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January, 2012


January 12, 2012
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A tortillero is a tortilla holder, and many times a cover too, that is meant to hold and insulate tortillas. It helps them stay warm, soft and cozy after they have been heated and while you finish them off along with your meal. In a Mexican home, they are as popular as tortillas themselves, eaten almost everyday and accompany almost every meal. The same applies for restaurants, no matter how humble or fancy.

Tortilleros tend to be stunning in their craftsmanship, design and color. They are usually handmade and can have from the most simple to the most intricate designs. Mexican cooks take great pride in arranging their table to make it colorful and beautiful, and the tortillero is no exception.

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January 6, 2012

“America is obsessed with television food celebrities. Somewhere along the way, we forgot that, in the kitchen, there just isn’t any substitute for passion and talent. We’ve conveniently chosen to ignore that fact that many of these ‘stars’ are neither food experts nor stars.


However, we have our own right here in DC, and she is always a star, even when there aren’t any TV cameras around.

Her name is Pati Jinich, and she is the chef and host of PBS’s Mexican Table and teaches Mexican cooking classes by the same name at the Mexican Cultural Institute that are a foodie’s dream…”

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January 5, 2012
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It’s hard to think of Mexico and not think of limes. In Mexico, limes are everywhere and served with everything from peanuts, to fruit, to tacos, to a steak dinner. So, it’s hard to believe that limes did not originate in Mexico and were brought over by the Europeans from the Indo-Malaysian region. Yet, the fruit was eagerly embraced and incorporated into Mexican cuisine, so much so, that it has become a necessity in the Mexican kitchen.

In my mind, no other citrus packs the punch that a Mexican lime does. Called limón in Spanish, it is also known as true lime, West Indian Lime, or sometimes key lime.

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