Tag Archives: mexican

Perfect Guacamole, One Avocado at a Time

There are thousands, maybe millions, of guacamole recipes out there, so what makes me decide to add another entry to the guac canon? I think it’s delicious, of course, but what sets this recipe apart is that I have created it “per avocado.”  That’s right — you can make guacamole with just one avocado for […]

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Mexican Street Corn Veloute

I’ve really gotten into soup lately. Maybe it’s a natural function of getting older– as I’m about to turn 30 I find myself thinking things like “10 p.m.?!  That’s so late to go out..” or “Saturday morning would be a nice time to clean the house” or “a nice soup and salad for lunch/dinner sounds […]

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Mexican pickled red onion

Whenever I see these bright red slices atop an enchilada at a restaurant, I get excited.  On their own they have great flavor, but they are the perfect condiment to add to burrito bowls, tacos, enchiladas and salads.  Or whatever you feel could benefit from a tangy punch of flavor.  They keep in the fridge […]

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Emerging from the dark: Carnitas and first signs of spring

Let me tell you something about German winters… they are DARK.  Dark and boring and mildly depressing.  For most of the year here, the weather is mild and there are all sorts of fests going on that you can visit and the biergartens are open and people are out and about.  But for about 3 […]

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Barbecue Duck Tacos (aka: what to do with leftovers)

Since I am typically only cooking for two in my house and most recipes are for four people, I am left with a lot of leftovers. “But, Laura,” you say “just cut the recipe in half!” Sometimes I can do this, sure.  But then I am left with something like half a can of diced […]

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Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad (and other musings)

“You know what I love about cooking? I love that after a day when nothing is sure and when I say nothing, I mean nothing. You can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yolks to chocolate and sugar and milk, it will get thick. That’s such a comfort.” From the film Julie […]

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Shredded Carrot Salad

Last night was one of those cooking disaster nights that ended with a call to Dominos.  But at least it wasn’t my fault. On the menu was a mustard crusted pork tenderloin with a side of carrot salad. I opened the package of pork tenderloin and was hit with a terrible smell–sulfur everywhere in the […]

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Carlos O Kelly’s Salsa

For years I have been on a quest: duplicate Carlos O’Kelly’s salsa. For those who don’t know, Carlos O’ Kelly’s is Mexican chain that exists mostly in the Illinois, Iowa, Kansas area.  There are two in Virginia though, both near my parents.  (There used to be one in Fairfax, but that is a sore issue […]

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Taqueria el Poblano

I am crazy about Mexican food–I could eat it every day.  Chips and salsa would be one the foods I would want with me if I were stranded on a desert island. About a year ago, I discovered an excellent little place in the Del Ray neighborhood: Taqueria el Poblano. It’s a very small restaurant […]

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