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Appetizers

Spiced Fish Hash from Veracruz (Minilla)

Spiced Fish Hash from Veracruz (Minilla)

Photo by Joaquin Martinez For some strange reason until very recently people did not associate fish dishes with Mexican food. Nothing could be further from the truth. Except for the north,  the whole country is surrounded by water but it…

Shredded Beef Salad with Chipotle Dressing

Shredded Beef Salad with Chipotle Dressing

SALPICON DE RES   Shredded Beef Salad     Salpicon is not exactly a precise term. Depending on the context, it can refer to different kinds of hash or salad. In the Ciudad Juarez-El Paso border area where I began…

Chilaquiles (Tortilla Casserole)

Chilaquiles (Tortilla Casserole)

Photo by Michael Sofronski , www.michaelsofronski.com   In Mexico, chilaquiles are eaten for breakfast. I used to make them as a brunch dish at home. But at Zarela, they became our most popular luncheon and dinner appetizer, which I suppose…

Shrimp Salad (Ensalada de Camaron)

Shrimp Salad (Ensalada de Camaron)

Photo by Sophia Villarreal This recipe hails from Veracruz and is quick, easy, light and versatile. Ensalada de Camarón Shrimp Salad     In dishes like this garnished with raw onion, I really value the freshness of Mexican onions,     Use…

Superbowl Super Dishes

Superbowl Super Dishes

I’ve read and heard that guacamole is now the most popular Super Bowl dish and you can learn to make it by watching my video, but I am sure  that’s only because they haven’t tasted my queso fundido with home-made…

Salpicon de Huachinango

Salpicon de Huachinango

.   This recipe has become my signature dish, but actually I adapted it from one of the dishes my mother found when everyone was passing recipes on to me in El Paso. It was originally done with crab, but…

Crimped Corn Tartlets (Picadas)

Crimped Corn Tartlets (Picadas)

  “Picada”, literally “pinked” or “pricked”, refers to the way you’re supposed to crimp up the edges of a small tortilla so as to form a shallow tartlet shell for spreading with a few simple toppings and serving as either…

Giant Shrimp with Rosemary (Camarones con Romero)

Giant Shrimp with Rosemary (Camarones con Romero)

  This dish is not originally Mexican.  In fact, I first tasted something similar at Joel Robuchon’s restaurant in Paris and quickly adapted it to serve at a fancy party.  It is delicious, beautiful, light, easy and fun to eat…