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Understanding Cinco de Mayo in Mexico

For most Americans, Cinco de Mayo gives an excuse for tequila shooters and tacos, but in Mexico it’s hardly noted and is not even recognized as a federal holiday. Despite what many believe, Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day, it’s a day that represents a relatively small battle for independence from the French in...

Puerto Vallarta’s Velas Vallarta resort shares recipes

Puerto Vallarta’s Velas Vallarta resort shares the recipe for its Cucumber & Habanero Chili Margarita. To complement the drink, Executive Chef Guillermo Carmona offers some recipes from the resort’s Foodies Cantina, a restaurant inspired by a typical Mexican cantina’s food and drinks. Influenced by the city of Vallarta, the Smoked Marlin “La Tia” pays tribute...

Ginger Tea is a soothing drink for the cold and flu season

With the arrival of the cold-and-cough season, you may be thinking about cooking up a big batch of chicken soup as a cure for what ails us. I love the stuff, too, but I suggest you stock up on some fresh gingerroot instead. Ginger, of course, is one of the many flavors to be found...

Tired of plain old vegetables? Spice ’em up with some flavor

I am smaller than a dime, and though I am cool, I can also burn. I can be many colors, but also none at all. I am a household name, but people rarely speak of me. What am I? The answer is an item so insignificant to your daily life that it never crosses your...
chicken wings

Five-Ingredient Mexican-Style Chicken Wings are a crowd-pleasing dinner

At the end of a long fall day — after dealing with all the seasonal demands of work and school — you don’t want making dinner to be a big deal. What’s called for is something that’s idiot-proof and crowd-pleasing. This recipe for Five-Ingredient Mexican-Style Chicken Wings presents us with everything that makes chicken delicious...
spaghetti and meatballs

Sorry, Grandma, I’m tweaking your spaghetti and meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs was the classic dish I ate at Grandma’s house growing up: She had her all-day recipe that filled her creaky house with heady aromas that built anticipation as meatballs simmered in sauce on the stove. The fact that she was 100 percent first-generation German — she emigrated at the age of 6...

Revolution Day recipes in red, white, and green

In honor of Mexican Revolution Day on November 20th, here are some tasty and exciting recipes. Each honors the Mexican flag by using the country’s three colors: green, white and red. Put these recipes together with grilled steak, chicken or fish and have yourself an authentic Mexican Revolutionary Fiesta! ¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva la Revolución! MEXICAN...
Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros Recipe, Breakfast in Mexico

Huevos rancheros is a fairly popular Mexican breakfast dish that consists of tortillas, eggs, beans, and sometimes various meats. The name translates to “eggs ranch-style,” or “eggs country-style.” The basic dish consists of fried eggs served with a lightly fried tortilla. From there, the eggs and tortilla are covered with a tomato chili sauce or...
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