Holy Mole Enchiladas!

One thing I think everyone reading this blog can agree on is that enjoyment of good Mexican food is one of the many things that separates humans from all of the other creatures with whom we share the planet.  I mean, have you ever watched a dog eat a jalapeno?  They don't care for them.  Having reached the pinnacle of evolutionary development, we should not take our adaptational advantages for granted - use tools to open beer, use your forefinger and thumb to dip chips into guacamole, and eat Mexican food as much as you possibly can.

Tuesday, October 11th:
Chicken Mole Enchiladas
Chopped Salad in Cilantro Pesto Vinaigrette
 Ninfa's Green Sauce & Chips
Vegetarian Option: Mushroom Mole Enchiladas
Kids' Option: Soft Chicken Tacos ($6)
Dessert: Seriously Snickerdoodle Cookies ($6)
Extra Option: Frozen Mole Enchiladas ($22)
Get You Through the Week: Soup Nite - African Peanut w/ Chicken and Colombian Chicken & Potato (meat or veggie, $22)

This week we're trying out a new DOTP dish - Chicken Mole Enchiladas.  Don't worry, we'll go back to our Enchiladas Verdes pretty soon, but this is a fun change of pace that I think you'll like too!  It's great for fall, since the flavor is a little smokey and intense without being too spicy.

Mole sauce is one of those dishes that can be made in a million different ways, and everyone who makes it probably thinks his is the most authentic.  It's a strong, complex red sauce, and even though it's made with chocolate, it's not at all sweet.  If you like to try your hand at cooking new things, here are a few links to mole recipes that are good:  The Hungry Texan (why didn't I think of this name?!) and, of course, Rick Bayless' recipes are always rock-solid.  Because I am aiming to please a, shall we say, more discriminating palate here at my house, my mole recipe is very simple and does not involve anything too crazy, but it is pretty tasty anyway.

I know that some of you have had our Ninfa's green sauce before - and you, like me, may find yourself thinking of it at random times and wishing you could have it right then - if only there were some magic spell to summon this stuff!  Anyway, we're making some up and you can see how long you can make it last - it doesn't hang around our house long, I can tell you that.

We're also introducing a great new salad dish this week - the Chopped Salad (cukes, tomatoes, red onions, peppers) tossed in a homemade Cilantro Pesto Vinaigrette.  We'll serve the dressing separately in case you have any purists in your house who might enjoy a veggie or two as long as it's plain!

This week's dessert - the Seriously Snickerdoodle Cookies - will be such a great compliment to our Mexican meal with their cinnamon sugar topping.  And if you have any leftovers, they are so good with a cup of coffee (just don't let your kids see you eating cookies for breakfast!).

Finally, this changing weather has us thinking about sweaters and warm, yummy soups.  My mother-in-law introduced me to this African Peanut Soup, and I'm totally addicted.  It's creamy, a little spicy, and very satisfying for dinner on a cold night.  The Colombian Chicken and Potato is a new favorite - it's a variation on a tortilla soup with broth, veggies, chicken, corn on the cob ("coblettes" - kids love them!), and roasted potatoes.  I could eat this soup every night for a week and not get tired of it!  We'll also include a loaf of french bread that you can keep in the freezer and warm up when you're ready to enjoy a great, easy soup night!

That's all we've got this week y'all - we hope you like the looks of it, and we hope we can keep your family eating together more often and keep you out of the kitchen!

Claire & Alex

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