notes from the mexican kitchen
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Your New Favorite Slow Cooker Recipe: Country Ribs with Fennel-Apple Slaw


In my kitchen, the autumn slow cooker season is in full swing. There really isn’t anything better than coming home on a crisp evening to a house brimming with mouthwatering aroma— especially when it’s from big, meaty country ribs cooking in red chile adobo. “Country ribs,” for the uninitiated, is the name (at least in the […]

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Indulgent Weeknight Perfection: Pork Belly Tacos with Apple Guacamole


Score one for efficiencies in the modern food system. Luxurious pork belly is no longer relegated to butcher shops and restaurant kitchens. Well-stocked grocery stores are now carrying cooked pork belly (I buy it regularly at Trader Joe’s), allowing home cooks to skip a whole mess of steps and get right to the cooking. That […]

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Rejoice! It’s Fish Taco Tuesday


In the pantheon of perfect tacos (indeed, that’s a big group), the coveted Baja fish taco has earned its rightful spot. Now, you could argue that fish tacos don’t exactly qualify as comfort food, yet something about each bite of that golden, crispy fish — enhanced by tangy hot sauce, cooling, creamy mayo and a toothsome […]


Explore Topolo’s New Menu – “Mexico: Taste & Time”


A well-known fact: In order to know someone intimately you must eat their food. But tastes are not static. Cuisine is ever-evolving. Flavors change over time. This menu invites you to get to know Mexico intimately over the last 500 years, from Aztec days, through its Spanish domination and evolving independence, to today’s modern kitchen. […]

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Huitlacoche: Corn Truffle in the Streets, Corn Smut in the Sheets


In Mexico, huitlacoche, that mysterious looking mushroom that grows right out from the ear of corn, is pure luxury.  Here in the states, well, it’s considered a blemish at best, evil “corn smut” at worst. So it’s true: one man’s meat is another man’s poison.  And for the record, you can count me in the […]