During the NFL playoffs, I like to link my cooking to whoever's playing that day. Since the first game was Arizona at New Orleans, I went with chicken machaca and Mexican red rice from The Border Cookbook.
I went shopping earlier in the day and thought I had all of the ingredients, but the rice recipe called for a mild New Mexican chile powder that I forgot to buy. It called for a tablespoon of the chile powder so I substituted about 3/4 of a tablespoon of cayenne pepper instead. While the resulting rice was edible, I think it was a little spicier than the editors intended. And it made for an eye-watering meal when paired with the chicken dish.
There are some nights I'm glad I only have to cook for myself.
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