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hardyjenni
« on: March 18, 2010 09:30:58 PM »

The other night, my husband invited some of his friends over for dinner.  Several of these guys are students from India, and they once made us authentic Indian food.  Being that my husband and I are from Texas, we decided to make good, authentic Tex-Mex for these guys (they had never had anything but Taco Bell).  We live in St Louis, were authentic Mexican food or Tex Mex are both lacking.  So, it took us a while to brainstorm and come up with a menu.  We decided to serve chips and salsa (of course!), refried beans, enchiladas, tamales, and rice.  But I wasn't sure what I was going serve to drink.  I can't drink alcohol right now, and I wanted something I could enjoy.  A lot of the cantinas and restaurants in the Houston area serve horchata, so we decided to make that. 

Horchata is a very delicious and refreshing, slighly sweet drink.  It was brought over by the Spaniards, who originally made it with melon or squash seeds.  Now, it's a Mexican favorite that is usually made with rice and almonds.  It kind of reminds me of a sweeter, almondy rice milk.  Very yummy.

The recipe is very, very easy, but takes a bit of time because it has to sit overnight. I've posted the recipe on my webpage: 

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-24872-St-Louis-Budget-Meals-Examiner~y2010m3d18-Drinks--Horchata

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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2010 10:13:44 PM »

Awesome. I was just hinting to DH last night for him to make some.
He also makes jamaica.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2010 10:31:52 PM »

Authentic Mexican food can be lacking in the the St. Louis area, although, there are a few nice places. You just have to know where to look. I have lived here my whole life and I'm still discovering new exciting places. I think it is wonderful that you made food for your guests. It allows for a much more intimate setting and you are able to talk more freely which unfortunately in a restaurant is not always possible. Nothing beats that care that goes into making a home-cooked meal. I will definitely have to try this recipe it sounds delicious!   
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2010 11:57:38 PM »

OOOH! I just got a food processer last week and have been using it like crazy! I would have never thought to make drinks in it! Now I'm really excited to try this! Thanks it looks YuMMY! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2010 07:59:44 AM »

That looks and sounds delicious!  This may be a dumb question, but is the rice pre-cooked or dry?
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2010 03:35:34 PM »

Thanks for the comments!

ducktape_diva:  You'll have to let me know where some of the more authentic restaurants are!  I'd love to try them! Smiley

Kaitlinnegan:  the rice is uncooked.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2010 10:21:12 PM »

The name escapes me just this minute, but I will check with the parents. They will definitely remember, because they knew the owner fairly well.
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