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Great Mexican Egg Dishes

Great Mexican Egg Dishes

Photo:Eggs in Turkey Broth from La Parroquia) As witnessed on my recent trip to Veracruz,  breakfast is a big deal there, and I’ve found an infinite variety of Mexican egg dishes all over the country. You could say that it…

Mexican Pumpkin Recipes

Mexican Pumpkin Recipes

This pork is one of my absolute favorite Mexican pumpkin recipes.  The sauce can be served as a soup or as a pasta sauce even. I’ve served it with pumpkin agnolotti. Pork with Mashed Pumpkin (Puerco con Calabaza)   2…

Masa: How to Make

Masa: How to Make

Photo: Laurie Smith, www.lauriesmithphoto.com   Many centuries ago Mexican cooks discovered that as good as corn is when eaten fresh or dried, it takes on an exciting new identity when treated with a solution of wood ashes, burnt seashells, or…

Bread for the Days of the Dead-Pan Resobado

Bread for the Days of the Dead-Pan Resobado

  This is typical of the sweet yeast breads that are made in the Valley of Oaxaca for the Days of the Dead, November 1 and 2.  Gabriel Cruz Aguilar, a master baker in the town of San Antonino in…

Layered Crepe Dish with Ham & Spinach/ Sopa de Crepas

Layered Crepe Dish with Ham & Spinach/ Sopa de Crepas

    I just got back from a trip to Paris with beaucoup fabulous dining experiences.  There are many French-inspired dishes in Mexican cooking because of the brief rule of Maximilian and Carlota. This Layered Crepe Dish of ground ham…

Lard? Yes! Praise the Lard

Lard? Yes! Praise the Lard

  It was 1991. Ruth Reichl, was the editor of the Los Angeles Times food section, and she was changing the culinary scene, mostly subtly but with a wake up bang directed  at others.  When she asked me to write…

Pilaf-Style fidellini (Sopa Seca de Fideo)

Pilaf-Style fidellini (Sopa Seca de Fideo)

If there is one dish that is my Madeleine this is it.  It takes me back to my childhood.  It is my comfort food and, by extension, that of my children.   1    large tomato 1    large jalapeño chile (or…

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…

Cheese and Potato Chowder (Caldo de Queso)

Cheese and Potato Chowder (Caldo de Queso)

This cheese and potato chowder is a specialty of the state of Sonora but can also be found in other states in northern Mexico.  My mother’s version from her book, Mexican Family Cooking (Ballantine 1987)is perfect. I made it last…

Anaheim Chiles – 4 recipes

Anaheim Chiles – 4 recipes

If you live in the American Southwest, the smell of roasting Hatch green chiles fills the air for miles at this time of the year.  It triggers the memory of meals cooked  with my mother on the huge wood stove…