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Meat Loaf – Pastel de Carne del Istmo

Meat Loaf – Pastel de Carne del Istmo

Photograph www.michaelsofronski.com   It’s too bad that Frank Bruni discover this recipe for this marvelous meatloaf before  publishing his book on the subject. No one can say that this meat loaf is boring!  It absolutely explodes with intense flavors, including…

Oaxaca Villages – El Tule and Mitla

Oaxaca Villages – El Tule and Mitla

Photo of 2000-year old tree. by Pedro Luis de Aguinaga It was interesting to see how the guests who came to spend some time with me in Oaxaca this summer  really set the pace and determined what we would do.  …

Zarela: Oaxaca 2014 in love again

Zarela: Oaxaca 2014 in love again

Pedro, me and the view taken  by www.lauriesmithphotos.com There are people who I can hardly wait to get off the telephone with, and others, whose company I enjoy immensely and  I  can never get enough of.  So I came up…

Oaxaca Villages 1  Zaachila

Oaxaca Villages 1 Zaachila

Photos by Pedro Luis de Auuinaga One of the many charms of visiting Oaxaca city is visiting the surrounding villages.  Mostspecialize in a particular craft or product. the nearby town of  Zaachila has a curious specialty: wood for different kinds…

Oaxaca luncheon

Oaxaca luncheon

In the true spirit of Mexican hospitality, yesterday a beautiful and delicious luncheon was given for us by Henry and Rosa Wangeman. My friends and house guests were surprised to learn that I had never even met Henry. My dear…

A private culinary tour of Veracruz and Oaxaca

A private culinary tour of Veracruz and Oaxaca

When I had finished writing The Food and Life of Oaxaca, I thought I’d never want to write another cookbook. Not only was I exhausted from the work of getting a complex book into print, but my heart and mind…

Mashed Potatoes- Pure de Papas del Istmo

Mashed Potatoes- Pure de Papas del Istmo

    Ingredients before mixing.   When I visited the Isthmus of Tehuantepec at the season of parties accompanying local velas (saints’ day festivals), I found this vividly seasoned dish being served everywhere.  It also turned out to be one…

Chicken, Corn and Chile Stew (Seguetza)

Chicken, Corn and Chile Stew (Seguetza)

    This is one of Zoyla Mendoza’s Valley Zapotec recipes with no fat but lots of flavor. 1 cup whole dried corn kernels , preferably a Mexican variety Water 6 guajillo chiles 3 large hoja santa leaves, fresh or…