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Grilled Octopus (Pulpo a las Brasas)

Grilled Octopus (Pulpo a las Brasas)

      This was the  octopus I made last night.  It looked great but was not perfect. I must admit that my experiment of broiling the octopus instead of grilling as specified in the recipe was not a total…

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…

Shrimp Salad (Ensalada de Camaron)

Shrimp Salad (Ensalada de Camaron)

Photo by Sophia Villarreal This recipe hails from Veracruz and is quick, easy, light and versatile. Ensalada de Camarón Shrimp Salad     In dishes like this garnished with raw onion, I really value the freshness of Mexican onions,     Use…

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,…

Coconut Shrimp (Camarones con Coco)

Coconut Shrimp (Camarones con Coco)

  This is a takeoff on something that I first encountered at Restaurante Diligencias in Tampico. I fell in love with their spicy version of a salsa verde, served on the side with fried shrimp or baked fillet of fish….

Veracruzana Sauce

Veracruzana Sauce

I am making some salsa veracruzana, the famed Old World-New World tomato sauce from the state of Veracruz, where it is often served with red snapper or huachinango.  I am serving it with zucchini blossoms, filled with a queso fresco-cotija…

Cooking with Salsa – Three Recipes

Cooking with Salsa – Three Recipes

If you have ever been to one of my cooking classes, you know that I like to work with building blocks.  In other words, I take a basic recipe , such as salsa or pico de gallo, and use it…

Ceviche en Chamoy

Ceviche en Chamoy

  When I was young, we used to go Mexicali, Baja California every summer on our way to visit my grandmother in La Jolla.  It was also our yearly trip Disneyland.  We’d stock up on  saladitos (Chinese plums cured in…

Ranch style Shrimp

Ranch style Shrimp

1 teaspoon whole cumin seed 1 teaspoon  anise seed 1 teaspoon  crushed black pepper 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon  oregano 1 1/2 cups Pico de Gallo Norteño (see recipe) 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1 lb. peeled medium…