lemon & lime Blog at Allrecipes.com (7/2012)

lemon & lime

 
Jul. 30, 2012 12:20 am 
I have never been 100% comfortable with the though of consuming other living beings. Although my diet is far from vegetarian, the second I start to think of where my food comes from, I get grossed out (after all, ignorance is bliss, right?). I cook mostly vegetarian dishes because I can't… MORE
Shrimp eyes and salted fish in China
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Crema 
 
Jul. 28, 2012 5:51 pm 
Updated: Aug. 2, 2012 9:51 pm
More common than sour cream in Mexico is crema. In many ways it is extremely similar; they have the same texture, color, and packaging, but they taste very differently. I really am not a fan of sour cream, but crema I could eat straight out of the tub with a spoon. Although the product… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 20, 2012 11:05 am 
I was recently asked to describe my kitchen here in Mexico. It is hard for me to visualize a 'typical' Mexican kitchen, seeing as I feel like there is much more variability in the architecture depending on your geographic location in the country and your socioeconomic status, than there is in… MORE
My Grandmother's Kitchen
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Jul. 18, 2012 10:52 pm 
Updated: May 8, 2013 11:19 pm
If you ask me what food I would choose to eat for the rest of my life if I could only eat one, without hesitation I would say AVOCADO! I think that I would even be happy about being forced to only eat avocados; I just love them that much. Rumor has it that it avocados actually supply fairly… MORE
Guacamole
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Salsa 
 
Jul. 13, 2012 10:37 am 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2012 9:28 am
Every meal in Mexico, no matter the time of day or the setting, is accompanied by at least two different types of salsa. The salsa that I am referring to has little to do with what most Americans think of as salsa, chopped tomatoes and cilantro with just a little bit of a kick. The salsas… MORE
Salsa Roja
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Raw Salsa Verde
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My Favorite: Salsa Verde with Avocado
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Jul. 12, 2012 4:53 pm 
Updated: Aug. 3, 2012 7:48 pm
I always thought that lychees were a traditionally asian fruit; my father always buys lychee black tea in chinatown and I only really ever saw lychee on the dessert menus of asian restaurants. However, my stay in Mexico has taught me that lychees are also grown and enjoyed here; they are… MORE
Lychee
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Lichees II
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Jul. 9, 2012 3:22 pm 
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 9:33 am
Yesterday my cousin invited some friends and family over to his place for lunch. Although I didn't make it in time to accompany him to the market, where he bought tons of super fresh ingredients, I did make it in time to help cook. The menu included a pineapple and jicama salad, shrimp… MORE
Friends&Family
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Figs drizzled with caramel ice cream
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Huitlacoche and corn filling for stuffed poblano peppers
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Jul. 4, 2012 3:04 pm 
Updated: Jul. 17, 2012 1:13 pm
Jocoque is something that I have never seen for sale in the U.S. According to wikipedia it is actually a food that was imported from the middle east. The best way that I can describe it is as a drier greek yoghurt; it is very thick and dry, and comes off as a cross between a soft cheese and a… MORE
Jocoque
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Jul. 2, 2012 9:56 pm 
Updated: Jul. 10, 2012 10:30 am
Buying groceries in Mexico used to be very different than in the US. I grew up in the suburbs where my mom would go to both the nearest grocery store and Costco once a week to stock up on everything that our family could possibly need. Sure we always had a great cereal selection, but the… MORE
Cheesemonger
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Beets
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Fruit Stand
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Jul. 2, 2012 12:50 am 
Updated: Jul. 9, 2012 6:25 pm
Rice and beans are a staple across Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. When I was little I would often order only this simple and ubiquitous combination at restaurants, and it made me so happy! A lot of my family members are serial dieters so unfortunately I don't eat these two staples… MORE
Rice&Beans
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alinae

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May 2012

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Intermediate

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Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy

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About Me
Hi Everyone! My name is Alina and I am a college student from Philadelphia, PA. I started baking in high school and for the past two years have been cooking quick and easy meals in my dorm as well. I love following tons of cooking websites, blogs, and photo-journals online for inspiration, in addition to my mom's old cookbooks and her tried and true recipes.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite thing to make are roasted veggies. I like how easy they are to make, and how they can be added to almost anything or even eaten by themselves!
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was younger I would always help my mom make fresh tortillas before dinner. I remember sitting on the counter next to the tortilla press, and rolling little spheres of dough between my palms. I felt so strong and grown up once I could actually hold down the press with enough force to make a proper tortilla.
My cooking triumphs
A few months ago I prepared a molten chocolate cake under the tutelage of a world-renowned chef. I was terrified of messing up, so I asked him a million questions and double-checked everything. However it turned out delicious, and he was so happy with the results that he gave me his secret recipe as a present afterwards!
My cooking tragedies
It took me a very long time to figure out how to scramble and fry eggs. Before that all of my attempts yielded either very under- or over-cooked eggs that were pretty gross.
 
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