Roses on a plate for Mother’s Day: Quail or Poussin in Rose Petal Sauce

This year, why not avoid the Mother’s Day restaurant rush and spend an amazing evening at home. No looking for parking, fighting the crowds, noisy restaurants, less than perfect table service. Give the gift of preparing an unforgettable meal for mom, or, invite a private chef into her kitchen or yours. Now that that’s settled, … Continue reading Roses on a plate for Mother’s Day: Quail or Poussin in Rose Petal Sauce

Discover Mexico’s Comida Cuaresma (Lenten foods): Plantain & Bean Stuffed Chiles

(Author’s note: The following is an excerpt from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes, by this columnist co-authored with Adriana Almazan Lahl and available on Amazon.)   The first day of Lent is Ash Wednesday and the forty-day holy interval ends with Holy Week (Semana Santa). This year, Lent started on February 10th and ends … Continue reading Discover Mexico’s Comida Cuaresma (Lenten foods): Plantain & Bean Stuffed Chiles

Dining in or out: You be the bartender w/ 7 romantic Valentine’s Day cocktails

Whether you are dining out or making a romantic dinner at home this Valentine’s Day, no night of romance is complete without the requisite drinks to begin the evening and end the evening. Here are some ingredients you’ll want to include in your love elixir: Ginger– has been highly regarded in many cultures for its … Continue reading Dining in or out: You be the bartender w/ 7 romantic Valentine’s Day cocktails

Tamales step-by-step: Diagrams, instructions and a bit of history

Tamales, of course, are a traditional favorite this time of year in Mexico, and are served whenever friends and family gather, starting from Dia de La Virgen de Guadalupe all the way through Dia de Los Reyes or Three Kings’ Day on January 6th, and even beyond on Dia de La Candelaria or Candelmas (Feb. 2nd). … Continue reading Tamales step-by-step: Diagrams, instructions and a bit of history

Add a Mexican “accent” to your Thanksgiving table with these recipe secrets

Growing up, my mother always seemed to make Thanksgiving feel international. We lived outside of New York, and it seems that the United Nations had a ready list of guests from the country of your choice who were just waiting to experience an American Thanksgiving. And so, we headed faithfully, every year, to the Wilton … Continue reading Add a Mexican “accent” to your Thanksgiving table with these recipe secrets

If you know better, you can do better: Are Americans appropriating Day of the Dead 2015?

I write a piece about Day of the Dead every year at this time. It’s what I do, after all. My writing focuses on Mexican culture, traditions and cuisine. What started off as a way to inform my readers about celebrations taking place in Mexico has migrated, quite literally, to reporting on festivities in the … Continue reading If you know better, you can do better: Are Americans appropriating Day of the Dead 2015?