Holy Mole!

Got laughed at again by my brother-in-law for attempting to make a Traditional Mexican dish!  It actually turned out great and as he would say wasn’t too bad “for a white girl”.  This is a quick and easy Chicken Mole, the quick and easy part is that it only takes about 3 total hours from start to finish instead of 6!  It passed the hubby’s test and even got a “This is really good Mija”, so into our family recipe collection it goes!  Enjoy.

What Goes Into it?

Mole Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon toasted pepitas (or sesame seeds, if you don’t have any on hand)
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, roughly chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3-4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 3 pounds chicken breast, cut into cubes (you will shred later)
How Do I Make It?

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and saute until it’s tender and translucent. Add garlic, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, 3/4 of the pepitas and salt, cook over low heat for 10 min. Add diced tomatoes, peppers, chipotles, broth, peanut butter, and chocolate. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Put entire mixture into blender and puree until smooth, it should be thin and pourable. If it’s too thick, add more chicken stock until it’s a nice consistency.

Brown the chicken in a cast iron skillet or other saute pan. Put the browned chicken and mole sauce into a casserole dish and stir to coat chicken, cover and put into the oven for 45 min.  Remove chicken from sauce with strainer and shred. Return chicken to sauce and cook for a remaining 15 min.

Serve with white rice and garnish with remaining pepitas.

Garnish with pepitas and serve with white rice.

Scouting.

The past week has been a total whirlwind!  Feeling so very blessed at the opportunities that have been presented before me. After I dropped off the older boys at school I went out scouting a possible shoot location here are a quick few pics I grabbed from it.  Tonight for dinner I am cooking Mole.  My brother-in-law laughed at me agian, we’ll see what the hubby says.

Playin’ the Guitar.

For the last 2 days, we have had my cousins here for a visit.  To be completely honest I was VERY nervous. My cousin Billy is my Mom’s, Brother’s first born Son. They (my Mom’s brother and his wife) have seven children. They are all beautiful, gifted, well mannered kids that love our Lord. I have never, ever felt like I could come close to measuring up to them.  I wonder daily how my Aunt raised and home-schooled such amazing kids.  Along with being very brainy, they all play musical instruments starting with Violins that were itty bitty and progressing into amazing musicians. I have always thought to myself that this is how I want my kids to be.

MY KIDS ARE NOT EVEN CLOSE.

BUT, as it turns out, my perception was a little skewed.  They are a family that has had struggles, fights and trials just like ours.    I was worried about how my kids would behave, and they had VERY naughty moments as well as some VERY loving and touching ones.

I am especially grateful for Billy’s wife, Arianna. She is an amazing woman who bridged some weird gap (that I am sure was self-imposed) between myself and this side of my family.  In these 2 days (where we did NOTHING aside from hang out)  I really grew closer to Arianna and Billy.  Learned WHO they are, that they are fun, funny and crazy, as well as people just like us.  It was such a neat visit and I think they felt really comfortable here, too.  I am glad.

Besides his mad skating skills that he shared with the boys, Billy broke out his Guitar, he let the kids strum.  Lucas really dug it and the moment after Billy and Arianna left, he ran upstairs clenching the pick that Billy gave him and stored it in his prayer box.  He wants to learn Guitar.

Thank you both for such a memorable visit.  I hope it isn’t your last, you two will be amazing parents.

(side-note: Arianna mentioned that she was surprised that I hadn’t broken out my camera.  So was I.  I think I just really enjoyed the company and didn’t want to be distracted by being behind the camera, although I am sad I don’t have more pics.)

Knocked my socks off.

That’s what today did for me.  My dear photographer friend, Rebecca over at Charming Photo asked me to assist her on a shoot, WHAT AN AMAZING BLESSING. I really do try to listen to the nudges from God but usually he’s got to slap me in the face for me to wake up.  This is a new and exciting journey for me and, WOW did he put on a show today.  One of the locations was the pier at HB at no other than sunset.  Could it be more perfect?!  Here are a few pics from today’s adventure.

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Heidi Nickerson - January 7, 2011 - 7:03 am

Wow !! What kind of camera do you use?
awesome photos!

anji - January 7, 2011 - 7:08 am

Thanks Heidi! It’s a Canon 50D!

Sonia - January 7, 2011 - 5:43 pm

Wow sis. These are great! For Becca, thank you for helping Anji realize her gifts that our family has been blessed with for years 😉 True talent sis. Enjoy!!!! Suerte

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