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Vegetable & Side Dishes

Pilaf-Style fidellini (Sopa Seca de Fideo)

Pilaf-Style fidellini (Sopa Seca de Fideo)

If there is one dish that is my Madeleine this is it.  It takes me back to my childhood.  It is my comfort food and, by extension, that of my children.   1    large tomato 1    large jalapeño chile (or…

Zucchini with Corn and Cheese (Calabacitas con Queso)

Zucchini with Corn and Cheese (Calabacitas con Queso)

Photo: Andrea Arroyo When we were growing up in Chihuahua, we ate this zucchini with corn and cheese dish (calabacitas) at least once a week.. We would groan every time we saw it. Now, I love it and not only…

Lentil and Rhubarb Curry

Lentil and Rhubarb Curry

I love rhubarb but do not have a sweet tooth which is how it is usually employed. I found this delicious and beautiful savory recipe on Scissors and Spice.   1 large sweet potato 1 cup small French or Spanish…

Mexican Vegetable Fritters, Brocolli and Cauliflower

Mexican Vegetable Fritters, Brocolli and Cauliflower

People loved the brocolli cakes at Zarela.  Here are two more fritters or “patties.” Broccoli Fritters “Tortita” is another of those culinary terms that are clear as a bell to any Mexican but can send other people into fits of…

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…

Wilted Spinach (Espinacas)

Wilted Spinach (Espinacas)

    This dish always brings back memories of the wild greens that we gathered to cook on the ranch. We called them quelites, a name applied in Mexico to various sorts of leafy green plants. Our quelites always grew…

Steamed Eggplant with Herb Sauce a la Jamie Oliver

Steamed Eggplant with Herb Sauce a la Jamie Oliver

  At this time of year particularly, farm grown vegetables are usually so intensely flavored with their characteristic essence and natural taste, that I often simply eat them raw or lightly steamed.. Now most people would never think of steaming…

Pears with chipotle

Pears with chipotle

I shoud have photographed them immediately.  They are more delicious than they look.  I just had them with a boneless chicken breast rubbed with garam masala and pan-fried and they were the perfect accompaniment.   I had intended to make…

Stuffed Plantains  (Platanos Rellenos)

Stuffed Plantains (Platanos Rellenos)

Photograph by Carlos Baizabal Last night I went to the screening of Harlem on a Plate featuring my buddy and Aaron’s, Marcus Samuelson, Alexander Smalls of Cecil, And the granddaughter of the legendary Sylvia, whom I had the pleasure of…

Vermicelli (Fideo) and Mole layered casserole

Vermicelli (Fideo) and Mole layered casserole

Photo by Elisa Southern   This recipe is from my friend, Mexico City caterer Victor Nava. It’s  a favorite of my guests every time it’s on the menu. Fideo usually comes in one of two ways: Either rolled into nests…