Feb 25 - Mar 3, 2010 

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Utensil Disfunction

By Ari LeVaux

I am confused about which type of utensil to use while cooking. I have heard that plastics can leach cancer-causing chemicals into foods and liquids when heated and cooled. I have also heard that wood cannot be sterilized because it is porous. I know that metal can scratch up and ruin pots and pans. Where does that leave me when reaching for a spatula, ladle or spoon? Any suggestions?

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The   tripitas  , served with with grilled green onions and jalapeño peppers, become increasingly crispy as they cook.
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Restaurant Review

Rio Grande Tacos y Salsas

Don’t fear the tripitas

By Ari LeVaux

Although “Salsa” is part of its name, the menu at Rio Grande Tacos y Salsas doesn’t once mention that word. Yet the salsa flows, starting with your welcome basket of chips and continuing throughout your meal with as many refills you ask for. Each time, the salsa is different. Sometimes it’s a tomato-y red, sometimes a green chile, and sometimes the waitress brings both.

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