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    DC-Metro; Bisbee,AZ; Ajijic, Mexico; Gulfport FL; Ajijic, Mexico tambien

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  1. While cacao trees are native to Mexico for many years the most popular and easy-to-find chocolate was Nestles milk chocolate. Ugh!! More recently there are Mexican companies specializing in dark chocolates (thought most still market milk chocolate here since this is what most MXNs are used to). Our fave is ki'Xocalatl from Chiapas which starts with a very nice 72% chocolate with some very interesting flavors, including pink peppercorn. I have seen these bars for sale in the US but cannot remember where. This past week were in Puerto Vallarta and found dark bars of Choco Museo at a shop with the same name. They are handmade in PV using organic beans from Chiapas. Best chili flavored chocolate we've ever tasted.
  2. One Click Butter Cutter

    Buying European butter in Mexico is more than a modest splurge! I like the local butter, though some expats complain because most stores only stock mantequilla sin sal (unsalted butter), but I've only eaten unsalted butter since my 20s when I got into baking and opted to only buy unsalted for the house.
  3. One Click Butter Cutter

    Leaving butter out in tropical (FL) or semi-tropical (MX) climates is just begging for bugs. Like the relatively thin pats this knocks out....zap it onto my toasted English muffin and by the time I pour my coffee the pats are soft, ez to spread. Not looking for sympathy but both my hands are affected with Duputryn's Contracture. My right hand's pinky and ring fingers are totally curled under and useless The middle finger is not as bad but disease is progressive. My left hand is a little better..just the pinky is useless, though my ring and middle fingers are bent pretty badly. For those unfamiliar with disease, here's a link with pics...the condition of right hand looks almost exactly like the 2nd photo on page: https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/329414-overview
  4. One Click Butter Cutter

    We live in Central Mexico....too many critters to leave food out overnight. I do that in the US but only in the winter.
  5. One Click Butter Cutter

    I live in Mexico. Our sticks are slightly skinnier than the US east coast sticks I am used to, but I believe the same or similar length. Our sticks here are each 90 grams or 3.17 ounces as opposed to US sticks at 4 ounces.
  6. One Click Butter Cutter

    Spur of moment purchase. Just looking to eliminate any steps I can between me and my toasted English muffin in the mornings, which I prepare while my coffee is brewing and I am too groggy to be fumbling with my talavera butter dish and cover (it's rather heavy and large). When I began using it, the cut butter pat did not fall down...it stuck to the gadget. I re-read the directions, cleaned it up and practiced a bit. Had to get a feel for the mechanism....part of click is to push the stick into position and the final trigger cuts and releases the pat. After about 5 tries I got it right and it's been fine since. It's certainly not attractive, but it hides in the fridge. Will still use my fancier butter dish for company, but this thing does the tick. One Click Butter Cutter
  7. The Dish Towel

    I have 10-15. Best one is at least 20 years old that a friend brought me from Poland. It's hardly even faded and is my go-to towel....linen I'd guess but have no way of being sure. It launders beautifully and is just a tad larger than what I'd consider average size.
  8. Wine glasses

    Oddly I found these Libby Stemless in a little tienda here. I am very happy with them after a year of dishwashing. My husband loads the DW and is pleased with them too. https://www.amazon.com/Libbey-Stemless-12-piece-Wine-Glass/dp/B00KIG3QVG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515599149&sr=8-1&keywords=libby+stemless+wine
  9. Microwave- and Heat-Safe Bowl

    What about plastic oven-ware that is micro and oven safe? OVEN-SAFE Meal Prep Containers Collapse-It Silicone Storage Containers
  10. I just can't cook __________!

    I rarely make rice as a stand alone starch. Usually it's incorporated into a recipe with proteins and veg. Not interested in another one off appliance. Especially NOT electric here in Mexico.
  11. I just can't cook __________!

    Rice. Plain or in any recipe (other than my go-to paella recipe which results in a crispy socarrat). I adjust for high altitude living but it always takes much longer, often leaving the rest of the dish wildly overcooked or getting cold (if rice is cooked separately).
  12. NY Day we are having another couple over for a Moroccan chicken dish (recipe from ATK). Yesterday at the poultry market there were lamb sausages for sale so we will grill them tonight (just the 2 of us) along with a quinoa pilaf. No bubbly (neither of us care for it and it's rare and expensive here). Nice Chilean wines are very reasonable here. We have a new mirador (rooftop area) from which we hope to see the village fireworks. This is assuming we are awake.
  13. Used the '"leave it in a turned off oven"' method . Got some cracks....I always do! But this time I did something about them....found this on youtube and must say mine now looks beautiful, too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Wg_PVc84Zk
  14. Menus for Christmas Dinner 2017

    Yes, turkey for both holidays at our home and those of most of my friends. At least in Canada there's 2+ months between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ours can be as short as 3 1/2 weeks.
  15. Menus for Christmas Dinner 2017

    For our comida, we scored duck confit at our weekly open air market, courtesy of a Frenchman who brings his homemade offerings from Guadalajara to our little village. I will simply pan sear for a crisp skin. Sides: teeny-weenie roasted red cambrey potatoes with rosemary, and grilled chilled aparagus (lemon and garlic). Bread....there's a new Swedish bakery here and I got a loaf of black olive and thyme sourdough (still warm when I bought it and I ate 1/4 of it on the way home). No dessert other than bakery bought Christmas cookies and the last of my homemade cranberry squares. I was down with a very bad cold for 2 weeks leading up to the Big Day, so not a lot of planning went into this. Feeling better now and will host a New Years Day meal for friends.