En la Cocina de Mama


Or, for Anglos, translated to English, “In Mom’s Kitchen.”  That’s where Mexico City chef Enrique Olvera had the best Entomatado de Res, or Beef and Tomatillo Stew, he ever experienced (or created) in his illustrious career.  Splendid as a standalone dish or in filling warm corn tortillas, it’s home-cooked meat and potatoes made infinitely more… Continue reading En la Cocina de Mama

Hike an Alp or Two


When Austrians want to journey up one side of a mountain and down the other, or to fortify those who will, they prepare an encouraging one-skillet meal replete with what’s necessary for the day’s exertions.   Thus, they invented Tiroler Gröstl, a stamina-building combination of diced potatoes, onion and bacon, traditionally topped with a lightly… Continue reading Hike an Alp or Two

Inside-Out


Or, more specifically, today serves up a frittata, which is, essentially, an omelette with the filling still on the outside, waiting to be folded.  Of course, doubling over this creation probably wouldn’t be good idea, or even physically possible, loaded as it is with all sorts of substantive goodies, from artichoke hearts, to mini bell… Continue reading Inside-Out

Where the Jungle Blankets the Andes


You’ll find Colombia, where the mountain chain’s northern end reaches to within miles of both the Pacific and the Caribbean.  Here the cuisine celebrates the broad availability of goods from the mountains (potatoes), the temperate valleys (corn, peas and bell peppers) and the tropical plains (annatto seeds and, of course, the coconut).  Combine these ingredients,… Continue reading Where the Jungle Blankets the Andes

Oktoberfest


As happiness (and perhaps some Hefe Weizen) warms Bavaria’s annual autumn celebration, Austria’s nearby alpine forests and streams produce a satisfying dinner to accompany the steins of beer.  Today brings Forellenfilet mit Waldpilzen, or Filet of Trout with Forest Mushrooms, as described on the Taste of Austria section of the country’s tourist board website. This… Continue reading Oktoberfest