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Squash Blossoms Ten Ways More or Less

Squash Blossoms Ten Ways More or Less

Photo by Laurie Smith http:// www.lauriessmithphoto.com A few years ago I wrote an article 19 Ways to Cook Squash Blossoms but I only included one semi-complete recipe. The other day my friend, Thomas Andres, an expert on squashes (Cucuburitas) somehow…

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.” …


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Oaxaca Chorizo (Chorizo Oaxaqueno)

Oaxaca Chorizo (Chorizo Oaxaqueno)

ñññ Photo Laurie Smith (www.lsmithphoto.com) but I don’t remember if the original was vertical which would make a big difference to my comadre. (Recipe:  The Food and Life of Oaxaca, Macmillan 1997) My friend, Pedro Luis de Aguinaga pointed out…

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 “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,…