From tacos to salsa to margaritas, who doesn’t love a tasty Mexican fiesta?
A traditional taco is made with a corn tortilla folded over some sort of filling. This often includes foods native to Mexico such as tomatoes, beans, avocados, chili peppers and fish, as well as foods brought to Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors such as rice, cheese and meat from domesticated animals.
At Newcastle Produce we feature Mi Abuelita Bonita Sonora Style Corn Tortillas made locally in Sacramento. A bit of wheat in these tortillas make them rollable. They don’t break apart like other tortillas and the flavor is outstanding.
Fresh salsa is easy to make by combining chopped fresh tomatoes, onions, chilies and cilantro. (Look for our own sweet onions starting this month.) For delicious salsa in a hurry, try one of our ready made salsas. Good basic salsas include NP Fire Roasted, Lorenzo’s, and Heidi’s. Smooth Papalote Roasted Tomato Salsa from San Francisco defeated Iron Chef Bobby Flay in the Food Network’s “Throwdown! with Bobby Flay,” or try chunky Mango Lime Salsa or Black Bean Salsa from Stonewall Kitchen, or D. L.. Jardine’s Roasted Tomatillo Salsa for a feisty alternative to red salsa.
For a classic Margarita, wet the rim of a margarita glass with a wedge of lime and dip in salt. Combine 3 oz. White Tequila, 1 oz. Triple Sec, and 2 oz. Stonewall Kitchen Margarita Mixer and pour into glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge. Olé!
LOCAL FOOD ARTISANS: Naggiar Vineyards
Hidden off the beaten path between Auburn and Grass Valley, Naggiar Vineyards is a local treasure. In 1998, after finding the perfect location at 1300 feet elevation, Mike and Diane Naggiar planted 60 acres of grapes and began learning the grape growing business and selling world class grapes to winemakers in Napa, Sonoma and the Sierra Foothills.
With the help of winemaker Derek Irwin, they crafted their first wines in 2003 and today their retirement hobby has grown into an award winning winery and family business.
Stop by NP on Friday, May 6, and enjoy a tasting of Naggiar Wines. (Maybe Mom might like a bottle for Mother’s Day.) We will be tasting again on May 20 and 27.