Enchilada Sauce

Worth the trouble!

Get a couple of bags of dried chilies at your coop or supermarket. Poblanos, Anaheims, and some of the tiny hot ones are good. The little red chillies are HOT, so be careful. A few go a long way. Remove the stems and seeds. You don’t have to get all of the seeds out. Reconstitute the chilies in warm water until they are soft. About 30 minutes or a little longer usually works. Put the chillies and a little of the soaking water in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.

The rest of the ingredients can be added to taste. Cook some minced onion and/or garlic in a little oil, add some flour to make a roux. Cook until smooth and bubbly. Pour in the blended chillies. Add some salt, cumin, and a tiny bit of cinnamon. Simmer until the sauce is the consistency you like, adding more of the soaking water if necessary.

This will keep in a sealed jar in the fridge for at least a week.

Sizzling Shrimp

Fast, easy, and very tasty shrimp. Adapted from a recipe at Williams-Sonoma.com. Serves 3 or 4.

4 or 5 tbs. olive oil
4 (or more if you like) cloves of fresh garlic, minced
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tsp. paprika
3/4 to 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined, tails on
2 tbs. fresh lemon juice
2 tbs dry sherry or sake
salt to taste
handful of chopped fresh basil or Italian parsley

Warm the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet or other heavy pan. Add the garlic, paprika, and red pepper flakes and saute for about a minute. Increase the heat and add the shrimp, lemon juice, and sherry or sake. Cook for about 3 minutes, stiring frequently until the shrimp are pink. Be careful not to over cook. Add salt to taste and the basil or parsley.