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Soups

Soup-Stew with Vegetables and Herbs- Tesmole Verde

Soup-Stew with Vegetables and Herbs- Tesmole Verde

  Outtake of Tesmole Verde by Laurie Smith (www.lauriesmithophotos.com) who will probably chastise me!   The state of Veracruz has a rich variety of soup stew with vegetables and herb.  They with similar names such as tesmole, chilpachole, chileatole.  What…

Cheese and Potato Chowder (Caldo de Queso)

Cheese and Potato Chowder (Caldo de Queso)

This cheese and potato chowder is a specialty of the state of Sonora but can also be found in other states in northern Mexico.  My mother’s version from her book, Mexican Family Cooking (Ballantine 1987)is perfect. I made it last…

Chicken Noodle Soup Veracruz-style- Caldo de Pollo con Fideos

Chicken Noodle Soup Veracruz-style- Caldo de Pollo con Fideos

    Caldo de Pollo con Fideos Santa María’s Chicken Soup with Noodles (Recipe:  Zarela’s Veracruz, Houghton Mifflin, 2001)   I always loved the brothy soup with pilaf-style noodles (you brown them in hot oil before cooking them in the…

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…

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…

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…

Tomato and Corn Soup

Tomato and Corn Soup

This soup is particularly wonderful when tomatoes and corn are both in seasonal glory but I felt like eating it so, though I could’ve used canned tomatoes, I made it with the kind of tomatoes and corn available on a…

Afro-Mexican Pumpkin Soup

Afro-Mexican Pumpkin Soup

This recipe is from Anthropologist Raquel Torres Cerdan, expert in Afro-Mexican cookery One 4  pound butternut or  kabocha squash 2 tablespoons corn or safflower oil or home-rendered lard 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove minced 2 large sprigs…

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…

Queen Elizabeth’s Soup- Caldo Tlalpeno

Queen Elizabeth’s Soup- Caldo Tlalpeno

    In Guadalajara I encountered not only Jaliscan recipes but dishes from different parts of Mexico. This delicious soup from Tlalpan, a suburb of Mexico City,  is one that I remember having with my parents when they came to…