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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…

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…

Shrimp-  One seafood you can always find

Shrimp- One seafood you can always find

                                                              Camarones al Ajillo I mostly eat fish, whole roasted or steamed, blackened, or dusted with one of my favorite condiments, chile limon, and quickly pan-fried in a tiny bit of oil, but I live in New York City where…

Beets vinaigette (Betabeles en Vinaigreta)

Beets vinaigette (Betabeles en Vinaigreta)

  This is one of the most flavorful and beautiful salads imaginable if you follow a few guidelines. First of all, it is important to oven-roast the beets for maximum sweetness. The will never be the same if boiled.  The…

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…

Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce (albondigas en salsa de chipotle)

Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce (albondigas en salsa de chipotle)

Forget Swdish meatballs! These spicy, smoky meatballs are always a favorite when I cater a party.I served them at the Donaldson Adoption Institute benefit and several people asked for the recipe.  Here it is! Chipotle chiles are one of my…

Itanoni Restaurant -Corn Dishes in Oaxaca

Itanoni Restaurant -Corn Dishes in Oaxaca

  Lazaro Azar, music critic for the Reforma newspaper came in from Mexico City with a twinkle in his eye.  He had a big surprise for me.  Knowing that I am passionate about  corn and that the purpose of my…

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…