A Mexican, Gluten-free, Mostly-Paleo Wedding Feast and 5 Tips for Feeding Groups

Mostly-paleo wedding, Maoomba

Last weekend, I hosted a wedding.  The bride, of Mexican heritage, wanted food reminiscent of her childhood.  The groom, a meat and potatoes kind of man, has milder tastes in food.  As I was in charge of the kitchen, I opted for a happy medium that was gluten and dairy-free, without being obviously so, and […]

Crockpot Cochinita (Puerco) Pibil: Yucatecan-style Pork with a Telenovela Twist

cochinita pibil telenovela style from Maoomba

The last place I expected to find a good recipe for Cochinita Pibil, was in the comments of an English-language website that recaps Spanish-language telenovelas. If you’re asking yourself how I wound up reading the comments on that site, I have both an easy and a more complicated answer for you. The easy answer is […]

Reinventing Chiles en Nogada Soup-Style

Serve! Top with fresh pomegranate seeds or cilantro if you like.

Deconstruct:  To break something down into its component parts. For a recipe, this means looking at the recipe and determining the essential ingredients – the ones that make the dish unique, satisfying, and flavorful. Deconstruction is one of my favorite ways to reinvent a dish when I want to experience its flavors AND tailor the […]

Crock Pot Pork Carnitas with Cabbage Lime Garnish

Pork carnitas and lime

Cubes of pork shoulder marinated over-night in milk and quartered oranges. A 5-gallon pot with pounds of lard and the pork chunks heated to the brink of boiling, and stirred every so often by a 3-foot, home-made wooden paddle. Pork that is extremely tender, has a slight crisp to the outside, and can easily broken […]