Baja Shrimp Tacos

School vacations give me serious time to think about anything OTHER than school.  I did some serious soul searching recently recently when I went to the VERY seriously delicious Cala restaurant on Fell Street in SF with a group of friends.  I’ve been wanting to eat there for the longest time  — and once there, […]

Mexican Street Corn Salad

The flavors of summer. A delicious and quick summer salad. The original recipe calls for raw corn — super fast!  I grilled my corn because I preferred that flavor. INGREDIENTS 1 cup cooked red quinoa, use package directions 3 cups corn (about 4 ears), cut from the cob (I prefer to roast the corn on […]

Winter Salsa

This summer I cooked some delicious Mexican food with my friends Hector and Julio.  We made a bunch of tamales, short rib tacos, chicken with an incredible mole, rice . . . what DIDN’T we make?!  And we made a bunch of yummy salsas.  From that party emerged Culo de Fuego — A couple times […]

Ciao Down on Fish Tacos

I didn’t know I loved fish tacos until only a few months ago.  I met some friends at Cascal, and we ordered several small plates, and after I had one of the fish tacos with a cucumber and jalapeño margarita, and that’s all she wrote —  that’s all I wanted the rest of the evening. […]

The LEGENDARY La Vic Orange Sauce

There are three La Victoria taquerias in San Jose — I’m not completely in love with their tacos as my favorite taqueria is around the corner from my house.  But this . . . .this delectable orange sauce . . .  kicks boring to the curb!!!   I have been known to put it on […]

Tacolicious Guajillo Shortrib Tacos

Tacolicious Campbell.  That’s at my house these days.   These tacos and an Achiote Chicken have been my breakfast and dinner for several days.    Who could ask for anything more? Tacolicious is one of my favorite restaurants in SF — and sure, it’s easier to sit outside on Chestnut Street, sipping a beer and […]

Chicken Chilaquiles

My colleague and friend, Hector, is an amazing cook.  He makes awesome salsas with complex flavors, tacos de papas, tacos de anything at all and the best chilaquiles I’ve ever had. The past couple of summers he and his wife, Belen, and Marron and Stanley have come up to Mark and Tony’s home in Sonoma, […]

Chile de Arbol Salsa

I completely love the little taqueria, Los Pericos,  near my house.  Once every couple of weeks, I find myself there for their crispy carnitas tacos AND their zesty, lip-smacking salsa.  This is the closest I can get to it in my own kitchen (might I say IDENTICAL!!) — I can eat this all day long! About […]

Mmm-mmm-mmm Mexilicious Rice!

When I left home and had to figure out how to cook for myself, one of my staples in my limited repertoire for a “fancy” dinner was a box rice product called Herb and Butter rice — but I can’t remember the company name.  It wasn’t Knorr — or Rice-a-Roni . . . but I […]

Pastel de Azteca

I think this is a vintage 70’s recipe — my mother’s Aunt Allie’s recipe. Think of it as a type of Mexican lasagne.  At the time, it was quite the treat, creamy, chickeny, sort of enchilada-like. I added some onion and garlic for flavor, and just because.  I think my mom is craving those recipes […]