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The Day(s) of the Dead

This uniquely Mexican and Central American holiday features celebrations of family and friends to honor relatives and close friends who have died.  The holiday occurs on November 1st and 2nd and is closely connected to the Catholic celebration All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2).  The Day(s) of the Dead traditions …

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Holiday Tamales, Part 1

My friend Gwyneth Doland writes in her book, Tantalizing Tamales:  Although we don’t know for sure the exact origin of tamales we can see from pots and carvings that, for the ancient Mayans, tamales were their daily bread. (The word comes from the Nahuatl tamalii and tamal is the correct singular form, but tamale is …

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Christmas Eve in New Mexico

Guest Post by Nancy Gerlach Christmas Eve in New Mexico is a very special night steeped in tradition and probably no other image symbolizes the season more than the flickering lights from the brown paper bags called luminarias or farolitos, that line the walkways and outline buildings and houses throughout the state. They are only …

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Quick Mole Poblano for Thanksgiving

I have posted an article on my Fiery Foods & BBQ SuperSite entitled “A Chile Lover’s ‘Mexican Thanksgiving’” with a rather elaborate recipe for Mole Poblano, here, and then I realized how much quicker and easier it is to use prepared ingredients from MexGrocer.com.  Here is the simplified version. Mole Poblano de Guajolote (Quick Turkey …