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The whole enchilada about…well…you can guess what.

"More than tacos, tamales or mole, enchiladas are the national dish of Mexico. Enchiladas reflect Mexico’s history, agriculture and traditions. Enchiladas are the ultimate campesino dish, gone mainstream, even gourmet.” Chef Sylvia Casares, aka The Enchilada Queen....

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The hunt for the hard shell taco.

I admit it. I am a food snob. A nose in the stratosphere prig when it comes to food. And that sometimes presents problems. Major problems. The first Mexican dish I ever ate was a taco. Well, OK, this taco wasn’t really Mexican. But I thought it was. I was sure it was....

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Borscht. One very good reason to visit Verintort.

“Pokhlebkin and the Soviet Union are dead, yet Borshchland lives on. Recipes, like birds, ignore political boundaries ... The faint outline of the Tsarist-Soviet imperium still glimmers in the collective steam off bowls of beetroot and cabbage in meat stock, and the...

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Mamey, how I love ya, how I love ya.

Portions of this post have appeared on Don Day in SMA previously. I don't remember my exact age when I tasted my first banana but I remember I was already a few years old. I'm not sure if it was rationing, scarcity, price, or just that they hadn't yet perfected how to...

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It’s all Greek (and all good) to me.

Long ago, in a land not so far away, there was a town called Toronto where, much to my sadness, the sidewalks were rolled up each and every Saturday at 11:00 pm. Fortunately there was a remedy. At five minutes before this weekly event, I could go to a large glass box...

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Chile peppers. The guide to the dried.

As I write this, it is Tuesday in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Tuesday is the day the weekly market comes to town. Hundreds of stands offer everything from used blender parts to bras in every color of the rainbow. To me, that means it's the best day of the week to...

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When it’s prime time, it’s time for a drive to California.

When mighty roast beef was the Englishman's food, It ennobled our brains and enriched our blood. Our soldiers were brave and our courtiers were good. Oh! the roast beef of old England. Roast beef is in my blood. I was born in England…in Hereford, no less, home of some...

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How to prep prickly pears.

Today’s guest post comes from one of my favorite bloggers, Fabiola Rodriguez Licona. Fabiola blogs at On her website, you’ll find not only articles about Mexican cuisine but posts about a lot of other subjects of special interest to...

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