Reynas! The countdown to 2019 is fast approaching! ¿Están listas? There are so many things to prepare for before the end of the year! As we wind down 2018, it’s meaningful to reflect back in gratitude for the experiences we’ve had as well as our accomplishments. Looking forward, it’s important to write down our wishes for the New Year and the goals we want to accomplish. Pero, look at me! I’m getting ahead of myself! I’ve created a New Year’s preparation list so you can have the best New Years’ experience ever! Y como una buena Mexicana, I’m making sure you have a list that reflects our traditions during this time of the year! I’m also including a recipe of our delicious menudo using our Juanita’s Menudo Starter! Menudo in an hour so you can enjoy your New Year’s Eve party! ¡Qué delicioso!
New Year’s Prep List:
- Get your undergarments ready! If you want more love and passion in 2019, wear red; for health and well-being, wear green; for wealth and prosperity, make sure you wear yellow; for true love and friendship, wear pink; and for hope and peace, bring out your white underwear.
- For good fortune, make sure you have some lentils you can eat or a handful of raw lentils to give to a friend as a symbol of good fortune!
- Write down your wishes for the New Year on individual pieces of paper. As a wish comes true, burn the paper.
- Place white candles on a plate surrounded by rice, corn, lentils, flour and cinnamon. Once the candles burn all the way down, take the waxy remaining and bury it as a symbol of prosperity and abundance in the New Year.
- Grab your grapes! It’s customary to eat 12 grapes at midnight on Jan 1st symbolizing a wish for every month of the coming year.
- It’s time to clean! Sweep out the old and welcome the new into our lives by sweeping the energy out and allowing new in!
- Want to travel more, Reynas? If you desire more travel in the New Year, place an empty suitcase in the middle of the room and walk around it several times to symbolize your desire to travel more!
- Get ready to pucker up! Reynas, one of the best parts of the countdown is the kiss at midnight! I’m ready to kiss my loved ones. Are you?
Bueno! You now have a good list to start with and you can add anything else that may be a tradition in your family. Being Mexican means we include food in all of our traditions, ¿verdad? Food symbolizes fortune, abundance, good luck, fertility and community…. and MENUDO? Well, for me, menudo symbolizes a happy family gathering and with Juanita’s Menudo Starter, you can have your abuela’s homemade menudo only faster…..in one hour! Are you ready? Here’s the recipe below!
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25-35 minutes
Serves: 16+ (after adding water, hominy and your sazón)
- 1 can (90 oz) of Juanita’s Menudo Starter Beef Tripe in Bone Stock
- 1 can (110 oz) of Juanita’s Mexican Style Hominy drained and rinsed
- 9 cups of water or broth
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 large onion halved
- 5 cloves of minced garlic
- 8 cilantro springs
- 2 1/2 tbsp. of salt
- 7 dried guajillos chiles
- 3 dried California chiles
- 2 tbsp. of ground coriander
- 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
- 2 tbsp. of dried oregano
- 1 tbsp. of garlic powder
- Add Juanita’s Menudo Starter, water or broth, bay leaves, onion, garlic, cilantro and salt into a large pot and bring to a boil for 1 minute, then reduce to a simmer.
- Remove stems and seeds from the guajillo and California chiles, and add them to the simmer for 5-8 minutes. Taste the tripe to make sure it’s not overcooked.
- Transfer the softened chile and 2 cups of broth to a blender. Blend for 2 minutes to a smooth puree.
- Remove cooked bay leaves, cilantro and onion from the pot. Discard. Add chile puree from the blender.
- Add the coriander, cumin, oregano and garlic powder. For a spicer Menudo, add 1 tbsp. of chile de arbol powder.
- Add Juanita’s Mexican Style Hominy, mix well and let simmer for up to 15 minutes to achieve your desired texture of hominy and tripe.
- Add salt to taste.
Your Menudo is ready! Happy New Year, ¡Reynas! ¡Con mucho amor!