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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…

Grilled Octopus (Pulpo a las Brasas)

Grilled Octopus (Pulpo a las Brasas)

      This was the  octopus I made last night.  It looked great but was not perfect. I must admit that my experiment of broiling the octopus instead of grilling as specified in the recipe was not a total…

Shrimp in Garlic Sauce

Shrimp in Garlic Sauce

  Camarones al Ajillo Garlicky Stir-Fried Shrimp   This is an ubiquitous dish in Veracruz and Cuba as well as Spain (where it is called “gambas al ajillo”).  I have eaten and loved many versions, but I think my all-time…

Coconut Shrimp (Camarones con Coco)

Coconut Shrimp (Camarones con Coco)

  This is a takeoff on something that I first encountered at Restaurante Diligencias in Tampico. I fell in love with their spicy version of a salsa verde, served on the side with fried shrimp or baked fillet of fish….

Scallops in Chile-Garlic Sauce (Callos de Hacha al Ajillo)

Scallops in Chile-Garlic Sauce (Callos de Hacha al Ajillo)

    I first tasted this dish with shrimp at the Mexico City outpost of the Veracruz restaurant, Pardiῆos, where they use powdered chicken base instead of salt. I normally would too but did not have any on hand when…

Mexican Seafood Frittata (Torta de Mariscos)

Mexican Seafood Frittata (Torta de Mariscos)

  This would have to be close to the top of any list of classic, peerless, sensational Veracruzan dishes.  You find different versions everywhere, but it belongs mostly to the central southern coasts and waterways  of Sotavento. I call it…

Grill-Smoked Salmon

Grill-Smoked Salmon

    It’s grilling season and this is one of my favorite recipes for summer entertaining.  I serve it on a fish platter whole with the chipotle mayonnaise on the side. The picture shows how the salmon was served at…

Cebiche Don Fernando

Cebiche Don Fernando

It wasn’t until our second to the last day that we were in Peru before I had Peru’s signature dish: cebiche or ceviche but then it was an embarrassment of riches. We  were being treated like royalty  and lavished with…