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Artichoke season: a Mexican Springtime treat Karen Hursh Graber

Mexican chorizo and rice-stuffed artichokes 
© Karen Hursh Graber, 2015
Artichoke season has arrived in Central Mexico, the time of year known locally as the temporada de calor, or hot season. By the standards of most other places, it really would not be called "hot," but at 7000 or so feet, it doesn't usually get much hotter.

And the arrival of this Spring weather means artichoke season, when our friend Tim, a French-trained chef and a professor at a Puebla university, makes the eagerly anticipated drive to what we call the "artichoke farm," where the odd-looking thistles are waiting to be picked... read more

Using pistachios in Mexican cooking Karen Hursh Graber

pistachio crusted chicken breast sandwich
© Karen Hursh Graber, 2015

Northern Mexican climate of Chihuahua is ideal for pistachio trees, which require only half as much water as the more common pecan trees and can survive drought conditions.

I knew that a dry climate can indeed support pistachio trees because a friend in Oaxaca bought one as a sapling some years back and it has flourished in the semi-arid Oaxacan climate and borne fruit....

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Mexican pear and candied pistachio salad: Ensalada de pera y pistache garapiñada Karen Hursh Graber

Use whatever dark salad greens are available in your local market for this pear and candied pistachio salad. Mixed baby greens are ideal, but no iceberg lettuce here, please. The nuts can be made ahead... read more

Mexican pistachio cilantro pesto: Pesto de pistache y cilantro Karen Hursh Graber

Serve this Mexican pistachio cilantro pesto over pasta, or spread it on a pounded thin chicken breast filet and roll up to form a spiral before sautéing. Or place a dollop of it on crackers with goat ... read more

Mexican pistachio crusted chicken breast: Pechuga de Pollo con costra de pistache Karen Hursh Graber

A very light coating of olive oil is just enough to adhere the pistachiocrust mixture to the chicken without using egg. This contemporary Mexican recipe is also a nice preparation for fish filets. Baki... read more

Crumbly Mexican pistachio cookies: Polvorones de pistache Karen Hursh Graber

This is a tasty take on the classic polvorones, or Mexican wedding cookies. Try adding one half cup of dried cherries or cranberries to the crumbly pistachio cooky dough. Ingredients 1 ¼ cups ... read more

The carrot: A year-round Mexican resource Karen Hursh Graber

Mexican carrot soup
© Karen Hursh Graber, 2015
I hadn't given much thought to carrots in Mexican cooking until doing a recent search for carrot cake recipes, when it dawned on me that carrots are found in just about every kind of dish in Mexico, from salads to desserts. They are a reliable standby, sold in even the smallest markets.

The carrot is a basic ingredient of countless caldos (soups and broths) and stews. It is part of the flavor base of most chicken and beef stocks, and a flavoring in itself. It is especially appreciated in such Mexican classics as... read more

Mexican-style beef in broth with carrots: Chambarete en caldillo con zanahorias Karen Hursh Graber

Carrots add a subtle sweetness to broths, and beef shanks — with their rich, tasty marrow (called tuétano in Mexico) — make an extra nourishing broth. Ingredients 6 beef shanks 1 tabl... read more

Mexican carrot pudding: Budin de zanahoria Karen Hursh Graber

This versatile Mexican carrot pudding can be served as a side dish or a dessert. As a side dish, it is made with cheese, and as a dessert, with raisins and nuts. Here, it is presented as a dessert. Som... read more

Mexican carrot salad with jalapeño: Ensalada de zanahoria con jalapeño Karen Hursh Graber

Jalapeño adds some zip to this healthy Mexican carrot salad. I like to serve it with enchiladas in green sauce, such as enchiladas suizas, where it is a refreshing counterpoint to the richness of the ... read more

Mexican cookbooks go mobile Reviewed by Karen Hursh Graber

Chicken, rice and blck beans prepared with a recipe from Mexico Every Day by Rick Bayless<br>
© Karen Hursh Graber , 2014
There are several e-cookbooks that I use regularly to expand and improve upon my repertoire of Mexican dishes. Whether visiting family in Australia or sitting on a bus from Puebla to Mexico City, I can plan meals, gather information for articles, and always learn more about Mexican cuisine and culture.

Following are some suggestions for Mexican e-cookbooks that fit that criteria and are easy to use, with clear presentations and recipes that are uncomplicated while still featuring authentic flavors of Mexico... read more

Mexican ways with wings: The food craze that took flight Karen Hursh Graber

Mexican chicken wings al pastor
© Karen Hursh Graber, 2014
Wings have landed everywhere. There are endless varieties of these once humble chicken parts, and numerous restaurants are dedicated to serving them. Mexico is no exception to the wing craze, but the many establishments offering these tasty nibbles seem to focus on American style preparations.

But the flavors that characterize the cuisines of Puebla, Yucatan, and other regions are not to be overlooked when it comes to serving this popular food. Home cooks can create versions of wings that incorporate their favorite Mexican flavors. The chiles, adobos, pibil marinades, and even tequila and lime make terrific versions of wings... read more

Chicken wings in a margarita marinade: Alitas al tequila Karen Hursh Graber

This recipe for chicken wings in a margarita marinade is adapted from one in Sunset magazine, but with more emphasis on the fresh taste of lime and less on the triple sec. Ingredients 3 pounds ... read more

Chicken wings with raspberry-chipotle glaze: Alitas al chipotle Karen Hursh Graber

These chicken wings with raspberry-chipotle glaze are incredibly easy, with the sweet stickiness many look for in a wing, and can be made with my raspberry chipotle sauce recipe. Make a double batch of... read more

Mole chicken wings: Alitas enmoladas Karen Hursh Graber

The rich taste of mole works with these chicken wings because they are broiled first. Doing this means that they are cooked through before going into the sauce. This works best with mole poblano or Oax... read more

Chicken wings in chile-pineapple marinade: Alitas al pastor Karen Hursh Graber

If pork can take on these enticing flavors, why not chicken wings? Grill these chicken wings in chile-pineapple marinade or bake them, and make plenty, because they will disappear fast. Achiote paste is widely available in Mexico at larger supermarkets and some market stalls, and in the US at Hispanic grocery stores and online. read more

A guide to using spices in Mexican cooking Karen Hursh Graber

Chicken with caramelized onions and nutmeg
© Karen Hursh Graber, 2014
As we settle into the crisp autumn months and adapt cooking techniques and ingredients to the change of seasons, it seems like a good time to look at the use of spices in the Mexican kitchen. Besides providing great depth of flavor, spices have both a warming and anti-inflammatory effect on the body, making them tasty and healthy additions to fall dishes.

But what exactly are spices and how are they different from herbs? The variety of fresh herbs used in Mexican cooking has been explored in some depth... read more

Mexican anise cookies: Galletas de anis Karen Hursh Graber

Anise is a favorite flavor in Mexico, especially in cookies. Traditional bakers use lard, good old porky fat, but butter works well. Please don't use margarine or vegetable shortening for these delicio... read more

Mexican rice with aromatic spices: Arroz con especias aromáticas Karen Hursh Graber

A couple of teaspoons of aromatic spices do wonders to perk up plain white rice. So do the Mexican techniques of frying the rice first, and using broth instead of water. Cumin and coriander work well t... read more

Mexican chicken with caramelized onions and nutmeg: Pollo con cebolla y nuez moscada Karen Hursh Graber

Chicken with caramelized onions and nutmeg
© Karen Hursh Graber, 2014
This recipe for Mexican chicken with caramelized onions and nutmeg, adapted from Marge Poole's 1,000 Mexican Recipes, is an unusual and delicious example of how one spice can lend character to a simple dish — in this case baked chicken — with just a few ingredients, a lot of flavor, and a simple preparation. I have this book on my Kindle, and like to browse through it for inspiration when the what's-for-dinner dilemma arises. read more

Mexican chicken and allspice stew: Chilpozontle Karen Hursh Graber

A specialty of the Puebla mountain town of Zacapoaxtla, this Mexican dish uses allspice leaves as well as berries in a savory chicken stew. If you can't get allspice leaves, fresh bay leaves work well.... read more

Preserving Mexico's summer fruit: Sweet and spicy jams and jellies Karen Hursh Graber

Mexican peach jam with chipotle
© Karen Hursh Graber, 2014
As the time for the ripest summer fruit draws to a close, now is the time to capture the season's ephemeral flavor in a jar. Actually, several jars, because the mountains of fruit piled up in Mexico's markets now are too appealing to resist..

Technically, jam is a rustic preserve, a cohesive mixture of fruit and sugar, whereas marmalade has pieces of fruit suspended in jelly. In Spanish, one word mermelada — is used for both, which is much easier than explaining the difference... read more

Mexican pear and ancho chile jam: Mermelada de pera y chile ancho Karen Hursh Graber

This jam is perfect to make as late summer turns into fall. In Cholula, the September feast of the Virgin de los Remedios finds the plaza filled with fruit vendors selling huge stacks of pears from the... read more

Mexican peach chipotle jam: Mermelada de durazno y chipotle Karen Hursh Graber

This Mexican peach chipotle jam is so easy to make with canned chipotles in adobo sauce, and good with any kind of bread, grilled pork or poultry, or cheese and crackers. Ingredients 2 ½ pound... read more

Mexican cactus fruit jam: Mermelada de xoconostle Karen Hursh Graber

These Mexican cactus fruits are always available in larger mercados in Central Mexico, because they are used in mole de olla. If you don't see them, ask. They make a delicious jam. Do yourself a big fa... read more
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