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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…

Pilaf-Style fidellini (Sopa Seca de Fideo)

Pilaf-Style fidellini (Sopa Seca de Fideo)

If there is one dish that is my Madeleine this is it.  It takes me back to my childhood.  It is my comfort food and, by extension, that of my children.   1    large tomato 1    large jalapeño chile (or…

Spicy Vanilla Chicken

Spicy Vanilla Chicken

Photo by Cathy Gigante Brown This vanilla chicken recipe is surprisingly easy to make and luscious.  It hails from Papantla, in northern Veracruz, where vanilla was discovered. This has become one of my favorite buffet party dishes by adapting the…

Cheese and Potato Chowder (Caldo de Queso)

Cheese and Potato Chowder (Caldo de Queso)

This cheese and potato chowder is a specialty of the state of Sonora but can also be found in other states in northern Mexico.  My mother’s version from her book, Mexican Family Cooking (Ballantine 1987)is perfect. I made it last…

Anaheim Chiles – 4 recipes

Anaheim Chiles – 4 recipes

If you live in the American Southwest, the smell of roasting Hatch green chiles fills the air for miles at this time of the year.  It triggers the memory of meals cooked  with my mother on the huge wood stove…

Zucchini with Corn and Cheese (Calabacitas con Queso)

Zucchini with Corn and Cheese (Calabacitas con Queso)

Photo: Andrea Arroyo When we were growing up in Chihuahua, we ate this zucchini with corn and cheese dish (calabacitas) at least once a week.. We would groan every time we saw it. Now, I love it and not only…

Chicken Noodle Soup Veracruz-style- Caldo de Pollo con Fideos

Chicken Noodle Soup Veracruz-style- Caldo de Pollo con Fideos

    Caldo de Pollo con Fideos Santa María’s Chicken Soup with Noodles (Recipe:  Zarela’s Veracruz, Houghton Mifflin, 2001)   I always loved the brothy soup with pilaf-style noodles (you brown them in hot oil before cooking them in the…

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…