notes from the mexican kitchen
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Taco Tuesday: Fear Not the Grilled Fish


Many of you know I’ve opened a new restaurant in Chicago called Leña Brava, which is all about the elemental flavors of cooking over wood fire. For this week’s Taco Tuesday, we’re bringing the experience home with one of the restaurant’s signature dishes — butterflied striped bass a la talla with a lightning-quick marinade of red […]


Help Farmers, Win VIP Passes to Ruido Fest


You love hot Latin jams. We love local farms. Let’s DO SOMETHING about it. Our friends at Ruido Fest have generously offered a pair of VIP passes to the alternative Latin music festival, which takes place July 8-10 in Chicago’s Addams/Medill Park. To get your hands on the passes, consider a donation to the Frontera Farmer […]

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Taco Tuesday Moves to the Grill for Roasted Pork Shoulder with Ancho Barbecue Sauce


OK, a bunch of the last #TacoTuesday recipes have been about eating low on the food chain.  That is, eating more vegetables. Which I personally think is a good idea when you’re talking about weekday meals. But this week? We’re taking it in the opposite direction with a slow-grilled bone-in pork shoulder roast with ancho […]


Frontera’s New Seasonal Menu is a Tribute to Josefina Velázquez de León


Josefina Velázquez de León is an incredibly important name in the history of Mexican food. Sadly, most people don’t know who she is. This month, Frontera Grill is proud to bring you a seasonal menu inspired by this influential author’s many contributions to Mexico’s rich culinary heritage. Our chefs have pored over our collection of […]

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Make Mexican for Memorial Day


No, I’m not expecting you to dig a classic Mexican backyard pit to cook lamb barbacoa for your Memorial Day taco party. (If you really want to, though, here’s my step-by-step procedure…) But I can suggest an alternate version, one where a lamb shoulder, wrapped in aromatic leaves and marinated in red chile, roasts in […]