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

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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 […]

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Frontera’s Late Summer Menu is Full of Seasonal Surprises

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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

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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 […]