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1. those of you who have tried both cilantro and epazote, how similar do they taste? if cilantro tastes like soap to you, does epazote do as well?

2. in the subgenre "cowboys are gettin' it on" of my smut reading, the characters in texas and new mexico often have or make "queso". i used to think queso was just spanish for cheese (which it is), but they're very clearly not making cheese. google isn't very helpful. enlighten me?

on 2008-09-04 04:51 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] kalmn.livejournal.com
i'd imagine queso in that case is short for chili con queso, which is melted cheese with stuff in. peppers, meat, beans, the kitchen sink. i've had several different versions. in minnesota, they are all tolerable. in texas, they were all excellent. this is the only reason i have to want to go back to texas.


on 2008-09-05 08:04 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com

on 2008-09-05 13:33 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] epi-lj.livejournal.com
Meat? Meat?!

(All the ones I've had have not had meat, but none have been in Texas -- the land of unexpected meat. I suppose if I shall have to be diligent in my menu reading.)

on 2008-09-04 05:07 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] la-penguinita.livejournal.com
I echo kalmn re: the queso. Chili con queso... I'd say it very loosely translates to sauce with cheese, but it's really that there are a bazillion and a half different meanings for the word "chili" in (specifically) Mexico. Not so sure about other spanish-speaking countries in Latin America.

As for #1... I didn't taste any similarity between cilantro and epazote. otoh, the epazote I have is dried and I've only used it in chili con carne. I'm not a huge fan of cilantro, but I do find the epazote adds another (quite subtle) layer of flavor. YMMV and all that. :-)


queso etc

on 2008-09-05 08:04 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com

on 2008-09-04 05:28 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] eub.livejournal.com
Cilantro doesn't taste like soap to me, but epazote smells like gasoline.

Re: epazote smells like gasoline

on 2008-09-10 05:44 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] eub.livejournal.com
To me, anyway. Tastes may differ (http://whatscooking.us/2008/05/13/epazote/).

on 2008-09-04 13:05 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] charlottezweb.livejournal.com
Huh. I don't think I've tried epazote but I will try it and see.

Queso can be made with or without meat/beans and at its most basic is a good melting cheese heated with peppers/spices and sometimes small tomato chunks. Queso cheese is the best thing to use, because it melts so nicely, so you can see where the name came from.

The white trash, no where near the West, version we make involves one block of velveeta (I know, I know, but this is the only thing we use it for) and one can of Rotel. Melt in pot, dip with tortilla chips, mmmmmmmmm!

on 2008-09-05 00:58 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
*heh* -- i usually hate highly processed foodstuffs, but i actually like velveeta.

and that sounds like yummy comfort food. thanks for the info!


on 2008-09-04 13:08 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] betonica.livejournal.com
Um. Is the getting or making "queso" a food thing, or is a euphemism for something quite smutworthy? Because I could imagine a quite different reading....

Re: "queso"

on 2008-09-05 00:56 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
no, it's definitely a food thing. believe me, i am wise to all the euphemisms, *grin*.

Re: "queso"

on 2008-09-05 02:09 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] embryomystic.livejournal.com
I was just wondering the same thing. Because I knew, more or less, about what the other commenters were talking about, but I wondered if maybe [livejournal.com profile] pir_anha was asking about a smutty meaning of 'makin' queso'.


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