A dear friend Shanti, with whom I share a deep love for eating (thereby cooking), celebrated her birthday on December 29, just in time to ring in the New Year with the same great, intimate company of kitchen co-conspirators. For Shanti’s day, Steve (her love) planned an elaborate, authentic Mexican feast based on Diana Kennedy’s recipes in The Essential Cuisines of Mexico.
Under Steve’s direction, we all pitched in while Shanti took charge of the cake! (The following menu provides links to essential recipes, with notes for improvements.)
Mexican Fiesta Menu