Custard with Caramel – Flan

Custard with Caramel – Flan

This dessert came to Mexico from Spain during colonial times, with the introduction of dairy products from farm animals such as cows and goats, all new to the land. In Mexico, flan is always crust-less; ubiquitous on restaurant menus, whether high-end or family businesses, it has remained popular since colonial times ... click on title for more

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El Grito de Independencia – The Cry for Independence

El Grito de Independencia – The Cry for Independence

This weekend, Mexicans will be commemorating the onset of the Mexican Independence War; traditionally, the president himself comes out to one of the balconies of the National Palace to re-enact the cry for independence, known as “El grito.” Celebrations follow and they most definitely include food … click on title for more

Pork Rind in Green Sauce – Chicharrón en salsa verde

Pork Rind in Green Sauce – Chicharrón en salsa verde

In Mexico, it is common to have fried pork rinds just crumbled into a warm corn tortilla, topped with any salsa and enjoyed as a taco; snack size pieces are also served as chips with a bowl of salsa on the side. When there are leftovers from a party or family gathering, it is very convenient to cook them in sauce (sometimes leftover from the party as well), but as a guisado (stewed dish), this Mexican classic is prepared as a staple for any taco bar or burrito line-up … click on title for more

Flower of the Day – Cucurbita Pepo

Flower of the Day – Cucurbita Pepo

The species Cucurbita pepo includes several edible winter and summer squash varieties; archeological evidence in Mesoamerica, and specifically in Mexico, shows that varieties of C. pepo were probably first domesticated there, and have been grown for the past 8,000 to 10,000 years. The blossoms are bright yellow/orange,and attract pollinators, but are also pursued for human consumption … click on title for more