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Maria Amalia Garza

Cream of Pinto Bean Soup

Beans are an everyday food item in Mexico. This soup is delicious, nutritious, and elegant enough for a dinner party. Even better, kids love it because of its smooth and creamy texture. 


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Go Nuts: Double Pecan Tart with Dulce de Leche

I am not afraid to tell you I have a love affair with pecans. Hailing from northern Mexico, it is impossible not to love the delicious buttery nuts. Growing up in a ranch in Monterrey, I remember we had huge pecan trees in the yard. We all looked forward to harvest time, when the nuts would fall from the trees. As kids it was exciting to collect bags of them and then sit around the table shelling them so our Nana would bake us a pie.


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Perfect Pork Dinner: Mushroom-stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Pork is one of our beloved meats in Mexico.


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High Steaks: Mexican Carne Norestense

Northeastern Mexican cuisine is finally getting the recognition it deserves for being deliciously flavorful and simple. This fork-tender beef steak and salsa combo is a prime example. It comes together in minutes and will wow your guests.


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Green Salad with Hibiscus Vinaigrette

Late summer makes me think of the Fiestas de la Vendimia, harvest celebrations at wineries around the world, and specifically reminds me of a visit to the oldest winery in the Americas: Casa Madero. A few years back, I spent a few days at la Casa Grande, at Hacienda San Lorenzo in Parras, Coahuila, in northeastern Mexico.

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Green Salad with Hibiscus Vinaigrette

This green salad is addictive: a mix of red and green leaf lettuce with tart green apple, sweet grapes, and crunchy totasted pepitas all tossed with an hibiscus vinaigrette.


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Mushroom Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Braising meat in salsa is a popular way of cooking in Mexico. This delicious pork tenderloin is impressive due to the caramelized mushroom filling and spicy chipotle salsa. And though it's a special meal for guests, it's easy to make for family weeknight dinners.


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Northeastern Beef Steak with Roasted Tomatillo and Three Chile Salsa

Northeastern Mexican cuisine is finally getting the recognition it deserves for being deliciously flavorful but very simple. This fork-tender beef steak and salsa combo comes together in minutes and will wow your guests.


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Double Pecan Tart with Cajeta and Coconut

This tart will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth! Deliciously creamy cajeta mixed with pecans and coconut makes the perfect filling for a flaky pecan crust. All you need are some berries for a perfect ending to any meal.


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Tamal Azteca
Tamal Azteca

Any recipe that has the name Azteca in it will most likely have corn kernels and poblano chiles on the ingredient list. Indeed, these two vegetables are a beloved combination for the Mexican palate. Add crema (and often times cheese) to that and it becomes magic.


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