Guest Video: Ofelia’s Mexican Kitchen

Ofelia Barrios is our second guest to share her stories and recipes in a video for Open View Gardens. Ofelia is a wonderful cook of Mexican food — during her time as a student at Middlebury College and her many subsequent visits to our home, she filled the house with ingredients she had brought from New York to make delicious, home-style Mexican dishes. In the video, Ofie not only explains her techniques for making chiles rellenos and tostadas but also shares how cooking reconnects her with her family and culture and helps her relax after a long day at work.

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8 Comments on “Guest Video: Ofelia’s Mexican Kitchen”

  1. Ofelia
    August 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    Liz- The video is amazing. You and Barbara did a great job; I look like a true professional cook. Open View Gardens- Es mi familia!


    • August 19, 2011 at 7:03 am #

      I think Elizabeth’s video is splendid, too, Ofie, and your cooking was delicious! I just got to sit back and enjoy it all, and enjoy it I sure did!

    • August 20, 2011 at 5:01 am #

      Ofie, I had so much fun making this video with you — thanks for contributing to Open View Gardens!

  2. Patty Campos
    August 19, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    Ofelia: I just watched your video, I really enjoyed the Chile Relleno´s cooking procedure, I love all kind of rellenos, I am salvadorean and we love that kind of healthy food. Congratulations for being an expert cook!

    Barbara, great job!, that kind of activities are very important for people who want to share their local recipes.

    Patty Campos

    • August 19, 2011 at 7:16 am #

      Patty, I’m delighted that you watched and enjoyed the video of Ofie teaching us how to make her fabulous chile rellenos. I think you’ll enjoy Elizabeth’s video for next week which features a fellow Salvadorean making her family’s fresco de ensalada–it, too, was delicious.

      Thanks for the feedback about the guest series. Elizabeth and I love this series, too, and how much we’re learning from all the cooks and gardeners and storytellers. Inviting people from around the world to share their food stories and recipes with us and our readers is a pleasure. The garden and kitchen are fantastic places from which to learn about the world and to open our hearts and minds to the rich variety of human experience!

  3. Gerry Paille
    August 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    I worked in Mexico City for 10 days or so a few years back and had chiles rellenos several times because I loved them so much. Now I know what this dish is all about and maybe I’ll try making it sometime.

    I loved the video Ofelia as well as the other recent guest posts.

    • August 23, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

      Gerry, I’m glad you enjoyed the video — it’s surprising how easy chiles rellenos are to make and I love that you can stuff them with whatever you have on hand. Stay tuned, we have more guest videos and posts on the way!


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