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Pasilla Oaxaca Black Bean Dip

We know it’s wrong to have a favorite child, but pasilla Oaxaca reigns as our favorite chile. Don’t tell the others. They are great in their own ways, but pasilla Oaxaca has it all. Piquant …

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Flour Tortillas

It’s no secret that flour tortillas are champions of versatility! You can top them with anything, fill them with anything, and they work great for snacks or for meals. What’s less well known, however, is …

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Chocolate Conchas

Conchas hold a special place in my heart. Growing up blocks away from a Mexican bakery, I always looked forward to heading over and picking out a rainbow of sweet breads every Sunday. Conchas get …

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Cuban Spiced Black Bean Soup

As the days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder, and here in Seattle the sun is making fewer and fewer public appearances. It can be easy to get lost in the gloomy grey …

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Cuban Picadillo

Picadillo is a Latin comfort food with many regional variations. Every country has their own version, but ground meat, olives, capers, and raisins are all staples of the dish. Picadillo can be served as a …

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Annatto Oil

Annatto seed is used in Latin American and Caribbean cuisine to give food a rich savory flavor and striking color. The tiny, hard seeds are often infused into oil to make them easier to use, …

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Mary’s Salsa Roja

This is my Mom’s recipe. The smell of this sauce perfumed my childhood weekly. Native to Chihuahua in Northern Mexico, this salsa roja is the base for many staple dishes in Mexican cuisine. Guajillo chiles …

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Mexican Street Corn

Full of flavor and a crowd pleasing party food, Mexican Street Corn has become a seasonal favorite. The rich roasted corn topped with creamy sauce is the perfect base for our Yucatan Rojo Rub. The …

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Cauliflower Tortillas

Sorry corn, I love you, but I don’t need you anymore. I have a new BFF – and it’s name is cauliflower. Please don’t be jealous – you’ll always have a place in my kitchen, …

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Grain-Free Yucatan Tamales

What could be more enticing than a tender, fragrant home-made tamale? Pillowy soft steamed masa on the outside, secret pockets of glorious filling and sauce on the inside. Home-made food is all about the love, …

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Pumpkin Seed Dip with Yucatan Rojo Spiced Oil

This traditional Yucatan dip, known as Sikil Pak, is made from a base of ground pumpkin seeds, or pepitas. On it’s own, it has a fresh, creamy, nutty taste, lighter in flavor but similar in …

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The Day After: Turkey in Mole Olé Sauce

November 23rd. The morning after. As the food coma fades, we find ourselves fridge-gazing at the thought of any more mashed potatoes. The traditional flavors of the season have begun to seem dull and we …

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Quesadillas with Brussels Sprouts, Cascabel Chile Oil and Salsa Macha

Our May Cookbook Club selection is Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen, and we can hardly wait! Gonzalo Guzman, head chef as the San Francisco restaurant Nopalito, takes simple ingredients, such as vegetables, chiles and masa, and …

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Beef and Bean Taquitos with Avocado Sauce

‘Tis the season for hosting parties. While sometimes that can be a bit stressful, the experts at Cook’s Illustrated have come out with this book of 75 “only the best” appetizer recipes to reduce some …

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