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Overwhelming Demand Dominates Irregular Mexican Organic Mango Season

June 20, 2018

Article Originally Written for and Published by Organic Produce Network
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Season predictions have become challenging as “typical” Mexican mango seasons become tenuous. Erratic weather is the new norm and difficult to gauge weather patterns significantly impede forecasting ability. Making this particular season even more challenging to foretell is the ceaseless organic demand, which many buyers describe to be moving at an overwhelming pace, despite most producers reporting slightly higher than normal season to date volume outputs in organics.

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Mango Pickle Relish

June 10, 2018

This summers hottest BBQ condiment

This past Memorial Day weekend, I like millions of Americans, had a small BBQ gathering. Many of my favorite BBQ staples were on the menu, as were mangoes. Mango BBQ pulled pork and brats were the main event on the grill, accentuated by some salads and drinks. As usual, I felt pressure to create something new, something unique, as I often do. I derive great joy from the creation process and thus the pressure is often subtle and soft.

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A Simple Mango Cake for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2018

Sometimes simplicity can lead us to a place beyond opulence

Some might argue that I shouldn’t have a voice for  mothers or mothering, after all I don’t have kids of my own and I haven’t had a relationship with my own mother for over thirty-four years, a decision I sit comfortably with, mind you.   Arguably, (my dad always said I liked to argue), I would assert, that because I don’t have kids or a mother, I have excellent far-sighted vision towards the act of mothering. With that I have come to recognize the paramount value of mothers and their nurturing powers and prowess. I have spent many hours in life cooing over mothers and their relationships as I travel the globe. I derive great joy from observing mothers in their natural state of being and loving purely.

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Can I get more mango in my dessert, please?

May 4, 2018

Tropical Summer Sweets a New Leaf Community Market cooking class

A mango’s natural sweetness lends itself to decadent and sweet desserts without the need for extra sugars and sweeteners. The innate complexity and rich flavor of a mango creates intrigue and sparks excitement in any eater. A mango’s varied textures add interest and structure to a dish, making them both fun to work with and a versatile ingredient.

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Market Truths: Don’t (Always) Believe the Hype

May 2, 2018

Tricky transitioning of regions in Mexican mango season- south to north

 

 

The Mexican mango season lasts for about nine months and is made up of 7 different regions, eight if you separate Los Mochis, as most do. Los Mochis is USDA sanctioned “fruit fly free zone” and therefore the hot water baths (hydro-thermic treatment) is not necessary making the Los Mochis region unique in the Mexican mango spectrum.

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My “Authentically Me” Mango Cake

April 11, 2018

In honor of my birthday, I want to share a piece of me with you.
It, like me, is far less complicated than it seems.

Recipes to follow:
Blood Orange Vanilla Chiffon Layer Cake

Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote
Mango-Ginger Compote
Mango Cream Cheese Frosting

I turned 45 today, and it’s been a most rewarding experience—undoubtedly because I continue to throw down in an earnest effort to be my most authentic self and express gratitude for all that life has given me thus far. Of course, none of it would be possible without those in my life that actively reciprocate and love back. As my most authentic self, I experience more joy and am able to spread it to others. This cake gives a nod to my efforts toward personal authenticity. In sincere fashion, it embodies great flavor, and, like most things in life, it didn’t come easily.

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Use Them Before You Loose Them!

March 9, 2018

Making sauce to combat kitchen food waste…

We’ve all been there. Herbs wilt rapidly in the fridge. Garlic and ginger dry up in a flash. Mangoes and avocados ripen on the countertop before we are ready to use them. These things always seem happen at a time when the idea of a mango smoothie or avocado toast makes our noses crinkle. Organic produce (and produce in general) is not cheap. There is a lot of energy that goes into the production of food, plus a significant amount of logistical labor involved in moving food from the source to your kitchen. Throwing away food is like throwing away money, effort and even dreams.

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Two Old Tarts

February 7, 2018

And a mango-meringue tartlet

Having close female friends is one of the more rewarding and sustaining events we women can experience throughout life. Loving and devoted allies, they can often provide the compassion for ourselves that we let dissipate in times of stress or high anxiety, which can be more frequent and more severe as we get older and struggle to move through life and its challenges in work, family and intimate personal relationships. A loyal, long time female friend can come and go in close physical proximity, but she is always there to remind us of who we are, in moments when we need most to be reminded.

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Mango Madeleines

January 19, 2018

The Perfect Rainy Day Baking Challenge

It’s been rainy here in the Bay Area the last few days, and I’ve been drinking a lot of tea to keep warm and cozy. It’s been the perfect time to perfect and  TASTE test a recipe I have been working on in the Crespo Organic Kitchen this winter- Mango Madeleines.

Madeleine cookies are little French cakes made with a lot of butter and often served with afternoon tea. They are soft and spongy in the middle and little chewy on the outside, a lovely variation of textures. Most folks outside of France consider them more of a cookie than a cake. They are by all counts, pretty damn exquisite, in texture and flavor.

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“La Ventosa”

January 18, 2018

How an Eastern US Cold Front Spawns Wind in Oaxacan Mango Orchards

While most of the industry has been consumed by Mexico’s cold temperatures from the seasonal, southern traveling cold front, often blanketing Mexico this time of year, (nicknamed norte by southern Mexicans), we are more concerned with the wind phenomenon currently happening outside our mango orchards in Oaxaca, a dynamic outcome of these cold fronts.  Continue Reading…