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ALBÓNDIGAS EN SALSA CHIPOTLE

Albóndigas are a simple comfort food, easy to make and even easier to eat. I always serve these Mexican meatballs in a tomato chipotle sauce. Some people like to make their albóndigas bigger so they can accommodate a whole egg filling on the inside. My husband only likes them without egg, so I finally learned this recipe from our family friend, Esmeralda. It’s a simple but traditional Mexican dish sure to please the whole family.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of speaking at the Blogalicious Weekend conference at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach in Florida. I had an absolutely incredible time and was inspired by so many of the women I met.

A classic recipe for albóndigas al chipotle, a Mexican meatball dish with a tomato-chipotle sauce. Get the #recipe on theothersideofthetortilla.com.

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The kind folks at Kenmore hosted a pop-up kitchen at the conference and invited me several weeks ago to do a cooking demo using their kitchen. There was one challenge: I had to choose a recipe that could be made only using small appliances.

I thought for several days about what I could make with only access to a blender, a convection toaster oven, a toaster, a stand mixer, an induction pad, a food processor, a coffee maker or teakettle and a slow cooker. It was a tough decision because I really wanted to make rajas con crema, but without a sink and an oven, I didn’t think I could pull it off.

A few weekends ago, my mom was foraging through my refrigerator looking for a snack and I ended up giving her some albóndigas (meatballs) over rice. She loved them so much that she gobbled up the last of what little was left in a Tupperware from a few nights before.

The next day at 7 a.m. – a Sunday – my mom called to tell me she’d been up all night thinking about albóndigas and that she needed my recipe so she could make them herself that day. Seldom in my life has my mom, who is an amazing cook, called me for a recipe – it’s always me calling her. That’s when I decided if they were good enough for mom to call me at 7 a.m. on a Sunday and risk waking me up on the one day a week that I like to sleep in, then the Blogalicious crowd would surely love this recipe, too. If you weren’t able to see it live in Miami, check out the video below of the cooking demo from start to finish.

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Here you’ll find a list of media mentions and appearances in chronological order with most recent mentions and events at the top.

*2011 and 2012 under construction*

NOVEMBER 2010

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OCTOBER 2010

  • Maura spoke at the Blogalicious 2010 Conferenceat the Ritz Carlton South Beach in Miami, Fla. on October 8, 2010 and hosted a cooking demo with the Kenmore pop-up kitchen.On a panel sponsored by Que Rica Vida and LATISM and moderated by Kety Esquivel (VP-Digital Influence at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide), Maura spoke at Blogalicious ’10 about Latinas and Social Media.
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2010

  • The Other Side of The Tortilla was featured in an article on social networking in the July/August 2010 issue of El Restaurante Mexicano, the only bilingual magazine in the U.S. for Mexican, Tex-Mex, Southwestern and Latino restaurants nationwide.

The Other Side of The Tortilla was featured on the “Freshly Pressed” WordPress.com blog on August 10 and 11, 2010. We were featured in the Culture section. To read the featured post, check out Regalos de boda y aniversarios.
The Other Side of The Tortilla was featured on SpanglishBaby.com in “5 Latin Food Blogs That Fuel Our Traditions” in April 2010. I also authored a guest article for them in March 2010, titled “The Food That Binds.”

2009

  • Popular food blogger/journalist and cookbook author Lisa Fain of the Homesick Texan adapted one of my recipes for her Serious Eats: Serious Salsa series that ran in the summer of 2009.

FAQ

CAN I REPOST YOUR WORK ON MY SITE OR WOULD YOU DO A GUEST POST?
You MAY NOT repost, reproduce or use my work in ANY way without my prior written consent and without attribution. I have a Creative Commons license that states that you may not use my work for commercial purposes or financial gain and that you may not alter, transform or build upon my work. Please be advised, all content on The Other Side of The Tortilla is copyrighted. Online reprints without authorization are defended under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

I occasionally agree to do guest posts. You may also hire me as a freelance writer.

DO YOU HAVE A MOBILE-FRIENDLY VERSION OF YOUR SITE?
As part of the Tortilla’s birthday facelift, there’s now a mobile version! Based on feedback from frequent readers and web traffic analysis, as of August 2010, we’ve implemented an iPhone application-style theme plugin, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from an iPhone, iPod touch, Android, Opera Mini, Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm mobile devices so you can get your Tortilla to go.

WHAT KIND OF CAMERAS DO YOU SHOOT WITH?
Most often, I use a Canon 40D or 50D. They are DSLR cameras. When I travel, I tend to use a Canon D10 because of it’s durability, compact size and ability to perform in high humidity and wet or underwater situations.

WHAT KIND OF LENSES DO YOU USE MOST OFTEN?
I like shooting food with my 28-135mm and 50mm lenses. For landscapes, I like using my 28mm prime lens or my 10-17mm fisheye lens. I’d love to have a 24-70mm lens, but unless I strike it rich with a lottery ticket, I’ll have to save my pennies!

WHAT KIND OF LIGHT DO YOU USE?
I use natural light, most often from my east-facing kitchen window.


WHY DON’T YOU POST FISH OR SHELLFISH RECIPES?

I’m allergic to all fish and shellfish (whether I touch it or ingest it makes little difference) and therefore don’t cook those things in my kitchen. In the future, it’s possible that José will guest-post some of his recipes which I’ll photograph, but for now, I’m sticking to recommending well-respected cookbooks in both English and Spanish for my fish and shellfish-loving friends.


CAN YOU RECOMMEND SOME GOOD MARIACHI MUSIC?

¡Claro que si! My favorite group is Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and they’re considered by many to be the greatest mariachi in the world. If you’re looking for an introduction to classic mariachi music including some of the most popular songs, I recommend their Las Numero 1 del Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán album which includes 40 songs.


HAVEN’T I SEEN YOUR BLOG ON “FRESHLY PRESSED” BEFORE?

Why, yes! You have!

The Other Side of The Tortilla was featured on the “Freshly Pressed” WordPress.com blog on August 10 & 11, 2010. We were featured in the Culture section.

Here’s a screen shot of what it looked like.

WHERE ELSE MIGHT I KNOW YOU FROM?
You might have seen me featured on SpanglishBaby.com.

In March 2010, I wrote a guest post for them on “The Food That Binds.” I was also featured in their “5 Latin Food Blogs That Fuel Our Traditions” in April 2010.


DO YOU DO SPONSORED POSTS ON YOUR BLOG?

Yes. In the interest of full disclosure, I have a blog category called “Sponsored” so that any post that I received compensation for is tagged under that category. Additionally, to comply with FTC blogging disclosure rules, you may see disclosures on the bottom of individual posts noting whether I received free samples, products to cook with, all-expense-paid travel, etc. Any specific brand items that I write about here and recommend to my readers that are not listed under the “Sponsored” category are merely brands that I’ve discovered on my own, prefer to keep in my home and that I purchase with my own money. I have received no compensation to recommend them here. I am open to receiving samples of Mexican cooking ingredients, cookbooks or cooking tools if you fit my niche, but I do not accept any old random samples for review. Products will only be considered if they fit into the confines of what I write about here: Mexican food, culture and travel. If I choose to accept a sample, that doesn’t guarantee I’ll write about it. My promise to the reader: I will never tell you to buy a product that I received a review sample of if I don’t truly like it and I’ll always disclose if I received a free sample. Please contact me with further questions if you want to send me samples.

WHAT BRANDS HAVE YOU WORKED WITH?
I have an ongoing relationship with Kenmore and the Mexico Tourism Board as an ambassador to the Mexico Today program. I’ve also worked with brands such as Sprint, McDonald’s and Mizkan, to name a few. I also work with Latina Bloggers Connect to match up with brands that mesh with my mission, vision and values.

DO YOU MODERATE YOUR COMMENTS?
Yes. But only for first timers to make sure you’re not spam. Once you’ve had one comment approved, you’re free to comment without having me approve them first. That being said, I do read all comments posted and reserve the right to remove any item that I deem inappropriate or hurtful at any time.

CAN I SEE MORE OF YOUR WEDDING PHOTOS?
If I had 12 pesos for every time somebody asked me that… I usually blog about wedding photos on our wedding anniversary, which is August 9.

ABOUT

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TORTILLA is a Mexican cooking, culture and travel blog showcasing the original writing and photography of Maura Wall Hernandez. The name of the blog is based on the idea that you may have eaten something a thousand times, but if you just look at it in a different way—ingredient by ingredient—you’ll notice something new about it that you didn’t see before. There’s something to be said for tried-and-true traditional cooking, and this blog is Maura’s journey to reconstruct family recipes as well as those learned from family friends and Spanish-language cookbooks, and to share the methods used to prepare traditional Mexican cuisine. Sometimes we share modern Mexican recipes. We often travel and share our experiences, and we’re always looking to find a piece of Mexico in the city we call home.

The Other Side of The Tortilla is a PR and brand-friendly site. We’ve worked with brands such as Avocados from Mexico, The California Milk Advisory Board, McCormick Spices, Kenmore, Mizkan, the Mexico Tourism Board, and others to develop recipes, host and attend events and more. Please visit the sponsored category to see more examples of the brands we’ve worked with. To contact us about opportunities to work together, please email maura@theothersideofthetortilla.com.

The Other Side of The Tortilla was named Best Latin@ Food Blog at the 2011 LATISM national conference and Maura was one of 16 bloggers chosen in North America to serve as a Mexico Today ambassador, an award-winning campaign from the Mexico Tourism Board and Marca País-Imagen de México.

Maura Wall Hernandez, Author of The Other Side of The TortillaABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maura Wall Hernandez is a Los Angeles-based journalist and a native of Chicago. You can find her tweeting about Mexico, food, travel, journalism, photography and more @MauraHernandez and sharing photos on Instagram @MauraHernandez. Her work has appeared in a number of publications and online, and she has held editorial staff positions at the Chicago Tribune, Café Magazine, Advertising Age and Crain’s Chicago Business over the last decade. She has also taught journalism as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago‘s School of Media Arts. This site includes the personal opinions of Maura Wall Hernandez and does not reflect the opinions of her current employer.

Maura holds a B.A. in English and Journalism from Miami University and an M.A. in Public Affairs Journalism from Columbia College Chicago. She is the immediate past president of the Association for Women Journalists.

OUR STORY: In 2008, Maura and José got married, and Maura gained a big extended family in Mexico. Over the better part of the last decade, Maura and José have spent a lot of time in Mexico City visiting relatives and enjoying the culinary and cultural offerings of the city where José grew up, as well as traveling around Mexico together.

our wedding in los cabos, august 2008

The legal and copyright mumbo-jumbo: All the photos on this site are copyright Maura Wall Hernandez and may not be used or reproduced without permission. All food and travel photos are originals unless otherwise noted. The writing that appears on this blog is Maura’s original writing unless otherwise noted, and is often edited by José. The text from this site also may not be used, copied or reproduced in any way without prior express written consent.

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