Pandemic Eating with a Pinch of Gluttony

I took a cooking class with Gabriela Camara, a chef with a restaurant in Mexico City. It’s definitely one of my top five classes in MasterClass. Growing up in Southern California, Mexican food was my standard American diet. After taking the class, I learned how to make tortillas from scratch and cook beans properly. Many other things were taught, but those two things I learned. With beans, I decided to try many varieties from Rancho Gordo and perfect my skill with beans. With tortillas, I decided to use only street tortillas and buy them at the market, $1.79 for thirty.

I can make three small tacos many ways, but the simplest is with two teaspoons of beans on one tortilla, topped with Trader Joe’s mild pico de gallo salsa and micro greens or arugula or pea sprouts from the garden. Yes, I’m an assembler not a cook. I’m also into keeping life simple. Why bake bread, when there’s a glorious French Bakery down the street? Why mess with masa harina, when Fry’s carries decent, cheap tortillas?

I must tell you about a new thriller released yesterday. Greta Boris’s A Pinch of Gluttony is part of her Seven Deadly Sins Series and its fifth entry. I’m addicted to these novels, like I’m addicted to beans—they’re tasty, surprising, and oh so satisfying. I can’t wait to jump into this book! You can find it at Amazon.

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Happy eating and reading,


About mlknowlden

In 2011, I left engineering to write full-time. Between the years 1992 and 2011, I’ve published 14 stories with Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine that have featured the hypochondriac detective Micky Cardex and two stories that did not. The 1998 story “No, Thank You, John” was nominated for a Shamus award. Many of these stories have been included in anthologies and translated in multiple languages. With Neal Shusterman, I’ve also published a science fiction story for the More Amazing Stories anthology (Tor) published in 1998 and co-authored with Neal Shusterman an X-Files Young Adult novel (DARK MATTER) for HarperCollins in 1999 under the name Easton Royce. For Simon & Schuster in July 2012, we published an e-novella UNSTRUNG in Neal's UNWIND world. I have graduate degrees in English and Electrical Engineering.
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