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Hi Pam...well, since my cilantro was way in the back of my refrigerator and was almost

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Posted to Thread #30284 at 12:06 am on May 17, 2018

frozen when I pulled it out (I had rinsed it, but not dried it, then put it in a covered container and promptly forgot about it) I was only able to scrap up a tablespoon or two. So, from my viewpoint, it didn't make an impact on the dish.

I did put a bit more spices in mine...along with the cumin, I add ground coriander (which is the seed of the cilantro, but who knew??), white ground pepper (because I bought a jar for who knows what reason and now i'm trying to use it up) and about a TBL of Chiarello's spice blend, which is ground red California chiles, roasted fennel, salt, cinnamon and some other stuff. This spice blend is KILLER on candied walnuts, on roasts, on fish, on pork, etc.

Hold it is:
Toasted Spice Rub:
1/4 cup fennel seeds
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon peppercorns
1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1/4 cup (1-ounce) pure California chili powder
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

I was trying to augment the recipe since I had no Anaheim's. It definitely worked.

PS: I HATED cilantro and lived in ABQ for 6 years. Try avoiding it there! When we moved to FL, Larry had a conference in San Diego and we went to dinner at some old famous restaurant that has a batch of little old ladies making warm flour tortillas right in the restaurant.

Well, they brought a dish of freshly made salsa and warm chips and I don't know if it was jet lag or the margaritas or the company, but that salsa was the best thing in my life at that moment. I actually woke up the next morning craving it. For breakfast!! And it was nothing more than fresh tomatoes, slivers of onions, fresh lime, salt and cilantro.

I have been a CC (cilantro convert) ever since.

PS: It's Old Town Mexican Cafe (the video goes on for 3:44 minutes, but you'll get the idea in the first 14 seconds. The other 3:30 minutes is just more of the same)


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