Cinco de Mayo is Wednesday so I’m warming up my palate for a few days of yummy, yet easy, Mexican/Southwest “inspired” meals.
Tortillas are one of the first items many folks think of when referring to Mexican food. Tortillas means “little cake” and that’s what they are: a flat unleavened round of corn or wheat flour.
Tortillas are the canvas one uses to make burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, flautas, quesadillas, tapa, flauta and tacos. Tonight I’m making easy quesadillas, which I loosely interpret to mean flour tortillas filled with cheese, a few more tidbits according to whim, folded then fried until crispy.
I’ve always loved the flavors of goat cheese and roasted peppers together and thought they would be good in tonight’s quesadilla. Chicken, beans, hot peppers, artichoke hearts, eggplant, tomato and pumpkin seeds would all be great substitutes for the red pepper and spinach, as well.
Last night we had friends over for a Fourth of July warm-up dinner party. The hyper-local menu–Grilled Sumac Lamb Chops, Cherry Couscous Salad and Asparagus–was created with the bulk of ingredients sourced in a one-mile radius; easy to pull off at this time of the year in the orchards and farmlands of Northern Michigan. The day before … Full recipe post »
Deviled Eggs (aka: Stuffed Eggs) have taken on star-status in the past few years. No more are a plate of these rich and tantalizing mortals content to find themselves nestled up to a Maraschino Cherry Jello Mold on a boomerang-patterned formica counter. For good reason. Stuffed eggs are a great canvas for a variety of flavors. A perusal through the web … Full recipe post »
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