Atole de Pinole con Vainilla

It is not difficult to become hooked on pinole. It is not a food for those fearful of carbohydrates, but thankfully, I have never been one of those people. If its food group can be forgiven, it is an energy dense food used for centuries by in the American continent not just for survival in…

How To: Pinole from Scratch

Ready made pinole isn’t difficult to find, but making it from scratch is a rather enjoyable experience. Though blue corn is most popular for pinole, any dried corn suitable for popping can be used, no matter what the color. The steps for pinole are simple: toast and pop the corn, and grind to a fine powder. Sweeten…

More Sick Day Food: Atole de Camote

Phlegm and porridge are two of the most unfortunate words in the English language, yet such is my life at the moment. Spanish, in comparison, has such gentle sounding words as camote, for sweet potatoes. As soft as the tuber before it is cooked.

Sick Day Food: Atole de Pinole

Being at home sick means freedom from two things. The wearing of real clothes, and the chewing of food. I simply cannot chew food with a head full of sickness. So I turn to atole de pinole. Pinole consists of lightly toasted dry corn kernels, and ground to a fine powder. Most of the time, this…

The Year That Was

Before staring off a new year of posts, let’s take a look back at this year, a year of big moves, from Arizona to upstate New York, from Tumblr to WordPress. (Feel free to poke around the archives of this blog’s previous home.) Most popular posts from this year: The strawberry picking good time of…

Chileatole con Calabaza – Corn Porridge with Acorn Squash and Chile

Atoles are likely not for everyone. There is something strange about drinking corn dough, flavored with chocolate, coffee or fruits, and sweetened with piloncillo or brown sugar. Even having grown up with them, the strong corn flavor can be an acquired taste. Though they are mostly sweet in nature, the chileatole is the savory, and…

Atole de Moka – Mocha Corn Drink

Waking up with a cold nose makes me wish I had planned ahead in one of several ways. I could have closed the windows the night before. I could have made soup; there are few things better than soup for breakfast. I could have placed a glass of scotch on my bedside table for a…