Broad Brook, CT (PressExposure) April 16, 2009 -- Mexican cuisine is wildly popular in the US, with more people than ever interested in learning to make their favorite Mexican recipes at home. However, there is one thing about Mexican cooking, which is a stumbling block to many - and that is unfamiliarity with some of the ingredients used. Of course tortillas are by now well known to everyone, there are plenty of us out there who don't know our jalapenos from our huitlacoche and Christine Kudra, the woman behind locally based Mexican culinary website and recipe source MexicanFoodRecipes.org (http://www.MexicanFoodRecipes.org) has come to their rescue.
"Mexican food is something which has been rapidly growing in popularity ever since the 1970s and while a lot of people would certainly like to try cooking Mexican at home, people tend to need a little bit of education on the ingredients," Kudra explains. "There are Mexican groceries in just about every city these days, but if people don't have good recipes to work from and don't know what they're looking for when they go shopping, it's easy to get discouraged and go back to cooking the same old dishes. I have had recipes on the site from the word go, but I saw a real need for more information about the ingredients and terminology of Mexican cooking - so I have added a Mexican ingredient glossary to the site."
This is exactly what a lot of home cooks have been looking for; many of us have tried to find that special ingredient for a Mexican recipe, only to find that we have no idea where to look once we get to the market. If you've ever looked at a recipe and wondered "OK Great! Now what's jicama?" then Kudra's site is here to help.
For her part, Kudra is hoping that the new ingredient glossary and the many recipes on her site will help people to take an interest in Mexican food beyond the familiar burritos and enchiladas. "Don't get me wrong, I love a burrito as much as the next person," says Kudra with a laugh "But one of the things I'm trying to do with MexicanFoodRecipes.org is to show people that there's a lot more to Mexican cuisine than that. There are so many regional specialties and just so many great Mexican recipes which people would absolutely love once they give them a try." That is, if they know what the ingredients are; but with this new Mexican ingredient glossary, it is easier than ever for cooks to create classic Mexican dishes in their own kitchens.
For more information on Mexican recipes or to see the Mexican ingredient glossary, please visit: http://www.MexicanFoodRecipes.org