Comida Latina, Condiments and Salsas, Dairy Free, Mains, Recipes

Grilled Fish Tacos with Sweet Corn Salsa

September 1, 2015
Grilled Fish Tacos with Corn

Hi! Should we talk about school starting? Or maybe the weather? I could go on and on about the fact that it’s going to be in the 90’s all week. Or have you noticed my little site re-design? I’m very excited about it and would happily discuss. All these are very worthy subjects but I’d much rather talk tacos. In an attempt to hold on to the last remains of summer we’ve been grilling practically every single night. I normally don’t grill white flaky fish—it can quickly overcook, fall through the grates, you name it—but last night I decided to grill this lovely piece of cod we had and man the goodness of that char was lost on no one. Marinating meat is

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Breads, Breakfast, Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Recipes, Snacks, Sweets

Zucchini Avocado Bread

August 15, 2015
Zucchini Avocado Bread

There was a squabble the other night over what to have for dessert. We had made grilled chicken for dinner, so naturally the kids wanted s’mores (as they do anytime there are open flames around) and The Professor and I wanted brownies (with vanilla ice cream for me, thankyouverymuch). Sides were immediately chosen, parents against kids, with no one budging an inch. The Professor announced that whoever could answer two questions of the opposing team’s choosing could get their desired dessert. We went first. “Louisa, what is the name of the first Latina Supreme Court Justice?” I realize this may seem a little far reaching for a child of 7 but we had just been discussing this mere seconds before the

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Comida Latina, Mains, Recipes, Salads

White Cheddar Cornbread and Bacon Panzanella

August 5, 2015
Cornbread Panzanella

We are back from Dallas. It was…..I don’t know, hot. Like holy crap, hot! You Southerners have an intense heat tolerance, I bow down to you. I was sweating the moment I stepped out of the airport, I’m pretty sure it was 110°F at midnight. What do they call that? Oh yeah….sultry. No, it was fun. For the first time ever Louisa got to celebrate her birthday with all of her 13 cousins—that water balloon fight was on. We ate amazingly delicious burgers at Rodeo Goat—I had a little sweet corn-guajillo mayonnaise-cotija number that I’ll be recreating at home with a quickness, aaaaand got in tons of family time, so all-in-all it was a solid vacation. Now we’re back and my

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Apps, Comida Latina, Mains, Recipes, Soups and Stews

Cindy Pawlcyn’s Green Grape and Almond Gazpacho

July 21, 2015
Green Grape and

As anyone who takes a great deal of pleasure from cooking can tell you, your palate is equal parts nature and nurture. You learn to cook by following the lead of others, whether that be by the apron strings or by the book (or nowadays, the internet) and then over time break away to create your own style through experimentation, trial, and error. I’ve had a series of influencers in my quarter century of cooking but none that has shaped my style so distinctly as Cindy Pawlcyn. She gave me my first big break—hiring me at 22 to be the Sous Chef at her famous Napa Valley restaurant, Mustards Grill—and I was an avid student. After working 18 hour days six

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Comida Latina, Popular, Recipes, Sandwiches, Snacks, Sweets

Mexican Hot Chocolate Waffle Iron Sandwich

July 14, 2015

My son shoved a wad of gum in his eye the other day. We were about halfway into our road trip from Grand Forks when I noticed my normally rambunctious but all the sudden curiously quiet child making pulling motions from the top section of his face. I turned around to see his eye sealed shut by a spider web of pink bubble gum. I pulled over at the next exit and got out of the car. The Professor (who happened to be following us) pulls up behind and got out too. “What’s going on?” he asks. I will preface my response by saying as a parent you find yourself saying a lot of sentences made up of words you

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Comida Latina, Drinks, Recipes

Easy Almond-White Chocolate Horchata

July 9, 2015
Almond White Horchata

You know when you are standing over a sink of hot water doing dishes and you’ve got sweat rolling down your neck because you refuse to turn on the air conditioning even though the thermostat says it’s 82°F in your house but you reason that that is not that hot considering most of the year you would give your left arm for it to be anywhere near 70°F in the house so you open all the windows and pray for a breeze and you start dreaming about downing an ice cold milkshake and you look out the window at the Dairy Queen across the street and you go check your purse to see if you have enough money to go

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Mains, Recipes

30-Minute Meals for July {aka Link Love}

July 6, 2015
Meals for July

How was your 4th of July weekend? Maybe you’re still on it? We are. But even as I sit here on the dock soaking up the sun I’m dutifully going to fill up your inbox with loads of fresh, new ideas for easy dinners you can make this month from this here blog as well as some of my favorite food folks around the web. It is summer so clearly we are going to do a lot of grilling, as well as tomato eating, and quite possibly some corn. We’ve got a few burgers, a couple substantial salads and even some easy pasta dishes—because no one gets sick of pasta…like ever. Rest assured they all take under 30 minutes to

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Apps, Dairy Free, Recipes, Snacks

Jerk Hummus + Sesame Pita Chips

July 2, 2015
Jerk Hummus

By now I’m assuming your 4th of July plans are firmly in place but I hope you’ve left a little leeway in the menu as I have something you are going to want to add. We will be heading up to the lake to watch fireworks explode over our heads from the seats in our canoe and then rowing back in the dark for a little bourbon and S’mores by the bonfire. Ahhhh, life is grand. I’m planning on bringing a batch of this hummus to snack on, but be warned it is not for the faint of heart. Every year my friend Nadja goes back to visit her family in Jamaica and brings me a jar of hot and spicy Walkerswood

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Apps, Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Recipes, Snacks

Jicama Pops

June 29, 2015
Jicama Pops with Chile

Today we are celebrating my dear friend Catherine with a surprise virtual baby shower!!!! In honor of her third beautiful baby a bunch of us food bloggers are getting together to throw a party full of naturally vibrant, colorful food. Catherine works tirelessly on her blog Weelicious to make family-friendly food that is bursting with flavor—not food coloring. She is constantly coming up with genius ideas for dinner, breakfast, and snack time that are easy and approachable and make me think “why the heck haven’t I thought of that?!!!” So when it was my turn to make something for her, I wanted to come up with a recipe that I know her kids would love, that is healthy, easy, and fun.

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Comida Latina, Mains, Recipes

Grilled Cotija-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Bacon

June 25, 2015
Grilled Pork Tenderloin

It’s summer and you know what that means: grilling season is awwn! But just because the food is cooked over an open flame doesn’t mean it has to be something a caveman would recognize. Let’s take a break from the gargantuan steaks for a minute and make something a little fancier, something, I don’t know… stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon? This pork tenderloin looks complicated but is actually pretty simple to pull-off. I used a mixture of Queso Fresco for it’s mellow buttery flavor and Cotija cheese to add a briny bite. The nice thing about these cheeses are that they hold their shape to create clean, beautiful slices after the pork has been cooked, not to mention

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