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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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Pork with Pumpkin Sauce (Puerco con Calabaza)

Pork with Pumpkin Sauce (Puerco con Calabaza)

  Recipe and photo Zarela’s Veracruz, Houghton Mifflin, 2001, Ohoto by Pedro de Aguinaga   Pumpkin-meat combinations are a hallmark of the Afro-Caribbean heritage of Veracruz.  The tradition is being upheld by Santiago Careaga and his wife, Elena, of Tamiahua,…

Isthmian Fruit Picadillo

Isthmian Fruit Picadillo

  This is not an easy dish to make but it is a great dish.  Rather than being difficult, it is time-consuming. It’s the kind of dish you make on a rainy or snowy day when you want a project…

Roast Pork Sandwiches Jalisco-style (Tortas Ahogadas)

Roast Pork Sandwiches Jalisco-style (Tortas Ahogadas)

  “Tortas” are not only “cakes” or things in the shape of round cakes, but sandwiches. These wonderful open-faced sandwiches are traditional in  Jalisco state.  I have not seen them elsewhere. I became addicted to them after I persuaded my…

Superbowl Super Dishes

Superbowl Super Dishes

I’ve read and heard that guacamole is now the most popular Super Bowl dish and you can learn to make it by watching my video, but I am sure  that’s only because they haven’t tasted my queso fundido with home-made…