Chico Zapote – Sapodilla Fruit (and a No-Churn Recipe for Sorbet)

Chico Zapote – Sapodilla Fruit (and a No-Churn Recipe for Sorbet)

Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota) is a tropical tree originally from Southern Mexico, and parts of Central America. The fruit is considered a berry, about two inches (5 cm) in diameter, with one to six hard, dark seeds inside; when fully ripen, the taste is very sweet, unique and mild, perhaps a little like caramel. Sapodilla sorbet may be prepared in an ice cream maker, or as in this case, the fruit and other ingredients may be chilled beforehand, and then just finished in a blender ... click on title for more

Basket Tacos – Tacos de canasta

Basket Tacos – Tacos de canasta

Basket tacos originated in the small town of San Vicente Xiloxochitla, in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala.  Rapid infrastructural and economic growth in the mid-20th century created the need for filling and inexpensive foods that could be purchased by workers outside hospitals, office buildings and around constructions sites; some taqueros (taco masters) in San Vicente decided to take their business to larger cities, such as Puebla and Mexico City, to respond to that need.  They prepared their tacos in large batches, and packed them in a basket (hence the name) lined with blue plastic, and layers of Kraft brown paper to absorb excess fat and moisture; the tacos were then covered with more paper, and tablecloths, to keep them hot long enough to be carried to convenient and busy locations to be sold. At home, a small batch may be prepared with less fat than the original, and kept warm in a slow cooker, in lieu of the classic basket ... click on title for more

Beach Cocktail (with Abalone) – Coctel playero (con abulón)

Beach Cocktail (with Abalone) – Coctel playero (con abulón)

In the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, there are short harvesting seasons of abalone in late spring and during the month of July; fresh abalone is shucked, cleaned, and tenderized before eaten raw, or cooked in seafood platters and dishes, such as Beach Cocktail - Coctel playero ... click on title for more