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

I’m content with salad as a meal provided that it delivers in the flavor department. This salad is sure to please your inner omnivore. Just enough meat to satisfy your carnivorous side, yet with a good assortment of vegetables (lettuce, red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, shallot) and herbs (Thai basil and mint) to please the … Continue Reading

A dreary, rainy Monday here in NYC seems like as good a day as any for a grilled cheese sandwich. But not any old grilled cheese, we’re talking bacon jam grilled cheese. What’s better than bacon? Bacon jam. And what’s better than bacon jam? A grilled cheese sandwich with bacon jam, my guilty pleasure and … Continue Reading

  I love harissa.  Have you tried it?  It’s a North African chile paste, a blend of dried chiles, spices, and olive oil. You could use store-bought harissa, but I prefer to make it myself. When you make harissa, you control the ingredients and level of heat, make it more or less spicy by the … Continue Reading

I’ve teamed up with Honest Cooking and Rioja Wine to share a savory recipe for a rosemary and garlic crusted rib eye roast.  Perhaps not a dish you’ll cook everyday, but rather a special occasion kind of meal. A gather-around-the-table with your family and friends, celebration kind of meal. An impress your family/friends with your stellar … Continue Reading