Sister Cities – Saitama and Toluca

Sister Cities – Saitama and Toluca

The Japanese city of Saitama is hosting several Tokyo 2020 Olympic events, including important football (soccer) matches. Saitama and the city of Toluca (capital of the Mexican state of Estado de México) became sisters cities in 1979, and they have established and maintained many programs together since then; the sister cities also have other features in common ... click on title for more

Coahuila Style Homemade Chorizo (with Vegan Option)

Coahuila Style Homemade Chorizo (with Vegan Option)

In Spain, chorizo is usually a fermented, cured, and smoked pork sausage, which may be sliced and eaten without cooking, traditionally seasoned with paprika and a blend of other spices.  Mexican chorizos are mostly fresh, or partially cured, and need to be cooked before eating. For Northern Mexico recipes, and most specifically for those from the state of Coahuila, the defining seasonings are ancho peppers and cumin; my mom used them as the basis for her chorizo recipe, and always kept it lean by omitting lard from the ingredient list.  I am following all her teachings for this recipe, and by omitting the lard, I was also able to develop a vegan option ... click on title for more