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{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…

Hibiscus Limeade | Agua de Jamaica y Limón

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Last summer, I visited the picturesque town of Vail, Colorado for the first time. Best known as a world-class ski resort, it is also a vibrant summer destination. It was at a Sunday farmers’ market in Vail that I first tasted hibiscus limeade and boy was it was delicious!

Growing up in a Mexican-American household, I was always exposed to agua de jamaica, or hibiscus iced tea. The addition of limeade adds a whole new twist to an already delightful drink. I like to think of it as the Mexican Arnold Palmer. It’s the simple changes like these that open up a whole new world of recipes and flavors, all fantastically gratifying to the palate. Read More…