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March, 2014


March 28, 2014
Rajas Potato Salad

If you are going to try a new potato salad, it has to be this one.

It’s rich. It’s filling. Yet at the same time, it’s light and bright. How can this happen? You may wonder…

Soft tender potatoes are combined with an exuberant poblano chile rajas, or strips, and lightly caramelized red onion mix. It’s not a creamy salad, but one that has an unexpected vinegary kick, laced with olive and sesame oils.

In my kitchen, it’s a well documented fact that poblano chiles love the company of allspice. And it is no secret that potatoes love to be showered with tarragon. Mix it all up, and I want to eat the entire serves-six-people bowl.

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March 24, 2014

“Mexican food has suffered an image problem. When people say they want Mexican food they think fajitas, or hard shell tacos, or chile con queso. These ‘Tex Mex’ fast food interpretations discredit a cuisine that has arose from ancient civilizations that pre-date the arrival of the Spaniards.

And that is precisely why we need someone like Pati Jinich, the Latin American policy-researcher-turned-chef who is transforming our view of Mexican cuisine.

Her exploration of her own culinary heritage in Mexico is part of a growing field of public diplomacy – gastrodiplomacy…”

To read the entire article, click here.


March 23, 2014

I’m always saying nopalitos could be the next big thing, and here I talk to someone who thinks so, too. Sam Brasch wrote the article, “A Prickly Question: Could Cactus Be the Next Kale?,” for Modern Farmer magazine. Listen in on our discussion…

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March 4, 2014

“You don’t expect a celebrity chef to invite you to her home and serve you ‘piggy cookies.’ (She did. For me!) You don’t expect a celebrity chef to have a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown (she does). In fact, just eight years ago, Pati left her full-time job as a political analyst to pursue her love of Mexican food and the culture of her home country. On her hit show, Pati’s Mexican Table on PBS, you’ll often get a mini-history lesson on a region of Mexico, or the geneses of certain ingredients. She recently wrote an article for The Washington Post about the origins of Tex-Mex food, to which my Mexican American friend from Texas proclaimed should be taught in every school in America…”

To read the entire article, click here.


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