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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…

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,…

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…

Chicken in Almond Sauce (Almendrado de Pollo)

Chicken in Almond Sauce (Almendrado de Pollo)

This chicken in almond sauce was the first dish I ever ate in Oaxaca, at a little stand in the Mercado 20 de noviembre in Oaxaca City.  It was the start of my love affair with Oaxacan food.  The sauce…

What to Eat When It’s Too Hot to Cook, Part 1

What to Eat When It’s Too Hot to Cook, Part 1

Though this summer in New York has been relatively mild, the humidity can make cooking less fun and , on days when the thermometer is supposed to hit the mid-90’s, the thought of turning on the stove , much less…

Mi Papi -José Martínez Solano

Mi Papi -José Martínez Solano

  There is no greater sin than to not develop your talents, my father José Martínez Solano   Today my father would have been 104 years old. I want to celebrate mi Papi.  Up until the time of her death…

Squash Blossoms Ten Ways More or Less

Squash Blossoms Ten Ways More or Less

Photo by Laurie Smith http:// www.lauriessmithphoto.com A few years ago I wrote an article 19 Ways to Cook Squash Blossoms but I only included one semi-complete recipe. The other day my friend, Thomas Andres, an expert on squashes (Cucuburitas) somehow…

My Mexican Grilled Dishes

My Mexican Grilled Dishes

    The thing that miss the most of my old house with it’s wonderful garden is being able to grill. Mexican food is historically very tied to the grill and cooking over an open fire.  I used to stick…

Mother’s Day – El Dia de las Madres

Mother’s Day – El Dia de las Madres

When I had the website redesigned and relaunched it, I decided that it would fulfill the promise of being a resource “for lovers of Mexican food and culture” and exemplify the meaning of my tagline: “Alone one cannot share life.” …