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Perfect Italian Meatballs

Perfect Italian Meatballs

There’s really nothing more delicious and homey than a plate full of spaghetti topped with homemade meatballs and sauce. We’ve been making meatballs this way for years, inspired by the secret recipe of a family of Italian chefs we met in San Diego. Of course, we’ve made our own modifications over time. The real secret for moist, […]
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on February 19, 2017
Chorizo Egg Stuffed Potato

Chorizo Cheese and Egg Stuffed Potato

During a recent visit to Mexico I found my new guilty pleasure – Chorizo sausage and cheese stuffed potatoes. While my husband drooled over street tacos and grilled meat I only had eyes for the potato. So one morning I decided to turn my new obsession into brunch – that way I didn’t have to […]
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on February 12, 2017
Mexican Chicken Lime Soup

Sopa de Lima – Mexican Chicken Lime Soup

Sopa de Lima is a traditional soup from Mexico’s Yucatan region. It is similar to the better known Tortilla Soup but adds a fresh citrus flavor with the liberal use of fresh lime. The limes used in the Yucatan Peninsula are often a variety called “lima agria,” which are slightly sweet and bitter at the […]
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on February 8, 2017
Beef Chorizo and Guacamole Sliders

Beef, Chorizo and Guacamole Sliders

Looking for a change from your typical everyday cheeseburger? Adding chorizo (spicy sausage) takes the flavor of an average burger to a whole new level. There are several varieties of chorizo to choose from, such as smoked Spanish-style sausage made with paprika or spicy Mexican-style sausage spiked with chile peppers. The consistency of the chorizo […]
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on January 29, 2017

Things to do in Bologna, Italy

Bologna is located in northern Italy and is the largest city and the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region. Similar to other Italian cities in that it’s known largely for its food and architecture, Bologna sets itself apart by being relatively unexplored by the average tourist. This means there are plenty “off the beaten track” places […]
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on January 26, 2017
guacamole dip recipe

Ultimate Guacamole Dip

The first time I had guacamole, I really wasn’t a big fan. That is probably because the dip was either store bought or made in a blender so the consistency was runny. Then I had my first guacamole made table side at a restaurant and the whole flavor was completely different. The dip was thick […]
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on January 22, 2017
mexican pickled onions

Pickled Red Onions with Habanero Peppers

While traveling through the Yucatan area of Mexico, we found one local condiment that made most local dishes that we tried just that much better. In the Yucatan almost every taco and most sandwiches are dressed spicy pickled onions – Escabeche de Cebolla. The idea is to enhance the flavor of grilled and slow cooked meats, […]
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Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada is one of my favorite soup recipes for a few reasons. A nice basic vegetable and chicken soup is nice, but add to that a little bit of spice, a thicker consistency with the addition of corn flour, and a good dose of cheese. The soup just gets better by piling on the […]
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on December 18, 2016
Don Chendo Playa del Carmen

Best Pizza in Playa del Carmen – Don Chendo

When planning a trip to the beach community of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, finding the best pizza probably isn’t on the top of your priority list. But maybe it should be. There are plenty of places to find great tacos, seafood, and margaritas (I’ve included a few of my favorites at the end of the post). […]
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on December 11, 2016

The Oysters and Walls of Ston, Croatia

Ston and Mali Stone are two small villages located in the Pelješac peninsula of Croatia, less than 60 kilometers from Dubrovnik. We hadn’t heard of them before we came to Croatia, but that soon changed. When we checked into our Airbnb in Dubrovnik, our host was curious about us. “No one stays two weeks in Dubrovnik,” he told us. […]
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on December 6, 2016