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May 8, 2015

I made Huevos Rancheros and Skillet Corn Bread, special for Mother’s Day, with Alan Tacher on Univision’s Despierta America. I had a blast! Watch here, and you will see…

Baked Egg Casserole

Baked Egg Casserole
Cazuela de Huevos

Serves: 4

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Vegetable oil, for frying eggs

8 eggs

Kosher or coarse sea salt, to taste

3 cups refried beans

8 slices of turkey or ham

1 batch of salsa ranchera

2 cups (about 8 ounces) grated cheese such as Oaxaca, mozzarella or Monterrey Jack

To Prepare

Preheat oven to 400.

In a medium skillet set over medium-low heat, heat a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Once hot, crack in 4 eggs, sprinkle with salt, and cover with a lid. Cook for about 3 minutes, until eggs are set, but not fully done, and the yolk is gooey. Repeat with the remaining 4 eggs, or make two skillets at once.

In an individual casserole, ovenproof bowl or large ramekin, spoon 3/4 cup refried beans, add a slice of turkey or ham, and a pair of the cooked eggs. Ladle in a generous amount of salsa ranchera to completely cover, and add shredded cheese on top. Assemble the rest of the casseroles. Alternatively, it can be made in a large casserole for everyone to share.

Place in the oven until the cheese has completely melted, about 4 to 5 minutes.


Juju's Mango Smoothie

Juju’s Mango Smoothie

Serves: makes about 3 cups

Juju’s Mango Smoothie


2 cups diced fresh mango, or thawed from frozen

1 tsp Mexican vanilla extract

2 cups orange juice, preferably fresh squeezed

1 ripe banana, sliced

To Prepare

Combine the mango, vanilla, orange juice, and banana in a blender and puree until smooth. Add a couple handfuls of ice cubes and puree until well blended.


Black Bean Sauce Egg Enchiladas with Chorizo and Queso Fresco

Black Bean Sauce Egg Enchiladas with Chorizo and Queso Fresco
Enchiladas de Huevo con Salsa de Frijol con Chipotle, Chorizo y Queso Fresco

Serves: 6 to 8, makes 12 enchiladas

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3 cups cooked beans and their cooking broth, or 2 cans black beans, drained, plus 1 cup water

2 tablespoons adobo sauce from chipotles in adobo sauce

1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, seeded, optional

2 tablespoons vinegary sauce (or escabeche) from pickled jalapeños

1 pound Mexican chorizo, casings removed, roughly chopped

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/3 cup chopped scallions, plus extra for garnish

8 large eggs, beaten with a fork or whisk until foamy

1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste

12 corn tortillas

1 cup crumbled queso fresco, cotija, farmer’s cheese, or goat cheese

4 to 6 pickled jalapeños, seeded and chopped, optional as garnish

Ripe avocado slices, optional

To Prepare

Place the cooked black beans and their cooking broth, or water if using canned beans, in a blender along with the sauce from the chipotles in adobo and the vinegary sauce from the pickled jalapeños, puree until smooth. Place the puree in a medium saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until very hot. Reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting and keep warm. The puree should have the consistency of heavy cream.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once it is hot, add the chorizo and cook, crumbling as it cooks with a wooden spoon or spatula, until it has browned and crisped, about 5 to 6 minutes. Scrape into a bowl, cover and set aside.

Pre-heat a comal or cast iron skillet over medium heat.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium, or 10-inch, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the scallions and cook until soft and translucent and the edges begin to brown lightly, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, pour in the beaten eggs, sprinkle with the salt, and cook, stirring often and gently, until desired doneness. I like to stop cooking the eggs when they are still soft and tender, not dry, which takes about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Heat the corn tortillas, a pair at a time, on the pre-heated comal or skillet about 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. You want them to be completely heated and even slightly toasted. (Alternatively, the tortillas can be quickly “passed through hot oil,” that is quickly fried, 10 seconds per side, in pre-heated oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.) One by one, place the heated tortillas on a plate and spoon about 3 tablespoons of the scrambled eggs onto each tortilla. Roll and place on a platter seam side down. Continue with the remaining tortillas.

When all the tortillas are stuffed, rolled, and set on the platter, pour the bean puree on top. Cover with the cooked chorizo, crumbled queso and extra scallions. Add as much chopped pickled jalapeño as you like, as well as avocado slices.


October 23, 2014

7 OCTOBER 2014

It’s such a privilege to participate in the Institute of the Americas‘ Latin American Journalists Program in Boston, Mass. I’m creating a special menu of diabetes-friendly breakfast recipes using the abundance of healthy Latin American ingredients, which I will demo for health journalists from all over Central and South America. Then, it’s their turn to cook, as I lead them in a friendly cook-off where they make the recipes in teams. Immediately following my presentation, there will be a breakfast featuring my recipes.

April 29, 2014
Breakfast Enchiladas

An intrinsically Mexican dish, enchiladas are not one but a multitude of possibilities that can dress up a corn tortilla. Simply the sound of the word enchilada makes any Mexican’s mouth water in less than a millisecond and is cause for celebration.

One of the dearest antojos or antojitos (translate to whims or little whims), enchiladas are corn tortillas that may be heated up or lightly fried, either folded or rolled, with or without a variety of fillings, always bathed in a salsa or sauce, and garnished with a a few from a long list of possible toppings. From crumbled queso fresco and a drizzle of crema, to raw or pickled onion, chiles or other vegetables, Mexican avocado, chorizo, shredded lettuces and cabbage, just to name some.

Considering the variations of fillings, salsas, and toppings, enchiladas not only embody different regional cuisine’s identities, but also the whims of different cooks…

Here is my latest one; I call it the Big Brunch Enchilada.

Continue reading Big Brunch Enchiladas

February 28, 2014
Yucatán Style French Toast

It’s ironic. The farthest away from Mexico I’ve been, the closest I’ve felt to my home country and the more I’ve gotten to know it.

Namely, there are 2,419 miles between my home in the DC area and the home I was born and raised in, in Mexico City (I’ve seen it in Google maps a thousand times with my boys), it’s a 44-hour drive if you go non-stop and a 5-hour flight with no connections.

Distance matters. It weighs, in tons of pounds of nostalgia that can be soothed in the kitchen. Distance has made my time in Mexico intense and adventurous, and the foods I am able to replicate in my American kitchen that much more precious.

Continue reading Yucatán Style French Toast: Ultra Decadent

Caballeros Pobres

Yucatán-Style French Toast
Caballeros Pobres

Serves: 6 to 8

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For the syrup:

4 cups water

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/4 cup raisins, or to taste

1 ceylon or true cinnamon stick

3 whole cloves

2 tablespoons dry sherry (optional)

For the toast:

6 eggs, separated

1 cup milk

1 14-ounce can La Lechera sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 large French baguette or thick baguette of your choice, cut into 3/4-inch slices

1/2 cup chopped almonds

To Prepare

Place a medium saucepan with the water, sugar, raisins, cinnamon and cloves over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and let it cook until it achieves the consistency of a light syrup and the flavors from the spices have infused the liquid, about 35 minutes. Turn off the heat. If you like a hint of alcohol in your dessert, add the sherry. Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves. Cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, beat the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer or with a hand mixer over medium-high speed until they hold stiff peaks. Reduce the speed to low, add the yolks one by one and continue beating just until incorporated, so the volume will not decrease much.

In a large bowl, combine the milk, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla, stir until incorporated.

Set the bowl with the milk mixture beside the bowl with the beaten egg whites and yolks.

Fill a large sauté pan with about 1/4-inch of oil and heat over medium heat until hot, but not smoking, and you see ripples in the oil when you tilt the pan.

One at a time, dunk each piece of bread in the milk mixture until soaked, immediately dip into the egg mixture to completely cover, and place the coated slice in the hot oil. Fry for about a minute on one side, until golden brown, flip to the other side and do the same. Add as many bread pieces as will fit into the pan without over-crowding. When finished frying, place the bread pieces on a baking dish covered with paper towels to drain.

Traditionally, the “poor gentleman” pieces are placed on a platter, covered with the syrup and refrigerated. But I think they are a thousand times tastier served hot! Cover the pieces with warm syrup, sprinkle chopped almonds on top and serve.

If you have leftovers, cover the battered and fried bread pieces with the remaining syrup and almonds, and store covered in the refrigerator. I admit they are also fabulous cold.


Huevos Rancheros with Calabacitas

Huevos Rancheros with Zucchini
Huevos Rancheros con Calabacitas

Serves: 4

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For the salsa:

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup chopped white onion

1 jalapeño, finely chopped, more or less to taste

1 1/2 pounds ripe Roma tomatoes (about 5 to 7 tomatoes), cored and chopped, don’t discard the seeds

1 large or 2 medium zucchinis, chopped (about 2 cups)

For the eggs:

8 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil, to cook the eggs

To Prepare

To make the salsa: In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over medium heat until hot, but not smoking, then add the onion and jalapeño, cook, stirring occasionally, until completely soft and translucent, about 6 to 8 minutes. Raise the heat to medium-high, add the tomatoes and cook until they become soft, juicy and mushy, about 15 minutes.

Reduce the heat to low, add the zucchini, cover, and cook for about 6 minutes or until zucchini is cooked through but still with a crisp bite, and the tomatoes are completely mushy. Remove the lid and turn off the heat.

To make the eggs: Heat a small, 6-inch non-stick skillet over medium-low heat for at least 5 minutes. Add half a teaspoon oil, once hot, crack two eggs at a time into the pan, sprinkle with salt to taste, cover with a lid, and cook to your preferred doneness. I give them about 5 minutes, as I like the whites fully cooked and the yolks runny. Serve with a generous amount of salsa on top.


Mexican Chocolate Donuts

Mexican Chocolate DonutsDonas de Chocolate Mexicano

Serves: makes 12 mini donuts or 8 pancakes

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1 cup milk

2 Mexican chocolate bars (each about 3 ounces), cut into large chunks

1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of kosher or coarse sea salt

3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan

1 large egg

Special equipment, optional – Ebleskiver filled pancake pan

Fillings, La Lechera dulce de leche or cajeta, chocolate and hazelnut spread, jams or preserves

Confectioners' sugar (optional, for dusting)

To Prepare

In a medium saucepan, heat milk over medium-low heat. Add chocolate chunks and stir occasionally until it has dissolved, a few minutes. Remove from heat and using a molinillo or whisk, emulsify or foam as much as you can. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour with the sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the melted butter to the dry ingredients as well as the beaten egg and start to mix with a spatula. Slowly, pour the Mexican chocolate milk, mixing fast so the egg will not cook (!) if the milk is still hot. Continue to combine until you get an even and homogeneous batter, just a minute or so. You should have a shiny and a bit runny batter. Taste it: it’s so good! Let it sit for a few minutes, it will fluff up a bit, which is what you want.

Meanwhile, heat your special pan or skillet over low to medium-low heat until very hot, about 4 or 5 minutes. Butter the pan and spoon batter into each hole, about 3/4 of the way up each cup. Once you can move the balloons around (like when pancakes are ready to flip), but the batter in the center can still be runny, you can add a half a teaspoon of a filling of your choice. Cover with a bit more batter to fill the cups just a tad beyond the rim. Using two spoons or two wooden skewers, flip the donuts to the other side. Give them a minute or two and remove from the pan. Dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired, (I always do!) and eat while hot.

If making normal pancakes, cook as regular pancakes. Heat the skillet over medium-low heat until very hot. Grease with unsalted butter and ladle batter into the pan. Flip once the top shows bubbles and the bottom is cooked enough to be released from the pan. Cook on the other side for a minute or two and serve. Add the fillings as toppings instead of as a filling.


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