How many friends do I need to help me make dinner? Three.
A few weeks ago, Jean mentioned Goya Bitter Orange marinade. Since Canada Dry Bitter Lemon is my FAVORITE soft drink on the planet, I was really receptive to the idea of Bitter Orange anything.
Goya is a pretty common brand around here. So I went to WallyWorld. They didn't carry it. Grrr. I went to my local grocery. THEY didn't have it!! Whhaaa???? No Goya in East Cupcake? I could not believe it.
That's when I got serious. I asked Enid, because I know she goes for Latin specialties in a big way. She said HER local grocer had it. Michelle got wind of my search, and she checked her grocery. She could get it too. Mind you, we all shop at the same chain, and live within 50 miles of each other.
Today, I went to Lackland. They had a LOT of Goya, but still no Bitter Orange. I found Mojo Criollo, which is orange, lemon, garlic and onion. Sounded pretty good to me. On the way home, I stopped into a different branch of my local grocer. Finally, Bitter Orange. I called DH, and told him to pull a package of chicken out of the freezer. I got home, tossed a coin, and put the chicken in Mojo Criollo for about 40 minutes, then sauteed it.
It was delicious. Not too spicy, no cilantro (DH is such a cilantro whiner), not too salty, not too hot.
I'm happy to wander the Asian aisle. The Brits-well, they just aren't know for more than Worchestershire and tea, so there wasn't a whole lot to build on from my dad's side. I understand what DH's Italian food needs to taste like, and I learned a lot living in Germany. I've walked past the Goya displays for years! And it tastes THAT good?
Today, my friends helped me out of a culinary closet!