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Mexican Basics

Chiles en Nogada

Chiles en Nogada

  Photograph Pedro Luis de Aguinaga 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…

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…

Masa: How to Make

Masa: How to Make

Photo: Laurie Smith, www.lauriesmithphoto.com   Many centuries ago Mexican cooks discovered that as good as corn is when eaten fresh or dried, it takes on an exciting new identity when treated with a solution of wood ashes, burnt seashells, or…

Layered Crepe Dish with Ham & Spinach/ Sopa de Crepas

Layered Crepe Dish with Ham & Spinach/ Sopa de Crepas

    I just got back from a trip to Paris with beaucoup fabulous dining experiences.  There are many French-inspired dishes in Mexican cooking because of the brief rule of Maximilian and Carlota. This Layered Crepe Dish of ground ham…

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…

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…

My mother’s tamales de chile colorado

My mother’s tamales de chile colorado

I made tamales this weekend and used the opportunity to add step-by-step photos of the process to the previously posted recipe as requested by a reader.     TAMALES DE CHILE COLORADO These festive red tamales are one of my…

Red Pozole with Pork and  Chicken

Red Pozole with Pork and Chicken

        My dear friend, Jim Dickson came from Schenectady to see me today and I made him pozole rojo. The pozole was delicious and the company even better.  My son Rodrigo,  my daughter-in-law Victoria and my granddaughter…

Chihuahua Beef Stew- Caldillo

Chihuahua Beef Stew- Caldillo

2 pounds chuck stew meat 6 cups water 3 garlic cloves, peeled 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons home-rendered lard or vegetable oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 teaspoons chopped garlic 1 large ripe…

“Tamale Pie”-Tamal de Cazuela

“Tamale Pie”-Tamal de Cazuela

Photo by Norma Angelica Lujan I was feeling a little blue last night, though professionally, I am flying , so at 10PM,  I decided to ge into my cure-all kitchen to make tamal de cazuela, the original tamale pie. It…