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4 easy dishes to make with tomatillos, plus a trick for getting those sticky husks off

Alligators, Chinese bamboo pit vipers, tomatillos, frogs with sling shots. All of them green. Only three of them dangerous. And while I'd love to pass an idle hour regaling you with harrowing yarns of brushes with cruel death, I guess I'll write about tomatillos instead.


Tomatillos (TOH-muh-TEE-yos) are inexpensive, easy to use, tasty, good for you and, best of all, safe to use around small children.

Unlike Chinese bamboo pit vipers.


Tomatillos, in case you've just returned from a decadeslong deployment at a CIA safe house in Smolensk, are like small, green, gift-wrapped tomatoes. With their wrinkled, papery husks, I think they look more like a drawing of a vegetable than an actual vegetable. And,

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