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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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A Unique Thanksgiving, Anyone?

We now have two unique Thanksgiving dinners that are far from ordinary.  How about a Chile Lover’s Mexican Thanksgiving, featuring: Mole Poblano de Guajolote (Turkey in Chocolate Chile Sauce) Mole Poblano Enchiladas Puebla Rice Pilaf Ensalada de Espinaca con Nopalitos (Spinach Salad with Prickly Pear Cactus) Sopa de Lima (Lime Soup with Tortilla Strips and …

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Posole for the Holidays

The holidays are coming soon, and here in New Mexico, posole is traditionally served from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Posole is one of the easiest and most basic methods of preparing corn and chile. This ancient dish is probably the earliest form of stew developed in the New World and is an ancestor of the …

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Your Very Own Ripening Box

This is for the gardeners in the crowd who have too many green tomatoes and peppers. Ever wonder how it’s possible to have at least semi-ripe tomatoes in the middle of winter? It’s because they are picked green for shipping and then gassed with ethylene to cause them to ripen. Although those supermarket tomatoes are …

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Variations on Green Chile Stew

Most New Mexican cooks have a favorite recipe for green chile stew, and so do I. But that recipe has been published dozens of times, so I started thinking about some variations on that subject that I put in my new book, 1,001 Best Hot and Spicy Recipes. Here are three different recipes but with …

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World Record Nacho!

I’m sure that you’ve been on the edge of your seat wondering if the world record for nacho-making has been broken.  Here is the MexGrocer semi-exclusive report: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/10/02/nacho-world-record-broken.wbz?hpt=hp_t2

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The Lust for Mexican Food

“Mexican food is an aphrodisiac which excites the passion for living. The cuisine is like a historical novel which has a gorgeously wanton redhead on its dust jacket. Perhaps within the novel, but most certainly within the presence of Mexican food, history, grandeur, violence, amor and tyranny are offered to the jaded.” –Richard Condon, author …