Served with a cup of Creamy Tortilla Soup, this salad makes the perfect Mexican-inspired dinner. To make a complete meal of the salad alone, toss in some chicken breast, cumin-marinated tofu, or carne asada.
In the mood for Mexican but don’t want to roll over in a Mexi-Coma? Try these light and refreshing Halibut Fish Tacos. They are flavorful and bright, with just a hint of clean heat from the jalapeno.
Add a dollop of Avocado Crema, and you not only have a light and filling meal, but you have the added benefit of saying “It’s not crema….it’s my daily dose of omegas and antioxidents”.
It doesn’t rain often in San Diego, CA, but when it does I like to pretend it’s a cold, dreary, Midwest afternoon. I imagine myself bundled up in front of a fire place, with a book in my lap and cup of tea in my hand. I start craving a warm, comforting one-pot meal. Pork chops, apple sauce, the flavors of home.
I elevated my desire for comfort food by using pork tenderloin, and adding anise-flavored fennel to offset the sweetness of the pork and squash.
I usually cook my meals from scratch, no matter how effort-filled. But when you are cooking for a crowd, you must know your limitations. The night I “invented” the Chicken Poblano Tacos, I was already making two other tacos from scratch: Carne Asada Street Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema and a Halibut Fish Taco with Cilantro Lime Crema.
Enter the humble rotisserie chicken. It’s pre-cooked, pre-seasoned, and ready to go in pretty much any recipe that calls for slow cooked, pulled chicken. Add that to Frontera’s taco skillet sauce, and your taco night will pack on heck of a punch.
In January 2017, I visited Chicago to celebrate the birth of my beautiful niece, Virginia Abbe Strange. I arrived at the airport to find the entire city hibernating against the cold (-20 with windchill!), and found myself determined to bring my SoCal sunshine to the
The key to a juicy and flavorful skirt steak is in the marinade. Do not fast track the marinating time, and give this pedestrian meat all the TLC it deserves.
In January 2017, I visited Chicago to celebrate the birth of my beautiful niece, Virginia Abbe Strange. I arrived at the airport to find the entire city hibernating against the cold (-20 with windchill!), and found myself determined to bring my SoCal sunshine to the Midwest.
The Smietana clan nominated me to bring a Sunday dinner party to my sister’s house while we passed Virginia around like the most treasured Christmas present. If I was going to bring a sunny disposition to this party, I had to back up my San Diego credibility with a Mexican fiesta!
We went to Costco the other day not for groceries, but for the free samples. Don’t pretend like you don’t do that too! Continue reading
I always thought I hated pork. It’s dry, chewy, flavorless. No bueno. Continue reading
We’re going to Thailand!
We go through our days so focused on the task at hand, at our to-do list, that we often forget to look back on all we have to be thankful for. I too am a victim of this monotonous trap.
When I think back on the past year, I know I have much to be thankful for. Whether big or small, these moments shift and shape who I am today and how I will view the world tomorrow.