South of the border, Cinco de Mayo is a low-key regional holiday, mainly celebrated in the state of Puebla, where Mexican troops won a morale-boosting victory against the French in 1862. But in the United States, the fifth of May has become something of a cross-cultural phenomenon, a celebration of all things Mexican—especially food.
Spring has finally arrived, and this Northeastern girl is grateful. Four months of winter, with its barren trees, slushy snow on the streets, and lack of flowers in bloom, is more than enough. With the welcome change of seasons, I'm inspired to add a fresh, floral scent to my daily routine. These three intoxicating blends are totally free of synthetic chemicals, made instead of plant extracts, distilled flower essences, and essential oils that smell as fresh as those first few flowers popping up about now.
April, with its mix of showers and sunshine, is the ficklest month. The home cook’s challenge is to come up with different dishes as fast as the weather changes—sturdier ones for chilly nights and lighter fare for early springtime dinners.