Monthly Archives: September 2013

Recipe: Frijoles Borrachos (Drunken Beans)

 

Photo courtesy of Red Stag

Photo courtesy of Red Stag Hardcore Cider

Jonathan Zaragoza found his way into his destiny babysitting for his parents while they worked. “I saw how my mother and grandmother cooked at home and I had to quickly learn so that I could prepare meals for my siblings,” said Zaragoza. At the age of 12, he learned from his dad how to make birria tatemada, a Jalisco staple served at his family’s restaurant, and even how to butcher whole animals. 

Now a rising star with several accolades under his belt, Jonathan Zaragoza says when asked about his career, “I was not looking for the kitchen. The kitchen found me.”

Appointed Executive Chef at Logan Square’s Masa Azul since 2012, the Chicago native taps into his Jalisco roots to bring to life Mexican-inspired dishes with a creative twist. To a nostalgic transplant like me, his dishes come across as a loving interpretation of a Mexican mother’s cookbook through the lens of a young Chicago urbanite- respectful, yet bold and accurately original.

Recently, Jim Beam tapped into Zaragoza’s talent to create an incredible menu crafted to introduce their new flavor-infused bourbon, Red Stag by Jim Beam® Hardcore Cider. Luckily for us at La Vitamina T, we were treated to a phenomenal dinner featuring small plates and pairings, of which we have secured the recipes. If you don’t like or have never tried bourbon before, you might just become a fan.  Below is the first one of a magnificent series. Enjoy!

Frijoles Borrachos

  • 4 cups dried pinto beans
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 8oz applewood smoked bacon, sliced
  • 6 oz chorizo, chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 serrano chiles, seeded and minced
  • 5 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 12 quarts of water
  • 1 can of Mexican beer
  • ½ cup Jim Beam Hardcore Cider
  • Salt to taste
  1. In a large pot, combine beans, water, beer and Jim Beam Hardcore Cider and cook over medium heat until all the beans are tender (about 2 hours).
  2. In a separate pan, combine the oil, bacon and chorizo and cook meats until crispy. Remove the meat from the pan leaving the rendered fat.
  3. Add the onion, garlic and serrano chiles into the pan and cook until slightly caramelized (about 12 mins).
  4. Once the beans are tender, fold in the crispy meat, caramelized vegetables, and the tomatoes and cilantro, and cook for 10 mins so the flavors can marry.
  5. Finally, season with salt.
La Vitamina T was invited to an event sponsored by Red Stag by Jim Beam® Hardcore Cider and received free samples of food, pairings and product. The decision to write this review, as well as all opinions, are our own. 

 

Receta: Pastel de Elote

Foto: Chef Atzimba Pérez

Foto: Chef Atzimba Pérez

Hace unas semanas tuve el privilegio de conocer a la chef Atzimba Pérez, orgullosa embajadora de la comida mexicana en Chicago.  Para esta extraordinaria michoacana, (cuyo nombre significa “princesa de agua” en Purépecha), la gastronomía ha sido una constante en su vida.

Parte destino, parte camino, Atzimba nos cuenta que su mamá preparaba la comida para celebrar las fiestas patronales, mientras ella ayudaba y observaba cómo se les daba vida a los platillos típicos de su pueblo. Atzimba nos dice: “Yo tenía mucha inquietud por descubrir nuevos sabores, y probar formas diferentes de hacer las cosas. Desde chica yo coleccionaba mis recetarios y mis libros de cocina.” Más tarde, Atzimba abrió una lonchería para pagarse la carrera en gastronomía: “La comida era mi sustento físico y mi sustento económico. En la escuela vendía pies de queso para poder costear mis prácticas semanales.”

Su comida es tan hermosa como su nombre, y plato a plato, Atzimba ha conseguido un lugar como representante de la cocina mexicana en Chicago, donde recientemente estableció su propia compañía de banquetes.

Hoy, para celebrar lo que queda del mes patrio, les comparto con mucha emoción la receta de la chef Atzimba Pérez para preparar pastel de elote.

Ingredientes



  • 3 tazas de elote tierno
  • 5 huevos
  • 1 lata de leche condensada
  • 1/2 barrita de mantequilla
  • 1/4 de taza de aceite de maíz
  • 1 cucharadita de vainilla
  • 1 taza de harina
  • 1 1/2 cucharadita de polvo para hornear

Procedimiento

  1. Cierne la harina y el polvo para hornear.
  2. Derrite la mantequilla y licúala con el resto de los ingredientes
  3. Mezcla con la harina y el polvo para hornear
  4. Engrasa y enharina 1 molde refractario rectangular mediano ó 2 moldes pequeños.
  5. Vacía la mezcla y pónla a hornear a 320° durante 45 minutos hasta que obtenga un color miel.

Disfrútalo con un vaso de leche fría.

Según la receta de la chef Atzimba Pérez, reproducida con el permiso de la autora.  Para más información sobre Atzimba, visíta  su página de Facebook haciendo click aquí.