Grilled Avocado and Mango Salsa

Grilled Avocado and Mango Salsa

So it was another night of grilling here in Southern California because it was just too darn hot to cook inside.  This time it was steak and chicken breast that I had in the freezer.  The recipe for the steak will follow soon but I just had to get this salsa on here.  It paired great with both and was a refreshing addition to the meal.  The smoke flavor from the grill really changes the flavor of both the mango and the avocado.  While Mexican food purists would probably poo poo on the idea of grilling an avocado, I cannot say enough … Continue reading

Thai Grilled Pork Skewers

Thai Grilled Pork Skewers 2

Most countries have some form of grilled skewered meat (kebab).  Although it originated in the Middle East, each country and region has adapted their own version based on tastes and available ingredients.  This version is based on a Thai dish called Mu Ping and while pork butt (shoulder) is normally used, I had tenderloin in the refridgerator that needed to be used.  Whichever cut you end up using, the result will be the same-succulent, juicy morsels of grilled meat.  Enjoy! I added 4 japones chiles (sub 1 tablespoon black peppercorns), 6 garlic cloves, stems only from 1/2 bunch cilantro, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, … Continue reading

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

What to make for dinner?  That’s the question I found myself asking yesterday.  Repeated peeks into the refrigerator, freezer and pantry had revealed nothing that seemed to entice me.  So off to wander the store I went, hoping for some inspiration to strike me. I made my way to the meat counter first, figuring if I could decide on a protein the rest would fall into place.  Right away I saw some nice pork chops and moved in to grab some, excusing myself as I reached in front of a nice gentleman.  I turned around, plopped them in the cart and within a few … 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

Mexican Shredded Beef

Mexican Shredded Beef

Taco night at our house always includes the usual condiments; queso fresco, avocado, onions, cilantro and the like.  The way it’s changed up is with the filling.  It might be chicken, ground beef, steak, carnitas or in this case shredded beef, which is basically a pot roast with herbs and spices to add some zing.  Even though it’s fairly simple to make, many people mess it up by making it too bland.  I’m all for making it palatable enough for the kids, but as I’ve said before-boring is boring. So this is for everyone who enjoys tacos as much as I … 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

Whole grilled chicken with honey chipotle glaze

Grilled Whole Chicken with honey chipotle glaze

Once I get in the mood to barbecue, I can’t control myself.  I absolutely love cooking outside.  If I could find a way to physically move my entire kitchen outdoors when it’s sunny I would have done it already.  Of course that’s not really necessary; plus if I dare tear up another room in the house without finishing the bathroom that I started (I won’t mention how long ago) my wife will kill me.  Actually she won’t kill me…who would fix dinner.  Check out my “About” tab if you want more details.  Oops-getting off track again. Yesterday steaks were calling me, but today the … Continue reading