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Lentil and Rhubarb Curry

Lentil and Rhubarb Curry

I love rhubarb but do not have a sweet tooth which is how it is usually employed. I found this delicious and beautiful savory recipe on Scissors and Spice.   1 large sweet potato 1 cup small French or Spanish…

Backyard Rabbit and Artichoke Paella

Backyard Rabbit and Artichoke Paella

This is not one of the easiest recipes to prepare but it is a great one-dish mealand one of my favorite ways to entertain.  Tomorrow I will prepare the dish with chicken instead of rabbit and will cook in on…

Scallops with roasted garlic and toasted almonds

Scallops with roasted garlic and toasted almonds

    On April 6, 1983,  I drove into New York City in my beat-up Ford van with a big Zarela Cetering sign emblazoned on the sides. Because it was a cargo van with no regular seats, my seven-year old…

Poor Man’s Picadillo (Picadillo de Pobre)

Poor Man’s Picadillo (Picadillo de Pobre)

Picadillo de Pobre Poor Man’s Hashed Meat   All Mexicans are familiar with picadillo, which is something like our version of hash but infinitely more versatile.  The most elegant kind, a favorite filling or topping for all kinds of chiles,…

Oaxaca Chorizo (Chorizo Oaxaqueno)

Oaxaca Chorizo (Chorizo Oaxaqueno)

ñññ Photo Laurie Smith (www.lsmithphoto.com) but I don’t remember if the original was vertical which would make a big difference to my comadre. (Recipe:  The Food and Life of Oaxaca, Macmillan 1997) My friend, Pedro Luis de Aguinaga pointed out…

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…

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…