Coahuila Style Homemade Chorizo (with Vegan Option)

Coahuila Style Homemade Chorizo (with Vegan Option)

In Spain, chorizo is usually a fermented, cured, and smoked pork sausage, which may be sliced and eaten without cooking, traditionally seasoned with paprika and a blend of other spices.  Mexican chorizos are mostly fresh, or partially cured, and need to be cooked before eating. For Northern Mexico recipes, and most specifically for those from the state of Coahuila, the defining seasonings are ancho peppers and cumin; my mom used them as the basis for her chorizo recipe, and always kept it lean by omitting lard from the ingredient list.  I am following all her teachings for this recipe, and by omitting the lard, I was also able to develop a vegan option ... click on title for more

En Español: Esthercita en Coahuila – Parte IV

En Español: Esthercita en Coahuila – Parte IV

Mi mamá hubiera cumplido 93 años este mes; el año pasado, un poco después de su muerte, compartí algunas historias y recetas de su infancia en el pueblito minero de Agujita, en el estado de Coahuila, México.  Para continuar celebrando su vida en este el mes de su cumpleaños, quisiera compartir otra historia y receta ... click on title for more

Esthercita in Coahuila – Part 4

Esthercita in Coahuila – Part 4

My mom would have turned 93 years old this month; last year, shortly after her passing, I shared three stories and recipes from her childhood in the small mining town of Agujita, in the Mexican state of Coahuila.  To continue celebrating her life during her birthday month, I would like to share one more story and recipe.  As a child, I heard these and many other anecdotes, sitting with my mom in her kitchen, which filled my imagination with picturesque scenes of Mexico (and other countries) and inspired me to always strive to move forward, and never stop learning ... click on title for more

Elopozole – Puebla Style Corn Soup

Elopozole – Puebla Style Corn Soup

In past years, during the month of September, I have shared recipes for white and green pozole. To complete the theme of pozoles featuring Mexico's national colours, this time I wanted to share a recipe for a red pozole. The best known is probably Pozole Rojo from the state of Jalisco but, since my last post was centred around Puebla, I decided to make Elopozole, a recipe from that state. This soup also features a red broth, but with an extraneous turn from classic pozoles because it calls for fresh corn (elote) instead of hominy ... click on title for more

Camotes de Puebla- Traditional Sweet Potato Treats

Camotes de Puebla- Traditional Sweet Potato Treats

The Mexican state of Puebla has one of the richest cuisines in the country, recognized for iconic dishes such as mole Poblano (Puebla Style red mole), or chiles en nogada (stuffed poblano peppers in walnut sauce), particularly popular during the month of September, to commemorate Mexico's Independence.  There are also many sweet preparations, and the traditional treat to bring back home after a visit to Puebla, is a box of flavoured sweet potato treats ... click on title for more