Bagels bagels bagels!

IMG_1977When I started this blog my first post was going to be about bagels. A few years later I went to culinary school and lived in New York, and have written about anything but bagels. Now I have moved to the west coast and I am finally going to talk about them…and how much I miss New York. Perhaps it the homesickness but for the past few weeks I have been craving bagels and on the west coast they really are not as good. Is it the water? Maybe…but since I did not use this same recipe in New York and I did not bring water from New York (regretting this) I have no good answer as to why there is a difference.

As far as recipes go, I have tried quite a few and have found so far that my favorite actually comes from The Joy of Cooking. These bagels are chewier and denser–qualities I look for in a bagel. I stuck with plain and sesame for this round but you can easily add any topping of your choice.

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Atole “Champurrado”

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I love mexican food! I have been to Mexico three times now but it was not until about a year ago that I first had Atole. Atole is a popular corn based drink that is commonly seen around Christmas time. I was in a restaurant in New York with some friends from Oaxaca and Mexico City and they ordered atole. One sip and I was hooked. Since then I have been wracking my brain trying to remember the name when I came across it on an article this morning. I knew I had to make it. Having researched a few recipes I decided upon combining a few and came up with this one. I opted to add spicy chocolate to my drink making it Champurrado. A nice alternative to coffee or tea in the morning or a less caffeinated way to enjoy a hot drink before bedtime.  Continue reading