As a former Californian and a current Texan, there are few foods in the world that scream warm weather like a heaping dish of cool, refreshing, chunky guacamole. (Pico de Gallo also goes on this list.) It’s one of the first things put on your table in most good Tex Mex restaurants, will always be found at a cookout or tailgate party.… Read the rest
Sometimes it’s not about putting a stylish or fancy dinner on the table. Rather, it’s about cooking something that’s comforting, delicious, filling, and quick. A dish that the family will dive into with gusto and with no worries of leftovers. In these situations it doesn’t hurt if the meal is something inexpensive at the same time. My wife’s famous chicken enchilada casserole is all these things and more.… Read the rest
It’s summertime folks. Time for simple, warm-weather friendly food that works well indoors or out. These tacos are simple, mostly make-ahead, which makes them perfect for outdoor get-togethers. Did I mention they were good? I mean really, really good. Like crazy delicious. Like I want them again right now!
This recipe is actually three separate recipes all rolled up into one phenomenal dish.… Read the rest
Fish Tacos. Sweet, succulent fish, crisp cabbage and slightly spicy sour cream all wrapped up in a flour tortilla. I’m not sure there’s a better combination of flavors anywhere. Top that off with the fact that it’s hand-held and you’ve got a real winner on your hands. This is a quick, simple and utterly delicious choice for a weeknight meal.
All you need to put a rock star dinner out is a handful of ingredients.… Read the rest
Let’s face it, tortilla chips are just plain good. They are the perfect compliment to guacamole, bean dip or as the base for nachos. That is, if they last long enough to get there before they’re bathed in salsa or pico de gallo and devoured.… Read the rest
Today we’ve got the perfect quick and easy recipe for your game-day snacking or barbecue, because nobody wants to spend hours making a dip. Let’s face it, those chips need one. This is the one they need. And hey, we’ve made bean and cheese dips before, but you can never have enough variations on a bean dip in your arsenal.
This dip can be served as shown, or modified in as many ways as there are toppings to add. … Read the rest
Waking up in the morning should never be a dull affair rather, it should be the start of something great, right? Anything with a copious amount of Mexican chorizo is definitely exciting. See where I’m going here? why not start your day with a zesty punch of flavors that will keep you going all day long.… Read the rest
There are several debates on the proper manufacture of carnitas. For the absolute purist, carnitas must be made by simmering meat in manteca (or lard) for a very long time. This isn’t really practical in many most home kitchens. It is much safer to do outside. It’s also a very labor-intensive method, as the pot has to be supervised at all times for safety reasons, so we’re not going there today.… Read the rest
Lisa Fain may have just saved me from ever setting foot in another over hyped super-chain Tex-Mex restaurant. If you don’t know who Lisa is by name, I’m sure you’re already familiar with her blog, The Homesick Texan or her cookbook, The Homesick Texan Cookbook; which I will be reviewing in the next few days.
But how did Lisa save me from another mediocre enchilada plate or cheese-sauce covered nightmare?… Read the rest
If there is a perfect recipe for hot summer days, civiche has got to be it. It’s simple, no cook and is a dish that you make ahead of time. Served chilled on a hot summer afternoon it is utterly refreshing. In short, it’s everything you want when the weather turns warm.
Lately I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on the icky-bits. Firstly, I agree with the nose-to-tail movement. I firmly believe that if an animal has given me the honor of its very life so that I may eat that no part of that gesture should be wasted.
Granted, the animal in question may never understand the sacrifice it has made or why. … Read the rest
If there’s one food that Americans have adopted from another culture and changed to their own liking it’s the taco. In fact, most Americans wouldn’t know a real taco if it bit them. We’ve changed them too much. Chain restaurants have buried the simple and noble flavors under mounds of lettuce, yellow processed cheese goo and whatever else they can come up with.… Read the rest
Weekend breakfasts are one of the things that my family looks forward to. Weekdays are a grab-and-go affair with the school bus showing up before 7:00AM and three kids to get out the door, so taking the time to sit and enjoy something together in the morning is something special.
Of course that doesn’t mean I want to spend hours making that breakfast.… Read the rest
A lot of people contact me to write posts for them. Most are horribly unsuited for this venue, but every once in a great while one comes along that gets my attention, not just because the people behind the product are willing to compensate me for my time, but because what they have to say is relevant, important and has an impact for the most important people in this blog’s world; You.… Read the rest
Are you getting tired of turkey yet? Do you need a new way to spice up that grand bird that graced your holiday table? Are you just sick-to-death of trying to find ways to get the last little bit out of your meal?
Whether you’re trying to reinvent a little more of your leftover bird or are just looking for a new way to incorporate turkey into your diet, this dish is for you. … Read the rest
If you’re looking for ways to put more fish on your weekly menu at something like a reasonable price, you’ve probably considered Tilapia. It’s a good choice. Tilapia is a mild fish, fairly firm and easy to deal with when cooking. It is farmed around the world and can be bought for less than your first-born child, even if you have plans to feed an small army.… Read the rest
Some days are just nicer than others. In my opinion it doesn’t get much nicer than having a package full of yummy goodness delivered to your door from a company that would like you to try out their newest products and let people know what you think of them. Last Tuesday was just such a day and the contents of the package were absolutely delish!… Read the rest
There are few things more comforting than the unassuming soup. There are also very few foods that are as versatile. Whether you’ve got meat, poultry, fish or veggies, you’ve got the makings for a good wholesome meal. Just about anything can be turned into a soup if you set your mind to it and leftovers are the perfect first choice for a soup-based face lift.… Read the rest
The weather has been unseasonably warm in our neck of the woods lately. Temperatures have stayed in the 70’s for over two weeks and I’ve actually been having to run the air conditioner for short periods during the afternoon to keep the house cool. With the warmer weather comes lighter foods and brighter flavors, sort of a fond farewell to winter, which seems to have left us alone for now.… Read the rest