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Mexican Christmas Eve salad: Ensalada de noche buena Karen Hursh Graber

Lettuce, beets and jicama are usualy part of a Mexican Christmas Eve salad, or ensalada de Noche Buena.
© Daniel Wheeler, 2009
This salad is open to individual interpretation, with the only constants being the beets and the lettuce. Pineapple and bananas are frequently added in tropical climates, apples and jicama in cooler regions. The ingredients should be artfully arranged on a large platter and tossed after it has reached the table. read more

Christmas Chicken Breasts with Squash Blossoms: Pechugas Navideñas Ana María Flores Sánchez

Huitlacoche is a black fungus which grows on corn. I personally choose to omit this ingredient as it has a distinct flavor which is just not appealing to me. It is, however, a favorite of some of my fr... read more

Mexican stuffing for Christmas turkey: Relleno para totol de nochebuena Karen Hursh Graber

Nochebuena is Christmas Eve, and that is when Mexican families sit down to a feast that usually lasts for several hours. This recipe for Mexican stuffing for Christmas turkey is adapted from Alquímias... read more

Mexican Christmas Cookies: Galletas de Navidad Karen Hursh Graber

Both blackberry and apricot jam are produced in great quantity in late summer and enjoyed during the cooler months, especially in the Sierra Madre Oriental region, where fruit orchards abound. Either o... read more

Codfish with tomatoes, olives and chiles: Bacalao a la vizcaina Karen Hursh Graber

The Spanish made the most of the New World ingredients they found in Mexico, using potatoes, tomatoes and chiles in this dish, in addition to the olives they imported from Europe and the salted, dried ... read more

Mexican holiday punch: Ponche navideño Karen Hursh Graber

In addition to being served in Mexican homes during the Christmas and New Year holiday season, hot ponche is sold at night by street vendors who ladle it out from steaming cylindrical vats. read more

Mexican pear salsa: Salsa de peras Karen Hursh Graber

Mexican Pear Salsa'
© Karen Hursh Graber, 2013
The white pear flesh, green herbs and red onion give this salsa the colors of the Mexican flag and the Christmas season. Just as tasty as it is visually appealing, Mexican pear salsa goes well with pork and is a nice accompaniment to simple grilled pork chops or a holiday roast. read more

Sweet tamales: Tamales dulces Karen Hursh Graber

Sweet tamales, wrapped in corn husks and piled on platters, are a traditional treat at children's birthday parties, christenings and First Communions, as well as at the Christmas posadas. On Cand... read more

Puebla style eggnog: Rompope Karen Hursh Graber

This beverage was first made by the colonial-era nuns at the Convent of Santa Clara in Puebla, and the Santa Clara brand is still one of the most popular. It is fun and very easy to make at home. Unlik... read more

Light as a breeze rosette fritters: Buñuelos de viento Ana María Flores Sánchez

Buñuelos are crispy fried rosette cookies, a Mexican favorite at Christmas. © Daniel Wheeler, 2009 These light, crisp Mexican Christmas cookies are a favorite at posadas and pastorelas. Ingredie... read more

Mexico's Historical Cookies June Summers

PANADERIAS - (Mexican Bakeries): Smells of fresh bread and pastries filter the air, dissolving resolves of the staunchest weight-watchers. Ah! What a sweet lesson in history! Although the gre... read more

A toast to Mexico's better wines Lindajoy Fenley

Mexican wines may finally be gaining ground in a centuries-old battle fraught with political, sociological and economic challenges, not to mention the usual climatic problems. Father Hidalgo would be ... read more

Chocolate atole: Champurrado Karen Hursh Graber

This ancient beverage brings together two Mesoamarican natives, corn and chocolate in a delicious and satisfying hot drink. read more

Candied walnuts: Nueces garapiñadas Karen Hursh Graber

Candied nuts are a favorite treat in Mexico, and may be made with walnuts, pecans, almonds or peanuts. Walnuts are most prevalent during the winter holiday season. This sweet is one of the things we ca... read more

Mexican pork tenderloins with guavas: Escalopas de cerdo con guayabas Karen Hursh Graber

Mexican guavas and a handcrafted ceramic piggy bank, both from Michoacan
© Sergio Wheeler, 2011
he Mexicans, like the Chinese, have created some wonderful dishes combining pork with fruit. Pork tenderloins with guavas is an example of the inventiveness of nouvelle Mexican cuisine. Escalopas de cerdo con guayabas have the same sweet-and-sour tanginess of many oriental dishes. read more

Mexican orange sugar sookies: Polvorones de naranja Karen Hursh Graber

The sugar cookies called polvorones are sometimes known as "Mexican wedding cookies" in English, although I've never seen them served at a wedding here in Central Mexico. They are a common bakery it... read more

Mexican turkey in a dark spice sauce: Chilmole from the Yucatan Karen Hursh Graber

A traditional and delicious Mexican dish, chilmole — sometimes called relleno negro — is made from one of the classic recados, or seasoning combinations. This dish, said to have orig... read more

Mexican guava water drink: Agua de guayaba Karen Hursh Graber

Just the aroma of fresh guavas is enough to inspire visions of lolling in a hammock in some tropical hideaway. Guavas have seed sacs nearly identical-looking to those found in tomatoes, and they are re... read more

Sweet cinnamon coffee: Cafe de olla Karen Hursh Graber

Sweet cinnamon coffee is a great early-morning energy booster, as well as a good beverage for those who need to stay awake later in the day. My husband calls it "funeral coffee" because cafe de olla is... read more

Date And Pecan Pie Ana María Flores Sánchez

Ingredients: Crust 18 "maria" cookies (can be found in the specialty foods section of your supermarket or local hispanic market. Vanilla wafers may be substituted.) 1/2 stick butte... read more

Mexican cheese and guava flan: Flan de queso y guayaba Karen Hursh Graber

Guavas, being so plentiful in Aguascalientes, are used in several desserts. A common combination in Mexico is ate, a paste made with guava, quince, pears or other fruit, and cream cheese, served toge... read more

Jicama and mandarin orange salad: Ensalada xec Karen Hursh Graber

This refreshing Yucatecan-style salad uses winter fruit in season. It comes to us courtesy of Chef David Sterling of Merida's Los Dos cooking school. Ingredients 1 ½ pounds jicama,... read more

Mexican stuffed roasted turkey roulade: Rollo de pavo relleno Karen Hursh Graber

This traditional Mexican meat stuffing for turkey is reminiscent of Spanish picadillo. Since only the breast — which tends to have less flavor than dark meat — is used in this recipe, the richness ... read more

Pomegranate champagne cocktail: Coctel de champaña y granada Karen Hursh Graber

When we lived in Oaxaca, we had neighbors with a pomegranate tree that seemed to bear fruit much longer than in other places. In Puebla, the pomegranate season is late summer, after which pomegranates ... read more

Baked chilaquiles: Chilaquiles al horno Karen Hursh Graber

We usually make chilaquiles right on the stovetop and gobble them up immediately, but in this recipe, they are baked in the oven, which means that all work can be done before guests arrive. Leave out t... read more
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