In this flavorful recipe, prepared by chef Rick Bayless, dry masa harina can be substituted for the fresh masa, if need be. For optimum taste and consistency, make the masa dough 30 to 60 minutes before preparing the tamales.
Traditional refried beans were leftover beans that were mashed and cooked again -- hence refried. Smoked ham hock is available at most grocery store meat counters and butcher shops. Once cooked, it can be used to add flavor to soups and stocks.
Sara Foster, owner of Foster's Market in Durham, North Carolina, puts a new twist on the traditional Mexican burrito. For a no-fuss brunch, Sara recommends preparing as many of the elements as you can in advance.
If you've got a long day ahead of you, this substantial but easy-to-prepare meal is just the ticket to make sure you eat well. And if you know things will be busy, these breakfast burritos can be set up the night before and made in 10 minutes or less the next morning.
From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
A piquant soup exudes flavors culled from the Mexican kitchen, from a cumin-laced broth to a roasted tomatillo and cilantro pesto. Cilantro's pungent fragrance partners well with fruity tomatillos in a lively pesto. The mixture offsets the spiciness of the cumin and jalapeno in this delectable soup.