Poblano Corn Chowder

Poblano Corn Chowder

I’m the only one I know who picks a 95 degree day to make corn chowder.  To my defense; when I bought the corn the other day, I didn’t realize we were going to have a heat wave in Southern California that rivaled mid summer.  But that’s what happened.  Knowing that my house was going to be a pressure cooker didn’t stop me from my task.  I had a recipe in my head and I had to go forward. This delicious soup, (my wife said it was one of the best I’ve ever made) gets a little kick from roasted … Continue reading

Chile Verde Stew

Chile Verde Stew

Chile verde has always been a favorite of mine, but not so much with the rest of my family.  My daughter and son would always eat it but just weren’t too enthused.  So the other day when I was rumaging through the fridge looking for dinner ideas, I found a single pork tenderloin that hadn’t been used for the weekend barbecue and decided it either had to be cooked or frozen.  But what to do?  I didn’t really want barbecue again, so I kept on foraging.  I found a couple bunches of cilantro, chicken stock and sour cream but not … Continue reading

Red Chile Braised Pork with pineapple salsa

Red Chile Braised Pork with pineapple salsa

Succulent pork and the flavor and heat from chiles is a combination made in heaven.  While that may be overstating it a bit, the two together are used in so many dishes in Latin American, Asian and Italian cooking that I could probably do a blog about nothing but those two ingredients and have enough material for years.  Of course if I did I’d have to put up with “What?  Pork and chiles again?  Come on dad, can’t we have something different?”  So even though I thoroughly enjoy the two, I try to keep our dinners varied for the sake of our … Continue reading

Grilled Romaine Salad with Chipotle Caesar Dressing

Grilled Romaine Salad with Chipotle Caesar Dressing

As I’ve stated before, Caesar salad is one of my all time favorites and grilling anything in the summer is one of my favorites things to do.  So combining two of my favorites was a natural.  Grilling romaine quickly over high heat leaves wonderful char marks on the outside leaves and gives it a natural smokiness and the addition of grilled tomatoes along with the spiciness of the chipotles in the dressing compliment perfectly.  If you haven’t tried grilling lettuce, you’re in for a treat.  Enjoy! I started by making the dressing.  I my blender I combined 5 garlic cloves, … Continue reading

Wet Burritos with homemade enchilada sauce

Wet Burritos with homemade enchilada sauce

Like most families, we have our regular rotation of meals.  Spaghetti, pizza, roast chicken and of course tacos.  In my family tacos are king; and not just any tacos but steak tacos Arrachera.  But sometimes I just get in the mood for a big burrito topped with enchilada sauce and melted cheese; and last night was one of those nights.  When I’m in a rush I do use canned sauce, but when I have the time I prefer to make my own.  Homemade sauce is far better than canned and you can control the heat level by choosing different chiles.  So next time, … Continue reading

Perfect Barbecue Pork Ribs

Perfect Barbecued Pork Ribs

While techniquely not barbecued since I use a gas grill and being that the majority of the cooking is done in the oven, this title may be a little misleading.  I apologize to everyone in advance that may be offended.  With that out of the way; I’ve found that other than using a smoker, ribs are best cooked in the oven and finished on the grill.  First, I can monitor the heat better and second, I don’t have to constantly watch them and flip them.  I actually got this method from a recipe on Allrecipes.com(see their link on the right … Continue reading

Thai Pork Chops with chile garlic dipping sauce

Thai Pork Chops

It’s good to be back home.  I was gone for a few days helping pack my mother’s belongings and move her here closer to us.  While it’s always tough going through that time, I must say she was a trooper, taking it all in stride and looking at it as a new adventure in her life.  We cooked of course and had a wonderful barbecued pork tenderloin with a cherry and wine reduction sauce that my sister made.  It was out of this world good.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of it but did get some of the deer that roam up to … Continue reading

Cilantro Caesar Chicken Kabobs

Cilantro Caesar Chicken Kabobs

One of my absolute favorite salads is Caesar.  There’s just something about the zing from the garlic and worcestershire along with tangy lemon and saltiness of the anchovy that gets me.  So when my son suggested we do kabobs on the grill, it hit me that the same type of dressing would be great on chicken.  I knew I would change it up a bit, but now at least I had a jumping off point.  I wanted it to have similar flavors but with a little more Mexican twist to it.  Being that it was invented in Mexico by an Italian immigrant named Caesar Cardini, I … Continue reading