food, Gardening, Spanish Culture and Language

How the Heck Have You Bean?

August has bean a special time for our garden. Little pinkish white flowers appear on our beanstalks. Then tiny little legumes, no more that a centimeter long punctuate their tendrils. What seems to be only a day later, full grown ones bursting with ripening seeds magically take their place. I pick as many as I […]

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food, Mexico, Spanish Culture and Language

Pipián Sauce, a la Gringa

This sauce is based on pumpkin seed mole, called mole verde, or pipián. The Nahuatl word, molli, is the origin for mole, the Mexican word for this traditional Mixteca sauce. You may have tried mole made of chocolate, almond and chile over chicken in a restaurant. This pipián mole also has rich flavors. Although traditionally […]

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