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The Basics: Chipotle Peppers

Cooking Essentials The Profile Chipotle Peppers Chipotle peppers are smoked & dried jalapeños. Sometimes they are ground & may be added to flavor rubs or sprinkled into chili for rich heat with loads of depth. However, they may also be purchased in a delicious adobo sauce. Adobo sauce is a simple blend of chili powder, vinegar, […]

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The Basics: Queso Oaxaca

Cooking Essentials The Technique Queso Oaxaca Queso Oaxaca is a mild white semi-hard Mexican cow cheese that has a similar string texture to it much like mozzarella. It is often used over many classic Mexican tortas but it’s well known as a good melting cheese, too. This popular choice may also be referred to as quesillo. Queso Oaxaca […]

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The Basics: Pickled Jalapeños

Cooking Essentials The Profile Pickled Jalapeños According to the Scoville Scale, a chart specifically designed to gauge the heat of peppers, jalapeños offer a mid-range level that can reach up to a 10,000 unit rating. Pickled jalapeños are a deliciously spicy & readily available condiment ideal for use on classic Mexican tortas, in appetizers served […]

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The Basics: Sesame Seeds

Cooking & Baking Essentials The Profile Sesame Seeds  Sesame seeds are harvested from oblong pods of the sesamum indicum, a flowering plant grown in Africa, India & other tropical locations all over the globe. Their oil content contains the most of any seed, approximately 45% to 60% & is used in many types of cuisine. The seeds […]

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The Basics: Poblano Peppers

Cooking Essentials  The Technique Poblano Peppers Poblano peppers are a large, mild chili pepper that originated in Puebla, Mexico. They are ideal for stuffing with a variety of ingredients & most often served in main dish applications. Poblanos register on the Scoville Scale, a chart specifically designed to gauge the heat level of peppers, typically around […]

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The Basics: Limes

Cooking & Baking Essentials The Technique Limes  Most limes available are known as Persian or Tahiti more specifically which have been cross bred from lemons & key limes to produce this reliable seedless citrus variety. The fruit is extremely versatile as it can be showcased in sweet or savory recipe applications or serve as a […]

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Cooking Classics: Salsa Fresca

Cooking Classics The Technique Salsa Fresca It is the fresh flavor from extras such as Salsa Fresca that give classic Mexican egg dishes, tacos, burritos, flautas, quesadillas, tortilla chips & more the boost they need in order to truly shine. Roma tomatoes, onion, fresh peppers, citrus & herbs can be chopped by hand quickly to […]

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The Basics: Cheddar Cheese

Cooking Essentials  The Profile Cheddar Cheese Cheddar, originally from England, may be identified as a semi-hard to hard cheese. Young Cheddars are generally made from pasteurized cow’s milk whilst many aged are not. When properly cured, expect a crumbly texture, conversely a smooth consistency may be noted if the cheese isn’t aged for very long. Common […]

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