A Russian Salad

A Russian Salad

In Mexico and other Latin American countries, recipes for Russian salad probably came in the early 1900s from Spain and even Russia itself; the classic recipe is a mixture of cooked and cubed potatoes and carrots with peas and mayonnaise, which goes great as a side for meat dishes, and with sandwiches.  I have posted about this salad before, but in this post, I share all the details on how to prepare my mom's recipe, which with its extra ingredients, takes this salad to another level ... click on title for more

Cheesy Elbow Pasta – Comfort Food for a Fancy Dinner

Cheesy Elbow Pasta – Comfort Food for a Fancy Dinner

Pasta and cheese have been baked together in Italy and the rest of Europe for centuries. In Mexico, thin noodles from the Middle East (fideos) were brought by the Spaniards sometime during colonial times (1521-1821), but baked pastas became known during the Second French Intervention, and more broadly under the long presidency of Porfirio Díaz, who favoured all things European, particularly if Italian or French.  Nowadays, this dish, AKA macaroni cheese, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, or “Coditos en salsa de queso” continues to be comfort food that may be a weekday meal on its own, or a side dish as part of a special dinner ... click on title for more

Tacos Acorazados – A Portable Dish from Mexican Revolutionary Times

Tacos Acorazados – A Portable Dish from Mexican Revolutionary Times

November 20, 2020 marks 110 years since the onset of the Mexican Revolution War. Food and diet were influenced during these violent times; any dish that could be prepared and served from one pot (de la olla), or easily transported, became an asset when improvised cooking had to make use of whatever was available, and could get interrupted by hailing fire without notice.  Tacos acorazados hit the bill ... click on title for more

Traditional Sweets – Cocadas de Yema

Traditional Sweets – Cocadas de Yema

Colima is the capital city of the Mexican state with the same name; it is also known as "The City of the Palm Trees", which grow all around the state.  Not surprisingly,  coconut is one of the state's main crops, and in addition to coconut water, milk, oil, soap, and fibre for agricultural and industrial uses, the white flesh is enjoyed as nourishment, and as the main ingredient of delightful treats ... click on title for more