Marcela treats friends to her Mexican Shrimp Burgers inspired by a classic Puerto Vallarta street food and tops them with a Mexican-style aioli with avocado, chile, and lime. To finish her festive seafood menu, she prepares Grilled Avocado and Scallop Salad and a side of Jalapeno Buttered Corn.
To celebrate the favorite men in her life, Marcela creates a menu worthy of a manly appetite. With her father, brother and son as guests, Marcela makes Hearty Mexican Rice and Spicy Surf-n-Turf Trio complete with chicken, flank steak and shrimp tossed in a Mexican salsa. Her 3-Shot Cocktail inspired y the Mexican flag and served in three separate shot glasses, includes tequila (white), fresh lime juice (green), and homemade sangria (red).
Classic American dishes get a South-of-the-Border twist as Marcela makes a Poblano Potato Salad with an addition of fresh poblano chiles, Mexican Meatloaf with a spice kick and Baja-Style Lemonade infused with rosemary and sweetened with Mexico's agave syrup.
Marcela's family and friend's gather for her son Fausto's birthday and are treated to a monsters-and-aliens-themed menu of Out-of-this World Cupcakes oozing a warm, creamy, caramel-like filling (cajeta), Flying Saucer Mini-Pizzas with Fausto's favorite toppings, chorizo and cheese and Monster Fruit Pops enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
When temperatures soar, Marcela makes the perfect menu for staying cool including Mexican Caprese Salad, Chilled Avocado Soup and Tilapia Ceviche. And, as a simple version of a classic Mexican frozen concoction, Marcela serves No-Fuss Fruity Mexican Ice, a healthy recipe using fruit that is handy and in season.
Marcela entertains a chic and swanky cocktail party with a menu to match including Spicy Crab Cakes topped with Guacamole, Goat Cheese Tartlets with Raspberry Chile Chutney and cucumber based Mexican Martinis.
Though Mexico is known for its tacos, Marcela shows viewers the popular Mexican Milanese Sandwiches made with ciabatta rolls (bolillos) and stuffed with thinly pounded chicken breast that has been breaded and fried. Accompanying the street-inspired menu are Creamy Corn Cups with mix-and-match toppings like chile powder, sour crème, lime juice, and shredded cheese and Sweet Cinnamon Flavored Oatmeal Drinks.
Marcela is sure to please her female luncheon guests with this easy, but elegant menu of Baja Style Lobster & Mango Salad, Veracruz-Style Grouper and Mexican Mango Cake.
Taking delicious Mexican dishes on the go has never been easier with Marcela's menu of Mexican-Style Slaw a simple salad of shredded jicama, beets, cucumber and rings of red arbol chiles, Warm Picnic Burritos filled with shredded dry beef (machaca) and Quick-n-Easy Coconut Bark using condensed milk and coconut baked to perfection.
Marcela and her family gather outdoors at a large farm table to feast on Marcela's Jalapeno Roast Chicken with broccolini and Chile and Cheese Rice, a layered dish of rice, rich poblano chile strips, and cheese. To wash down the flavor, Marcela serves refreshing Vanilla Pineapple Water.
Marcela cooks for the soul with these classic Mexican favorites like a Classic Tortilla Soup garnished with fried or baked tortilla strips, smoked chiles, avocado, cheese, cilantro and lime. Next she prepares Stuffed Poblano Chiles ("Chile Rellenos"), a hearty and traditional Mexican dish. For dessert, it's Mexican Rice Pudding ("Arroz con Leche") redolent of cinnamon, vanilla and raisins.
Marcela shows how to prepare a variety of heart-healthy legume-inspired dishes, including her Warm White Bean and Steak Salad and hearty Mexican Bean Stew. She also cooks Baked Quesadillas in a Bean Salsa ("Enfrijoladas") and an appetizing Toasted Bean & Cheese Open-Face Sandwich ("Molletes").
Marcela makes a delicious menu quick and easy with Mediterranean-inspired Baked Cod with Olives and Limes with hints of capers and rosemary, Fresh Avocado Tomatillo Salsa, blending tomatillos, avocado, cilantro, serrano chiles, and lemon juice and Trouble-Free Chicken Tostadas with a julienned radish topping. Lastly, Marcela prepares her Fast Fruit Delight, fruit drizzled with sweet condensed milk and creamy Kahlua.