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Cucumber and mint agua fresca

We had quesadillas for brunch earlier and I thought I'd complete the Mexican theme by serving the quesadillas with agua fresca. I think themed meals are fun -- but only when it's not too fussy. I remember another … [Read more...]

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Tequila Sunrise

Another layered drink, the denser Grenadine sinks to the bottom of the glass to mimic the red hues of sunrise while the paler juices emulate the lightening morning sky. I wrote a soliloquy about it, mulling the name of the … [Read more...]

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Guacamole: a great dip for tortilla chips

My first guacamole experience was straight out of a jar that came free with a bag of potato chips. I loved the guacamole so much not knowing that it was made from avocados, a fruit that I had very little affinity with. An … [Read more...]

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Taco lunch for one

What goes into a taco? Anything, really. That's how versatile the taco is. The wrapping itself -- the tortilla -- can vary. There's corn tortilla, flour tortilla and the whole wheat tortilla, a rather new take on the … [Read more...]

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Tortillas: corn, flour and whole wheat

Not too long ago, searching for frozen tortillas in the Philippines was an impossible task. A couple of years ago, flour tortillas started to appear in larger and better supermarkets. A year or so ago, I started seeing whole … [Read more...]

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Arroz con pollo (rice with chicken)

Undoubtedly Spanish in origin, arroz con pollo, or rice with chicken, can be found in the various cuisines of Latin America and the Caribbean. I've found Cuban and Mexican versions, among others, and a recipe for the Puerto … [Read more...]

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Taco pie (a.k.a. quesadilla pie)

Tortillas stacked on top of one another and, in between, an assortment of filling and lots of gooey cheese. The dish is known as taco pie although others refer to it as quesadilla pie. I doubt if it's an authentic Mexican … [Read more...]

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Carnitas: Mexican “little meats” dish

Carnitas is ultra tender pork that is either pulled apart or chopped. Lightly crisp outside, very tender and moist inside, carnitas is a dish by itself. It is also a traditional filling for tacos and torta (note that unlike … [Read more...]

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Chili con carne (flavored by leftovers)

Two days after New Year's Day, except for a kilo of ground beef, the freezer was almost empty. There were a lot of odds and eggs, however. A hundred grams or so of scrap bacon, two pepperoni sausages, a chorizo de Bilbao... … [Read more...]