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Ingredients

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…

Mexican Pumpkin Recipes

Mexican Pumpkin Recipes

This pork in pumpkin sauce is one of my absolute favorites.  The sauce can be served as a soup or as a pasta sauce even. I’ve served it with pumpkin agnolotti. Pork with Mashed Pumpkin (Puerco con Calabaza)   2…

“Tamale Pie”-Tamal de Cazuela

“Tamale Pie”-Tamal de Cazuela

Photo by Norma Angelica Lujan I was feeling a little blue last night, though professionally, I am flying , so at 10PM,  I decided to ge into my cure-all kitchen to make tamal de cazuela, the original tamale pie. It…

Huitlacoche Soup (Caldo de Huitlacoche)

Huitlacoche Soup (Caldo de Huitlacoche)

MEXICO CITY/CENTRAL MEXICO CALDO DE HUITLACOCHE (Huitlacoche Soup)   3 tablespoons lard or vegetable oil Lmedium onion sliced in thin half-moons (about l cup) 2 medium cloves garlic, minced 3 poblano, Anaheim, or California long green chiles, roasted, peeled, and…

Cooking with Salsa – Three Recipes

Cooking with Salsa – Three Recipes

If you have ever been to one of my cooking classes, you know that I like to work with building blocks.  In other words, I take a basic recipe , such as salsa or pico de gallo, and use it…

Slow-cooked Pork Yucatan-Style ( Cochinita Pibil)

Slow-cooked Pork Yucatan-Style ( Cochinita Pibil)

This is THE classic Yucatan peninsula dish. Of course it would not be prepared like this.  Rather, it is wrapped in many layers of banana leaves and slow-cooked in a pib, a pit or hole in the ground, that is…

Creamy Rice Casserole-Arroz con Crema

Creamy Rice Casserole-Arroz con Crema

Every time the Food Networks runs the segment on The Best Thing I Ever Ate where my son Aaron Sanchez says his favorite dish is my creamy rice, I get dozens of emails asking for the recipe.  I always refer…

Ranch style Shrimp

Ranch style Shrimp

1 teaspoon whole cumin seed 1 teaspoon  anise seed 1 teaspoon  crushed black pepper 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon  oregano 1 1/2 cups Pico de Gallo Norteño (see recipe) 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1 lb. peeled medium…

Sugar Snap peas cooked with salsa

Sugar Snap peas cooked with salsa

    This is another dish well remembered from childhood — we ate a lot of good vegetable dishes at the ranch! The beans must be tossed very quickly with the sauce   It’s a good way of using leftover Pico…

Scrambled Eggs with Salsa (Huevos a la Mexicana)

Scrambled Eggs with Salsa (Huevos a la Mexicana)

I have never cared much for eggs, and when I was a child this was the only form in which my mother could get me to swallow them.  Here the salsa is made fresh for the dish, but you can…