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my mother’s only cookbook

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my mother's only cookbook | aneelee.com

Growing up, this was the only cookbook that existed in the house. My mom already knew how to make all the classic Yucatecan dishes that it held (her mama took care of that, not a cookbook), so it was mostly a reference point for when she was trying to pull off something outside of the daily repertoire. Its poor condition is mostly due to careless storage. It lived in the extra stuff drawer among the random bits […]

grapefruit paletas

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I grew up in a neighborhood where the paletero was a normal fixture. Afterschool, on Saturday afternoons, and at every ballgame and picnic ever attended, you’d have your pick of sandia, melon, piña, tamarindo, coco, and my favorite… limon. My latest popsicle is an ode to the sweet and sour of the limon paletas that I would devour in the driveway as a kid. I’d be dripping in sweat after hours of working on my […]

texas pepper sofrito

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texas pepper sofrito | aneelee.wordpress.com

Although most commonly associated with Latin American cuisine, the use of a sofrito is common across cuisines from all over the world. Italian food (and most soups we are familiar with in the US) begin with a base of chopped celery, onion, and carrots, fried in oil or butter. Indian curries most often begin with a fry of onions, ginger and garlic. They’re about establishing a flavor base more than anything. The following sofrito bares […]

recipe: vegetarian frijoles charros

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recipe: vegetarian frijoles charros || aneelee.wordpress.com

I will fess up from the get-go – pinto beans and I have not been friends. I grew up on the black beans that were familiar to my Yucatecan parents and well…. they don’t really eat pinto beans or flour tortillas or enchiladas or that rice with little carrots and peas in it. In my house, we grew up eating black beans, corn tortillas, lots of caldos (hence my love of thin, broth-filled soups) , […]

recipe: cantaloupe agua fresca

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My impatience got the best of me and I sliced into a cantaloupe before it was ready to eat. I knew that it was going to need some rescuing pretty much immediately. Thank goodness for popsicles and aguas frescas! Both are among my favorite summer time treats and come in handy when you have a melon (or any fruit) that isn’t as sweet as you had hoped. Watermelon, honeydew and mango work really well, too. […]

tortilla soup leftovers

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tortilla soup leftovers, a photo by a_neelee on Flickr. We have been on a mushy food diet for a full week following my husband’s dental surgery. He had 4 wisdom teeth removed (OUCH!!) and I am doing my best to keep him fed with tasty somethings. Pardon the quick post. Wanted to give the flickr share to wordpress tool a whirl. Hope you all had a great memorial day! Via Flickr: all that is left […]

inheritance from my mother’s kitchen

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My mother is moving back to Merida, Yucatan after 37 years in Texas to spend more time with my healthy and vibrant 96 year old grandfather. With the move less than a week away, I headed to Dallas to help my sister and mother with the last bit of clearing that needed to be done. There were lots of teary moments around pictures and keychains and random dishes, but generally, it was great to go […]