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

Chicken Tinga

Chicken Tinga

My family and I are taco and burrito fanatics; having some version nearly weekly.  Sometimes it simply ground beef with some spices while other times it may be slowly braised beef or carnitas.  This time it was shredded chicken for burritos. Tinga refers to any kind of shredded meat simmered in a spicy, smoky tomato sauce.  It’s extremely easy to make and the heat level can be adjusted for whatever your tolerance.  The recipe below is middle of the road with enough kick to satisfy the heat seeker in your family while not blowing the roof off the wimp (sorry … Continue reading

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

Between setting the clocks back and the change in the weather, there’s no doubt that fall has arrived.  While still ridiculously mild compared to most of the country, there’s still a noticable difference here in Southern California.  So on that note I decided it was time for a spicy tortilla soup with all the trimmings.  While some versions might be easier than this one here, such as opening up various cans and adding them to a pot, this one will excite your taste buds.  I’m blessed to live in an area that has a wide variety of chiles available, but if you can’t … Continue reading

Simple Carnitas

Simple Carnitas

This is an old recipe of mine that’s been pretty popular on Allrecipes.com the last few years and I decided it was time to share it here.  It’s the easiest method I know for tasty carnitas and by cooking it in water rather than lard, the fat is knocked down to just 10 grams per serving.  Salt is the main seasoning and this recipe also has a subtle orange flavor in the background and because the meat is mild, it makes wonderful barbecue pulled pork sandwiches as well.  While you might be inclined to omit the orange, I assure you it’s very mild and adds … 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

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

Huevos Rancheros with chorizo

Huevos Rancheros with chorizo

I’m not a huge breakfast person, so when I do sit to one I like it to be something I crave.  Huevos Rancheros is probably my favorite breakfast indulgence.  It’s hearty, packed with flavor and there’s something about the creaminess of the soft yoke blending with the salsa, crisp tortilla and spicy sausage that just gets me.  Normally the tortillas are only fried for about 30 seconds to basically soften them and the addition of chorizo is definitely not authentic, but since this is my site-I make it how I like it.  Enjoy! I started by brushing both sides of … Continue reading