By way of a very interesting article in the NY Times last week about Mexican home cooking I found a nice website that offers a lot of the products that are necessary for preparing the sauces and moles mentioned in that article. The website is: MEXGROCER.COM. It's a fun site to explore and the prices seem fair (offering a wide selection of merchandise featuring the Virgin of Guadaloupe, including a large purse, which I'm thinking about purchasing).
But, what I'm really after are ingredients that will make my Mexican cooking, especially moles and sauces, easier and more authentic. It's just that I wish I knew more about what it was I really needed to buy, and what are the best brands versus the not so good brands. I think that NYT article mentioned Dona Maria was a really good brand. I'm very interested in learning to make simplified moles and sauces, such as mole poblano and adobo sauce (not strictly Mex. but in the ballpark). I have Diana Kennedy's "Art of Mexican Cooking."
So, if any chowhounds with experience in navigating the necessary ingredients/brands for taking an Anglo one step beyond in the Mexican cooking universe could check out the MEXGROCER.COM site and organize a shopping list for me, I'd be very grateful.
If you know of other good websites featuring similar products I'd be grateful if you could share them with me. I do know about TIENDA.COM another wonderful source for Latino ingredients.
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