Cascabel chile sauce

October 11, 2006 // 0 Comments

This is one of the easiest salsas imaginable. It’s nutty and has a very mild heat. I’ve been putting it in a squeeze bottle and smothering my eggs with it. Last night I used it with a little beer to de-glaze a pan that had turkey cutlets frying in it earlier. Take about 10 cascabel chiles and remove the stems and seeds, reserving the seeds. Toast on a hot comal or grill untul gently (Click for more)

Dinner Party inspired by Frida and Diego.

October 10, 2006 // 2 Comments

I used to be a fairly good host but life took over and I tend to take the easy way out these days. One pot, not too much time, not too much trouble. Maybe you will join me in questioning my sanity. What’s the point of working so hard if not to also enjoy breaking bread (or fresh corn tortillas) with dear friends, new friends and loved ones? Am I working six days a week in order to (Click for more)

Chilaquiles with poached eggs

October 10, 2006 // 1 Comment

Sunday mornings I normally feel pretty out of it after doing the farmers market in San Francisco on Saturdays. A fellow vendor described it as “market hangover” and I know exactly what she means. Once I spent the whole day in bed watching bad TV and the longer I did the less I could move. And the worse I felt. Good food is a motivator to get out of bed. This morning I made (Click for more)

Dealing with prickly pears

October 10, 2006 // 0 Comments

My cactus has gone nuts this year and I have dozens and dozens of prickly pears and a constant stream of paddles. I’m thinking of selling the pears at market but how do you clean them? After a little web research, it seems that a culinary torch works best. I had pretty good luck with a burner from my range. One of the sites suggested water afterwards and the stinging in my hands makes me (Click for more)

Vacacita beans

October 10, 2006 // 3 Comments

I bought about a pound of beans called Vacacita in Mexico City this spring. I planted them very late here in Napa (July 1) but they came up by the 8th. The plants are as healthy as can be and there are some white blossoms but so far no beans. I don’t think they’re going to produce. I have some back up seed for next year when hopefully I can start earlier. The few flowers will be (Click for more)

Leftover chile sauce

October 10, 2006 // 0 Comments

I had lots of chile sauce leftover and I’m getting obsessive with the technique of poaching eggs in chile sauce, I did it again for breakfast. I thinned out the chile sauce with chicken stock but I’m beginning to suspect water would have been fine. I added some previously cooked nopales (cactus paddles) and when the brew was simmering, I gently cracked two eggs into the pan. (Click for more)

Bean flowers

October 10, 2006 // 0 Comments

People don’t tend to know how beautiful bean flowers are. Let’s put an end to that right now! These were the last to germinate but the first to bloom. They are a Tarahumara Tekomari runner bean (which is kind of funny as they are known for being such good runners themselves.) These are Black runner beans. So far I haven’t seen much of a yield and now that the rain is starting I (Click for more)
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