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January 12, 2011


Rick Bayless sent me a message on twitter, I directed a question at him (see previous post on Crema Espesa) and while his response was  short (only 3 letters), it made me feel giddy like a schoolgirl.  He acknowledged my existence.  I wonder if he has seen the blog yet and if so what he […]

Crema Espesa

January 10, 2011


This one was a little scary to me.  I’m not a huge fan of dairy, I mean I like cheese and yogurt I guess but I don’t drink milk and don’t very often cook with it either.  So making (and enjoying) thick, ripe, cream seems like a bit of a challenge for me.  However, Crema […]

Chiles en Escabeche

January 10, 2011


More pickled goodness in a jar.  This time the star is not the onion but chiles (I used serranos) and the carrots.  At many decent taquerias you will find a jar or bowl of delicious Chiles en Escabeche on the table.  Pickling the chiles not only imbues them with briney goodness but also mellows out […]

Escabeche de Cebolla

January 10, 2011


I like most things pickled, pickled peppers, pickled herring, mango pickle, etc.  I really like onions too so pickled onions seemed like a no-brainer.  Crunchy, briny, delicious, pickled onions.  They were very simple to prepare too (though I think I cut my onions too thick) and as these sit overnight (and beyond) they soak up  […]

Guacamole Picado – FAIL

January 9, 2011


Until a few days ago I had never bought organic avocados.  I’ve generally found organic produce to be of better quality than “normal” so I imagined these organic avocados to be the most silky, delicious, ones I’ve ever tasted… As I stated previously, I bought these avocados a few days ago and waited for them […]

Salsa Verde

January 8, 2011


So… I usually start off my posts with a pic of the ingredients in the dish but since I forgot to take one, I’ll just list them: Tomatillos, Onion, Jalapenos, Cilantro, Chicken Broth, & Salt.  As you may have guessed, this Salsa Verde is a cooked version of Salsa Verde Cruda. After all the veggies […]


January 6, 2011


I stopped in the local fruit market today looking for tomatillos (which they did not have) but instead i found some fresh Nopales. I’m all for eating local but its still pretty cool to find fresh nopales in Illinois, in January! Nopales are the pads of the prickly pear cactus, an ingredient that (as far […]