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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".

Wheat Flour Tortillas
A fundamental of the Mexican kitchen, the other tortilla, not corn but wheat flour. With its own history and flavor, sometimes it's the tortilla you crave.

Mexican Cocktail - Michelada
Celebrate the change of seasons in September or Mexico's independence day with a classic Mexican cocktail. Instead of the ubiquitous margarita, introduce the savory michelada at your next event. It's also a cocktail equally delicious served in its non-alcoholic version and no fuss to make. ¡Salud!

Basic Red Chile Sauce - Salsa Pasilla
A classic table condiment, this salsa is essential to any Mexican cook's repertoire. This recipe is not difficult to make and its ingredients are easily sourced. The result is versatile and offers the authentic and rich flavor of the pasilla chile, one of Mexico's most popular chiles.

Caesar Salad - Lime and Hominy Style
The Caesar salad owes its fame to a US immigrant from Italy, who prospered with a restaurant in Mexico. Inspired by Caesar's Place's 1924 recipe this version pays homage to the salad's history and the place with a pair of ingredients reflecting where it all happened, Tijuana Mexico.

Calabacitas - Zucchini
"Calabacitas", a popular Mexican zucchini dish with as many versions as there are cooks. This version of calabacitas is ideal for the seasons when fresh corn is not available. It's an easy recipe with bright, flavorful results.

Dried Hominy - Pozole
Fundamentally, really good food is a matter of superior ingredients. When ingredients are choice even the simplest preparation yields showstopper results. Using rehydrated, dried hominy, rather than canned, elevates a common ingredient for stunning results in flavor and texture.

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