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I have been enviously reading the entries in gardening blogs ("Anybody want some zucchini? I've got a bushel of them!") And it's all I can do to keep from begging, "Sure! Give them all to me." My sole little zucchini plant only has a few babies. I will keep my fingers crossed that all the flowers predict a bumper crop a little later in the season -- but time is running out. Luckily, for me, zucchini is readily available at every grocery store and at the Farmer's Market.
Now that the warm weather is here, I think all of us are excited to get outside and socialize again. Sounds like it's cookout time! COVID restrictions are lifting, too, and we can actually gather mask-free with our vaccinated loved ones for joyful get-togethers.
Most of us are cooking at home these days thanks to self-quarantine. And like everyone else who has been to the grocery store lately, I am having a hard time finding some of the foods I usually like to cook. Although grocery stores are scrambling to safely restock and replenish their shelves, these shortages are a reminder to get creative and not to waste a thing.
The New Mexican tradition of preparing mistela as a special beverage for celebrations is not as common as it was hundreds of years ago. Mistela is an alcoholic beverage prepared for Christmas, weddings, funerals and quinceañeras, and as always with family recipes it is made a little differently according to family tradition.