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A ONCE A YEAR DISH, MOLE DE CADERAS

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Halloween isn’t the only holiday in October. The third Thursday of the month, October 20 this year, is a major festival in Mexico climaxed by preparation of a special dish, mole de caderas (above).

The place to celebrate and to eat this mole is Tehuacán, Puebla. There, the October festival centers around the ritual slaughtering of goats, raised on a special diet to produce extra tasty meat.

Caderas means hips, the bony part that is used for the mole. Once, this was the only meat the poor could afford, and so the dish was called mole de los pobres (mole of the poor). Then the upperclass got a taste and now everyone enjoys it.


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