Fresh, zesty flavors are ripe for reveling in this time of year. When you're in the mood for a Mexican feast, why not break with the generic nacho-taco-margarita tradition? Serve up a menu that shines a spotlight on the eclectic, acclaimed cuisine of Puebla,
the city many consider the culinary capital of Mexico.
"Puebla is where the cuisines of the indigenous natives and Europeans first mixed," says Estela Salas Silva, who owns and runs the Mexican Home Cooking School in nearby Tlaxcala. The result of this cultural intermingling, Silva explains, is a melting pot of well-seasoned dishes that are flavorful, satisfying, and perfect for a party.
Nopalitos-Style Chayote Salad (pictured)