Category Archives: 2012

Mexican Spiced Lava Cakes

(makes 2, can easily be doubled or tripled)

Molten centers

  • 1 ounce dark chocolate
  • 2 TBS whipping cream
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

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Tamari Sablefish

Courtesy of Chef Brock Windsor, Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler, British Columbia

  • 1 lb. sablefish, cut in 4 pieces
  • 1 cup tamari soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh ginger
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cups baby greens Vinaigrette
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup grapeseed or canola oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup seeded, coarsely chopped cucumber

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Salsa de Molcajete

From Chiles & Chocolate

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This easy peasy salsa is great with corn chips, on top of eggs or chicken tacos.

  • 3 Serrano chiles, stems removed
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

  • On a comal, roast the serranos and tomatoes for 5 to 10 minutes or until they are charred. Discard the very black skin. In a molcajete, with a tejolote, grind the serranos and garlic and add salt and pepper. When they are roughly ground, add the tomatoes and continue grinding. Serve in the molcajete or a small bowl.

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Huatulco’s New Dance Academy

By Brooke Gazer

Huatulco has moved up another rung on the cultural ladder with the opening of Teresa Sanchez’s “Academia Profesional de Danza Corsan”. Teresa has been offering classes in Ballet and Modern Jazz at “The Casa de Cultura” over the past five years but as more of the beginners moved into the intermediate levels, a larger space was required. With some help from her husband, she was finally able to open the new dance academy on Calle Cocotillo. Teresa brings a wealth of dance experience to our community and we are fortunate to have her among us. Continue reading Huatulco’s New Dance Academy

Grassroots Micro-finance in Oaxaca: Fundación en Vía

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

Four years ago Juana, a resident of Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca’s main rug village, was earning virtually nothing selling the odd bottle of soda pop or package of gum out of her family’s narrow, halfempty storefront. Today, with the assistance of small, interest-free loans facilitated through $50 USD donations from tourists visiting Oaxaca, she earns a decent living as the proprietor of a handicrafts store filled with colorful handwoven wool rugs, tapestries and handbags. Continue reading Grassroots Micro-finance in Oaxaca: Fundación en Vía

Books as Gifts: Ideas for Christmas

By Carole Reedy

For many of us there’s no greater gift than an actual hard-bound book. While electronic reading has moved to the forefront (severely affecting sales of print books and the well-being of small bookstores), with a printed book we can fondle, examine the cover, read the inside biographical information about the author, flip through the pages, put it down, pick it up…and anticipate the first page. As giver and shopper, the experience is equal: the joy of going to the bookstore, browsing the shelves, and eventually landing on just the right book to match the recipient–a dear friend, colleague, or family member. Here are just a few suggestions for Christmas giving. Enjoy the search! Continue reading Books as Gifts: Ideas for Christmas