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Mole with Dana McMahan

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Dana McMahan makes mole with Chef Bruce

Dana McMahan, a well-known food writer in Louisville, KY, recently traveled to Mexico. Before this trip, she had long hated peppers, thinking that bell peppers represented all peppers. Her mind was opened and her taste buds were pleased to learn that chilies are amazingly complex and really spice up a dish, literally. Returning from the trip, she […]

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Tok-sel Lima Beans Video

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Tok-sel Lima Beans

Since opening his first restaurant in 1997, Chef Bruce Ucán has had customers begging him for the recipe for his famous tok-sel lima beans. Years ago, it was printed in the Courier-Journal, Louisville’s local paper, and in 2007, it was featured on NPR’s Kitchen Window. The recipe is available on our website as well. Even with this […]

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Blueberry-Jasmine Shrub Cocktail Recipe

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Blueberry-Jasmine Shrub Cocktail Recipe

The inspiration for this early summer cocktail came from a trip  our general manager took to a small-batch vinegar shop in the area. Capshew Cellars is located in southern, Indiana and has a really great story. Bob Capshew, the owner, has been making small-batch vinegar and fruit wines for years, and his products are standing to become […]

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Pomegranate Gin Smash Recipe

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Pomegranate Gin Smash recipe

This Pomegranate Gin Smash cocktail is a refreshing complement to many of the flavors we serve at the Mayan Cafe. It’s the perfect cocktail for sitting on your front porch in the summer or entertaining friends in the spring. Try the recipe listed here. There are many types of gin out there, but we feel […]

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Mayan Martini recipe

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Mayan Martini

In December 2012, we celebrated (making it through!) the end of the Mayan calendar with this signature martini. Learn to make it at home and impress your friends with your cocktail-making skills! Mayan Martini 2 oz. Bombay dry gin 1 oz. Carpano Antico sweet Vermouth 1 pickled jalapeño* 1/2 oz. pickling juice (serve in rocks […]

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Tok-sel Lima Beans recipe

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Tok-sel Lima Beans

Growing up in a small village in southern Mexico, Chef Bruce Ucan roasted beans using this ancient Mayan recipe. At the Mayan Café, his tasty tok-sel lima beans surprise & delight customers.

Recipe | Salmon in Pomegranate Reduction

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salmon in pomegranate reduction

The recent November 2013 edition of Local Palate Magazine featured recipes created by our very own, Chef Bruce Ucán. We have chosen to celebrate the pomegranate, along with several of these recipes on our December Special Menu. This recipe uses salmon, whereas we have used scallops on our special menu this month, but no worries – both are […]

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Butternut Squash & Pomegranate Salad Recipe | Local Palate Magazine

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butternut squash & pomegranate salad

The recent November 2013 edition of Local Palate Magazine featured recipes created by our very own, Chef Bruce Ucán. We have chosen to celebrate the pomegranate, along with several of these recipes on our December Special Menu.  This particular salad highlights the late fall ingredients we can get in Kentucky, and the pomegranates add just that […]

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Mayan Cafe favorite : Cochinita Pibil recipe

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Cochinita Pibil

COCHINITA PIBIL RECIPE slow-roasted Mayan-style pork Ingredients (Pork) 2 lbs. Stone Cross Farm pastured pork shoulder/boston butt 8 oz. achiote paste 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 cup orange juice Salt & pepper to taste 1 oz oregano 8 cloves of garlic 2 tbsp chopped garlic 4 cups water Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Cut […]

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Cooking Class by Chef Bruce

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Chef Bruce cooking up some delicousness!

On Thursday, November 7, Chef Bruce will be giving a cooking class at Cooking at the Cottage on Lexington Rd.  The theme is Mayan Cafe Favorites. Over the 16 years Chef Bruce has had his restaurants, there have been a few dishes in particular that our customers really seem to love.  These are the recipes that […]

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