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Mexico-via-Mumbai Salsa

Mexico via Mumbai Salsa

We recently came back from a great vacation hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. I have some recipes that I will post from that trip, but this is a recipe I found on the way home.

While taking some time enjoying the Twin Cities visiting places like the Como Park Zoo and some great bookstores, I found this recipe in a book that was on the bargain rack: The Sauce Bookby Paul…

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Paletas de jamaica con frambuesa

Paletas de jamaica con frambuesa

Jamaica con frambuesas

If you have ever lived in Mexico or in one of the US-Mexico border states, you have probably seen a paletero pushing his little cart. We even have paleteros here in Madison, Wisconsin!

A paletero sells paletas. But what are paletas? They are basically ice pops, popsicles or whatever you would call something similar. The word paleta comes from the word palo(Spanish for stick).  This little stick…

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Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Mexican Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

It is the almost the end of July and weather.com says it is 92 degrees Fahrenheit and it feels like 101 degrees at 6 pm.   And I am posting a cookie recipe. Look for a refreshing Agua de Tamarindo recipe in February!

This is a recipe that has some of the flavors I grew up with. Though the original recipe did not call for any fruit, nuts or seeds, I thought these cookies needed something extra to…

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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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