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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…

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…

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…

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…

Mexican Pumpkin Recipes

Mexican Pumpkin Recipes

This pork in pumpkin sauce is one of my absolute favorites.  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…

“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…

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…

Chiles Rellenos Nortenos

Chiles Rellenos Nortenos

Photos: Laurie smith www.lauriesmithphotos.com When people in the United States talk of chiles rellenos this is the version they are thinking of.  Most people don’t realize  that chile relleno simply means a stuffed chile and that it can easily be…