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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…

Mexican dishes my mother taught me

Mexican dishes my mother taught me

When I first opened Zarela my mother commented one day at a tasting:  “Mija, I taught you how to make these dishes but nothing tastes like my food.”  I told her that it was my food now, that I had…

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…

Meat Loaf – Pastel de Carne del Istmo

Meat Loaf – Pastel de Carne del Istmo

Photograph www.michaelsofronski.com   It’s too bad that Frank Bruni discover this recipe for this marvelous meatloaf before  publishing his book on the subject. No one can say that this meat loaf is boring!  It absolutely explodes with intense flavors, including…

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…

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…

Three Kings Cake- Rosca de Reyes

Three Kings Cake- Rosca de Reyes

      Latina magazine ran this recipe developed by our former pastry chef, Ed Bonuso that results in a perfect rosca de reyes but amply demonstrates why I do not bake bread! But for those of you who do…….