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Soup-Stew with Vegetables and Herbs- Tesmole Verde

Soup-Stew with Vegetables and Herbs- Tesmole Verde

  Outtake of Tesmole Verde by Laurie Smith (www.lauriesmithophotos.com) who will probably chastise me!   The state of Veracruz has a rich variety of soup stew with vegetables and herb.  They with similar names such as tesmole, chilpachole, chileatole.  What…

Lard? Yes! Praise the Lard

Lard? Yes! Praise the Lard

  It was 1991. Ruth Reichl, was the editor of the Los Angeles Times food section, and she was changing the culinary scene, mostly subtly but with a wake up bang directed  at others.  When she asked me to write…

Summer Mexican Vegetable dishes: Eggplant Veracruzana

Summer Mexican Vegetable dishes: Eggplant Veracruzana

I   love this time of year when the green market is brimming  with  a wide assortment of produce that inspired this summer Mexican  vegetable dishes. I made my Veracruzana sauce which is at its best when tomatoes are sun-ripened…

Crabs in Garlic Sauce (Jaibas en Mojo de Ajo)

Crabs in Garlic Sauce (Jaibas en Mojo de Ajo)

  I had this vibrant dish of crabs in garlic sauce at El Quelite in Misantla.  You will note that it has  mighty quantities of garlic but this time I puree it, instead of using it whole or thickly sliced…

Catalan-lamb-and-bean-cassoulet

Catalan-lamb-and-bean-cassoulet

  Catalán Lamb with Beans This Catalan lamb with beans Cassoulet is not an easy recipe to make but, if you’re stuck at home in a blizzard or want to honor your friends by preparing a complicated and delicious dish,…

Pilaf-Style fidellini (Sopa Seca de Fideo)

Pilaf-Style fidellini (Sopa Seca de Fideo)

If there is one dish that is my Madeleine this is it.  It takes me back to my childhood.  It is my comfort food and, by extension, that of my children.   1    large tomato 1    large jalapeño chile (or…

Spicy Vanilla Chicken

Spicy Vanilla Chicken

Photo by Cathy Gigante Brown This vanilla chicken recipe is surprisingly easy to make and luscious.  It hails from Papantla, in northern Veracruz, where vanilla was discovered. This has become one of my favorite buffet party dishes by adapting the…

Cheese and Potato Chowder (Caldo de Queso)

Cheese and Potato Chowder (Caldo de Queso)

This cheese and potato chowder is a specialty of the state of Sonora but can also be found in other states in northern Mexico.  My mother’s version from her book, Mexican Family Cooking (Ballantine 1987)is perfect. I made it last…

Anaheim Chiles – 4 recipes

Anaheim Chiles – 4 recipes

If you live in the American Southwest, the smell of roasting Hatch green chiles fills the air for miles at this time of the year.  It triggers the memory of meals cooked  with my mother on the huge wood stove…

Griddle-roasting Chiles and Vegetables

Griddle-roasting Chiles and Vegetables

Photo by Laurie Smith www.lauriesmithphoto.com Griddle roasting chiles and vegetables is both a flavor principle and an essential technique for achieving true Mexican flavor.  It aids in removing the peel and adds a haunting smoky flavor.   Don’t be tempted…