TIP OF THE DAY: Sweet & Spicy

[1] Watermelon agua fresca with a spicy rim. Or, switch out the salt on your Margarita (recipe).[2] Fresh fruit perks up with a sprinkle of Tajin. [3] On ice cream or sorbet: cool with sweet heat (photos #1, #2 and #3 courtesy Tajin). [4] A sprinkle of Tajin is a must on paletas—Mexican ice pops.…
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RECIPE: Strawberry Pistachio Nougat + Nougat History

If your Mother’s Day celebration includes nougat fans, whip up a batch of this Strawberry Pistachio Nougat from chef and cookbook author Samir Nosrat. Nougat (U.S. pronunciation: NOO-got, French pronounciation NOO-gah) is a family of chewy confections made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts, whipped egg whites, and sometimes, chopped candied fruit (photo #7, below).…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Tricolor (Multicolor) Tortilla Chips

Today’s tip is to make Cinco de Mayo (and any celebration) more colorful with tri-color taco chips. Some brands sell them in mixed-color bags. Or you can buy your favorite brand in different colors and mix them yourself. Tortilla chips, such a popular snack food and dip holder, is a relatively new Tex-Mex food, created…
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RECIPE: Baked Churros

You don’t have to wait until Cinco de Mayo to make a batch of churros. But this lesser-guilt recipe for baked churros (instead of fried), from The Baker Chick, is reason enough to serve them anytime. The recipe is below, but first: THE HISTORY OF CHURROS According to Fox News Latino, churros evolved from a…
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RECIPE: Homemade Tortillas

Want to make homemade tortillas for Cinco de Mayo? Practice this weekend with this recipe from King Arthur Flour. They’re so much more authentic than the flat-pressed commercial versions. Although traditionally made with lard, these tortillas are equally delicious using butter, shortening or vegetable oil as the fat. This is also a flour tortilla version.…
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