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Friday, October 29, 2004

Reading for the day....Rats take over Mexican town!

Atascaderos, paraíso de ratas. Fracasó reclutamiento de gatos:

Los pobladores de Atascaderos, México, están perdiendo la lucha contra una plaga de decenas de miles de ratas.

La población, situada en las montañas de la Sierra Tarahumara, al norte de México, tiene tres mil habitantes humanos y 250 mil roedores.

Se calcula que, en el casco urbano, por cada una de las 800 viviendas hay 200 ratas.

Aparte de los obvios problemas de salud que provocan, los roedores están arrasando con las cosechas o contaminándolas con sus heces.

Key vocab:

contaminándolas = contaminating them
la lucha = the fight
ratas = the rats
roedores = rodents
salud = health


Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Sandrita's Fantastic Pico de Gallo Salsa Recipe

This is the best salsa around!

Pico de Gallo con Nopalitos (cactus)


1 medium onion (yellow or white)
4 roma tomatoes
2 jalapeños
1 cilantro bunch (only use half)
2 limes
2 cactus leaves (de-thorned)
or store bought already cooked cactus in a ajar
salt and pepper to taste

Finely chop onion in a large bowl, dice tomatoes and chop jalapeños (leave seeds and veins if you want it hot) chop cilantro and add to bowl. If you use fresh cactus, de-thorn, and cut in long strips then, chop in small pieces.

Place cactus in 3 cups of hot boiling water with salt, cook thoroughly (about 15 mins) rinse with cold water, cactus will feel slimy.

Add to bowl and stir up, add fresh lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Let stand about 20 minutes. Best eaten with "carnitas" or with chips and tostadas. Enjoy!

This is my favorite salsa. I can eat the whole bowl. Yummy


Saturday, October 09, 2004

Identifying People & Things: Object Pronouns

Learn Spanish Object Pronouns

In order to distinguish between when you’re supposed to use “LO” and when you’re supposed to use “LE”—a lot of books categorize these words into “direct” (lo, la, los, las) and “indirect” (le, les) object pronouns. One trick is to remember that the LO, LA, LOS, LAS answers the “who” or “what” asked in the sentence, whereas LE, LES answers “to whom.”

Example: I gave my phone number to whom? To Sandra!

¿Le di mi número de télefono a quién? ¡A Sandra!

Don’t worry too much about getting them mixed up, even native speakers do that from time to time. Do listen carefully for the word “TE.” This means someone is talking to or about you...

Spanish Object Pronouns

Quiz: Object Pronouns


Saturday, October 02, 2004

Chilaquiles Recipe: Another Receta Fantástica from Sandrita

Aquí está otra receta favorita de mi marido, es halgo muy fácil y barrato para preparar.


1 paquete de tortillas de maiz (30 count)
1 cebolla grande
2 chiles jalapeños
5 chiles japoneses (si te gusta picoso)
2 roma tomatoes
1 small clove of ajo (garlic)
4 tomatillos (green tomatoes)
2 cups cooking oil

Slice the tortillas into four sections (triangles) and place in frying pan full of hot oil. Deep fry all triangles and drain each and place in a big bowl.

Cut onion into eight sections and cut tomatoes in half, put jalapenos (whole) in blender with tomatoes, onion, tomatillos, chiles japoneses, clove of garlic and salt and pepper to taste. add 1/4 of water. Blend these ingredients well.

Drain pan of oil, leaving only about 1 teaspoon in pan and place burner on high. pour in salsa and let bubble, slowly add your homemade tortilla chips and let soak in salsa. Don't let them get too soggy! Then turn off stove and enjoy with sour cream!

BONUS: my kids love to eat the chips sprinkles with grated cheese and lightly salted. ¡Buen Provecho!


Spanish Body Parts Lesson - from Newsletter 56

spanish body part words

Spanish Body Parts

Internet article about using Spanish body part words


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