"Alone one cannot share life"

Special Days

Mother’s Day – El Dia de las Madres

Mother’s Day – El Dia de las Madres

When I had the website redesigned and relaunched it, I decided that it would fulfill the promise of being a resource “for lovers of Mexican food and culture” and exemplify the meaning of my tagline: “Alone one cannot share life.” …

Christmas at the ranch many years ago and now

Christmas at the ranch many years ago and now

My personal memories of the Christmas season are probably different from those of southern Mexicans, for we had many Americanized customs in the north. The whole thing came back to me  vividly one day when the English-language Mexico City News…

To Mothers Everywhere-My Mother’s Pantry

To Mothers Everywhere-My Mother’s Pantry

  La Familia and Dia de las Madres Family is at the center of Mexican culture and the family as a group is the top priority. We live in a joyous extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, real or “de…

Lent – La Cuaresma

Lent – La Cuaresma

  Photograph: Laurie Smith   In a way, Lent is like New Year’s Day –you give up things that you shouldn’t be having any way, like chocolate or drinking, usually with the hope of losing weight.   But observant people do…

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12  is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The festivities begin around midnight with a serenade by groups of mariachis and other singers that is kicked off with Las Mananitas, the Mexican birthday song. The Virgin of Guadalupe has…

Zarela’s Christmas Pork and Root Puree

Zarela’s Christmas Pork and Root Puree

This fabulous picture was taken by my friend Pedro de Aguinaga and I like the fact that a little of my root puree show.  I thought I had the recipe written down but I don’t and I will. This recipe…

2011 Holiday Cooking

2011 Holiday Cooking

I had never cooked as much as this holiday season.  It was fun, tiring, satisfying, challenging and, especially wonderful to have people enjoying my food and the dishes our family and friends brought.  We have a rule here:  Everything must…

Summer Entertaining with La Caja China

Summer Entertaining with La Caja China

To this day, that is the most gorgeous, perfectly cooked and delicious pig i ever ate and the caja china has become one of my favorite ways to cook whole lambs, goats, and pigs