MIAMI, April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cinco de Mayo commemorates the May 5, 1862 Battle of Puebla where the Mexican Army surprisingly defeated French forces. The city of Puebla, about two hours south of Mexico City, is not only where the French were kicked out - it's a place where some fabulous Mexican dishes have kicked in! Puebla is also home to Mexico's famous culinary exports, mole and Chili Rellenos.
Legend has it that visitors surprised two non-cooking nuns from Puebla. They used a molcajete (mortar and pestle) to grind every ingredient they could find - including tomato, chocolate, and Poblano peppers chilies - then simmered the concoction to thicken it. Chicken Mole Poblano is traditionally served on Cinco de Mayo. Chili Rellenos, a stuffed pepper dish, is also made using Puebla's native Poblano chilies.
On Cinco de Mayo, Mexicans around the world celebrate their Mexican ancestry and people of all backgrounds celebrate Latin culture. Latin Americans now number 50.5 million people making Latin celebrations increasingly popular.
To venture beyond burritos and tacos, check out recipes and tutorials from the IMUSA Top Chef Program. This team of professional chefs creates delicious recipes from their own individual Latin country of origin. For a comprehensive website of Latin inspired cooking and housewares, visit: http://www.imusausa.com.
All cooking is easier with the right tools. For Cinco de Mayo consider these a few authentic IMUSA cooking tools.
Tortilla Warmer: Keep your tortillas warm. If you have a Cinco de Mayo party planned, you will need more than one tortilla warmer. If you are serving more than one type of tortilla, get separate tortilla warmers. $9.99. IMUSA available at Amazon.com
Salsa Dish, 10 Ounce: You will find this same style of salsa dish in most Latin dining establishments because it's the real deal. $7.99. Available at Amazon.com
Lemon and Lime Squeezers: A must-have Latin-inspired gadget to add to your kitchen. Lime or Lemon squeezers give you all the juice without the seeds! $4.49 - $5.49. Available at cheflatino.com and other fine retailers.
Molcajete: Hand hewn and made of volcanic stone, this authentic Latin mortar and pestle truly makes moles and guacamoles taste and look better! $39.99. Available at Macy's.
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