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Spicy Holiday Snacks

Ah, the holidays…when friends can drop in unexpectedly and expect to be fed. Don’t be caught unprepared! Here in New Mexico, a really great party always contains some spicy munchies. Chile peppers can be found in every course, from drinks and appetizers to entrees and even dessert. In addition to holiday entertaining, these snacks go …

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The Tomato Harvest Begins!

I just harvested about twenty pounds of tomatoes from my garden.  This is going to be one of the better harvests of the last few years, so let’s do something with them! Chiltomate (Roasted Habanero-Tomato Sauce) This simple, all-purpose sauce calls for roasting the vegetables, a process that is typical of Yucatán and imparts a …

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Fiery Foods Now Available Worldwide

Mail-Order Copies Now Available! My popular bookazine on chile peppers and fiery foods will be on the newsstands of all the big box stores for another month, but for convenience it is now available for ordering single copies internationally, or a 9-issue subscription to Popular Plates, the real name of the magazine.  There are many …

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Cold and Spicy Soup on a Hot Summer’s Day!

It’s from Spain, but in New Mexico, we spice it up.  From my new bookazine, Popular Plates Fiery Foods, on newsstands everywhere! Spicy Gazpacho (Andalusian Cold Tomato Soup) From Sharon Hudgins, who collected this recipe while on assignment in Spain for Chile Pepper magazine, comes this observation: “Gazpacho was originally a simple peasant dish, consisting …

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Perfect Santa Fe Enchiladas

From my new bookazine, Popular Plates Fiery Foods, on newsstands everywhere (see earlier post), here is one of my favorite recipes, Perfect Santa Fe Enchiladas.  Forget ground beef–it’s so, well, mundane.  Go for the machaca instead and you won’t be sorry. Perfect Santa Fe Enchiladas Cooking the perfect Santa Fe Enchiladas from scratch is a …

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Fiery Foods Bookazine to Hit Newsstands

On June 28th, my latest publication, entitled “Popular Plates: Fiery Foods” will hit all the major newsstands in the U.S., including Barnes & Noble, Home Depot, Borders, Costco–all the big box stores.  The publisher, Source Interlink Media is printing 200,000 copies, which is by far the largest print run of any of my publications.  Essentially, …

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For Spring: Orange and Jicama Salad

Jicama is a member of the morning glory family that evolved in Mexico and South America.  A cousin of the sweet potato, this underground tuber comes in two types: agua (watery juice) and leche (milky juice). Like many street snacks (hot pretzels, dried mangos, or hot dogs), jicama is a street food in its native …