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The Washington Post: How to make the single most important element of a taco, at home

“The first time I worked with fresh masa, I was making tortillas for a Mexican feast that friends and I were preparing for New Year’s Eve. I had bought the dough from Moctec Mexican Products, the Landover company that specializes in transforming dried maize into fresh, fragrant masa. I was smitten on first sniff, even…

The Washington Post: The crucial piece of the Smithsonian’s new demo kitchen

For months, Jessica Carbone’s office served as a de facto storeroom for the donated products that would eventually find a place in the demonstration kitchen within the new 45,000-square-foot ‘innovation wing’ at the National Museum of American History. Those gadgets and pricy pieces of cookware soon became sort of stress-relief objects. ‘Over the last six…

The Washington Post: Pozole offers a hearty helping of Mexican tradition

“A bowl of pozole, with its colorful elements of yellow hominy, emerald cilantro flecks and white onion pieces, can look as if it has been dusted with fiesta confetti. And that’s entirely appropriate. The rib-sticking Mexican stew stars at festivities including quinceañeras and New Year’s celebrations. ‘Pozole is a party dish,’ says Pati Jinich, the…

The Washington Post: Say adios to eggnog, and embrace Mexican drinks for a feliz navidad

“In the convents around Mexico during the colonial era, the nuns became serious cooks, says Pati Jinich, author of ‘Pati’s Mexican Table’ and host of the PBS series of the same name. The church was a major power, and it was in the kitchens of the convents where traditional Spanish recipes started to take in…

The Washington Post: Celeb chefs continue to flow into town this week to lobby the Hill

“D.C. is awash in celebrity chefs this week. On Wednesday, four of them — Andrew Zimmern, Hugh Acheson, Pati Jinich and Nina Compton blanketed Capitol Hill in an effort organized by the ONE Campaign to rally support for Electrify Africa, legislation that aims to give 50 million Africans access to modern energy and add 20,000…