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Mexican Made Easy: Everyday Ingredients, Extraordinary Flavor


The Kitchen kicks off a Labor Day barbecue with wings two ways. The hosts have easy solutions to common barbecue dilemmas and offer up recipes including Geoffrey Zakarian's No Cream-Creamed Corn, Marcela Valladolid's Grilled Corn and Poblano Salad, and Sunny Anderson's grilled Jumbo Shrimp with a 1-2-3 Glaze. Plus, desserts you can cook on the grill, using pickle brine to punch up flavor, and cool off with a Frozen Raspberry and Vodka Lemonade.

Marcela Valladolid is an accomplished chef who specializes in the artistry of traditional Mexican cuisine. She successfully translated her culinary knowledge and passion to the small screen as the host of Discovery en Español's "Relatos con Sabor" and as a contestant on "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" before hosting her own Food Network series, "Mexican Made Easy," which premiered in 2010. Wanting to share her expertise on great Mexican food that combines freshness and flavor with kitchen ease, Valladolid published FRESH MEXICO: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor in 2009 and Mexican Made Easy in 2011.


Chocoflan Recipe from Marcela Valladolid of Food Network

Chef Marcela Valladolid says she was fortunate to have been exposed to both her Mexican and American heritage early on in her life. She was born in San Diego and grew up in Tijuana, crossing the border each day to go to school. Her two cultures would later serve as the foundation for the Mexican-American chef's culinary career.