I had been reading about local chefs and restaurants serving fruit-infused tequilas and mescals and immediately started to think about how I can use that flavor in a dessert. That was the inspiration for this Tequila Roasted Mango Fool Dessert. A fruit fool (or...Read more
California pepper fig salsa spears. Quinoa salad with roasted cauliflower and figs. Mission figs sausage sliders. Grilled cheese with fig-onion jam. Griddled fig and prosciutto. Filet mignon with spiced fig Not Ketchup. Lamb daube with orange zest and California Figs. Hot damn!
Although our family's Easter dinner consists of BBQ steaks, beans and rice, I still love a good ham for breakfast with eggs over easy during the holiday weekend. Most of the grocery stores have great deals this weekend on hams. Plus, the Easter Ham...Read more
I was this close (pinching fingers together) to becoming a baker. But the 2 a.m. start times did a lot to sway me into a culinary tract in school. Still, those two baking courses at Le Cordon Bleu aroused within me a yearning to...Read more
One of the most beloved desserts to eat during the Lenten season is Capirotada. It was brought over by the Spaniards and quite possibly had its roots in Roman cuisine (remember that Spain was part of the Roman Empire), but it seems Mexican home...Read more
Due to our warmer than normal California spring weather, it is crazy and unfathomable to picture anyone standing over their stove making soup. However, there are parts of the country that are still under a blanket of snow or in the midst of a...Read more
It is breakfast time in my kitchen and this Enfrijolada recipe is definitely one of my top three quick breakfast dishes. What is an "enfrijolada?" It's a beans and tortilla dish. Yep, that simple. Enfrijoladas were an essential part of farmhand living in Mexico. This...Read more
With Stephen gone for an entire week in Miami attending the Hispanicize conference (I’m not bitter), I found myself eating crap. Without my other half to eat with/cook for/to cook for me, I found myself at three fast food joints in a single day,...Read more
Spring has sprung, but in sunny Southern California we have always enjoyed our endless summers. Whether we are crashing waves or firing up the grill, we never need an excuse to soak up the sun and dine alfresco. With that in mind, we recently...Read more
Oh, how I love me some Corned Beef Tacos. I know. I know. I don't have a tad of Irish blood in me, but for some reason I absolutely love celebrating St. Patrick's Day. As a kid, I liked to...