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

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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 after paying nearly $10 for the five-pound bag of white corn masa.

Consciously or not, I had developed an opinion that fresh masa was virtually foolproof, far easier to turn into tortillas than dough made from masa harina, the corn flour available for about $3 for a four-plus-pound bag of Maseca. But as I pressed the dough into tortillas for the griddle, I quickly learned that this fresh product is not the masa equivalent of a Gabriel García Márquez novel, so magical that it’s immune to the physical laws of the universe…

I turned to cookbook author and television host Pati Jinich for help. I explained my New Year’s Eve masa mess and asked whether the fresh stuff requires specialized handling compared with dough made with masa harina. She said no, but then offered a confession: This native of Mexico prefers the taste of reconstituted masa harina over the full-throttle flavors of fresh masa. The former resonates deeply with Jinich; it represents home, family, childhood…”

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  1. Elizabeth, If you like cilantro you will adore epazote! I use it in everything from a replacement of bay leaf (hoja de laurel) in my soup to giving my poblano chile and cheese tamales extra pizzazz! Try it in chicken quesadillas with a little tangy salsa verde on top as well. Girl don’t get me started lol!!!! Freeze it in aluminum if you don’t use the whole bunch (mano)

  2. you used a little known herb with a name I could not catch that had a clean taste.. What was the name and where could I find it.. This was program that was aired in Houston on July 18, 2015 on Channel 8.. and is there an english name for it? Thank you very much..