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.
Confession: I am one of those girls that has to have a flattering lip gloss stored in her purse at all times. I was an avid Bonne Bell fan in middle school—my favorite flavor was Strawberry Banana—and ever since that first lip gloss discovery in the fifth grade, I have taken great pleasure in applying a flattering pink- or red- hued gloss on my lips.
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.
Sautéing foods is the French equivalent of stir-frying - it's a basic technique for quick, easy cooking. You just fast-stir small pieces of food in a little oil over moderately high heat, something all cooks do without thinking, "Oh, I'm sautéing!"