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Chiles: The definitive spice of Mexico

Chiles: The definitive spice of Mexico

  One of the most frequent flavorings in cuisines as diverse as Indian, Chinese, Moroccan, Hungarian and Mexican is the chile or chili. Some believe that it is perhaps the most commonly used spice in the world. The chile pepper is native to Central and South America. Research into its origins suggests that chile peppers...

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Mexican Cuisine: Over Five Centuries in the Making

Mexican Cuisine: Over Five Centuries in the Making

Mexican cuisine is one of the best known and loved the world over, and for a reason, its flavors, sometimes robust and varied and sometimes mild and subtle, always have a haunting, mysterious quality that hints at the range of spices, herbs and condiments that it uses. Mexican food can be delightfully different from the...

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The Mexican Wine Oasis

The Mexican Wine Oasis

Parras de la Fuente


It is not a mirage! After having crossed a long desert there appears a miraculous oasis… In this valley of fertile land crystalline springs abound.  The Parras valley is a verdant space in which one forgets that they are surrounded by the semi-desert region of Coahuila. In addition to its water reserve, the Parras valley’s...

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Dulce

Dulce

Desserts in the Latin American Tradition


Excerpts from the book , by Joseluis Flores, with Laura Zimmerman Maye: Cajeta Cajeta is a goat’s milk caramel similar to dulce de leche (cow’s milk-caramel originally from Argentina) or manjar blanco (what they call dulce de leche in Peru). In Mexico, it is traditionally sold in small, thin wooden boxes, or cajas, on the...

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The Mexican Wine Oasis

The Mexican Wine Oasis

It is not a mirage! After having crossed a long desert there appears a miraculous oasis… In this valley of fertile land crystalline springs abound. The Parras valley is a verdant space in which one forgets that they are surrounded by the semi-desert region of Coahuila. In addition to its water reserve, the Parras valley’s...

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The Taste of Mexico - Chocolate

The Taste of Mexico – Chocolate

THE DIVINE DECADENCE Cocoa is a complex blend of over a hundred flavor components. Among the great pleasures of Pre- Hispanic Mexico, nothing could compare to a jicara ( a mug made from a hollowed dried fruit or guaje) of frothy hot chocolate, which for the Aztecs was the symbol of hospitality and wealth. Cocoa...

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Aguas Frescas

Aguas Frescas

Mexican Style Soft Drinks


Beat the summer heat with these refreshing and healthy Mexican fruit drinks. Soft drinks are a main culprit in the rise of obesity and a major contributor to the plastic waste in our world, so we should be concerned about our intake of these drinks. Some soft drinks in Mexico contain real cane sugar instead...

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Recipes: Horchata

Recipes: Horchata

Mexican Rice Milk


Here are two delicious recipes for horchata. The first is a more traditional recipe, the second is a non-dairy version. Enjoy! Agua de horchata 1 cup raw rice 1 ½ cup hot water 1 whole piece of Mexican cinnamon about 4 inches long (or to taste) 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 3 cups skim milk...

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La Cocina Mexicana

La Cocina Mexicana

Tools for the Mexican Foodie


When I first stepped foot into my new, fully equipped kitchen in Mexico, I found myself wondering “what the heck is this stuff?” – a surprise for me, having years of experience working in kitchens. After living in Mexico and serving Mexican- international fusion food, I’ve come to love these Mexican tools. For anyone interested...

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Recipe: Roasted Salsa Verde made in the molcajete

Recipe: Roasted Salsa Verde made in the molcajete

  Ingredients: 7-10 tomatillos, rinsed. Keep the husks on (but if you bought them with the husks off, it’s ok too) 1-2 jalapeños 1 clove garlic salt, to taste Directions: Roast the tomatillos and chiles. This can be done stove-top, using a comal or griddle, or in the oven. When the tomatillo husks are blackened...

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Healthy Mexican Food

Healthy Mexican Food

The temptation of incredibly tasty tacos, hamburgers, and enchiladas is daunting – Mexican street food is so uniquely satisfying and sabroso (yummy) that it is hard to say “no.” Taste aside, street food in Mexico can add to the waistline, quickly. For those living in Mexico or traveling for an extended period of time, it...

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The Indigenous Ingredients

The Indigenous Ingredients

Cooks in Mexico still rely on the ingredients which were popular before the Spanish conquest… Corn, beans and squash: The Aztec Trio. Traditional Mexican food is heavy in these three main ingredients. Combined with hunted game meats, such as deer or rabbit, the vegetable and grain trio made for an incredibly healthy diet. Corn, beans,...

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