Gina’s Quesadillas

If you think quesadillas are Mexican, you’re half right. Traditional quesadillas consist of corn tortillas folded over cheese to make half-moon-shaped turnovers that are cooked on a comal or griddle until the tortilla is done and the cheese melted. Maize, which we call corn, was domesticated by native Americans thousands of years ago, probably somewhere…
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Meche’s Salsa Fresca

Some time ago, with Meche’s permission, I shared her recipe for guacamole on “Courage in the Kitchen.” Since fresh vegetables are still available at the local Farmers Markets, it’s not too late to make a batch of Meche’s Salsa Fresca. Salsa Fresca literally means “fresh sauce.” It is also called Pico de Gallo, which translates…
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Grilled Corn And Avocado Salad With Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette

Susie, one of Jerri’s nieces, is a missionary with World Impact. For many years she worked with African-American and Hispanic families in Watts. Today she serves families in Wichita, Kansas. Susie speaks Spanish as a second language and has learned many recipes from Latinas with whom she has become friends. Here is a salad that…
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Easy Hamburger Enchiladas

I had my first authentic enchiladas when Jerri and I were living in Charlottesville, Virginia. My friend Vince, a graduate student from Texas trapped far from home for the holidays, offered to cook Jerri and me a traditional Mexican Christmas dinner–a fiesta. Since Jerri and I were also far from our families that first Christmas,…
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Jalapeño Beef Stir Fry

A few years ago when I was out for a walk, a neighbor offered me some habanero peppers. I knew they were hot peppers, and since I like my chili spicy I brought home a bag of the little red fruit. They sat on the kitchen counter in the bag for a couple of days…
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