Sometimes I have a craving for meat. I’ll let you in on a little secret, red meat is not bad for you.  However, there is a caveat — you get [health, environmental] benefits from animals that are pasture-raised; animals that spend their days grazing and living in open, green pastures and are attended to by … Continue Reading

  I first discovered pipián verde or green pumpkin seed sauce back in my Chicago days, initially at a restaurant called Ixcapuzalco (now unfortunately closed; they had some incredible mole sauce).  They served their pumpkin sauce over salmon.  With toasted and ground pumpkin seeds as its base, this sauce has layers of flavor — nutty, … Continue Reading

Was in the mood for something a bit different. Nothing immediately came to mind, just something out of the ordinary; hmm… Had David Thompson’s Thai Food cookbook sitting on my shelf for quite some time. A well thought-out cookbook, with lots of substance, including a great explanation of Thai culture/history, cooking techniques, ingredients, and hundreds … Continue Reading

This doesn’t exactly look like chicken you say? What are these mysterious skewers of meat?? Heart. Chicken heart, to be exact…hope I didn’t scare you away just yet. I first discovered heart a few years back at one of my favorite Chicago restaurants — Publican. They prepared their heart [duck heart] crostini-style with a sauce … Continue Reading

 This is how I like to start my day. So tasty, actually had one torta for breakfast and a few hours later, a mid-afternoon snack. Although, I must admit, I can’t entirely take credit for this scrumptious creation. I’ve had a torta of the likes at Xoco in Chicago, which I’ve enjoyed on numerous occasions. Sadly, no longer … Continue Reading