Mexican Caesar Salad with Cilantro Lime and Pepitas

Mexican Caesar

Fans of Caesar salad may be surprised to learn that this classic dish was actually invented in Mexico. The chef was actually an immigrant from Italy who was working in Tijuana during the time of prohibition. So while the dish may have originated in Mexico, the Caesar salad is not really traditional Mexican fare. Our … Read more

The Best Margarita Recipes

Margarita Recips

Most people are familiar with the traditional lime margarita, frozen or on the rocks, with a salted rim. Some might say that you can’t improve on the original. But that doesn’t stop us from trying! We definitely don’t shy away from margaritas with interesting ingredients such as different fruits, spicy peppers, and even unusual herbs. … Read more

Potato Salad with Bacon and Eggs (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

Potato Salad Bacon Egg

This recipe joins together two of my favorite backyard barbecue side dishes, potato salad and stuffed eggs with bacon.  I really love stuffed eggs. Making them ahead of time, and finding a good spot to store them before they get mushed in the fridge (especially when it is stocked up for a party) can be … Read more

Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita

Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita Recipe

With the amount of time we spend in Mexico, we are familiar with all things tequila, including the ubiquitous margarita. While the traditional lime version is still a favorite, we sometimes like to branch out. Strawberry, mango, and other fruit flavors are pretty easy to find in most restaurants and bars, often served frozen. They … Read more

Molcajete Roasted Salsa

Molcajete Salsa

Our roasted salsa made in a Mexican lava rock molcajete is a huge favorite in our home. It’s super simple to make, and serving the salsa in the molcajete bowl makes for an impressive presentation. The roasting process adds a great depth of flavor and mild smokiness to the salsa as well. Don’t worry if … Read more

Brussel Sprout Slaw with Bacon and Blue Cheese

Brussel Sprout Slaw Recipe

I’ll be the first to admit that, for many years, Brussel sprouts were not my favorite vegetable. As with most vegetables that I didn’t appreciate, I think uninspired presentations and a good dose of overcooking are to blame.  Over the years, however, my husband and I have become Brussel sprouts converts. Possibly stumbling upon and … Read more

Homemade Habanero Pickles with Garlic

Homemade Habanero Pickles with Garlic

These homemade habanero pickles with garlic will change your view on pickles, regardless if you are an aficionado or merely tolerate these crunchy snacks.  Store-bought pickles come in all sorts of flavors and varieties, but in my opinion, most don’t come close to the homemade version. These spicy pickles remind me of the “half sour” … Read more

Romanian White Bean Dip – Fasole Batatu

Romanian White Bean Dip - Fasole Batatu

Romanian White bean dip (Fasole Batatu) is a frequent part of a traditional appetizer platter. Romanian’s love their platters to be piled high with cold cuts, rustic meatballs (chiftele), assorted cheeses and often several kinds of dips or spreads.  White Bean dip, along with a simple spread featuring eggplant (salata de vinete), and a colorful … Read more

Salata de Vinete – Romanian Eggplant Dip

Salata de Vinete - Eggplant Dip

Romanian Eggplant Spread, or Salate de Vinete, is a very simple traditional Romania dish. It is similar to the Middle Eastern dish, Baba Ghanoush, but without tahini (toasted sesame seed paste).  Our version of Romanian Eggplant Dip also includes green onions for a little extra color and flavor.  Salate de Vinete (or Aubergine dip) is … Read more

Budinca de Dovlecei – Zucchini Pie

Budinca de Dovlecei is a traditional Romanian food that is similar to crustless zucchini quiche. The difference is less eggs, more vegetables, and a lot more cheese.   In order to pack a lot of zucchini into the recipe, the vegetables are shredded. Excess water is squeezed out of the zucchini and then mixed with … Read more