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Lent and Lenten Dishes (La Cuaresma)

Lent and Lenten Dishes (La Cuaresma)

  Walking around midtown in New York on Ash Wednesday (February 10. 2016) is quite a scene. Women walking around in business suits and tennis shoes (high heels in a canvas bag for when they get to their destination), proudly…

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…

The African Face of Veracruz

The African Face of Veracruz

  This picture features two ingredients usually associated with Afro-Mexican cooking: Peanuts in the Salsa Macha  and plantain here sliced paper-thin and fried into chips called mariquitas.   It’s hard to believe that I have only been back to Veracruz…

The “Seven” Moles of Oaxaca

The “Seven” Moles of Oaxaca

  Photo Laurie Smith many, many years ago! www.lauriesmithphoto.com i like  to describe mole (pronounced mohleh not mohlay) as a main dish sauce because the sauce is the dish. In pre-Hispanic times moles were served with great ceremony.  According to…

Moles: What exactly is a mole?

Moles: What exactly is a mole?

What exactly is a mole? This is one of the most frequently asked questions at my restaurant and cooking classes. The simple answer is that mole is a pureed sauce, with chiles, either fresh or dried, aromatics and other seasonings, and a thickener of some kind. But there is much more to the mole story.

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,…

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…

Oliver Sacks- Friend and Mentor

Oliver Sacks- Friend and Mentor

  On his 80th birthday, I wrote the following to Oliver Sacks, famed neurologist, student of human conditions, author of seminal book such as Awakenings, An Anthropologist on Mars, Migraine, Uncle Tungsten, Oaxaca Journal, Musicophilia, and other fascinating books that…

Visiting and Tasting Queretaro Mexico

Visiting and Tasting Queretaro Mexico

All photos by Pedro Luis de Aguinaga See some more photos here.  More to come For years my friends Jim Dickson and William Garcia have been raving about Querétaro and for one reason or another, I had never made it…