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Meat Loaf – Pastel de Carne del Istmo

Meat Loaf – Pastel de Carne del Istmo

Photograph www.michaelsofronski.com   It’s too bad that Frank Bruni discover this recipe for this marvelous meatloaf before  publishing his book on the subject. No one can say that this meat loaf is boring!  It absolutely explodes with intense flavors, including…

Braised Pork with Sauerkraut

Braised Pork with Sauerkraut

Pork with sauerkraut -not photogenic but delicious. For many years we spent Christmas Day with the Gitlers: Painter-Sculptor Maryjo Schwalbach, jazz critic and author Ira Gitler and their son, now well-known art director Fitz. She always served braised pork  with…

Stuffed Baby Eggplant

Stuffed Baby Eggplant

    For maybe two or three years, I’d often think of some delicious baby eggplants stuffed with a mixture of pomegranate, lots of garlic, walnuts, and cilantro, then marinated in olive oil that one of my  favorite aunts, tia…

The “Seven” Moles of Oaxaca

The “Seven” Moles of Oaxaca

  Photo Laurie Smith many, many years ago! www.lauriesmithphoto.com i like  to describe mole (pronounced mohleh not mohlay) as a main dish sauce because the sauce is the dish. In pre-Hispanic times moles were served with great ceremony.  According to…

Pork with Pumpkin Sauce (Puerco con Calabaza)

Pork with Pumpkin Sauce (Puerco con Calabaza)

  Recipe and photo Zarela’s Veracruz, Houghton Mifflin, 2001, Ohoto by Pedro de Aguinaga   Pumpkin-meat combinations are a hallmark of the Afro-Caribbean heritage of Veracruz.  The tradition is being upheld by Santiago Careaga and his wife, Elena, of Tamiahua,…

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…

Backyard Rabbit and Artichoke Paella

Backyard Rabbit and Artichoke Paella

This is not one of the easiest recipes to prepare but it is one of my favorite waysto entertain and is a great Father’s Day dish if you live in a place where you can barbeque.  The recipe by Jeff…

Mexican Food: Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Ajijic, Jalisco

Mexican Food: Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque, Ajijic, Jalisco

The greatest and most unexpected surprise I have had on this trip is that I  have discovered some modern Mexican food that is exciting and innovative yet real and  flavorful, unlike the precious, contrived , forgettable dishes I’ve had at…

Tablecloth Stainer Sauce (Manchamanteles)

Tablecloth Stainer Sauce (Manchamanteles)

                                                                                                                     Photo by Michael Sofronski.www.michaelsofronski.com. This is the first homemade main-dish sauce that I ever ate from the southern Mexico state of Chiapas. It changed my whole perception of Mexican food. I was amazed at the combination of flavors–rich, tart,…

An open thank you note for a warm welcome

An open thank you note for a warm welcome

  I’ve been to Mexico City dozens of times and somehow feel that my work and me are not well known in my native country and vice versa.  I don’t know who is working on or with what in the…