Jicama

Ensalada de Navidad

My first formal job, after switching careers from political analysis to cooking, was as chef and cooking instructor of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC. This was 2007. A year before, I had created a curriculum that aimed to open, one class at a time, a window into Mexican cuisine, history and culture for anybody living north of the border. What I didn’t know, when I began preparing it, was that classes were to be for a crowd of 100 people…

Crab, Cucumber and Jícama Salad

Crab, Cucumber and Jícama Salad Print Recipe 4 servings Ensalada de Cangrejo, Pepino y Jícama Ingredients 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice Zest of 2 limes 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil kosher or coarse sea salt to taste freshly ground…

Episode 208: Tequila!

This episode puts a twist on tequila by using it in a number of tasty, savory and sweet recipes sure to impress special guests. Mixologist extraordinaire Derek Brown shows Pati how to make one of his signature cocktails, and she uses tequila to ignite a main dish.

Jí­cama

Jí­camas are one of the many Mexican ingredients that luckily, have become readily available outside of the country. Also known as Mexican yams or turnips, they are also a root vegetable. But they are far from the latter in flavor, texture or cooking uses. They are mostly (and as far as I know also successfully)…