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Clay Bean Pots from San Felipe

Clay Bean Pots from San Felipe

The state of Guanajuato is in the center of Mexico and sadly, here in the states it's probably best known for the town of San Miguel de Allende, which has...

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Welcome Home

Welcome Home

I just got back from a really fine time in the state of Guanajuato. The trip involved changing planes in LAX. Can I say this is one of the most...

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American harvest Workshop 2007

American harvest Workshop 2007

Each year, Cakebread Cellars hosts the American Harvest Workshop. Chefs from around the world gather at the Cakebread "campus" for a boot-camp on food and wine pairing. The chefs are...

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Potato Chips, Mexican-style

Potato Chips, Mexican-style

Most people would define Mexican cuisine by the use of corn and chiles but it's also the ever-present lime that makes modern Mexican food what it is. Recently, on a...

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Epazote

Epazote

Every year I regret I that I haven't planted epazote (Chenopodium ambrosioides) to sell at the farmers market. It's easy to grow and people tend to ask about it. Somehow...

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Pozole in Taxco

Pozole in Taxco

One doesn't got to Taxco for the food. It's not bad, but for me, there were few "a-ha!" moments. However, it's a pretty hillside town and I had a lot...

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Nuts for the Holidays

Nuts for the Holidays

I was on Lake Chapala with my friends Isidro and Maria during Easter week and all along the lake, little cafes and bistros were set up. It seems my friends...

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More Book Photography and a Pot Pie

More Book Photography and a Pot Pie

Most of the photography for Heirloom Beans: Recipes from Rancho Gordo has ended. Our last day was at Jimtown in the Alexander Valley during the height of a heat wave....

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Molletes for Breakfast

Molletes for Breakfast

I'm not crazy for sweet breakfasts in general and in Mexico, I have to admit, I don't care much for their pastries. I don't despise them, but knowing there's something...

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Beef Tacos in Jalisco

Beef Tacos in Jalisco

This last spring, I was visiting my friends Maria and Isidro at their home in Jalisco, Mexico. They were great hosts and it was really different than visits to their...

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Rancho Gordo at Hearth

Rancho Gordo at Hearth

I have very specific ideas about how beans should be cooked and served and nothing delights me more than being proved wrong. Or at least surprised. This glorious plate is...

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