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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…

Griddle-roasting Chiles and Vegetables

Griddle-roasting Chiles and Vegetables

Photo by Laurie Smith www.lauriesmithphoto.com Griddle roasting chiles and vegetables is both a flavor principle and an essential technique for achieving true Mexican flavor.  It aids in removing the peel and adds a haunting smoky flavor.   Don’t be tempted…

Chicken in Almond Sauce (Almendrado de Pollo)

Chicken in Almond Sauce (Almendrado de Pollo)

This chicken in almond sauce was the first dish I ever ate in Oaxaca, at a little stand in the Mercado 20 de noviembre in Oaxaca City.  It was the start of my love affair with Oaxacan food.  The sauce…

Mi Papi -José Martínez Solano

Mi Papi -José Martínez Solano

  There is no greater sin than to not develop your talents, my father José Martínez Solano   Today my father would have been 104 years old. I want to celebrate mi Papi.  Up until the time of her death…