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Ratha Tep
July 01, 2008

“Masa is the superstaple in Latin cooking,” says Michael Cordúa of Churrascos in Houston. The main ingredient in tortillas, masa is traditionally made by boiling corn with lime and grinding it. Cordúa’s quick fix: Maseca instant masa ($6 for 4.4 lbs; mexgrocer.com).

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