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How to Harvest and Prepare the Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear

These cactus fruits are sweet and delicious, but due to their hair-like thorns, they can be tricky to use.  Find how to pick and prepare this amazing fruit.

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Mexican Food Spotlight10

Street Tacos

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Carne Asada Tacos made with Steamed Corn Tortillas, Carne Asada,  Onions and Cilantro.If you've ever been to Mexico, you've probably picked up a couple of these delicious Carne Asada Tacos wrapped in foil and steaming hot. The tortillas are soft and chewy and the carne asada (grilled beef) just about melts in your mouth. They are a popular Mexican "street food"... much like a good hot dog on the streets of New York or a hot slice of deep dish pizza in Chicago. But you don't have to take a trip to Mexico to enjoy a carne asada taco, just make them yourself.

Paletas- Mexican Popsicles

Sunday April 20, 2014

Paletas de Fresa - Mexican Strawberry PopsiclesNothing says spring like a beautiful day and an icy-cold frozen treat in your hand. From raspberry to mango, these sweet treats are perfect on a warm spring day, or anytime you want a cool and refreshing snack. Check out this selection of delicious paletas recipes and make sure you have the ingredients on hand to make up a batch whenever the mood strikes.

Yucatan Table Salsa- Xnipec

Thursday April 17, 2014

This salsa is very hot and spicy and should only be eaten by those who are used to extremely hot dishes. Xnipec is made with habanero chiles which give it ridiculous amounts of heat. If you can tolerate the heat it is a delicious sauce that is popular in the Yucatan area of Mexico and is also known as "house sauce" or "table sauce" because it is served at nearly every meal. Kind of like how you find ketchup on every restaurant table in the U.S. or soy sauce on every table in Chinese restaurants. The bitter orange in Xnipec combined with the subtle fruitiness of habaneros is a delicious match and will go deliciously in place of your usual salsa.

Chilled Hibiscus Tea

Monday April 14, 2014

Hibiscus TeaAs spring is in full swing and the flowers are blooming, cool and refreshing drinks are replacing the warm and cozy beverages of winter. And what better way to enjoy the flowers blooming around you then to enjoy a drink made from them.

Jamaica Agua Fresca or "Hibiscus Tea" is a perfect springtime beverage that can be enjoyed hot or cold, though I prefer it cold. It is similar in color and flavor to cranberry juice and is full of vitamin C. You may actually have hibiscus growing in your yard somewhere... but just enjoy the blooms as they are. In order to make them into a drink, you need to buy dried hibiscus flowers also known as "Jamaica" (say huh-MY-ih-kuh.) Read the recipe here.

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