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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.
Cempas˙chil - 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.
Chia Seeds - Ancient Superfood
Newly popular chia seeds have an ancient origin and have never lost appeal in their native Mexico. This recipe gives a closer look at the seed and a tasty way to introduce them into your diet and Mexican food repertoire.
Day of the Dead Bread
Mexico's Day of the Dead holiday is a major holiday with families and friends celebrating and remembering the dead. It is a food holiday and this sweet Day of the Dead bread is a holiday favorite.
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.
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.
Fideo - Mexican Pasta
In the realm of comfort food, Mexico's " sopa seca de fideo" or more colloquially called "fideo", reigns supreme. An easy to make dish of brothy, noodles with a special umami that children and adults crave.
Lard - Fatback or Leaf
Lard is coming back into use, but not hydrogenated mass produced lard. Rather lard from pasture raised animals. Easy to render, pure high quality lard is a secret weapon in preparing Mexican food and a return to an authentic ingredient that will make your food memorable for its deliciousness.
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