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

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

Journey to Mexico in a plate for Valentine’s Day

Mexican cuisine is replete with ingredients that are considered to have aphrodisiac properties, which makes easy it to create menus which  transport dinner guests with a hint of the exotic and making the meal even more special and memorable. My Valentine’s Dinner menu, shown below, is designed to be presented plated (restaurant-style). Avocados– the Aztec name for the avocado … Continue reading Journey to Mexico in a plate for Valentine’s Day