Maria Baez Kijac is Cookstr’s Author of the Day!
Posted by VeronicaFriday September 14, 2012
The good news just keeps coming! Today’s Cookstr featured author is Maria Baez Kijac, author of one of our great international cookbooks: The South American Table (which was also recognized by Cooking Light as one of the best cookbooks of the last 25 years!)
Maria has degrees in French Cooking and the Liberal Arts. She has studied all over the world and is a native of Quito, Ecuador– as a result, her recipes bring more than just great food to the table. The South American Table also explores a rich cultural heritage and give context to some of your favorite dishes. As a special treat we’ve decided to share this delicious and simple dish with you!
Recipe: Mazamorra Campesina (Sweet Corn Stew)
Summary: This mazamorra is typical of the diet of the Venezuelan countryside. Just as many people view chicken soup as a cure-all, so do the campesinos (country people) attribute healing powers to this stew. It is considered especially good for children, the elderly, and women who have given birth.
- 6 to 8 ears corn (4 cups kernels)
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups milk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon anise seeds, crushed
- Pinch of salt
- Granulated or dark brown sugar for serving
- In a food processor or blender, puree the corn with a little of the water until smooth. Transfer to a large saucepan and add the rest of the water, the milk, anise, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve warm, with the sugar on the side.
Number of servings (yield): 4