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March 01, 2022

Chicken Pozole and Other News

Hello friends. I'm sorry I haven't posted or been by to visit lately. I had company in town last weekend, and then first thing on Monday we had one of our managers at work go out on medical leave. As always, the rest of us will have to cover. It looks like I'll be totally swamped for a few weeks to come. 

I wanted to pop in tonight to share this very quick and easy Chicken Pozole recipe with you. I made a traditional version for the first time a few of weeks ago. After I mentioned it, my blog friend Susan shared her cheater method with me. I went down a new rabbit hole viewing cheater recipes - out of all the many recipes I've read, both traditional and cheater recipes, no two have been the same. I put this simple recipe together from different methods to make my own version, which is what I almost always do with recipes anyway.


Chicken Pozole

As ridiculously quick and easy as this is, it so flavorful and so good! Nobody would ever guess it's made mostly from cans. We can't get enough of it. This will be a regular on our winter menu here from now on.

You can also use chicken thighs or pork (which are both more traditional), or use rotisserie or any leftover chicken you have on hand. It can be made vegan or vegetarian too. There are so many different options for this dish, but this is a good starter recipe if you've never made it before.

If there's one thing out of the optional toppings I wouldn't skip, it would be the squeeze of lime over the top. It just really compliments the flavors.

Bonus - This is one of those dishes that gets better by the day. If I were making this for company, I'd definitely prepare it a day in advance to give those flavors a chance to meld together.

I probably won't be around much for the next couple of weeks considering my current work situation. Hopefully I'll get a day off soon to at least stop by for a visit - fingers crossed!

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  1. Take care and don't work too hard. That chicken looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks, it's been pretty brutal but hopefully it's just for a short time! I hope all is well with you and your gang. :)

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  2. Oh this sounds ever so good. I'll have to try this recipe.

    Take time for you.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

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    1. Thanks Sandee. I hope you do try it, it's so good! No real time for me right now, but hopefully soon. Take care! :)

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  3. It looks wonderful. I've never heard of hominy, am I alone in that? I just made a chicken cacciatore recipe we haven't had in FOREVER and it was a big hit. It was supposed to have a box of stuffing on top, but I made it without the stuffing so it would be GF. Served it over rice instead. The kids preferred it that way. Who knew? Love adding something into the rotation that we can all eat.

    Good luck with the crazy work schedule.

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    1. OMG Ernie, you have to try hominy! You can get it in the regular canned veggie section or in the international food section, if your local stores have an area like that. It's a very southern and also Hispanic thing. Hominy is what grits are made from. The canned version is yummy with just a little butter, salt and pepper if you want to sample it before diving into a recipe. Give it a try!

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  4. It looks wonderful! They say a feature of a really good cook is that they create their own recipes and play around with the food. So you must be an awesome cook!

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    1. Thanks Ginny, I definitely play around with recipes and make them my own. :)

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  5. Work . . . always getting in the way of fun! The recipe sounds good, but I’ve never seen hominy at the store (heard of it, though) and my husband can’t eat any sort of enchilada sauce or anything spicy, so mine would end up being chicken in broth! Between my kidney stone/hypertension, his gerd, and my daughter’s issues with fiber, it’s impossible to make anything!

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    1. Work is definitely cramping my style - once again! You can get hominy in the regular canned veggie section at the grocery store (I know we both are usually only there for the canned green beans lol) Hominy is a very southern and also Hispanic thing. Hominy is what grits are made from. The canned version is yummy with just a little butter, salt and pepper. Try it even if you can't use it for a recipe like this. It's a great substitute for potatoes for a quick side dish.

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    2. Lol, you’re right on the green beans!!! And guess what, I noticed hominy at the store last week!

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    3. I still think it's so funny that we are the same way about the green beans. I still need to do a survey on that one of these days too see if there are more like us. Definitely give the hominy a try too. :)

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  6. Thanks for the recipe! I like easy and good. :)

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  7. Don't forget to take care of yourself while you're taking care of work.

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    1. Ugh, I'm trying but work isn't making it easy! Hope all is well with you this week. :)

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  8. Cheater recipe... I think all of my cooking is a cheater recipe in one form or another. I'll keep that term in mind.

    Take care. I know how it goes when work gets busy.

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    1. Many of my recipes are cheater recipes in one way or another too! Hope all is going well for you. :)

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  9. That looks like a perfectly delicious and comforting meal after a long working day!

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    1. Thanks Angie. It's really good. I just made another batch today. It's a very economical meal with the high grocery prices these days too!

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  10. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Don't work too hard!

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    1. Thanks Bless. I can only wish I didn't have to work too hard but I'm back to 10 hour days most days for now. *sigh*

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  11. Hope things don't get TOO crazy at work or suck you into anything you don't want. I'm including the link to my favorite pozole for you :D http://chasingmylife.com/2020/09/22/braised-pork-posole-weeknight-short-cut/ Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I try to keep both pork and beef limited these days so I went for the chicken version. Yours definitely sounds good too. :)

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  12. I am glad your pozole turned out yummy. Making it your own is important. I do like to add lemon/lime to mine too. I also like to add shredded cabbage too since that is what we learned to do. I hope work is not too much for you. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Susan. I definitely love the addition of the cabbage too, not that I'd pass it up if I didn't have any. I think the lime really adds to the flavor of the soup. Thanks so much for letting me know cheater versions existed, I never would have thought of that otherwise!

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  13. The Chicken Pozole looks good.
    Sorry to hear about the extra work load. I know how that goes. I hope the manager returns to work soon.

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    1. Thanks Ann. I know you can totally relate! It looks like I will be stuck on 10-12 hour shifts again for at least a few weeks. I'm already worn out after just one week of being back to that pace.

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  14. Hope the manager is okay tho ...it will put a strain on YOUR workload!! This looks so delicious.

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    1. Thanks Anni. The manager is on a family medical leave, her husband broke his back. This will definitely put a huge strain on my workload for weeks to come. *sigh*

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  15. Hello,
    The recipe sounds easy and delicious. I have not had hominy in years, my mother always made it. I hope you get some time off soon. Take care, have a great day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen. Time off will be a rare occurrence for the next few weeks, unfortunately. You should definitely give the recipe a try, it's so good!

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  16. Thanks for the easy recipe. We'll be keeping an eye out for you. Hope the works not too serious except for longer hours or more days.

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    1. Longer hours and more days is serious enough lol! I'm exhausted already. I hope you and our sweet Precious are doing well - hugs! :)

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  17. Martha, that soup looks sooooooooooooooo incredibly delicious! I am a huge soup-lover-maker during the winter months, here in the Northeast. I don't eat meat, so I'll be trying the vegetarian version. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Have a great week, my friend!

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    1. Thanks Ron. Definitely give a vegetarian version a try. I'm sure it would be great just like this recipe without the chicken but I have seen versions that add beans or mushrooms too. This is one of those dishes that you can easily adapt to make it your own version - and so good!

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  18. glad to see you here and sad to hear you are once again slammed with work. this sounds delish but not the hot stuff for us.. I had totally forgotten hominy. this is something i can eat with out the heat in it

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    1. Thanks Sandra. I don't think of hominy often either but I do usually have a can or two in my pantry. This recipe isn't hot unless you add the jalapenos. It does have a tiny kick but you could always just use half the can of enchilada sauce or something. Either way revisit hominy, it's yummy!

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  19. Sounds wonderful, Martha! Not the work part, the recipe . . . I sure hope you're getting paid well to have all that responsibility.
    Blessings!

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    1. Thanks Martha. No real compensation for the extra work other than the hourly wages unfortunately, but I'm chugging along and doing what needs to be done. I hope you are continuing to recover well!

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  20. That sounds and looks wonderful! I am sorry you have to work longer hours.

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    1. Thanks Penny. I'm sure not thrilled with all the extra work either. I hope all is well with you and hope you'll give this recipe a try! :)

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  21. I'm glad you found an easy recipe to add to your rotation. Hope work eases up for you soon.

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    1. Thanks so much Nance! I hope all is well with you. :)

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  22. What a beautiful bowl of soup.
    Pace yourself at work
    Hugs cecilia

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    1. Thank you Cecilia, I'm trying to pace myself but not so successfully unfortunately. *sigh*

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  23. I hope you don’t overdo it the next few weeks! Take care!

    The recipe looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks Marie. I'm doing the best I can and can't believe I'm in the same situation I was in just a couple of months ago. It seems never-ending!

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  24. Opening cans to make dinner, my kind of cooking! Take care!

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    1. Can't beat it CJ. I've been missing your posts and hope to catch up a bit soon!

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  25. I haven't eaten hominy since I was a child. My mother used to serve it as a side dish at times. That sounds like a good and easy recipe.

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    1. It was a childhood thing for me too Lisa. My mother never made it but it was often on the dinner table when I visited relatives in Tennessee during the summers. I usually keep a few cans in the pantry, but have always just used it for a last minute side dish. I never tried any real recipes using it until now, and it's amazing!

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  26. I may give that a try. Looks delicious.

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    1. Definitely give it a try Dee, it's so good!

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  27. Yum...that looks great.

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  28. Hope you get that day off and can take a break. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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    1. Thanks Ma. I did have yesterday off finally, but had the baby shower for my first grandbaby. It was such a great day with family and friends, but in the meantime no rest for the weary.

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  29. Pozole is such wonderful stuff. Love it! And your "cheater" recipe looks to be excellent. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks you! I love Pozole too and this cheater recipe really hits the spot! :)

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  30. The recipe looks delicious and easy. What more could you want? Hope you don't get too exhausted from the extra work, but know you'll get through it.

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    1. Thanks Ally. I keep plugging along. I'm exhausted, but not the first time and won't be the last I'm sure. I hope all is well in your little corner of the world. :)

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  31. Great image ... my mouth's watering! Aside from the hominy, this sounds a lot like the green enchilada soup I make. You're right, it gets better by the day!

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    1. Thanks Myra. It does have a lot of similarities to green enchilada soup. I like this better. Try it! :)

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  32. My ex made this and I liked it! I don't think I'd ever had hominy before. It sounds like you're going to be very busy at work. Ugh.

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    1. You should make a batch for yourself now that you can see how quick and easy it can be! Very busy at work unfortunately, but glad I'm following you on Instagram for those quick updates when I can't visit blogs!

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  33. What a great recipe! I remember using hominy when my kids were little -- I had a recipe for a casserole with very little meat, the hominy made it go a long way (needed with a big family back then). But somehow I had forgotten about it over the years (the hominy and the recipe) -- this makes me want to try it again and I will. I still like quick recipes -- even though I'm retired -- as long as they are good and flavorful! This one sounds perfect.

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    1. I remember those days of serious meal stretching for a family too. Definitely try this recipe. I know your preferences for food and I really think this is a quick and easy one you will love!

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  34. That looks great!
    Take it easy, I hope you don't have to work too hard.

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    1. Thanks Suz. I do have to work harder than I want too right now, but this too shall pass. Hope all is well with you. :)

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  35. Have a good couple of weeks and thanks for sharing the receipe!

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    1. Thanks Jeanie. I'm trying but struggling. I'm too old for these kind of long days and hours at work!

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  36. They're never going to let you quit! That soup looks great, and it does look easy. I haven't had hominy in decades. Many decades. My father had it quite often.

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    1. You are so right Lisa, they aren't going to ever let me quit! I should have done it while I could - now I feel obligated again. Try the recipe, it's so easy and so good!

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  37. That's a quick soup and it sounds delicious, will have to try it soon.

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    1. I hope you do try it, let me know how you like it when you do!

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  38. The recipe looks amazing and I think we are going to have to give it a shot. Thank you. Hope the next few weeks go by quickly and are not too swampy. =)

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    1. Thanks Mr. Shife. I hope you will try the recipe, it's definitely a winner. I sure hope these weeks go by quickly too, I'm already so exhausted!

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  39. I don't think you can go wrong with chicken!
    Take care, and hoping the next few weeks are not too busy for you.

    All the best Jan

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  40. Thanks for the recipe. I wonder if I can get Hominy up here, I probably have to order it off the Net:)

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    1. You should be able to get it right in the canned food section at your local grocery store. I think Bush's or Goya are the brands you will probably find - no Del Monte, Green Giant, or grocery brands.

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  41. Sounds yummy. Thanks for the recipe.
    Hope that work eases up soon.

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy! I hope you'll give the recipe a try. See you soon! :)

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  42. Sorry to hear you're so swamped at work. The soup looks good.

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    1. Thanks Mary. Work is definitely no fun right now!

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  43. I love that you specified HATCH enchilada sauce. That is my absolute favorite as well. This looks delicious.

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    1. Thanks J and I agree, Hatch brand enchilada sauce is the only brand I ever use for anything!

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  44. I think this dish sounds delicious...take care if yourself.

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  45. It's been ages since my husband (the family cook) has made this. I think what he does is somewhat similar so I agree, your version would be both quick and delicious.

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    1. Sounds like it's time to try it again! :)

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  46. This sounds so good, I can't wait to make it! 😋

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  47. I've never heard of hominy but your chicken pozole looks divine!

    Happy Monday, Martha!

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    1. Thanks so much Veronica. If you ever see it in the canned veggie section at the grocery store, give it a try! I'll be by to visit as soon as I can. Work schedule is super crazy this week!

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  48. Hi Martha, thank you for the recipe. Looks delicious! You have been very busy and I hope you will have a chance to rest up and relax soon.

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    1. Thanks Denise. I had a short shift today but the rest of the week are long hours. I'm hoping to get an actual day off at some point!

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    2. Hi Martha, I hope you got that well deserved rest by now. Happy Friday and weekend to you :)

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  49. Would love a bowl of hot soup for our rainy days. Looks delicious. Take care while you are busy at work.

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  50. Oh gosh, Hatch green enchilada sauce is my favorite. This looks delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever had hominy before…

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    1. The Hatch brand is the best! You definitely have to give hominy a try. You can get it in the regular canned veggie section or in the international foods section with the Mexican food items at your local grocery store. It can be used as a simple side dish with a little butter. It's yummy!

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  51. Hi Martha! ☺ Your dish looks delicious! I'm a scratch cook/baker, but sometimes I do enjoy a little cheating lol! Sometimes there isn't enough time in the day to do everything from scratch! Take it easy and don't work yourself ragged!!! ♥

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  52. That looks really good! I do the same thing; read several recipes and then combine the parts I like into my own thing.

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  53. Hope you're doing well.

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  54. Hope you are ok and that you are enjoying ocean breezes and spring walks.
    We really enjoyed your pozole recipe; my son ate three bowls last night. :D
    Thanks!

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  55. It looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.
    I invite you to visit my last post. Have a good week!

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  56. Just checking in again to see if you're around. Happy Easter.

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  57. Your recipe sounds & look so delicious Martha. I have a lime tree & it is getting its first ever fruit so I might give this a try. Take care Martha. xx

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  58. This chicken pozole looks irresistible!

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