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Salsa Bandera (Pico de Gallo)

Today marks the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month and commencement of Mexico’s Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day festivities). The national holiday always includes a delicious spread of food with colors that pay tribute to the country’s flag: verde, blanco, y rojo. Read More…

Homemade Chipotle-Orange Salt

Margarita Week is just around the corner and I’ve been experimenting with some fun infused salts because let’s face it, what’s a ‘rita without that salty rim? Stay tuned for a fun Cali-Mex inspired margarita recipe and for some other delicious recipes my friend Kate will be sharing on her blog, ¡Hola! Jalapeño from April 28 – May 5. For now, sprinkle this sassy salt on your fruits and veggies for a hint of smoke and spice — I love it on cucumbers, jicama, and oranges!
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DIY Chipotle Sage Butter

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In November I hosted an Edible Gifts for the Holidays Workshop where students learned to make homemade vanilla extract, infused booze, and prepared sweet treats that made perfect gifts for friends, family, and coworkers. We also made this chipotle sage butter and it was all the rage.

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Fresh Tomatillo Salsa with Avocado | Salsa de Tomatillo con Aguacate

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One of my favorite appetizers to prepare is salsa. With so many different chile varieties and methods of preparation, it’s safe to say that no two salsas are alike. This green salsa is unlike any other that I have tasted in that it incorporates raw tomatillos. When I made it for a cooking demonstration last December, everyone loved it! We served it with our chicken tinga tostadas. ¡Qué rico!

I learned this recipe from my cousin, Rodrigo, who often visits from Mexico City. When he made it for the first time, I can remember how all of my family raved – and we come from a long line of excellent salsa makers! The best part is that it requires no roasting, toasting, or boiling like with other salsas. Just throw everything into a blender and voilà.
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Mango Salsa | Salsa de Mango

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With summer on the horizon, my creative juices have kicked into high gear with all-things-mango on my mind. This is just a taste of several mango-inspired creations that I will be sharing in the coming weeks. Read More…