos rodean, una persona a la vez, empezando en nuestra casa y que fluya hacia nuestras comunidades. En mi tiempo de lectura de esta mañana, leí el siguiente pasaje que dice:

“La blanda respuesta quita la ira, pero la palabra áspera hace subir el furor. El conocimiento fluye como agua de manantial de los sabios; tontos son los grifos que gotean, goteando sin sentido “.

Cuando lo leí que pensé, “yo quiero ser como agua de manantial y no un grifo que gotea.” ¿Y tú? Esos grifos que gotean no me dejan dormir. LOL!

En otras palabras, para ser como “Agua de manantial” hay que poner en acción nuestros pensamientos y palabras en una manera positiva. Así que, para el mes de Noviembre, estoy dando inicio a lo que estoy llamando “Comida Del Corazón.” Voy a escoger dos familias que necesitan un poco de amor y aliento, y prepararemos una sorpresa agradable para ellos. ¿Suena interesante? Bueno, aquí es donde también ustedes pueden ser como el “agua de manantial”, nombre a una familia que piense que está necesitada de un poco de amor, ánimo, positividad y una comida del corazón.

La persona o familia especial recibirán una comida de parte de nosotros (el personal de Abuela’s Kitchen), comeremos juntos o simplemente pasaremos el rato y compartiremos historias de la vida y disfrutaremos de la compañía mutua.

A partir de hoy, piense en esa persona especial o familia que podría utilizar un poco de ánimo y díganos porqué los nombra para recibir Una Comida Del Corazón. La fecha límite para todas las nominaciones es el 21 de Octubre del 2016.

¡Voy a estar al tanto todas sus nominaciones! ¡Gracias a todos por su amor y apoyo! Hay que difundir positividad no negatividad, incluso con una comida caliente. ☺ ❤

El equipo de Abuela’s Kitchen escogerá dos ganadores para el 28 de octubre del 2016.

Cómo participar:
Hay dos maneras para participar.
1. Envíe su nominación a través de nuestra página de Facebook (públicamente). O
2. Envíe su nominación a nuestro correo electrónico abuelaskitchentortillas@yahoo.com

Reglas:
1. El candidato debe vivir dentro de la región sur de California.
2. Debe presentar la ciudad y el código postal donde vive el candidato.
3. Usted nos da permiso para publicar su nominación junto con imágenes, si se incluyen.
4. Usted nos da permiso para anunciar la ciudad del candidato.

** La Comida del Corazón será una comida para una familia de 5 y no tiene valor monetario.
 

Hey guys. The picture below shows an area that I shared with you all in my Part 6 of my Purepero, Michoacan trip.  It is very special to me on many levels.  If you know the reason why it’s so special to me, leave me a comment here.

Hola chicos. La siguiente imagen muestra un área que he compartido con todos ustedes en mi parte 6 de mi viaje Purépero, Michoacán. Es muy especial para mí en muchos niveles. Si conoce la razón por qué es tan especial a mí me deja un comentario aquí.

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If you guess the right answer, you will be entered to win the items in the picture shown (My last Abuela’s Kitchen Loteria shirt.).  Thank you for participating and good luck!!!  Contest closes Friday May 27th, 2016 at 11pm (PST).

Si adivina la respuesta correcta, se le inscribirá para ganar los elementos de la imagen que se muestra. Gracias por participar y buena suerte !!! Concurso cierra viernes 27 de mayo de, 2016 a 23:00 (PST).

 

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Times have definitely changed with the business of life, but one tradition I still enjoy is a family-morning breakfast on the  weekends. As I make my breakfast today, I can recall my own weekend breakfasts as a kid… The sound of the clanging pans, the rustling through the pantry, the popping of the frying egg, the sizzle of the tomato sauce and the sounds of #traditionalmexicanmusic #lasrancheritas playing in the background. It was all soothing… Then the smell reached my nostrils… Softly, sweetly waking me up. #Mexican #mexicanamerican #chicana #latina #desayunomexicano #cafecito 

image1We are currently having a healthy month at Abuela’s Kitchen.  If you haven’t seen our last video on making your own Hummus, make sure you click on the link below.

So here is the recipe for the Honey-Lemon dressing my mom made for the wrap.

Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 Tbsp of Honey
2 Tbsp of Lemon
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
A dash of pepper
A dash of salt. (Go easy on the salt because you used honey.)

Mix everything well and that’s it!

Link to the Hummus video:  https://youtu.be/ksBDCmIxUoA

 

 

Ingredientes Para el aderezo de limon con miel
1 Cucharada de miel
2 Cucharadas de limon
1 Cucharada de Aceita de Oliva
1 Pisca de Pimienta
Poquita sal porque estamos usando miel.

Mezclar todo y listo!

 

image1Being Mexian American I get the best of both worlds. I get double candies, double pastries, I get a birthday and a “Dia De Mi Santo”, I get to enjoy 2 cultures and I get to celebrate Mother’s Day AND “Dia De Las Madres” every May 10th.

Every May 10th, I’m sure to hear Abuela recite a well known poem from Mexico.  It’s a Mother’s Day poem.  Matter of fact, she recites this poem all the time. LOL! This morning all the ladies from the family will head out to have some breakfast and I’m sure I’ll hear it.  Can’t wait!  Feliz Dia De Las Madres a todas las madrecitas del mundo en especial a las de mi familia!  Bendiciones hoy y siempre! ❤

Poem

Ya llego el 10 de mayo
Y comienzo a preparar
Una linda canastita
Para mi buena mama
Tiene rosas, margaritas y
Claveles y malvon
Te lo ofresco mamasita
Con todo mi corazon.

IMG_9418Politics has always been part of my life.   Not that I have any politicians in the family, but my dad has always been really passionate about politics, especially Mexican politics.  Although he lived in the USA since the Bracero Program, he has always kept the people of Mexico in his heart.  The corrupt government has always caused him anger.  Because of that, I know about El Pri, El Pan and his favorite, El PRD (Mexican political parties).  I have known since I was a kid,  that the people in the border towns of Mexico to the USA have fear.  It’s not a recent thing.  Corruption in Mexico has existed for a very long time.  Along with fear, the people of Mexico have also lived in some sort of oppression in which the rich get richer and the poor stay poor (Not always the case but it’s common.).

I remember the weekends as a teen were always filled with us attending rallies and protests.  My dad would draw his political “cartolinas” (posters) the entire week.  When the weekend arrived, he would throw us all in his van and we would head on over to Downtown L.A. or Tijuana.  Eventually my mom got tired of it.  I recall she would say, “Otra vez con tu Cardenismo!”  The founder of PRD was Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, hence the word “CARDENISMO” which she came up with (LOL).  The PRD was formed after the 1988 electoral fraud which sparked a movement away from the authoritarian rule of the PRI.  My dad found it fitting to back up the PRD, a Socialist Democratic Party.

Growing up, I never really had the need to express my political views, I just went along with my dad and absorbed everything.  But I remember when I started college, people everywhere had a political point of view and were passionate about it. During that time, all the knowledge I had gained as a kid came back out just as I had heard my dad.  My Mexican juices began to flow in and out defending what I thought in my own mind was correct.  The Mexican Political background I had, began to draw me to specific groups.  I went through several phases.  At one point, I was almost militant, participating in rallies, wearing Brown Berets (Not even being part of the Brown Berets) and hating the word “Latino”.  I was almost a Socialist Separatist (Well, that’s how I see it now.  Not even sure if that’s a term.)  I even went to meetings for the Black Panther Party and for Native Americans.  I wanted to take back the land that was once Mexico’s!  I wasn’t even born in Mexico!!! LOL

I went from being in MEChA to trying to get into a “Latino” based fraternity.  Man, college can do a number on us if we don’t know our stuff.  Being political is hard and sometimes even sharing our viewpoint about politics is even harder.  There is always somebody on the opposing side.  You get caught up between what is right for the people or even what is morally right.  It’s hard to find a balance and sometimes even impossible.  (Now I put my faith in God.)

So the trend this year is #reclaimcinco.  Honestly, to me it’s not a trend.  I have always known that Cinco De Mayo IS NOT  “Mexican Independence Day”.  Most people use it as an excuse to have Margaritas, party and dress up like a “Mexican”… I don’t normally wear a huge sombrero, huaraches and a huge mustache… Well, maybe the “stache” LOL.

I get it, our culture loves to have a good time.  I LOOOOVE to have a good time… I love Cinco de Mayo and embrace the opportunity of sharing my Mexican roots. But don’t make it just a DRINKO DE MAYO!  We are better than that and capable of showing the world that our “celebrations” are more than just a drink fest with “Mexican costumes”.  We are a rich culture full of so much creativity and knowledge.  Let’s not waste the opportunity we have been given on “5 De Mayo” to really show those around us what we are made of…

 

Here is the recipe for Abuela’s current favorite salsa.  Who ever is around at the time she is done making it, is sure to get a batch of this salsa.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  1.   1 pound of tomatillos.
  2.   2 Chiles California
  3.   5-10 Chile Japones (Depends how spicy you want it).
  4.   Salt

Instructions

  1. Roast all the chiles.
  2. Remove the seeds from the Chile California.
  3. Place chiles in blender with water for about 5 minutes so they can soften.
  4. Roast the tomatillo or boil them.
  5. After the tomatillo has cooled down, place in the blender and blend with the chiles.
  6. Pour in a bowl.
  7. Add cilantro, onion slices and salt (personal preference).

 

Aqui les dejo la receta de la salsa favorita de mi Abuela.  Si por pura casualidad estas cuando acaba de hacer la salsa, es por seguro que te va dar salsa para llevar.

Ingredientes

  1. 1 libra de tomatillo
  2. 2 Chiles California
  3. 5-10 Chiles Japoneses (Depende que tan enchiloso lo quieran).
  4. Sal al gusto.

Instrucciones

  1.  Tostar los chiles
  2. Quitar semilla de los Chiles California.
  3. Poner chiles en la liquadora con poquita agua para que se ablanden.
  4. Mientras los chiles se ablandan, pueden hervir los tomatillos o azarlos.
  5. Despues que se enfrien los tomatillos, pongan los tomatillos en la liquadora.
  6. Poner en un recipiente.
  7. Añidir cilantro, cebolla picada y sal al gusto.