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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…

Spicy Vanilla Chicken

Spicy Vanilla Chicken

Photo by Cathy Gigante Brown This vanilla chicken recipe is surprisingly easy to make and luscious.  It hails from Papantla, in northern Veracruz, where vanilla was discovered. This has become one of my favorite buffet party dishes by adapting the…

Spiced Fish Hash from Veracruz (Minilla)

Spiced Fish Hash from Veracruz (Minilla)

Photo by Joaquin Martinez For some strange reason until very recently people did not associate fish dishes with Mexican food. Nothing could be further from the truth. Except for the north,  the whole country is surrounded by water but it…

Poor Man’s Picadillo (Picadillo de Pobre)

Poor Man’s Picadillo (Picadillo de Pobre)

Picadillo de Pobre Poor Man’s Hashed Meat   All Mexicans are familiar with picadillo, which is something like our version of hash but infinitely more versatile.  The most elegant kind, a favorite filling or topping for all kinds of chiles,…

Pork with Pumpkin Sauce (Puerco con Calabaza)

Pork with Pumpkin Sauce (Puerco con Calabaza)

  Recipe and photo Zarela’s Veracruz, Houghton Mifflin, 2001, Ohoto by Pedro de Aguinaga   Pumpkin-meat combinations are a hallmark of the Afro-Caribbean heritage of Veracruz.  The tradition is being upheld by Santiago Careaga and his wife, Elena, of Tamiahua,…

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…

“Tamale Pie”-Tamal de Cazuela

“Tamale Pie”-Tamal de Cazuela

Photo by Norma Angelica Lujan I was feeling a little blue last night, though professionally, I am flying , so at 10PM,  I decided to ge into my cure-all kitchen to make tamal de cazuela, the original tamale pie. It…

Fried Plantain Chips with Peanut Sauce.

Fried Plantain Chips with Peanut Sauce.

  Mariquitas Deep-Fried Green Plantain Chips These irresistible golden chips are a favorite snack in all Afro-Caribbean communities.  They don’t have a long or even a short pre-Columbian pedigree in the New World –- oil came from Europe and plantains…

Hearts of Palm Salad for Palm Sunday

Hearts of Palm Salad for Palm Sunday

The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday. It is a joyous day that celebrates the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem; the roads were covered with palm fronds. This begat many traditions: In Chamula, Chiapas, for example, the entry of…

La Candelaria in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz

La Candelaria in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz

Picture by Carlos Baizabal On September 17,  2010, Hurriccane Karl unleashed its fury, stirring  the waters of the mighty Papaloapan river to a feverish pitch and flooding the  picture-perfect, candy colored Tlacotalpan, Veracruz. The waist-high waters would not recede for 19…