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Masa Tamales - Basic Tamale Dough
Tamale recipes vary throughout Mexico, reflections of different regions and tastes, but the common point will be in the “masa” or dough. A fluffy and flavorful batter is essential to delicious tamales. As we enter tamale season, we have a primer on the substance of a tamale, the dough.

Turkey and Mole Sauce
Here's an origin story that goes with the legendary sauce "mole poblano," Mexico's culinary contribution to the world's great sauces. You many not have the opportunity to make a mole sauce from scratch, but a bit of improvising with a ready-made mole base provides a new life for turkey leftovers.

Mexican Chicken Broth
Mexican food is based on layers of flavor. A basic flavor is the simple umami of homemade chicken broth, from a flavorful chicken. If making and freezing homemade stock isn't already part of your chicken routine, now is a good time to start with this super easy method.

Pumpkin Salad - Ensalada Cuaresmeña
This recipe is a dessert salad, but with a hearty frontier twist. The ingredients showcase the bounty of northern Mexico's autumn harvest delights, not the least of which is the cuaresmeña pumpkin or pumpkin Castilla.

Cempasúchil - Marigold Salsa and Chicken
Savory and floral, the promise of the Mexican marigold is to wake the dead; but sometimes the senses of the living could use a little enticing as well. This is a simple version of a traditional sauce that customarily is tweaked according to each cook's personal taste and style.

Queso Panela - Mexican Cheese
Mexico's cheeses are few but they are reliably delicious. Panela, a traditional fresh cheese made from cow's milk, tempts a cook's imagination with its ability to take-on flavors and hold its shape in heat. Consider turning to panela for a new twist to your kitchen repertoire.

Eating Cactus - Cholla Buds
The people of the Sonoran desert, for centuries, harvested from both cultivated crops and the wild. The spring desert bloom marked the time to harvest the delicate and delicious cholla cacti buds. Ciolim harvesting was nearly lost to the modern western diet, but it's making a tasty comeback.

Nopales - Cactus Paddles
Cooking with cactus may be daunting to cooks because of its prickly nature, but the leaves, or paddles, of the prickly pear cactus are an ancient food that still delivers loads of potential to cooks, it's versatile and delicious.This article offers the basics for cleaning and preparing nopales.

Pico de Gallo - Fresh Mexican Salsa
Fresh flavors and firm textures define this table condiment as one of Mexico's most common and versatile. It's earned a special place on tables throughout the nation and has universal appeal with a version for everyone. A hot food palate is not required to enjoy this salsa.

Low-Carb and Sustainable Beans
An introduction to a lesser known marvel of an ancient bean, the tepary. Get to know this bean by way of a classic bean dish from Mexico's northern frontier. A dish known for its richness and generous use of dairy, "frijoles maneados".

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