"Alone one cannot share life"

Recipes

Chiles en Nogada

Chiles en Nogada

  Photograph Pedro Luis de Aguinaga I just bought my first pomegranates of the year so it’s time to trot out my fabulous recipe for chile en nogada which I will be serving for my dinner tonight. There is no…

Frijoles Charros

Frijoles Charros

  A favorite Sunday afternoon activity in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, is to go out to the outskirts of the city and eat tacos al carbon. They are sold in small but very clean stands. The…

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

  I’ve been making this sweet potato casserole since I arrived in New York in 1983 when a friend brought the sweet potato casserole and it is always on my Thanksgiving menu.  But a little about Alx: If a Nordic…

Mexican Pumpkin Recipes

Mexican Pumpkin Recipes

This pork is one of my absolute favorite Mexican pumpkin recipes.  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…

Cauliflower Three ways

Cauliflower Three ways

For years, every spring, summer and fall I’ve made my weekly pilgrimage to the Union Square Green Market to buy the freshest vegetables grown by local farmers  in season.  All winter we have been limited to root vegetables  and other…

Masa: How to Make

Masa: How to Make

Photo: Laurie Smith, www.lauriesmithphoto.com   Many centuries ago Mexican cooks discovered that as good as corn is when eaten fresh or dried, it takes on an exciting new identity when treated with a solution of wood ashes, burnt seashells, or…

Bread for the Days of the Dead-Pan Resobado

Bread for the Days of the Dead-Pan Resobado

  This is typical of the sweet yeast breads that are made in the Valley of Oaxaca for the Days of the Dead, November 1 and 2.  Gabriel Cruz Aguilar, a master baker in the town of San Antonino in…

Layered Crepe Dish with Ham & Spinach/ Sopa de Crepas

Layered Crepe Dish with Ham & Spinach/ Sopa de Crepas

    I just got back from a trip to Paris with beaucoup fabulous dining experiences.  There are many French-inspired dishes in Mexican cooking because of the brief rule of Maximilian and Carlota. This Layered Crepe Dish of ground ham…

Soup-Stew with Vegetables and Herbs- Tesmole Verde

Soup-Stew with Vegetables and Herbs- Tesmole Verde

  Outtake of Tesmole Verde by Laurie Smith (www.lauriesmithophotos.com) who will probably chastise me!   The state of Veracruz has a rich variety of soup stew with vegetables and herb.  They with similar names such as tesmole, chilpachole, chileatole.  What…

Crabs in Garlic Sauce (Jaibas en Mojo de Ajo)

Crabs in Garlic Sauce (Jaibas en Mojo de Ajo)

  I had this vibrant dish of crabs in garlic sauce at El Quelite in Misantla.  You will note that it has  mighty quantities of garlic but this time I puree it, instead of using it whole or thickly sliced…