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Nopales, a Prickly Affair

on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 13:30

Nopales are from a wonderful tasting cacti (the nopal) that comes from Mexico though it can be found in other places such as in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas to name a few. They have been a part of Mexican cuisine for 1,000's of years. The nopal is also known as the prickly pear cacti. The prickly pear which is more well known outside Mexico is the beautiful red prickly fruit/flower that buds from the nopal. The paddles or pads of this lovely cacti are what we refer to as nopales or nopalitos (when prepared) and are used in many different ways. You can boil them, boil then fry, or grill them. You can eat them in a salad, in a taco, with scrambled eggs, the list is endless and once you understand the flavor I think it's really about making it your own. It doesn't necessarily have to be made in a Mexican recipe.

What Your Grandma Knows

on Thu, 05/21/2009 - 13:30

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I have undertaken a passion project for you folks and for myself!

Crumply Celeriac

on Tue, 05/26/2009 - 13:30

If you are still craving a starch but don't want it to be so heavy like potatoes or pasta now that it's getting warmer out, then celeriac is the answer to all your starchy but light desires.

Grandma's Recipes Part One

on Fri, 05/29/2009 - 13:30

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Since I've gotten a decent set of responses from people all over the world in regards to my request for "recipes your grandma or someone gave you such as chicken soup for a cold", I am going