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Trios: Tacos, Salsas, Toppings and Music|A Creative Cooking Crew Challenge

What do you think of when you hear “tacos”? The traditional street food from Mexico that was introduced to this country in the early 1900s? Your mother’s “ground beef-hard shell-jarred salsa” taco night? Taco Bell? Or, do you think of today’s tacos — those that have been diversified, fancified, and globalized as they make their way through every culture, cuisine and country?

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Summer Vegetable Salad with Plantain Crusted Fish

This will have you shouting !Olé! or something like that. It’s light and breezy — with lots of punch and crunch. Continue Reading

Fiesta de “Tres de Mayo”

I invited two friends for dinner Saturday night and, based on what I had on-hand, planned to make Italian fried shrimp and spaghetti with no-cook tomato sauce. But, Saturday morning, I changed my mind and went in a totally different direction. The no-cook tomato sauce became salsa, the spaghetti was opted out for black rice … and, with a few other additions, we were headed south-of-the-border just in time to celebrate Tres de Mayo. What? You never heard of Tres de Mayo? Continue Reading

Savory Lobster & Corn Cheesecake with a Tequila Sauce


“Cooking with spirits” is this month’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge. No, we’re not cooking with Halloween ghosts or los diablos del Dia de los Muertos. It’s booze, folks, and a good time to look through my liquor cabinet and see what’s there. I hardly go into it these days as most visitors drink wine or beer.

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A Weekend in (and around) the FOODalogue Kitchen with a New Lens

Every time I opened my laptop this past week, I saw something Mexican. It whetted my appetite so I made my own little Cinco de Mayo party with what I had on hand. Continue Reading

Cauliflower Tex-Mex Pizza with No Flour

I must have been living under rock. When it metaphorically lifted, I discovered a lot of people in the foodie world were buzzing about cauliflower pizza crust.  Continue Reading

Mexican Turkey Fricassée

A little late for Cinco de Mayo, but ‘muy bueno’ nonetheless. Continue Reading

The Gift of Food • Week 1

I gave the gift of Food. And Love. And Time. Theirs. Mine.

It’s dinner delivery four nights a week (M-TH) for the month of April to a hard-working couple of newlyweds who arrive home really late from their jobs. It’s difficult for them to keep a healthy and versatile diet and impossible for them to have any discretionary free time after work. Continue Reading

Junk Food Goes Gourmet, Holy Mole: A 5 Star Culinary Makeover Challenge

The message announcing the new challenge said “take your favorite Junk Food … something you are addicted to, for example chips or fries … and use it in a gourmet dish!”

I panicked and replied “Yikes, I’ll have to find a bad habit in a hurry.” Continue Reading

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