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Stuffed Green Peppers

This year, in addition to my regular mix of jalapenos and serranos, I planted some “chocolate peppers.” I had never heard of those. They turned out to be larger in size – about the size of a poblano but the bright green color of bell peppers. Maybe had i let them age on the vine, […]

Chicken Fajitas – in India

I was on a business trip to India for the month of May, and stayed at a hotel with a kitchen. That gave me the opportunity to cook dinner in my room in between late night conference calls back to the US when I didn’t have time to go to the restaurant.And how many times can […]

Recipe: Ancho Chile Paste

Forwarning – this isn’t a meal unto itself, so don’t make a batch of this and call out, “honey, dinner’s ready!” You’ll be facing a big letdown. Note: this recipe calls for a food processor. 6-8 dried ancho chiles 6-8 cloves of garlic – roasted 1 tablespoon olive oil up to 1/4 cup vegetable or chicken […]

Recipe: Tequila Lime Salmon with Pico de Gallo

I love how a good fresh salsa of any sort complements the flavor of smoked or grilled salmon. I had grilled salmon with a tomatillo salsa in a restaurant last week, and thought, “I can do that!” I did something a bit different, but it was good! (as my Italian friend says, gnam gnam!) 4 […]

Smoked Red Pepper and Tomato Cream Soup

This recipe is great – my buddy Mike sent it to me, and I finally concocted it this afternoon. I halved this recipe and it was plenty of soup for four people. 8 large red bell peppers cut in half and seeded 2 lbs tomatoes, cored 1large onion quartered 3 cloves garlic, peeled 2 tablespoons […]

Recipe: Tortilla Soup

This is one of my all time favorites, and there are a number of ways to make this, so it’s hard to go wrong.  You can make it very light, to serve as a “cup o’ soup” appetizer, or fill it up with chicken and/or veggies to make a meal out of it. This can […]

Three Quiches

Mexican Quiche I’ll start with my variation on the theme. I learned to make quiche from a college roommate many moons ago. I’ve since morphed the classic quiche Lorraine recipe into my own adaptation, using the flavors of the southwest that I like so much. The crust. If you want a quick quiche, and you’re […]

Chili Smoked Catfish

This is a recipe I’ve borrowed from the Sublime Smoke cookbook. That book is, ahem, sublime. I haven’t smoked in awhile, and I got the hankering for some fish the other day. I needed to feed a large group, so I made it catfish. OK, so call me cheap. I took 7 catfish filets and […]

Regular ol’ Pinto Beans – but better

A staple of my diet for the past 15 years has been “Beans & Tortillas,” ie, burritos. Up to once a week, I would heat up a couple of cans of Trappey’s jalapeno pintos (or, the Ranch Style brand, or Whole Foods’ 365), add a bunch of comino, some chopped onions, and fresh ground black […]