Category: BASICS

BASICS: Pico de Gallo

There are few things as simple and delicious as this salsa. It works well with many Mexican dishes, adding a bright, spicy freshness.  It tastes great on tostadas, tacos and as a topping for scrambled eggs and molletes (Mexican bean and cheese sandwiches). Below is my version, which […]

BASICS: Dried Chiles

I love dried ancho chiles.  They smell like spicy raisins to me.  Sweet, with a little bit of heat.  I call that ¡una combinación deliciosa! Dried chiles are a basic ingredient for most Mexican sauces.  They can be used as a main ingredient for a salsa to drizzle […]

BASICS: Seitan

I think I first came across seitan in my high school cafeteria, which was completely vegetarian (believe it or not).   But it may have been at one of our church potlucks, though I’m sure they didn’t call it seitan. This is definitely not gluten-free.  This is gluten-concentrated.  […]

BASICS: Wild Rice

I’ve eaten a lot of rice in my life.  My mom’s rice, hermana de la iglesia rice (church lady rice at our potlucks), Chinese take-out rice, and a lot of delicious rice in Japan, etc.  But it wasn’t until I moved to the Midwest, that I “discovered” wild […]

BASICS: Frijoles de la olla

There are people that remember smells from their childhood: chocolate chip cookies, marinara simmering on the stove or meatloaf.  For me, it is the smell of frijoles cooking slowly on the stove. I remember coming into our house after school, welcomed by the deep, earthy aroma of pinto […]

BASICS: Tamarindo

Tamarind is an ingredient that is used in many places around the world but especially in southern Asia and in Mexico, though it is native to Africa. Tamarind has a great tangy flavor that pairs well with sweet and savory dishes.  It is definitely sweet and sour.  You […]