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An Introduction to Beans
By: Ben - 21 March 2012 - 13 Comments

The word beans applies to edible seeds from several different plants. This series of articles will focus on the beans cultivated in Mesoamerica and other parts of the Americas, their importance for the diet [...]

Salsa Borracha
By: Ben - 17 March 2012 - 15 Comments

Salsa borracha or drunken salsa is traditionally made with pasilla peppers and pulque. However, the pre-Hispanic drink can be substituted with beer. [...]

Wordless Wednesday – Chinampas
By: Ben - 14 March 2012 - 7 Comments

Last Saturday I went with a group of friends to a tour of las chinampas, floating gardens and farms, in Xochimilco. The tour is offered by De La Chinampa, a company that connects consumers [...]

Maize – A recap
By: Ben - 09 March 2012 - 7 Comments

Learning more about maize (corn) for the last several weeks has been an exciting journey for me. I hope my readers enjoyed it as well. [...]

Pozole and Mexico City’s Best Kept Secret
By: Ben - 08 March 2012 - 12 Comments

Pozole is a ceremonial dish made with cacahuazintle corn and served with pork or chicken. It's a stew, or soup, that has been served in Mexico for thousands of years. [...]

Wordless Wednesday – Making Tortillas
By: Ben - 07 March 2012 - 9 Comments

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Sin Maíz No Hay País
By: Ben - 06 March 2012 - 6 Comments

Sin maiz no hay pais (whitout corn there is no country) is a campaign in Mexico that aims to educate people about the threats this crop, the most important for Mexican cuisine and culture, [...]

Squash Blossom and Corn Soup
By: Ben - 02 March 2012 - 15 Comments

A delicious soup using two very Mexican ingredients: squash flowers and corn. [...]

Nixtamal and Tortillas
By: Ben - 29 February 2012 - 13 Comments

Nixtamalization is the process to cook corn in lime water. This technology has been around for thousands of years and it's been very important in the Mexican diet. [...]

Corn in Pre-Hispanic Mexico
By: Ben - 27 February 2012 - 10 Comments

Corn was an important part of the religious, social and cultural life of pre-Hispanic civilizations. Today, corn is still a very important part of Mexican life. [...]

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