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Tamale Pot Pie with Variations

The Big Book of One-Pot Dinners by Betty Crocker is a treasure chest of ideas for quick and satisfying dinners. Sometimes, we just don’t have the time to create multiple dishes: a main course, a salad, a side or two. Sometimes, we just want to put all the “stuff” together in one container, turn on…

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Brian’s Super Cornbread

This cornbread is super because it has everything: cornmeal, creamed corn, chile peppers, honey, and buttermilk. Put them all together and you get a very dense, moist cornbread. Do bake this for a full 30 minutes. My top was browning at 20+ minutes, but the center was not done. Why? Well, some of these cornbread…

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Corn Salad Inside-Out Tamale from Tamales by Alice Guadalupe Tapp

From Tamales: Fast and Delicious Mexican Meals by Alice Gaudalupe Tapp comes this idea for a tonto. No, stop thinking Lone Ranger. Tontos are an idea from her childhood that she is happily sharing with us. Rather than have a traditional tamale with filling, the masa is still prepared, steamed, and unrolled. Then, the masa…

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Brian’s Very Simple Potato and Corn Salad

  “Making potato salad,” Suzen said to me a couple of weeks ago. It was a statement, not a question. And, it was pretty obvious. I had emptied out half the pantry and the refrigerator. Vinegars, two of them. Pickles, real ones and jalapenos. Mayo, mustard. Bacon was cooking. Eggs were being hard boiled. I…

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