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September 2011

Mexican Kitchen

This Mexican Kitchen Delivers the 'Whole Enchilada'

By Carol L. Bowman

By tradition, the cocina (kitchen) functions as the hub of the Mexican home, where pots of pollo mole and pozole simmer on the stove for hours and aromas of chiles, chocolate and cilantro beckon family members to gather.

There's a casa on Calle Canoas #1, behind Soriana store in Chapala, where preparing meals takes a back seat to the income-producing activities in Mama's kitchen. The cooking space resembles a beehive, as the workers buzz and hum together to make the family business succeed. Maria Ramos' cocina has served as the center of a catering company and bakery for years.

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