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Tres del Mes is a monthly roundup of three quick tips, suggestions, recipes, or other ideas related to Mexican food culture.

{TRES DEL MES} 3 Ways to Spice Up a Mexican-Themed Wedding or Fiesta

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This month marks the one-year anniversary of one of the craftiest couples I know: my dear friends Doña Ana and Don Nico! These creative geniuses managed to transform their wedding venue — a rustic Mexican rancho (picture dirt roads, dirt floors, and huge overgrown trees everywhere) — into a charming site for a fairytale fiesta with fun and festive colors, streams of lights, and some creative chalk art, of course. Get ready to spice up your next fiesta-themed shindig with this month’s featured Tres Del Mes. And don’t forget the piñata, it is always a hit! Read More…

{TRES DEL MES} 3 Savory Dishes with Flor de Jamaica

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Spring is known as a time of regeneration and rebirth. Colorful springtime flowers and warm months ahead inspired today’s recipes, all of which are made with flor de jamaica. Popular in Mexican kitchens, edible hibiscus flowers are used to make a refreshing tea known as agua de jamaica.

Last week I shared a recipe for Hibiscus Limeade and it got me thinking about all of the ways I could repurpose the rehydrated hibiscus flowers that are left behind after steeping them for tea. In Mexico, I once tasted them in a salad, which added a sweet and tangy element similar to dry cranberries. Using one basic recipe to make an easy and flavorful filling, I created three different savory dishes using this lovely crimson flower. All of them are vegetarian, but promise to impress even the most uncompromising meat eater. I still can’t decide which is my favorite. The next time you find yourself with leftovers, look at it as an opportunity to get creative in the kitchen! Read More…

{TRES DEL MES} 3 Thanksgiving Side Dishes with a Mexican Twist

Add some Mexican flavor to your Thanksgiving menu with these spicy side dishes.

Cranberry Sauce with Japones Chile. This fiery cranberry sauce was a hit last Thanksgiving and became the star of our turkey sandwiches the following day!

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Chipotle Deviled Eggs. These spicy huevos are a perfect pre-dinner appetizer.

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Chayote Soup. Chances are that you have seen chayotes at the grocery store, but have no clue how to use them. One taste of this zesty soup and you will be begging for more!

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{TRES DEL MES} 3 Fun Day of the Dead Projects

Photo by Lola's Cocina

Photo by Lola’s Cocina

On November 1st and 2nd, people in Mexico and throughout the world will celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed on. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is meant to be a joyous occasion that allows friends and relatives to reconnect both emotionally and spiritually, even if only for one evening.

Below are three fun Day of the Dead projects and tutorials from some of my favorite bloggers that may just motivate you to join in on this age-old tradition!

How to Make a Día de los Muertos Altar by Leslie Tellez, The Mija Chronicles: Understand the tradition of the altar, as well as the significance of different foods and offerings associated with it.

Photo by Leslie Tellez

Photo by Leslie Tellez

Day of the Dead DIY Makeup Tutorial by Emily Pettiford and Jessica Turley, Bespoke Bride: Learn how to apply your sugar skull face paint with this step-by-step tutorial and video.

Photo by Bespoke Bride

Photo by Bespoke Bride

Day of the Dead DIY Sugar Skull Piñata by Elexia de la Parra, Casa Artelexia: Brighten up your altar with this adorable piñata. This is a great project for kids!

Photo by Casa Artelexia

Photo by Casa Artelexia

Learn more about Día de los Muertos:
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Altar Honoring Departed Loved Ones
Día de los Muertos Celebration

{TRES DEL MES} 3 Places to Eat and Drink in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe

Me and the girls enjoying a drink and some snacks at La Escuelita, Photo credit: Lola's Cocina

Me and the girls enjoying a drink and some snacks at La Escuelita, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

I recently journeyed through a wine and food lover’s paradise on an all-girls’ road trip through Baja California. One of my best friends, Ana, gave me and three of our friends a personal tour of some of her favorite places to eat and drink in Valle de Guadalupe. This growing wine region is rustic, charming, and offers exquisite landscapes, wineries, and unrivaled Baja Med cuisine. The best part is that this culinary gem is only 75 miles south of the US-Mexico border.

Since I’ll be headed to Valle de Guadalupe in a few days to celebrate Ana’s wedding, I’d like to share a quick guide to her (now our) favorite hot spots in Valle de Guadalupe.   Read More…