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Los 365 Menus del Año: Marzo

March 2, 2015
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Marzo (30 Menus Practicos y Economicos) by Josefina Velázquez de León. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Marzo (30 Menus Practicos y Economicos) by Josefina Velázquez de León. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Velázquez de León, Josefina. Los 365 Menus del Año: Recetas Prácticas, Económicas, para Resolver el Diario Problema de la Alimentación. México, D.F. : Ediciones J. Velázquez de León, [196-?]. [TX716 .M4 V393 1960]


On the first Monday of each month in 2015,  La Cocina Histórica will feature recipes from Josefina Velázquez de León’s month-by-month cookbook series: Los 365 Menus del Año. 


Following the list of in-season fruits and vegetables, the opening page of the March cookbook notes that it contains several menus and dishes specifically suited for the observance of Lenten fasts:

Adémas, tiene 6 Menús de Vigilia propios para la temporada de Cuaresma, siendo dos de ellos de platillos de lujo; contiente también recetas de Cocktails de mariscos y varios platillos de pescado.

Most of the 30 menus in the book do include meat entrées, but many of the side dishes are either vegetarian or could be easily made so, such as the egg taquitos from menu 4 and the cactus pad ones from menu 29.

Menu No. 4: Sopa de Bolitas de Carne (soup with meat balls), Taquitos de Huevo con Guacamole (egg taquitos with guacamole) , Lentejas (lentils), Canasta de Melon Rellena de Frutas (melon stuffed with fruit).

Menu No. 5: Menu de Vigilia sugggests Arroz con Pescado (rice with fish), Pulpo en su Tinta (octopus in its ink), Platillo de Vigilia (Lenten dish – a salad of onions, tomatoes, potatoes, nopalitos, and shrimp), and Dulce de Fresas y Merengue (strawberry and meringue desert).

Marzo (30 Menus Practicos y Economicos) by Josefina Velázquez de León. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Marzo (30 Menus Practicos y Economicos) by Josefina Velázquez de León. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Menu 29 suggests Sopa de Pure de Papa (pureed potato soup), Espinazo de Cerdo con Verduras (pork backbone with vegetables), Taquitos Aztecas de Nopales y Crema (Aztec taquitos with cactus pads and cream), and Exquisito Flan al Minuto (exquisite minute flan).

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