...Ancho Chili-Spiced Grilled Chicken with Fennel.
The highly-attractive and functional Mrs Elliott and I will be tackling this recipe tonight.
It took me a bit of searching to find ancho chili powder. Struck out at the first two markets I tried. Drove to La Colima, the Mexican food store near the corner of Greenwood & 3rd. Looked around a bit at the spices, didn't see any ancho.
There was a tiny Latina stocking the shelf nearby.
"Necesito chile ancho molido," I said to her.
"Chile ancho molido!" she said cheerfully, and pointed to a bag of guajillo chili powder on the rack.
"Guajillo," I said. "Es lo mismo de ancho?"
"Si," she said, said seriously.
Not entirely convinced. "Es verdad?"
"Si, si, es lo mismo! Es ancho!"
Okay, well, what the heck. Maybe a regional difference. Besides, 99 cents ... a smaller amount of the same spice at Newport Market would have cost over two bucks. At Whole Foods it would have been $5 for a bottle, but it would be organically raised and fair traded, I'm sure.
I got the bag and wandered around the store to see what else they had. Found Diet Coke in a can. Do you know how hard it is to find a single, chilled, 12 oz can of Coke these days? All your Kwik-e-Marts sell anymore are the larger 16 oz Cokes in a plastic bottle. I don't like plastic bottles, they don't seem to keep the drink as cold as an aluminum can (probably not true but it feels that way), are probably laden with something horrible like BPA, and 16 oz is more than I care to drink at a sitting.
80 cents. Score!
The nice lady at the cash register asked if I needed a bag.
My Spanish exhausted, I got out of the shop for $1.79, drove home, and checked the Google to see if guajillo chilies were the same as ancho chilies. Turns out that they are not exactly the same, but the two are often used in tandem in many traditional dishes. I'm sure it'll be tasty.