Date: Wed, 29 Mar 1995 18:56:06 -0500 From: Stewart Mason Subject: Churros (was: Re: ADS-L: Help with "smores" and "salad shooter"?) On Wednesday, 29 March 1995, Wayne Glowka wrote: >The Peruvians (who can afford to eat) have a dish called "churros," I >remember, that consists of a piece of bread (that looks like a stick of >corn bread) dipped into a thick chocolate pudding. I'm told that churros >are served in Spain. This actually is vaguely related to regional sociolinguistics: Here in New Mexico, churros are an extremely popular dessert. But here they're thin, foot-long, star-shaped sticks of sweet dough extruded from a pastry gun, deep-fried and then rolled in cinnamon and sugar. They're delicious. However, chocolate makes no appearance with them; they're eaten hot by themselves. (Churros are popular enough in the Southwest that a California-based rock band, The Loud Family, released an EP called _Hot Cinnamon Churros_ a couple years ago.) Non-residents of New Mexico have to be careful what they order here when it comes to Mexican food. For example, the word "chile" (the preferred local spelling) on the menu of a locally-owned restaurant denotes a sort of not-very-spicy stew containing huge strips of roasted green chile, potatoes and (sometimes) hamburger or shredded pork. The beans-and-tomato-sauce stuff is called "red chile" or "chile con carne" if it shows up on the menu at all. What the local restaurants call a meat burrito involves a less-liquid filling containing the green-chile-potatoes-meat mixture. People used to Taco Bell get noticeably agitated when they discover potatoes in their burritos. It's fun to watch. Stewart =============================== "I'd like to keep my arms around her forever But she wants to be home by ten." --Game Theory =============================== Stewart Allensworth Mason PO Box 4056 Portales NM 88130