13 May '11, 10pm

Want to try something simple, addictive and downright radical? Check out @tomphilpott's ‘salsa macha’:

Want to try something simple, addictive and downright radical? Check out @tomphilpott's ‘salsa macha’:

Many people claim they don't have time to cook fresh meals "from scratch." In Tom's Kitchen , Grist's food editor discusses some of the quick and easy things he gets up to in ... well, his kitchen. Salsa macha: my new obsession. Photo: Tom Philpott Certain taquerias and street-food establishments in Mexico feature a fiery-hot, delicious condiment of dried chile peppers ground to a coarse paste and mixed with oil. As a chile-pepper fanatic, I've always found it irresistible. I discovered on a recent trip to Mexico that the singular salsa has a name: salsa macha. ("Macha" being the female form of the no-need-to-translate adjective "macho.") On the same trip, I experienced an example of salsa macha that took the form to new heights. The site was Delirio, a deli/food shop in Mexico City's gorgeous La Roma neighborhood. Delirio is run by the celebrity chef Monica Patiño. I love...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-05-13-toms-kitchen-simple-...

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