I’m a chile addict, if you hadn’t guessed already—just one of many chile pepper enthusiasts known as ‘chile heads’ or ‘pepper heads’ in some circles. A small but growing segment of the population that seek out the latest incendiary hot sauce, fiery salsa, or hottest chile known to man, which currently happens to be Smokin’ … Continue Reading

I had been eyeing the pasta extruder attachment for my KitchenAid mixer for a long time. The thought of whether I really needed another gadget for the kitchen often crosses my mind. Clearly, do not. But let’s be real, no one needs another gadget for the kitchen, rather, it’s a matter of want. And, after … Continue Reading

A short post today… Quick, weeknight dinners need not be dull and boring. Meet larb, it may be just what you’re looking for. Larb (also spelled laap, larp, lahb or laab) is a salad of Laotian and Northern Thai origin. Larb can be made with various proteins, from chicken to pork to duck. The meat is minced … Continue Reading

As the temperatures gradually begin to rise, our thoughts turn to alfresco dining and outdoor grilling. Come spring, I also like to dust off the smoker that’s been standing by idly in my basement all winter long. Nothing hardcore, just an electric smoker, but it does the job. I love its ease of use: turn … Continue Reading

My love and appreciation for Mexican food developed when I moved to Chicago in 2001. What does Chicago have to do with Mexican food? While Chicago is of course nowhere close to Mexico, it has the second largest population of Mexican immigrants in the United States (Los Angeles is first). That statistic is from 2014, so … Continue Reading