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Mexican Vegetable Fritters, Brocolli and Cauliflower

Mexican Vegetable Fritters, Brocolli and Cauliflower

People loved the brocolli cakes at Zarela.  Here are two more fritters or “patties.” Broccoli Fritters “Tortita” is another of those culinary terms that are clear as a bell to any Mexican but can send other people into fits of…

Drunken Chicken ( Pollo Borracho)

Drunken Chicken ( Pollo Borracho)

  Question: I have been looking for a recipe I saw on TV years ago in the San Francisco area(PBS?). I think it is yours. This is another recipe from our neighbors, the Chavez family. They owned a still (“La…

Seasoning a Clay Comal

Seasoning a Clay Comal

Can you tell me where to buy a clay comal? I bought one in Santa Fe several years ago, used it happily until my daughter-in-law put it on a very hot burner and it cracked.

Vampiros y Sangrita

Vampiros y Sangrita

Someone just asked me for a recipe for sangrita (originally named sangrita de la viuda–widow’s blood), a chaser that is served with tequila.  We make a big amount and add tequila to make a drink called vampiro. VAMPIRO For long…

Octopus Carpaccio  How to make

Octopus Carpaccio How to make

  I learned a fascinating thing today. I’ve been wanting to make an octopus carpaccio with a black olive sauce I once had from a Peruvian chef at a conference but could not figure out how to slice the octopus…

Black beans Oaxaca-style

Question: hello, my husband & i were in new york this weekend and ate at your wonderful restaurant.  we ordered a side dish of black beans and i am wondering if it would be possible to get your recipe –…

Recipe Search:  HELP!!!

Recipe Search: HELP!!!

RECIPE SEARCH..HELP !!!! Hello, Zarela – I think this recipe was taken off the Internet,before you published your cookbooks(?) It consisted of mashed potatoes mixed with other ingredients, including pickled onions. After all these years, I cannot find my copy…

The Mexican Eagle -El Aguila Real

The Mexican Eagle -El Aguila Real

My friend Fulvio Eccardi had been talking to me about a project  he has been working on for at least two years that involved the aguila real or golden eagle of Mexico. This year being the Bicentennial of Mexico, I…

What is the best sauce for a barbacoa?

What is the best sauce for a barbacoa?

  Photo by Laurie Smith A reader asks in Spanish cual es la mejor salsa para una barbacoa casera?  (What is the best sauce for a home-made barbacoa (slow-cooked marinated meat usually cooked in a hole in the ground?) There…

Two Fishy Questions

Two Fishy Questions

I was getting sa little worried, we have a lot of visitors to the site but few people ask questions. Maybe they don’t want to register but we need to do that for security reasons. But here are two good questions,