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

Peach Mole with Grilled Chicken and Chayotes

August 23, 2016
Peach Mole with Grilled Chicken and Chayotes Recipe

It was this dinner along our road trip from North Dakota to California that reignited my love of mole. I had reached out on Instagram for places to eat in Salt Lake City and decided to try the Red Iguana for dinner once we rolled into town. “Their amazing moles are a must!”  was all I needed to know. They have seven different moles that are always on the menu but the night we were there they were serving an eighth: strawberry mole. More specifically chicken crema enchiladas in strawberry mole. The mole was sweet, sure, but the sweetness was offset by a hidden spice and under layers of toasted nuts and caramelized onion. I added fruit mole to my list of

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Dairy Free, Recipes

10 Recipes To Try This Week

August 21, 2016
10 Recipes To Try This Week

Happy Sunday Amigos! We made it! I’m feeling for the people of Louisiana and praying for them. Oh how I wish I could scoop up all that water and dump it on the dry, dry land here. Superpowers would be helpful. This past week was our last full week of summer. Louisa starts school on Tuesday and I’m nervous for her—but don’t worry, she’s not. I’ve also swallowed a pill and decided to do a little schooling at home with Hiro. Does this mean I’m homeschooling? I’ll let you know how it goes, please pray for me….and my child. What does your week look like? I’ve got some yummy recipes to keep our bellies happy. Let’s dig in! Why am

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Breakfast, Drinks, Recipes, Snacks

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Superfood Smoothie

August 19, 2016
Peanut Butter chocolate chip Superfood Smoothie Recipe

This post is sponsored by Society Culinaria on behalf of Cacique. All opinions and the recipe are my own. Thank you for supporting the businesses that make this blog possible. It is back to school time again and even though we should be soaking up those last bits of summer the one thing all us parents are thinking is,’ Ugh! Let the morning rush begin’. Getting your kids out of bed and off to school with full bellies and combed hair should be an Olympic sport. Move over Usain Bolt, you may be the fastest man on earth but can you “lovingly” coax your children into eating their breakfast, brushing their teeth, putting on presentable clothes, gathering all their homework, and be

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Breakfast, Comida Latina, Mains, Recipes

Green Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs

August 16, 2016
Green Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs Recipe

I have been dealing with garden withdrawl this past week. I feel all out of sorts to look out on an unfamiliar (albeit, gorgeous) backyard of palm trees and not see my normal summer scene of 10-foot tall sweet corn and lusty tomato vines heavy with fruit. Devoid of the usual garden surplus I’ve been putting together dinners of another kind. We may not have an overabundance of zucchini or eggplant (if you do here’s some ideas) but we do have loads of leftovers from Louisa’s birthday party still begging to be eaten. An extra quart jar of homemade green salsa and a bag of tortilla chips was quickly consumed in the form of chilaquiles. Which came together in about

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10 Recipes To Try This Week

August 14, 2016
10 Recipes To Try This Week

People in Southern California really do talk about the traffic…like all the time. I’ve even found myself doing it and I hardly drive anywhere. I think it’s because talking about the weather is a nonstarter. What would that conversation be? “Looks like its going to be sunny and perfect again.” “Yep.” “Yep.” Another interesting tidbit for my North Dakota/Iowa/anywhere-besides-here contingent. We went to visit Louisa’s new school building and were surprised to find no “building” at all. More like a series of small structures connected by pathways; in other words, everything is outside. They eat lunch outside, have to walk outside to get to the library, office, bathroom, you name it. When we expressed our surprise to our LA friends their kids couldn’t believe

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Comida Latina, Mains, Recipes, Sandwiches

Feta Stuffed Burger with Grilled Mexican Street Corn

August 11, 2016
Feta Stuffed Burger with Grilled Mexican Street Corn Recipe

¡Hola! This post is sponsored by Society Culinaria and Flatout Bread. The recipe and opinions however are all mine. Thanks so much for supporting the business that makes this blog possible! It is not often that I cook for one. If I find myself eating alone (a very rare occasion) I usually heat up some leftovers, make avocado toast, fry an egg, you know the deal. I really should celebrate the peace and quiet by making something special, something indulgent, and most definitely something involving cheese (an ingredient banned at most meals in our house). Since its summer a single lady’s cheese-stuffed burger is where its at, and since we are going to the trouble of lighting up the grill for one

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Mains, Recipes

10 Recipes To Try This Week

August 7, 2016
10 Recipes To Try This Week

Hi Friends! I’ve hit a bit of a rough patch this week. How are you doing? I’ve been finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with life, my work, my family, my mental and physical health. Do you ever feel like you really suck…at like, everything? My parenting skills, blogging skills, wife skills are all seriously lacking. Then they went and added stories to Instagram, which means one more thing I need to keep up with! Ugh, can I quit now? In a world where I know people are truly suffering this all seems very trivial and I feel stupid for writing it down but I’m struggling this week and that’s the reality. Maybe you are too. At least there

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Comida Latina, Condiments and Salsas, Mains, Popular, Recipes, Salads

Mexican Summer Cobb Salad

August 2, 2016
Mexican Summer Cobb Salad Recipe

Avocado update: Still have tons. I know, I know, you feel terrible for me. Thank you. But for real, what do I do with all of these?!! Is an avocado face mask a thing? I’m very much open to and will appreciate any and all ideas. So far I’ve made ten tons of guacamole, our favorite tomatillo avocado salsa (2 quarts), added to smoothies, breakfast with eggs, toast (obvsies), I have yet to try dessert applications. And of course, salad. Now this salad here is the real deal summer salad. We’ve got grilled chicken to keep us satisfied, sweet cherry tomatoes or you can used chopped garden tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs to keep the Cobb thing legit. Ripe, juicy peaches, fresh

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Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Drinks, Recipes

The Original Cadillac Margarita

August 1, 2016
Classic Cadillac Margarita Recipe

I was well into my twenties before I stopped making margaritas with a store-bought mix. Not that I consumed large quantities of margaritas back then. I was more of a Absolut Citron and Tonic kinda gal in college. A drink that made me feel simultaneously cosmopolitan and not nauseous. It wasn’t until a few years post college when I was working as a chef at Mustard’s Grill in Napa Valley that I realized margaritas were little more than fresh-squeezed lime juice, great tequila, and a splash of orange liqueur. And alas, a love was born. It wasn’t however until last week when my sister was visiting and we were sipping on this here drink, that I realized amongst aaaalllllllllllllll the margarita

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Pasta and Noodles, Recipes

10 Recipes To Try This Week

July 31, 2016
10 Recipes To Try This Week

¡Happy Sunday Amigos! Oh my, what a crazy summer it has been! I’ve lost count of how many Sundays I’ve missed spending with you. There has been so much I’ve been wanting to share; about the move, about Louisa turning eight (she got her ears pierced guys—at Claire’s; where else?! I’ve been wanting to talk with you about the political scene and hear your thoughts on all this gun violence and the fear that comes in its wake. About how Hiro wanted to take his toy gun to the park and I said no because it looked too much like a real one—Mother’s are you with me? Is that where we’re at now? What are your plans for the week?

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