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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…….

Chilaquiles (Tortilla Casserole)

Chilaquiles (Tortilla Casserole)

Photo by Michael Sofronski , www.michaelsofronski.com   In Mexico, chilaquiles are eaten for breakfast. I used to make them as a brunch dish at home. But at Zarela, they became our most popular luncheon and dinner appetizer, which I suppose…

Braised Pork with Sauerkraut

Braised Pork with Sauerkraut

Pork with sauerkraut -not photogenic but delicious. For many years we spent Christmas Day with the Gitlers: Painter-Sculptor Maryjo Schwalbach, jazz critic and author Ira Gitler and their son, now well-known art director Fitz. She always served braised pork  with…

Naturally Light Mexican new recipes

Naturally Light Mexican new recipes

This is the way I cook now and you can too! The recipes are simple to prepare, nutritious, and flavor packed.   Photo by Lazaro Azar   “Salpicon” is not exactly a precise term. Depending on the context, it can…

Chiles en Nogada

Chiles en Nogada

  Photograph www.michaelsofronski.com 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 doubt that chiles…

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Around this time every year people start calling to ask for my sweet potato casserole recipe.  It was actually not my original recipe but rather I learned to make it from my dear friend, Alex Baker, who had learned it…

The “Seven” Moles of Oaxaca

The “Seven” Moles of Oaxaca

  Photo Laurie Smith many, many years ago! www.lauriesmithphoto.com i like  to describe mole (pronounced mohleh not mohlay) as a main dish sauce because the sauce is the dish. In pre-Hispanic times moles were served with great ceremony.  According to…