Monthly Archives: October 2012


According to Mayan legend, tortillas were invented by a peasant for his hungry king in ancient times. The first tortillas discovered, which date back to approximately 10,000 BC, were made of native maize with dried kernel. The Aztecs used a … Continue reading

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Ketchup is always serious business. But in the summer — when we’re putting it on anything and everything from burgers and hot dogs to brats and grilled chicken — it’s particularly crucial that we’re eating the best-tasting condiment on the … Continue reading

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CHEEKY TZATZIKI (with low fat quark cheese)

It is not uncommon to find Hellenistic influences at work in some parts of India and Afghanistan due to the influx of Alexander and his army (he left men behind and they bred with the local women – there are … Continue reading

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It’s actually one of my favorite foods… from childhood. A thick and creamy spread that tastes like fall. I believe my first experience of apple butter was eating some that my grandma made one summer when we were visiting in … Continue reading

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During the two years I lived in self-imposed exile in central Mexico, in the little village of San Miguel de Allende, I had the opportunity of making the acquaintance of a young woman from Culiacan who I shall  call  “Beatrice”. … Continue reading

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