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QUINTANA ROO: Arroz estilo Quintana Roo

QUINTANA ROO: Arroz estilo Quintana Roo

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Where is the world is Quintana Roo? And I’m not talking about the bicycle. But if you’ve heard of Cozumel or Cancún, you know something about Quintana Roo.

It is the most recent of the Mexican states and it has a very interesting history. Some brief recent history: In the 1840s, the native people fought against the government and set up their own nation. In 1902, the Mexican president declared…

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Aleppo Pepper Chicken Kebabs

Aleppo Pepper Chicken Kebabs

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Summer is the time to grill and this is a recipe we have turned to many times. It is simple but has an amazing flavor. I came across the recipe in Bon Appétitmagazine back in 2009. I usually follow the original recipe, but I’ve made a few minor changes. I love the flavor of sumac, so I add some za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend, right before the kebabs go on the grill. You can add more after…

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Avocado and Tomatillo Salsa

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This is a very simple salsa that you can use with almost anything you grill this summer.   In a way, it is basically a smoother, creamier guacamole so you could also use it as a dip for any occasion.

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Tomatillo and Avocado Salsa

4 medium tomatillos, husked and rinsed in warm water

1 large ripe avocado

¼ medium white onion, chopped

1 serrano chile (or more if you want it very spicy), chopped

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ZACATECAS: Albóndigas en chipotle

ZACATECAS: Albóndigas en chipotle

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I recently came across a cookbook that collected recipes from home cooks around the state of Zacatecas, a state right in the center of Mexico. The book, La Cocina Familiar en el Estado de Zacatecas, has a delicious variety of foods including this recipe from Ana Ma. Sánchez de Alatorre for Albóndigas en chipotle. There are many chipotle meatball recipes, but this one is a little unique.  It add a…

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Tomato, Pomegranate and Sumac Salad with a Pomegranate Dressing

Tomato, Pomegranate and Sumac Salad with a Pomegranate Dressing

Tomato Sumac Pomegranate Salad

When I saw this salad, I knew I had to make it!  Not only do I love tomatoes but when you add the sweet tartness of fresh pomegranate and the sourness of sumac, they are even better.  It is a simple salad, but it is big on flavor.

The recipe is from a cookbook I checked out from our public library called Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume: Cuisine of the Eastern Mediterraneanby Silvena Rowe.  This is…

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Tomato, Pomegranate and Sumac Salad with a Pomegranate Dressing

Tomato, Pomegranate and Sumac Salad with a Pomegranate Dressing

Tomato Sumac Pomegranate Salad

When I saw this salad, I knew I had to make it!  Not only do I love tomatoes but when you add the sweet tartness of fresh pomegranate and the sourness of sumac, they are even better.  It is a simple salad, but it is big on flavor.

The recipe is from a cookbook I checked out from our public library called Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume: Cuisine of the Eastern Mediterraneanby Silvena Rowe.  This is…

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Tequila Mockingbird

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I love warm weather and I like it hot! But what I love the most about warm weather is the fresh food. In this case, it is sandía (watermelon in English).

Whenever we would visit mi abuelita (grandmother) in Mexico, we would walk around town “helping” her with her errands and come across street vendors selling fresh fruit sprinkled with chile y limon(chile powder and lime/lemon juice): mangos,…

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Mexican Macaroni Salad

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As I said in a recent post, the Too Hot Tamales TV show was a big reason I started cooking.  They had a show on Food Network that used a lot of the ingredients I grew up with, but usually in a different way.  This is one of those recipes.

As warm weather arrives here in Wisconsin, we are enjoying our dinners on our porch.   As things get even warmer, we are looking forward to inviting friends…

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Huevos con Machaca

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If you want a hearty breakfast, this is it!   No need for a “second breakfast.”

This was a morning meal we would enjoy whenever we would visit my mom’s aunts and uncles at their ranchos (farms) in Baja California, Mexico.  Northern Mexicans love their beef!

Sometimes, my parents would bring back machaca, along with the produce we were allowed to take across the border.  We would enjoy it for…

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QUERÉTARO: Sopa de lentejas

QUERÉTARO: Sopa de lentejas

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This is a recipe from one of Mexico’s smallest states, officially known as El Estado Libre y Soberano de Querétaro de Arteaga. It is a state that is just northwest of Mexico City.

This is a simple but delicious soup from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Essential Cuisines of Mexico. Diana Kennedy tells us that she learned this recipe from the maids that were working at a house she had rented one…

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