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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Obama and Jeb Bush Agree: Peas Out (of Guacamole)

*Apparently guacamole is a serious matter for President Obama. Last year he revealed that a good bowl of chips and guacamole was one of his weaknesses. VL By Alan Rappeport, The New York Times The meeting of the taste buds came after The New York Times posted a recipe suggestion on Twitter that adding peas was

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Video: Astronaut makes a taco in space (yeah, space tacos)

*This is very cool, and compelling in a weird way. I started watching and couldn’t stop until she was done. There’s a tortilla involved, so it’s a taco. VL By European Space Agency ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti...

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The Texas Mexican Table–5 Reasons Why It’s Ancient, and Also New

*From the article :”As a technique, frying belongs to Tex-Mex food served in restaurants where it’s use is central to the menu.  Almost everything is fried, from the appetizer corn chips to the combination plates.  As a...

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Salty Soil Hurts New Mexico’s Beloved Chile Pepper

*This can’t be good news. According to the Hatch Chili Store website, the chili season runs from August to early September, but that may vary depending on the weather. Looks like it might be a short chili...

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Frijoles Borrachos, Frijoles Charros – Drunken Beans, Charro Beans

*Someone asked, when is borracho bean season? What kind of question is that?, I thought. It’s always borracho bean season. VL By Adán Medrano, Adán’s Blog The recipe was initially told to me by my sister, María,...

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Laura Martínez, First Blind Chef to Open a Restaurant in the US

*This is a great story! Save it, share it. The next time you feel overwhelmed by the obstacles in your path, read it. And keep going. VL By Brenda Storch, La Vitamina T I  accidentally stumbled upon...

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Speaking Mexican (and What it Really Means)

*This is good reading. Informative, memory generating, heart warming. VL By Phyllis Marquitz, La Vitamina T This morning I was yapping with my son (he is four, so we usually weave in an out of subject matter and  season...

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

From Its Wrap to Ingredients, the Tamal Reflects Latino Diversity

*I never thought of a tamal as a metaphor. But there it is. A delicious metaphor that paints a tasty picture. I’m hungry now … VL By Patricia Guadalupe, NBC News By day, she’s a mail carrier with...

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

“Tortas De Camarón Molido”- powdered shrimp cakes

By Adán Medrano, Adán’s Blog When the Catholic religion arrived in Texas in the 16th century, it gave rise to recipes that are in tune with the Catholic Church’s liturgical year.  Today being “Good Friday” (commemorating the ignominious...

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Pasties, Soccer and other Welsh Gifts to Mexico

By Phyllis Marquitz, La Vitamina T Last Sunday was St. David’s Day, a Welsh Holiday, which you can read about thanks to Wikipedia here. My husband (Jason) and I have Welsh heritage. We are both from a coal-mining...

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Recipe: Fried Chile Serrano Salsa

*Not just a recipe, but a little history to boot. Turns out folks have been eating domesticated chile serrano in South Texas for thousands of years and  many, many, many generations. I love it when Adán provides...

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Tejate, the Drink of Kings

*I learned something new today. Tejate. Sounds wonderful, delicious. VL *By Brenda Storch, La Vitamina T With the precision of a natural event, spring after spring, dozens of tejateras (ladies who make tejate) descend upon the village...

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Selling ‘dulces’ in the States

*This confirms my thinking, more than an “aspirational” culture, Latinos in the U.S. are a transformational force. I like the last line in this piece: “So it sounds like ‘dulces’ are here to stay.” VL By Crystal Lindell,...

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Red Enchiladas For St. Valentine’s Day

*Adán’s take is wonderfully kitchy: red enchiladas are the perfect way to say I love you. They look delicious. Anyone going to try them out? VL By Adán Medrano, Adán’s Blog An enchilada is delicious and delicate....

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