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Pork Shanks in Adobo Sauce
In a time when bacon runs the gamut from brownies to candy bars, bacon seems to get all the pork love. This Valentine's Day consider an elegant plate from a less trendy pork cut: the hind shanks. Make it romantic with a hint of heat, from a two-step adobo treatment. It's still all about the love.

Clay Pot Beans - Frijoles de Olla
A staple for over a 120,000,000 Mexicans, beans offer excellent nutritional value. A basic pot of beans presents a myriad of opportunities for slow cooked or quick meals. Beans are a cinch to make. Traditional clay pot cooking delivers extra flavor and may make beans your staple too.

Clay Pot Coffee - Cafe de Olla
From sweet to savory dishes, clay pot cooking imparts a delicious and unique flavor to food. An ancient secret, consider making an entrance into clay pot cooking with Mexico's hauntingly delicious sweet brew, "Cafe de Olla." A sweet coffee that is easy to make and wonderfully satisfying to drink.

Epiphany Bread - Rosca de Reyes
Until January 6h, the greeting remains Merry Christmas in Mexico. The season does not come to a close until the Wise Men deliver their gifts to the infant Jesus. The holiday bread, Rosca de Reyes, carries the promise of another party, as it hides a small figurine of the Holy Infant. It's delicious.

Cinnamon Sugar Buñuelos
In Mexico the New Year marks special treats and the countdown to Three Kings Day. Buñuelos, a crispy fried treat, are among the season's favorite sweets. An old recipe from Mexico's colonial north makes a light and distinctively flavored bite. A perfect companion to coffee or hot chocolate.

Lamb's Neck Tamale Filling
Lamb's neck is not a typical tamale filling, but it is a show stopper. The meat will be tender and flavorful and the chile warming and stimulating to the palate in all the right ways. This recipe is not quick, but it's easy and worth the planning to pull off an uncommonly exquisite tamale.

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.

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