“I was born and raised in Mexico City, in a family where every taco happens to be, as my dad boasts, “the best taco you’ve ever had in your entire life.” That is, until you eat the next one.
The Chew Family, Mario Batali, Carla Hall, Michael Symon, Daphne Oz, Clinton Kelly, and Evette Rios, could not have been warmer, kinder and more generous when I came to visit! They hosted a most fun Mexican episode. I brought them the Garibaldi’s for a treat, and Mario and Carla made the most scrumptious torta, The Pepito, with me.
Here is where we made the Pepitos! Did you know Mario Batali speaks perfect Spanish?
“Every few months, my family gets together with a Latin group of friends and their families for a potluck.
This winter it was our turn. As tradition goes, the host brings the main dishes to the table and the others bring the rest. I eagerly announced my plans to share Mexican casseroles, also called cazuelas, budines or pasteles. The Mexicans couldn’t hide their joy — ‘Pati! De veras? Budin Azteca? Cazuela de Tamal?!’ — and quickly thought of other ‘very’ Mexican sides to pair with them. The Argentines and Costa Ricans tried to understand what ‘Mexican casserole’ meant and whether it was supposed to be any good…”
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“America is obsessed with television food celebrities. Somewhere along the way, we forgot that, in the kitchen, there just isn’t any substitute for passion and talent. We’ve conveniently chosen to ignore that fact that many of these ‘stars’ are neither food experts nor stars.
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