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Crossing the Border.

My wife’s job is moving to Kansas, 25 miles away. So we are moving to be only 2 miles from her work, rather than 25. We tried to find a place in Missouri without many steps and on the first floor since we have her mum with and she uses a walker. Hello Overland Park/Leawood!

I will at least be able to walk to the grocery store. In this area, there are two Whole Paychecks within 3 miles of each other. The closest one caters to rich hippies (more schnozz jewelery and lurid tattoos); they other is a haven for soccer moms who seem to be mainly tall Skandahoovian women. There is also a Dean & DeLuca, which is even more insanely expensive than Whole Paycheck. Hen House, a local chain, is more reasonable, and even has a whole kosher butcher shop and a wider selection of fresh sea food than the others I have mentioned.

There are also S. Asian greengrocers and halal butcher shops in the area. Olathe or KCKS is where I shall go to get my ingredients for comida mejicana.

chile rojo

A recent painting of mine.

Who would believe they would freak out in Kansas, Suzy Creamcheese…” Frank Zappa.

Tamales from Carniceria Camecuaro

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I picked up a half dozen tamales for our lunch at Carniceria Camecuaro. I was expecting them to be in hojas de maiz (corn husks), but they were wrapped in banana leaves. These turned out to be estilo salvadoreño and were full of chicken & vegetables. Sort of like a chicken pot pie, but better.

Camecuaro

This is a block south of Independence, behind GRINGO LOCO #2

Here’s a series of photos of one of these tamales.

tamale 1

Just opened

Nearly done…

tamale 2

Muy sabroso.

The vegetables included corn, potato, carrots, & poblano chile. The banana leaf wrapper adds a different flavor to the tamale; it’s more earthy than the regular hoja de maiz wrapper.

Another Taqueria… El Korita

This one has wonderful adobado and al pastor tacos. The fish tacos are great, too.  And they have carne machacada! I still haven’t had their pozole or menudo which are said to be some of the best in Kansas City.

El Korita

Estilo Nayarit

They make their tortillas by hand and the people there are most pleasant. We like the signage.

It’s across Independence from the new (and spiffy) El Torito Market.

Maranitos y Panaderias

I had forgotten how lacking RVA was in regards to pan dulce. LA SABROSITA (on Midlothian) uses that horrid palm oil shortening and much of the pan dulce is shipped in from elsewhere.

Not so in KCMO & KCKS. Each panaderia has its own take on the maranito (or ginger pig). The taste is much the same, but each bakery produces a cookie with a different texture, shape, or glaze.

Here’s one from the La Reyna Bakery on Kansas Street in the Argentine (the actual name since there used to be a silver smelter here) neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas.

maranito

La Reyna's take on the maranito..it's quite thick. Some of these bakeries use lard as shortening. Bless their hearts.

 

The taquerias are also quite diverse in their takes on such fillings as carne al pastor. I shall report on this later.

Everything for tamales.. and baluts, too!

Boy howdy! I’ve been seeing how easy it is to procure tamale-making materials and hardware here in Kansas City. The tiendas and carnicerias in the barrio where I live have several models of tamale steamers for sale. Here’s the bucket version, which probably works well on a cajun Cooker.

steamer

Bucket type tamale steamer

Of course, there are several options for masa, from the Maseca & Masa Harina commercial brands and the stores sell five-pound plastic bags of fresh tamale masa.

masa

prepared masa

And the hojas de maiz are readily available nearly everywhere. I was at the big Asian supermarket downtown a few days before Christmas and Latinas were buying scads of packaged frozen banana leaves “para tamales de Navidad”. Just down the aisle I found a display of baluts (a Filipino bar snack of unborn duck eggs) right next to the durians. Nummers.

stinky

durian

So fill up your steamers with tamales, folks!

in steamer

In the steamer.

Buen provecho, y’all. Y un prospero año nuevo!

Chorizo from Carniceria El Torito #1, KCMO

Hijole! El Torito makes some of the best chorizo mejicano I have ever had. Just made some breakfast tacos with aigs, taters, serranos and their chorizo. Que rrrrico!

Carniceria El Torito
4901 Saint John Ave, Kansas City, MO 64123-1842
(816) 920-5307 ‎

Pozole 101

Before I left for Thanksgiving, I made pozole.

I used:

Stock

~3/4 lb pork bones from Belmont (or other custom butcher). (the pork neck bones you get at the regular store are often full of bone chips, which can be a PITA)
1 small onion un-peeled, cut in quarters
6 smashed cloves of garlic
2 bay leaves
some salt

simmer for ~3 hours, making 1 1/2 quarts of stock. Strain. Take meat off bones and reserve.

3/4 cup dried Los Chileros white corn pozole; soaked overnight. Or use a can of hominy..
1 1/2 cubed pork (with some fat) 1/2″ cubes
2 tbs oil or lard or bacon fat
1 1/2 cup chopped onion
2 smashed cloves of garlic.
2 chopped Roma tomatoes
1 tbs mexican oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbs chile caribe (or real ground chiles)
half a jar of La Frontera guajillo sauce. (Or Herdez guajillo sauce; it’s cheaper..)
salt to taste
juice of half a lime

Cook the pozole in water or stock until it’s nearly reconstituted.

Sauté pork in fat, until browned nicely
add onions & garlic, saute until translucent, add tomatoes, oregano, cumin, chile, the reserved pork from stock making, and some stock. Cook this down a bit.

Add pozole, guajillo sauce, a bit of salt and the rest of the simmering stock. Stir. If you need more fluid, add beer, chicken stock or water.

Bring to a simmer and cover allowing it to cook for 1-2 hours.

pozole

Que rico!

Pozole.. Feb 2015. Salem,Oregon

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Pozole, Salem, OR Feb 2015

Serve with fresh corn tortillas, a squirt of limón, chopped onion & chopped cilantro.