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At the Table with…Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

Biggest food indulgence: 

Tortilla chips. They are so addicting and as the saying goes, I can’t have just one.

Favorite vegetable: 

I was going to say avocado, but avocados are actually a fruit. So I’ll have to say corn. I love summer and grilled corn on the cob.

Best food memory: 

Everyday afterschool I’d run to grandma’s house and watch her make homemade flour tortillas. Sometimes she would give me a small ball of dough and I’d roll out my own tortilla. Mine was always shaped like an oval; never perfectly round like grandma’s. My favorite way to eat a fresh warm tortilla is with a dollop of salsa casera, lightly salted, and rolled into one perfect spicy burrito.

Ideal breakfast, lunch and dinner: 

Breakfast: Chilaquiles Rojos

Lunch: A simple quesadilla made with Oaxaca or Asadero cheese and corn tortillas

Dinner: Enchiladas Verdes

Favorite Latin cocktail: 

I’m a sucker for a perfectly muddled mojito.

Favorite kitchen gadget: 

Cast iron lime squeezer.

Perfect song to cook to: 

I usually listen to 80’s or Latin pop, but if my kids are cooking with me then we are cooking and dancing to Top 40 music.

Most adventurous food you eat: 

I live in Colorado and game meat is quite popular here. I would say yak is the "strangest". It’s exotic, delicious, and lighter tasting than beef.

Favorite fusion: 

Korean BBQ and fresh Mexican flavors.

Tip for at-home cooks:

Take the time to actually read recipes through before you begin.                               

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At the Table with Chef Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack


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