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Halibut Fish Tacos with Avocado Crema

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”.

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BROWN SUGAR BRAISED PORK TENDERLOIN WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND FENNEL

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.

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Chicken Poblano Street Tacos

 

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.

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CARNE ASADA STREET TACOS

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.

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Creamy Tortilla Soup

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!

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