notes from the mexican kitchen
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Slow Cooker Season Begins with Tinga Poblana


It’s late August here in Chicago and it seems we’re all downshifting into new rhythms. Perhaps you’re needing (maybe wanting?) to spend a little less time in the kitchen. Well, when that’s what I’m feeling, there’s one device I always turn to: my slow cooker. With little effort on my part, it creates flavors that bring […]


Frontera’s Late Summer Menu is Full of Seasonal Surprises


Like so many of Frontera’s guests over the years, let’s start with the guacamole. Specifically, let’s talk about our “summer guacamole,” topped with a spectacular array of additions from local farms: cubes of compressed (that’s super-flavorful) watermelon, crisp cucumber, cooling mint and floral habanero chile. It’s a dish that’s indicative of the late summer harvest […]

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Street Corn and Scallops: A Match Made in #TacoTuesday Heaven


We’ve all seen kids in a candy store, right? Well, that’s me at my late-August farmers market, surrounded by Midwest sweet corn, giddy with possibilities. For today’s edition of Taco Tuesday, we’re putting an unexpected twist on classic Mexican street corn — you know, that mouthwatering ear of grilled corn slathered with mayonnaise, dusted with crumbly […]