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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…

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…

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…….

Lenten Dishes

Lenten Dishes

Most  fish and vegetable dishes can be served during Lent but certain dishes are traditional such as these, The most popular are red chile enchiladas and cheese-stuffed chile rellenos.  I am giving you step-by-step directions for making enchilada de chorro,…

Zarela Pastry Chef, Ed Bonuso’s, Chocolate Glaze

Zarela Pastry Chef, Ed Bonuso’s, Chocolate Glaze

  I like to top Manu’s Flourless Chocolate cake with Eddie’s delicious glaze.  Of course, his version woudl be perfect but I don’t have a cake rack and the chocolate make a puddle instead of being perfectly smooth liek Eddie…

Zarela  Savory “Cornbread” (Torta de Elote

Zarela Savory “Cornbread” (Torta de Elote

TORTA DE ELOTE (Savory Corn Bread)   At the Instituto Familiar y Social, I learned a zucchini dish with a consistency something like a moist, cakey bread, called torta de calabacitas. Over the years I’ve found it a good basis…

My Favorite Mexican Dinner Menu

My Favorite Mexican Dinner Menu

Welcoming guests into my home and introducing them  to my food fills me with joy.  It is not the fleeting moment of the meal but organizing everything for the perfect party that extends the pleasure.  Planning the menu can take…

Manu’s Flourless Chocolate Cake

Manu’s Flourless Chocolate Cake

I am not a natural baker nor do I particularly enjoy the process.  Fortunately, I did not have to do it for many years.  We had an excellent pastry chef , Ed Bonuso, at  Zarela Restaurant, and my daughter-in-law Victoria…

Burnt Milk Ice Cream – Nieve de Leche Quemada

Burnt Milk Ice Cream – Nieve de Leche Quemada

  Nieve de Leche Quemada “Burnt Milk” Ice   This is one of the most famous and characteristic of the Oaxacan nieves.  Actually it has two versions, one more distinctively Oaxacan than the other but also harder to approximate here. …

Frozen Lemon Torte

Frozen Lemon Torte

Another fabulous Jack Lirio dessert.   Frozen Lemon torte: Serves 8 to 10   Meringues : Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Cover 2 baking sheets (17 x 14) with parchment paper on each of which you have drawn two 8…