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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…

How to Make Mexican Vanilla Extract

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For those of you who thought that vodka could only be used to make cocktails, think again. Bakers and cooks use it too! Vodka and Mexican vanilla beans are the two key ingredients I use to make this homemade Mexican Vanilla Extract.

Mexican vanilla is a rich marriage of sweet and woody notes with deep, spicy character. Its clove and nutmeg-like qualities provide a flavorful culinary twist to all of your favorite recipes. I have used it to spice up desserts such as my homemade carrot cake and paletas, and to enhance the flavor of aguas frescas and fresh fruit. A little goes a long way too – one tablespoon of extract is equivalent to one vanilla bean. Read More…

Spicy Chipotle Mayonnaise

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Take your mayo from bland to grand in just three minutes! The combination of smoky chipotle peppers with tangy mayonnaise makes for a perfect union. I use this concoction as a dip for fries, veggies, breaded chicken, and empanadas. It also provides a spicy kick to deviled eggs — recipe coming soon! Read More…