Thanksgiving Spice - Chef Camerino Torres
LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA, PALM SPRINGS
TOSTADITAS DE GUACAMOLE - CHEF CAMERINO TORRES, LAS CASUELAS TERRAZA, PALM SPRINGS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TAYLOR SHERRILL
What better way to celebrate our country’s rich culture than by fusing a traditional American holiday with flavors from other countries?
Promising a new world where people could live free, America became a melting pot of cultures ever since the Mayflower landed in Plymouth, Mass. The “land of opportunity” fuses more ethnic flavors than any other country in the world.
Throughout the centuries, as people continued to emigrate from every continent in the world, many adopted the “American” way of doing things. However, certain ethnic customs and influences have thankfully simmered through, mixing and mingling in the most delightful ways, especially in the area of gastronomy.
CHEF CAMERINO TORRES
Hot peppers, chili, cilantro, avocados, tomatoes, and chocolate bring a distinctive Mexican flair to Camerino Torres’ Thanksgiving meals.
“I feel so proud when I prepare traditional Mexican food,” Torres says. “Since the preparation can take a long time, the celebration and joy in eating it with family and friends gives me great pleasure.”
Torres’ first Thanksgiving when he moved to the desert 24 years ago comprised traditional American fare: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, and pies. “Once I married, with a family of my own, the holiday became more meaningful to me as a family celebration,” he says. “Making different types of Mexican recipes for this meal has always been a passion.
“For Thanksgiving, my family loves having turkey with mole sauce,” Torres says.
“It enhances the meat’s flavor to perfection. We serve that dish with a Spanish rice and, mmm, deliciosa y riquisima!”
In 2005, all of his brothers and sisters visited from Mexico to celebrate the holiday together. “We had so much fun,” Torres says. “When you gather from different parts, coming together to share that particular family meal, it just makes it all the more special.”
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Las Casuelas Terraza
222 S Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262-6312