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Christmas Around the World
A Mexican Christmas

Chorizo Mexicano (Mexican Sausage)

2 lbs ground pork
2 tblsp chili powder
2 tblsp paprika
2 tblsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 c vinegar
1/4 c chopped onion

In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients and mix until uniform in color and texture.
Store the chorizo in a crock or glassware and keep covered in refrigerator until ready to use.
Commercial chorizo is stuffed into casings but this is not necessary for home use.

Frijoles Fritos (Fried Beans)

1 lb pinto beans
2 quarts water
1 tblsp salt
1/2 c shortening

Cook beans in water slowly. It takes about one and one half hours or until beans are tender. Add salt. Heat the shortening in small skillet and add to beans (if you like, you can use bacon drippings to improve the flavor). Continue cooking until all fat is absorbed by the beans. Stir often to prevent sticking.

Chocolate Mexicano (Mexican Hot Chocolate)

3 c milk
3 tblsp powdered chocolate
3 tblsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg (beaten)

Bring the milk to a simmer. Add chocolate, sugar, cinnamon and let it simmer a little longer. Add the beaten egg slowly, stirring constantly.
In the old Mexican way, they used a Molinillo to whip the chocolate, but you may use a wire whisk. Continue to whip the chocolate after you remove from fire. It must be frothy and hot when you serve it.
If you like, you may get the original Mexican chocolate in some of the Mexican stores that sell MExican food items, in which case you can use one cube of chocolate for each cup of milk.
Serves 4.

Hojeldrada Mexican Cookies Libros (Little Books)

4 c flour
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c of soft margarine
1 c ice water
1/4 c sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Mix flour, cream of tarter and salt in mixing bowl, stirring with knife and fork. Continue stirring, adding 1 cup soft margarine and dry ingredients, along with cold water a few tablespoons at a time. Continue to stir with fork until dry ingredients are kneaded in.
Roll out pastry into a large round. Spread on a little margarine and sprinkle with a small amount of sugar. Fold over 4 times, spreading more margarine and sugar each time. Fold over 2 or 3 more times, each time rolling the dough out to its original size.
Cut into 2-inch squares. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes at 350°F.

According to the book, Coffee is also served during this time for the grown-ups. I did not find any special Coffee recipe for this event, if someone knows of one, please email me. John....

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