This isn't your classic all-American chocolate cake. Throw in some spices — cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice — to evoke the warm flavors of Mexican chocolate with your very own Joshua John Russell "Man About Cake" creation.
We're firm believers that everyone should have a back-pocket guacamole recipe for when guests (especially — yikes — unexpected ones) show up at the door. This is ours. It comes from renowned chef Rick Bayless, who teaches our class Essentials of Mexican Cooking. Let's get guac-ing!
If you're like us, there's a bag of tortillas in your grocery cart pretty much every week. And while we'll never admit to getting bored with our go-to taco setup, it's always a good idea to mix things up. When we're feeling ambitious we do that by making corn tortillas from scratch using our trusty tortilla press. Those DIY tortillas make us wish every day was Taco Tuesday.
If your spice cabinet is anything like mine, it's a fun house. I love browsing through my collection and being surprised by what I find (hello, Urfa pepper!). But when I'm actually cooking, I definitely have my go-tos. Here are the 15 essentials every cook should keep around.