Home the Hard Way by ZAM Maxfield w an Oregonian Pinot Noir and Sweet & Sour Stir Fry

home the hard wayEvery time I start a review for a ZA Maxfield book I feel like I need to disclaim my intense LOVE for her stories. So, just for the sake of tradition, I will state that ZAM has not ever written anything I haven’t loved. This book is no exception. Actually this one might be in my opinion some of her best writing. My stomach was in knots the whole time. The tone in this story is dark and dreary, with a mystery that kept my stomach in knots from beginning to end. The characters were a mixed bag of personalities that ranged from ethereal, to strange, to deeply twisted. The tone, the setting and the humans in this book all flowed though. It was bleak, but it was also very easy to connect with the heroes. Dare and Finn are a mess, so much baggage yet all I wanted for them was to be able to have at least a chance, just a chance for some happiness.

For this book I selected a wine from Oregon wine country, the Rascal Pinot Noir is a pretty light red wine. Not too full, but still flavorful, definitely a red that can be enjoyed even in the warm summer weather. It goes for about $10 a bottle which is a pretty nice deal. For food I decided to make a quick and easy meal. I figure neither of these two guys have much interest in the kitchen, so I went with something easy and flavorful. I made a Sweet & Sour Stir Fry that you can make with pretty much any kind of protein or even just veggies. Served on top of rice it’s a fast and filling meal.

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You can never go home…Dare only wishes that were true. Dare was a guy who lost his anchor after the inexplicable suicide of his father, and from then on he just drifted. Sometimes he let his dick mess things up for him, sometimes he let his drinking do it. The kid who had it all together growing up in Palladian, Oregon was not the man that came back to the little town  after essentially destroying his career as a homicide detective in Seattle. He’s to come home in shame to Palladian to take a job he only got as a favor to his father memory at the local police department. Dare has failed everything and everyone in his life. Especially Finn Fowler.

Finn the little kid Dare rescued from a bully back from elementary school and protected fiercely for the next four years. Finn who he walked away form without a single word for the next fifteen. Finn the only thing in Palladian that had even a hint of home. Finn he’s always been a yearning in Dare. The things he feels for Finn, he’s never felt for anyone else. He wants to protect Finn, to save him. But he failed his friend when he left him without a second glance, and the Finn that he’s found is not the Finn that he left. This man is harder and darker and has secrets. SO MANY secrets. He’s also had a lot harder life than he deserved. Finn has gone through so much, it’s made him cynical it seems and so shut off. The only thing he seems to care about is his aunt who is in the last stages of cancer.  Dare wants to help, he needs to step up, but he is such a mess himself. It seems like everything in his life went off the rails the day his father took his own life and it never got back on track. Maybe if he finds out once and for all what really happened to his father than the dark cloud over his life could dispel. Just seems the more he uncovers the less he understands.

I think this book is some of ZAM’s best writing. One thing I enjoy more and more with everyone of her books is that her stories and her men are not subscribed to any sort of formula. So even though I recognize her brand, the stories feel new. When ZAM does a darker story, her men are flawed yes, but they are also incredibly easy to empathize with. Because they are broken  in ways we can all relate to. Dare and Finn were easy to love and even easier to root for. Palladian was also an incredibly rich setting, there is a saying in Spanish “Pueblo Chico, Infierno Grande…Small Town, Big Hell” and that in a few words was Palladian. A town that thrived on secrets, lies, gossip and pettiness to a level of gluttony where it was literally eating it’s young. What a place. I hope we get to visit Palladian again, because the drama in that town definitely captured my interest. It was like a blend between Wisteria Lane and Twin Peaks. Very intriguing place Palladian was.

This book was solid. A hefty mystery which kept me guessing, very interesting characters, a love story that although was not high on the romance it had plenty of depth to make my heart ache at the right moments. The writing itself was pretty wonderful too.

Totally recommend.

Home the Hard Way is out today from Riptide Publishing and is available for purchase here.

Sweet and Sour Stir Fry Recipe

1 cup of rice (cook according to intructions)

2 cups of chopped veggies (I used onions, baby corn, brocoli, carrots, bell peppers and mushrooms)

1 cup of shrimp (you can use any other protein you want like chicken or beef)

1 clove of garlic minced

olive oil

For the sauce:

1 tablespoon of sesame seed oil

1/4 cup chicken broth

2 Tbsp soy sauce

2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 Tbsp agave nectar/brown sugar

1/2 tsp hot red pepper flakes

3 teaspoons of cornstarch

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl stir until the are well blended and set aside. In a large hot skillet saute the garlic for a  minute, add the protein and stir until it is cooked. Remove the protein and set aside, in the same pan  add a bit of sesame seed oil and saute the veggies for about two minutes.

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Add the sauce to the skillet and stir for a minute. When the sauce starts to thicken add the protein and simmer on low for a couple minutes. Serve over white rice and enjoy with your glass of wine!

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Hope you enjoy the book, the meal and the wine!

Cheers and Happy Reading!

Laura

 

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ePistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield and my take on Pozole Verde

epistols at dawnFor some reason I’m not completely sure of, I had not yet read Epistols at Dawn by Z.A. Maxfield. Not only am I a HUGE fan of her books, but I happen to LOVE episolary stories. There are few things I find more charming than a story of two people getting to know each other at a distance. The excitment of getting a new email or letter. Reading i,  and uncovering new things you didn’t know about the other person. I’ve always had a soft spot for a story like that. This story had charm to spare, and it was also thought provoking. This book was published in 2009, and in the course of the story California went from gay marriage being legal to having it revoked. Marriage equality, mental illness, fandom, privacy,the trials of growing older, friendship, courage, cowardice, all these things and more are touched upon in this novel, with what I thought was true wisdom. I am really glad this book managed to slip by me actually and that I  didn’t read it until now. I don’t think I would have appreciated what a wonderfully rich story it is early on during my compulsive reading days.

For this book I actually made a recipe which isn’t precisely a full match for the story, but I had wanted to make this recipe for another ZAM book  I reviewed and did not have time. So for Epistols at Dawn, I made a super easy and hearty version of Pozole Verde. Pozole is a soup made with hominy corn, and it has a very rich and unique flavor. My version is a vegan and gluten free recipe,  but it does not lack in taste at all. I paired it with an Italian white table wine, which is reminiscent of a viognier. It was not what it expected when I bought it, but it went well with the spiciness of the pozole. The wine I chose is a  Piccini Memoro White table wine, its a heady wine and very full for a white. I got a bottle for $7.99 on sale, but it usually goes for about $12.00, I would buy this again for sure, I really liked it with the meal.

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Back to the story…All the trouble starts with a bet. Kelly Mackay, author, screenwriter and recluse, loses a bet to his houseboy (yes, houseboy) and has to write a smut filled parody of his own book. The book, Doorways, is a coming of age novel which he wrote while in college, under the name Kieran Anders. It is his only published novel, the book  and he have become a sort of pop culture myth. The book has enormous significance to gay men, it is a pained tale that many a young man can relate to, during their own agonizing time to come out to the world.  Kelly knew he was sort of messing with something sacred, but what the heck?! It had been twenty years! The whole thing was sort of fun to be honest. Specially since it made said houseboy, Will Lanier, all purpose twink extraoridnaire and his BFF, super happy.

It’s all fun and games until you piss of a gigantic Korean journalist…Jae-Sun Fields is NOT a happy camper. He is convinced some insane pseudo-erotica lady writer has taken the most important book he’s ever read and turned it into a mockery.  Porn with plot is what this parody is, Windows ( and who even thinks THAT play one words is even clever?!). He can barely contain he’s anger, and oh he’s on a mission to find out who this impostor is!!! He won’t stop until he unmasks this Kelly Kendall person. Since he works for a newspaper that has made a name for itself by ‘outing’ those who wish to hide their truth, Jae gets to work to try and find out who this lady is. He starts by sending messages to Kelly under the guise of crazy fangirl, SBerry Fields. Apparently everyone involved in Gay love stories from authors, to readers to publishers are all women…WHO WOULDA KNOWN?! The whole fandom thing is completely puzzling, bue Jae can bullshit with the best of them and pretty soon, he and Kelly Kendall are veritable pen pals. The thing is the guy (I mean LADY!) is kind of awesome, funny and clever and surprisingly introspective. Before very long Jae is looking forward to new messages from Kelly, and enjoying their exchanges more and more. Actually the conversations with Kelly are one of the few things in his life which he is finding genuinely exciting. Jae is finding his job harder and harder to do, mostly because it feels like there are too many instances these days when he is toeing the line of his ethics and moral compass.

Then something bad happens and he realizes just how much he has already crossed it…

The apparent suicide of famous Hollywood actor Hunter Leighton is all over the news, and surprisingly Will has taken the news particularly bad. The man was outed by a newspaper about a year ago, and apparently things did not go well for him after that. Kelly feels terrible for Will, he is not sure what Will past was like, but he also knows that the boy rarely expresses any strong feelings at all, and to see his strong, brave friend so sad makes him want to do whatever he can to make it better. Kelly uses his connections in the industry to attend Leighton’s funeral. Once they are there they run into the reporter who was tied to Hunter when he was outed. The guy is HUGE and HOT, and is totally rocking the gothy/mysterious look. He makes Kelly’s mouth go dry with want. It’s been awhile since he’s even looked twice at someone, much less have enough interest that he is willing to go outside his VERY small comfort zone. But this guy in particular he just screams out DANGER. For Kelly who is almost crippled by the thought of losing his anonimity, getting close to this man would not be wise. Things are about to change, somehow, he can feel it, but can he change with them? Can he really be brave enough to reach out for a chance at love?

I enjoyed the romance between Jae and Kelly, not because it was epic or intense, but because they had missteps and setbacks. They had all kinds of twists and turns in their coming together, but all different ways in which life pulled them back to each other seemed to strong to deny in the end.  There was also plenty of humor,  from all the characters, not just from Jae and Kelly, but from Kelly and Will.  This book in many ways had  the feel of a 1950s Rom Com. A lot of fantastic dialogue, lots of misunderstandings and comic relief that came just at the right time. I loved Will’s character, and thought he added a lot to the story. I like that ZAM goes for the unconventional in her stories when it comes to relationship dynamics at times. Will and Kelly were a unit in ways, and Jae had to accept that dynamic if he wanted to be in Kelly’s life.

As humorous as this story was, there was a strong commentary, even personally the book touched aspects of my own life that I don’t regularly stop to think about. Like what is my role in the online community as a reader/reviewer? What it really means to stand for a cause? Is it enough to support quietly or is it our duty to stand in the light and say it?

In the end this was a satisfying  love story for me. I thought the way ZAM played out their coming together made sense, and I specially appreciated that none of it was magically resolved. A really great book, and one I am glad I picked up now. I think my views of myself as a romance reader, and about this community have evolved a lot since I came to is a few years ago, so I can appreciate the ironic humor in all of it, and really applaud her for going there!

I certainly recommend this one. ePistols at Dawn is available for purchase at Amazon.

Pozole Verde

1 28 and 2 14.5 oz  cans of White Hominy drained

1 28 oz can of Tomatillos drained

1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (I used Del Monte Zesty Jalapeno)

1/2 red onion cut into large chunks

2 cloves of garlic minced

1/4 cup of fresh cilantro

1 Large Poblano pepper roasted

1/2 tablespoon of chili powder

1 teaspoon of ground cumin

1 teaspoon of Mexican oregano

1 teaspoon of Ancho Chili Powder (if you have it)

2 cups of vegetable broth

1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 cups of uncooked rice (cook the rice separately)

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Directions

In a dutch oven or stock pot, add the olive oil, once it’s hot sautee the onion and garlic for a few minutes. Once they are well cooked then add the tomatillos and the diced tomatoes. With the heat still high add the cilantro and the spices. Wait until it comes to a boil and then lower the heat and cover. Cooke covered for about 30 minutes. Stir so the soup doesn’t stick. Once that has cooked, take of the heat, add the deveined and seeded poblano pepper to the pot and blend with w hand held blender. Once it s very well blended then pour the mixture into a slow cooker, add the hominy to it and cook on high for three hours.

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Take of the lid for the last hour. Serve your pozole with warm tortillas, lime wedges, avocado, a scoop of rice and radish slices on the side.

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I hope you enjoy the recipe. This soup is absolutely delicious, totally vegan and gluten free. So nice on these winter nights.

Cheers and Happy Reading!

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My Heartache Cowboy by ZA Mazxfield…Roasted Poblano Hummus and New Mexican Cracked Wheat Salad.

heartache cowboyMy Heartache Cowboy by ZA Maxfield, the follow up to My Cowboy Heart which came out last year, takes the words CONSENTING ADULTS, to a whole new level. I for one respect the hell out of her, for deciding to write Jimmy and Eddie’s story the way that it needed to be written.  Jimmy tells us his, and Eddie’s story in the first person, and we meet up with them just as Eddie has taken Jimmy out of the J Bar Ranch and to friend’s cabin, in the middle of the night to force him to stop drinking cold turkey. Jimmy is so angry at this betrayal, he doesn’t even think he has a drinking problem. Something IS wrong though…First Crispin coming in and changing everything about their lives, now their boss was a gay man, a coupled gay man. Eddie who apparently has been GAY this whole time is out too…And Crandall, the owner of the J Bar, the ranch’s heart and soul, has passed away…It’s too much. Can they blame him for needing a little bit of liquid comfort?!

But Eddie seems so in need to have him sober up, it’s like he’s desperate for things to be how they were…Truth is, he’ll do anything for Eddie. So despite the fact that he is more than a little resentful about the situation, and more than a little angry at this friends, he tried go with it. He’d do anything for Eddie.

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For these cowboys I wanted to make something a little more like a snack, since they liked to…play around a lot *ahem* and it’s nice to have stuff to snack on when one is worn out…So to speak. *grins* Also due to the theme of the book, there will be no alcohol on this one. I made a Roasted Poblano Pepper Hummus and a New Mexican Cracked Wheat Salad which goes great with some pita chips, and avocado chunks or even on a bed of romaine lettuce. It’s wonderful as a lunch or afternoon snack. Now that we’ve got food worked out, back to our boys.

SO! There they are in a cabin that belongs to Eddie’s “friend” (more like fuck buddy from the eyeful Jimmy got! He might have been drunk, but he’s not BLIND), and things are a getting a little too fucking real. Jimmy is sick and confused, he wants a drink like nothing else, and the whole time he looks at Eddie, and he sees so much worry and disappointment that it makes him want to give up. Also he’s finally coming to the realization that he has to face up to who he really is. His past, it’s messy and full of hurt, there is so much he has never gotten of his chest. But know this news, the fact that Eddie is GAY. He must do something with that information. But things get messy really fast between them, and they end up having to ask, Don, Eddie’s friend/lover for help. That is when things REALLY get interesting.

This book was for one thing, VERY VERY sexy, the erotica was YUMMYLISCIOUS. It was very purposeful in terms of prompting things to evolve. For another I loved that this book challenges a lot of the taboos that we have, even as WAY outside of the box romance readers. Eddie and Jimmy, they’re complicated. They’ve been with each other for so long, they are partners in many ways. However their age, what they do for a living, and their personal histories has kept them from being open with each other about sentimental things. They are STUCK. They can’t go forward, and clearly if things don’t change their friendship, their BOND will be destroyed. By Jimmy’s addiction, by Eddie’s insecurities…So many things, they just can’t get past…They need a catalyst, something to help them wade through all those years of not being able to be open with each other (or even themselves) about how they felt.

Don, he’s a surgeon, a wealthy man and good man. He comes into the picture and it’s intimidating for Jimmy. He knows Eddie in ways, Jimmy never hoped to. The thing is Don brings to the surface all the things he didn’t know how to admit about himself…Both sexually and emotionally. Don comes into their lives (no pun intended!) to lubricate things between Eddie and Jimmy, and the result is they finally find a way to TALK to each other. They find a way to move on from being scared and angry with each other and to FINALLY go for what they want. There is heartache, and  impasses, but they get there, in their terms, in their way.

The threesome angle is going to put off some people, but I really hope most readers see it for what it is. Consenting adults finding ways to build connections, friendships that bring happiness to their lives, without doing themselves or others any harm. I think Z.A. Maxfield has really done a fabulous job of advancing the concept of “romance” here, and presented us with a story that really challenges us with the notion that “a love story needs not follow as script, because every heart is different, every soul has its own map, and how two people find their happy ending SHOULD resonate with their own life story”. Jimmy and Eddie had a hard road to love, they knew loss, and had given up on finding love in the light for their own lives. Only when they saw it happen between Malloy and Crispin, did it actually become a possibility, and even then it was a regretful realization. So yeah, in the end to me, this might not be a comfortably laid out love story for some, but I think, it’s genuine and COHERENT for these two cowboys. I BELIEVE in their happily ever after.

Once again, fabulousity to the max, thy name is Z.A. Maxfield. My Heartache Cowboy is available for purchase here. I hope you give this story a chance, and go into it with an open mind and heart. It’s a beautiful and hopeful story.

Roasted Poblano Pepper Hummus

1 poblano pepper

1 14.5 oz can of chickpeas rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons of tahini

1 lime

1 clove of garlic minced

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1 tablesppoon of fresh cilantro

5 slices of pickled jalapeno

1/4 teaspoon of cumin

salt and pepper to taste

Directions: pre-heat oven at 425, place the poblano in the oven for 25 minutes, turning it over after 12 minutes. Once the pepper is blackened on the surface take it out of the oven and put in an airtight container until it is cool enough to handle. Cut in half and remove all the seeds and veins.

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In a food processor place all the ingredients and pulse until the hummus has the proper consistency.

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New Mexican Cracked Wheat Salad

1/2 cup of bulgur wheat

1 medium onion minced

1 cumcumber peeled and seeded chopped small

2 roma tomatoes seeded and cut small

1 14.5 oz can of black beans rinsed and drained

1/2 cup of corn

2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro minced

1 clove of garlic minced

1 lime

2 tablespoons of  olive oil

1/2 teaspoon of cumin

1/2 teaspoon of  powdered ancho pepper

salt and pepper to taste

In a small saucepan put in 3/4 cups of water to boil, once water is boiling put in the bulgur wheat, reduce heat to low simmer and cover (think cooking rice), for about 15 minutes. Once the bulgur is cooked, fluff with a fork and allow it to cool. Meanwhile mix all the other ingredients in a large bowl, add wheat when it’s cooled. Adjust seasoning to your taste.

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I hope you guys try out this new book, it is wonderful and a truly touching story. I love when a book aims to tear down taboos, and it does it WELL.

 

Cheers and Happy Reading!

 

Laura

My Cowboy Heart by ZA Maxfield, Roasted Poblanos with Tofu Picadillo Stuffing w New Mexican Chile Sauce and Spanish Verdejo. Salud!

mycowboyheartThis review and recipe are WAAAAAAAY late I know! But I had a crazy last few weeks! Ok first off I want to say that Z.A. Maxfield is, has and will continue to be, for me, one of the M/M authors that will forever make me grateful to have stumbled onto this genre. The love stories that ZAM writes ALWAYS connect with me in a way that inevitably gives me a lot of joy. Her humor, and the way that she always manages to bring out so much from her characters, is a gift. Really, she is a gifted writer and I love her books.

My Cowboy Heart is not the exception here, her first book published with a more mainstream house (Intermix from the Penguin Group) and it did not disappoint. I LOVED it! It is a bona fide “Gay Cowboys” love story, set perfectly, with characters that broke my heart then put it back together, made me laugh and sniffle a bit, gave me the hot flashes (because the erotica was PRIMO) left me smiling, and certain of that happy ending…So for ZAM and her boys I needed to make something EXTRA special, so I went Southwest all the way! I made these boys Roasted Poblano Peppers with New Mexican Chile Sauce and paired it with a lovely 2011 Spanish Verdejo from Arindo winery that will mark the end to my summer of perfectly sippably delicious wines. The Arindo Verdejo is a very light white wine, with citrusy and herbal notes, reminiscent of a sharp chablis or very light Sav Blanc. I love it with spicy food, and at $9.00 a bottle you cannot do any better. But enough about that for now, on to the story.

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Malloy had a pretty quiet life…At 32 he has place in the world where he feels safe,  and useful, needed, and even though his childhood was not happy or good in any way, he has found family in the people of the J-Bar ranch. He came to the J-Bar as a foster kid and never left.  He is a man now, with accomplishments and a history, he has known love from Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins. The owners of the ranch have been like parents to him and he’s grateful to them beyond words, but he’s always kept a little bit on himself closed off to any real intimacy of closeness. He knows that the people that you love you most are the ones that can live the biggest holes in your heart when they let you down…People leave.

The aloof, “I am an island” thing has been working pretty well for him too, whenever he needs to scratch and itch he heads to Albuquerque, he doesn’t need a woman to be happy, what he needs is to work in that ranch and feel solid.  That’s all well and good riiiiiiiiight until Crispin Carrasco comes to work to the J-Bar and little by little EVERY DAMN THING that Malloy seemed sure about goes right out the window.

Malloy was pretty sure he was straight and interested in living an uncomplicated life. The thing is Crispin was like this ball of energy that put ALL of Malloy’s senses in high alert. EVERYTHING about Crispin made Malloy want to know more, see more, touch more…And that’s the other thing! He WANTED Crispin in a way he hadn’t really considered before, more than that Crispin was someone he wanted to protect and make happy…Something about Crispin seemed so fragile, like his outer shell could be broken so easily. Malloy was reluctant, but he finally let go and once he did that then…THEN he REALLY understood that the reason why he hadn’t needed before, WANTED so bad before, was because he hadn’t found the thing that his body craved.

Crispin is a complex guy, free and loose on the outside, but with deep deep scars inside, he was hurt bad as a child and then orphaned. He knew abandonment like Malloy did. He had the same kind of hurt inside him. Those things that change you deeply and make you feel that no one could possibly understand just how damaging some pains could be, how long it could stay, how much it could haunt you. The thing was that Crispin was not willing to let go of what he found in being Malloy’s, and once they went THERE all they could do was to fall. FALL HARD. It made for fabulous romance.

I loved the secondary characters in this one and was very glad to see that the two other wayward cowboys at the J-Bar are getting their own story.

So, this novel like all of ZAM’s has all the classic components of a great romance…Strong main characters, but just a little broken, lots of humor and sexyness, and a happy ending that when it comes feels warranted, and well deserved.

I am glad that ZAM explored the Western theme for a novel, because I loved the setting here, I appreciated how deeply she went into the New Mexican geography and how is really shapes the hardiness and strong substance of the men that live and work in it.

I am very much looking forward to the next installment and hoping for lots more from Ms. Maxfield.

My Cowboy Heart is for sale on Amazon.com. The second story for the J-Bar boys is available for pre-order here.

Now moving on to the food!

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Roasted Poblano Peppers with Tofu Picadillo

4 Roasted Poblano Peppers (Directions below)

1 Large potato

1 zuchinni

1 pack extra firm tofu cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1 packets of taco seasoning (I used Simply Organic Southwest Taco)

1 medium onion chopped

1/2 tablesppon of cilantro

1 garlic clove minced

Directions: For the poblano peppers. Put the peppers in the middle rack of an oven preheated at 400F, after 10-12 minutes turn the peppers, leave them in the oven for another 8-10 minutes or until the skin is blistering and softened. Take them out, put them in a bowl, and cover with cling wrap until they are cool enough to remove the skin, seeds and veins.

For picadillo, take the taco seasoning and add two tablespoons of water and mix into the cubed tofu. Let it marinade for about one hour.  Meanwhile peel and cube potato. Blanch the cubes in boiling water. In a skillet add one tablespoon of olive oil and sautee onion,, garlic and zuchinni for a few minutes then add tofu and potatoes. Cook together for about five minutes at medium heat, at the end add the cilantro. Stuff the peppers with the picadillo and to with the New Mexican Chile sauce.

New Mexican Chile Sauce

1 driend New Mexican Chile seeded and deveined

2 dried Guajillo Chiles seeded and devained

1 dried California Chile seeded and deveined

1 teaspoon of agave nectar

1 can of diced stewed tomatoes

1/4 cup of fresh cilantro

1/2 medium onion chopped

1 garlic clove

1/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or soy milk)

1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice.

Directions: Put hot water in a bowl, and put the dried chiles to rehydrate for about one hour. After the chilies have soaked put a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saucepan. Sautee onions and garlic. After about two minutes out in the chiles and stewed tomatoes and cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste, bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the milk and stew it for another 10 minutes. Once it was boiled take it out of the pan let it cool and the blend it to make a smooth sauce. Add lemon juice at the end.

I hope that the book and the food are as good for you as they were for me!

 

Happy Reading!

 

Laura