Black History Month – Bean’s Old World Sisters

Black History Month – Bean’s Old World Sisters

Common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris), were cultivated in the Americas with corn and squash, forming the strong agricultural and nutritional "three sisters"; with the influence of West African culture, the common bean adopted its culinary sisters from the Old World: white rice and fried plantain ... click on title for more

Salsa Macha – One Sauce for Every Taste

Salsa Macha – One Sauce for Every Taste

In an informal context, salsa macha translates as “brave sauce”, and applies here in the sense that it is extremely strong and spicy; it would probably also raise a challenge of only those being machos/machas themselves, or “brave to the extreme” being able to eat it. However, a nice feature of this recipe is that levels of spiciness, smokiness, sweetness, etc. may be controlled by choosing different peppers … click on title for more

– A Themed Menu for this Cinco de Mayo – First Stop: Veracruz

– A Themed Menu for this Cinco de Mayo – First Stop: Veracruz

For May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), I am preparing a full menu featuring recipes from places that had an important role in this episode of Mexican History. There are two questions I frequently get asked about Cinco de Mayo: 1) Why is it celebrated so much outside Mexico? And 2) Do you have any good Margarita recipes? I will start with the first question, and over the next few posts, make my way to the second... click on image for more