In this spirited episode, Zarela and Aarón are thrilled to welcome their close friend Maricel Presilla to talk about Recados and spice blends. Maricel is a chef, restauranteur, and the author of Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America.

Together the three dissect the essential Mexican spices, and how they are used. They explain the differences between Recado Negro and Recado Rojo and give some tips for doctoring up store-bought versions in the home kitchen.  Marisel also polls the room about their favorite moles, and they discuss which spices pair best with a variety of meats, such as duck, turkey, and ribs.

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