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Ataulfo Swirl Meringue Cookies

March 30, 2020

A simple crunch cookie your kids can make!

I recently found myself with some leftover egg whites from an ice cream project I did – which you can find on my other blog My Herbal Roots. So, I wanted to try an idea that had been swirling around in my head (pun intended; they’re great fun!).

Years ago, while teaching classes at my culinary center in Brooklyn, we attempted to flavor French meringue cookies with different fresh ingredients. We knew that it was difficult, but we felt that it could be done if we had the right texture and consistency. To a certain extent, we were right; however, it is more true that dried powders work best for flavoring meringue because the meringue will fall apart if you add something with too much moisture. It’s still possible, though, especially with thick paste like fresh sauces. We cooked down blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and many other items until they were a thick, fresh tasting pastes and added those to the meringue batter. We got pretty good results. Continue Reading…

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The Making of a Mango Queen

December 24, 2019

A destiny of connecting  dots between farmers, culture, food, and joy

Originally this was going to be a quick recipe post, but I ended up spending the better part of the day to contemplate and write. As it goes, this mango cake recipe revealed to me the story of my destiny. As you may have learned by now, most of my recipes are not just recipes. Instead, most contain an anecdote or some personal truth that is revealed to me once I get the opportunity to write the recipe down…

Today I received a text from a longtime friend talking about fate.  This text randomly flashed me back to times as a little girl in Nicaragua, memories full of parrots and feelings of mango-joy. Today’s flashback clarified how long mango-joy has been a part of my life – the result of fate and destiny working together as partners. I guess that running joke of me as the mango queen isn’t far from the truth.

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Pie Spice, The Flavor of Fall

November 20, 2019

Gracefully extracting the warming tones of a tropical mango for our Thanksgiving table

If you haven’t worked in marketing, you may not be able to empathize with how pressurized it can become – to have to constantly churn out new, creative (and IMO hopefully) useful content. In the food business that means new recipe ideas and techniques to simplify them. In produce that means tips on storage, handling, and usage, as well as flavor profiles, textures, and a fruit or a vegetable’s unique quirks. If you’re like me and want content to be genuine, it’s even more difficult. Mango-infused Thanksgiving ideas are not easy to come by, but I think we managed to pull it off.  Continue Reading…

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Día de Muertos

November 1, 2019

Mi padre es tu padre

Para una versión en inglés haga clic aquí

Una de las cosas que nos conecta a todos en esta vida es la muerte, la comida es otra. Desde que mi padre falleció hace unos años, me di cuenta que me conecto con ciertas personas de manera más auténtica, especialmente aquellas cuyos padres, a quienes también estaban cerca, hayan muerto. Para muchos de nosotros el sentimiento de “vacío” que ahora llevamos dentro de nosotros nos conecta…de alguna manera nos magnetiza. La pérdida en general nos conecta, lo que tiende a recordarme que la vida debería.

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Day of the Dead

November 1, 2019

Mi padre es tu padre, celebrate life

Click HERE for a version of the post in Spanish

One of the things that connects us all in this life is food and certainly thats a big one for me, death is another obvious connector. I noticed since my father passed a few years back that I connect with certain people more authentically, especially with those whose fathers, to whom they too were close, have passed. For many of us the feeling of “lack” that we now carry inside us, connects us…magnetizes us. Loss in general connects us, which tends to somehow trigger and remind me that to celebrate life.

I think the ancient and traditional Day of the Dead (“Día de Muertos”) ceremonies, beliefs and celebrations practiced throughout Mexico – and many parts of the world where Mexican populations live and work – are a wonderful example of just that. Day of the Dead customs or traditions seem totally undervalued in Western culture, and as I have been contemplating my own aging and my own sense of belonging (especially after my father passed shortly before a serious breakup), I feel a yearning for more ritual, more tradition and more community in my own life. When I look at so many of the traditions of the world that date back thousands of years, I see so many of them still thriving today in connecting people. I see the Mexican population today, not so as much “religious” but as extremely spiritual people,  moving, and evolving through this life as best they can with  their family, loved ones,  and communities  front and center to it all…and I think that’s beautiful. Continue Reading…

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Whiskey Mango BBQ Sauce

October 26, 2019

A California power outage miracle recipe……And It Was All Yellow

I had intended to post this recipe a few weeks ago, when the weather was warmer in most places around the country.  But I think the recipe is still relevant for a few reasons, tomatoes are still flourishing in California and the recipe is not as much a BBQ recipe, as its cooked mostly in the oven and simply finished on the grill.

I think the real relevance is more the story of how the recipe came to be and the coincidence in that I sit here posting this, hunkered down inside yet again, despite a beautifully warm day outside, because of the  gigantic smoke wall heading my way.  Massive California fires are blaring a few hours north of me and I am set to lose power at any moment. This recipe happened by happenstance originally in the last forced power outage, so it seems fitting to be finishing the writing and posting of it now, hopefully before the power goes out. Continue Reading…

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Fresh Summer Thai with Mangoes

July 30, 2019

Make vibrant and tasty  Thai dishes in a flash

This past weekend I re-discovered the beauty of some old recipes I had written years ago for Ger-Nis while re-purposing them for a mango cooking class I taught at the Sacramento Natural Foods Coop, which also happens to be one of my favorite grocery stores in the country.

The class,  part of Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania events, Fresh Summer Thai, featuring mangoes- reminded me of how lucky we are to have Mexican mangoes in peak season in the dead of our summer time. It also reminded me how Thai inspired recipes are some of the tastiest, healthiest and easiest recipes to whip up when it’s hot. I tend to forget how hot it gets throughout the USA and Canada, because I live in the one part of the country where cool foggy summers are the norm, where hot soup feels comforting  to eat on the 4th of July.

These recipes were revamped from one of my most popular classes back in Brooklyn, where hot steamy summers were the norm and these refreshing, mango-centric dishes offered a cooling and joyful effect.  By using them in the class myself, I  was able to make some new alterations to the recipes and improve them. Making them even more tastier and even simpler than they were before!

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Bolinas Summer Mango Mania

June 16, 2019

#MuchosMangoes are coming to Bolinas….RIDE THE WAVE…..

The Crespo Organic Kitchen, the culinary education arm of Crespo Organic Mangoes and part of my produce, marketing and education company- Ger-Nis Culinary  & Herb Center  is located in the beautiful northern, surf and art village of  Bolinas, California. This summer we are celebrating mangoes BIG TIME in our own backyard. Giving back to the many lovers we have discovered here and even some we may have had part of building. The town of Bolinas throws a gigantic weeklong party to celebrate the 4th of July and we thought there was no better time to provide them with and celebrate Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania! Between July 3rd and July 7th Bolinas will be dripping in sweet organic mangoes…. we encourage you all to come, join in and ride the wave.

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A Celebration of Mexico & Mangoes

June 14, 2019

 Bolinas Summer Mango Mania celebrates authentic Mexico cuisine and  local organic farmers with Ger-Nis Supper Club, join in……..

During the weekend celebration that is Bolinas Summer Mango Mania ( July 4th – July 7th) we are offering up a special treat as the Crespo Organic Kitchen and Ger-Nis Culinary partner up to host their second annual, A Celebration of Mexico feast. The Ger-Nis’ Sunday Supper club, held seasonally and typically on a Sunday- moves to Saturday and  not only features a totally mango-centric menu but a PURO-MEXICO experience utilizing the hyper-local and organic produce around from a remote little beach village in northern California, called Bolinas. . The supper club is a unique eating and educational experience that showcases the goods of local, organic, sustainable and fairly traded farm products and aims to better educate consumers about farming and farm culture through unique food experiences.. This summer we celebrate the Crespo family by offering up  the seafood rich cuisine of the coastal Sinaloa region where the Crespo family calls home- El Rosario.  Educational will seep in through your taste buds.

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The Crespo Organic Kitchen Celebrates Summer Mango Mania

June 12, 2019

 

Muchos mango-centric events are coming. Are you all ready?

Crespo Organic Summer Mango Mania is here and The Crespo Organic Kitchen, partnering with Ger-nis are going to make it extra special this summer.  The Crespo Organic Kitchen is essentially the test kitchen for all things Crespo Organic, managed by my company Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center ; a small food  education,   sales & marketing  and media company;  specializing in local, organic, fairly traded,   sustainable food and agricultural. Ger-Nis  supports small global growers around the world in with a bevy of services, skills and connections.

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