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myMEGusta

Named for things that please me (“me gusta” in Spanish) and rhymes with balabusta (Yiddish for “good homemaker”).

Crying for the Blues!

Blue Corn Tortilla Chips!

Blue Corn Tortilla Chips!

One of the first foods to be banished from my home, and it stays in perdition, was blue corn tortilla chips.

Because they are funny looking? Or taste bad?

Au contraire, because they are one of the most irresistible foods in the universe, and the bag would be gone within hours, even if it were intended for guests.

But, other forms of this wonderful crop are more than welcome, and  myMEGusta loves to indulge in blue corn delicacies and seeks them out wherever she finds them.  (Is it true that a blue corn chip eaten in someone else’s house has no calories or fat?)

Touted as being healthier than regular corn, with wise dissenters pointing out that there are much more efficient ways than carb loading to get an insignificantly higher level of vitamins and protein, blue corn is just plain delicious.

Blue Corn Tortillas

Blue Corn Tortillas

Blue Cornmeal

Blue Cornmeal

Blue corn meal can be substituted for regular masa in Latino/Southwestern preparations, but handles differently and can be challenging (but not impossible) when making tortillas (mixing in some regular flour or cornmeal helps).

Blue Cornmeal Pancakes with Pinola Nuts

Blue Cornmeal Pancakes with Pinola Nuts

A visit to Santa Fe is not complete without a breakfast or two of blue corn pancakes, most recently tracked down at the coffee shop on the main square (there’s only one, you cannot miss it).

Fresh blue corn is available in farmers markets in Peru, as evidenced on a recent visit to Cuzco, Peru.

Fresh Blue Corn

Fresh Blue Corn

It showed up as a sorbet, both at an otherwise non-descript airport hotel and as a garnish to a passion fruit tart at one of Lima’s top restaurants.

Passion Fruit Tart with Blue Corn Sorbet

Passion Fruit Tart with Blue Corn Sorbet

Blue Corn Sorbet

Blue Corn Sorbet

Want a taste of something sweet made from blue corn?

Blue Maize Soda

Blue Maize Soda

Don’t hop a plane, simply locate the Peruvian section in your local Latino market and look for a can of Blue Maize soda!

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2 thoughts on “Crying for the Blues!

  1. Interesting. Blue corn sorbet, was it gritty?

  2. It had a little texture to it, but not so much as to be gritty. Delicious, by the way!

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