Last night’s dinner….

Last night we had a precious friend from church over for dinner.   She is a college student and is serving as a youth intern this summer at our church.   I made chicken tacos and was out of the seasoning that I normally use, so I thought “rather than running to the grocery store, I’m going to make my own”.    SO, I took the stems off and shook the seeds out of 4 guajillo (sp?) chili peppers (they are dry and come in bags in the mexican food section of your grocery store in clear plastic bags), and tore them into about 1″ pieces.   I placed the chili pieces into my spice grinder (a coffee grinder that is reserved specifically for grinding spices), added 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds, 3 whole black peppercorns (yes, 3 individual peppercorns), and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.   I processed them in the grinder until they were a powder and seasoned my boneless skinless chicken breasts with them and let them stand for about 45 minutes before I poached them, and then shredded them for the tacos.   I added the 1 1/2 cups of water with the spices that came off the chicken into the shredded chicken meat to keep it softer and I have to say, that is THE BEST chicken taco meat I’ve EVER made!   I think making my own spice blend using real chilis (dried) was definitely the secret to my success 🙂

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