Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

When trying to explain to my daughter what today is, I struggled a bit. Cinco de Mayo is not technically Mexican Independence Day, nor is it simply a day to have tamales and Corona.
A radio show was dicussing the holiday just as Calli began asking questions. I came home and looked at some information that backed up what the radio hosts were saying.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates a Mexican military victory over the French. The Mexicans were far outnumbered, but were still able to claim victory. The holiday is not such a big day all over Mexico, but largely celebrated in just a particular region of the country. One of the radio hosts stated that some people in Mexico find it humorous the way we celebrate it in America, just the way that some Irish think that American's over-the-top St. Patrick's Day observances of an Irish holiday are funny.
Me, I think observing holidays of other countries is a fun way to learn about other cultures, and of course, sample their food! Here's an easy recipe for Cinco de Mayo:

Easy Chicken Quesadillas
Pour a can of Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies into a greased or non-stick skillet. Cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the tomatoes until most of the liquid is absorbed. Chop the chicken and layer with cheddar or Monteray Jack cheese on flour tortillas. You can either layer the chicken and cheese on half of one tortilla, then fold the tortilla over the filling. Or, you can cover one tortilla with chicken and cheese, then place another tortilla over top. Melt butter in the same skiller that you used to brown the chicken. Cook tortillas on both sides until cheese is melted. Cut into wedges with a pizza-cutter. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, etc.

I love this with a side of yellow rice!

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