notes from the mexican kitchen

Frontera’s New Dishes: A Trip to Oaxaca


The latest additions to Frontera’s latest menu are all about Oaxacan flavors. And yes, that means the complex, mouthwatering moles that characterize the Mexico’s South Central region. More on those in a bit. But Oaxaca flavor also means greens—tomatillo, serrano chile, nopales, knob onions—and the tantalizing smoky goodness derived from open-air grilling. Consider our green […]

Mexican Weekend/

An Easy Fish Dish Worthy of Company


By themselves, pan-seared trout fillets cook quickly and provide an easy, if uninspiring, main dish. Top them with a mix of chorizo, caramelized onion and dark Mexican beer, though, and the flavor catapults into another stratosphere. The maltiness of the beer pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of caramelized onion and the soul-satisfying richness of the sautéed chorizo. […]

Mexican Weekend/

Raise Your Labor Day Grilling Game with “Brava” Steak


You know you want to grill this long holiday weekend, and you want something good but something easy. Something that can feed a crowd, but not the same old crowd-pleasers. Let’s talk about Brava Steak, a recipe for marinated ribeye that derives its signature “brave” spiciness from a pungent marinade of roasted serrano (or jalapeño) chiles and […]


XOCO: Hot Days, Cool Nights

Tomato plants have reached their full height on the Xoco rooftop garden which means September has arrived!  For Xoco’s new seasonal menu, the Xoco chefs have crafted some dishes to celebrate the sun’s lingering warmth and others well suited to brisker breezes which soon may blow.  We are calling it, “Hot Days, Cool Nights!” Chef Alonso […]

Farmers Market Mexican/

Farmers Market Mexican is Back Again


Even as the long summer days begin to wane,  our local farmers markets remain wonderfully filled with amazing produce. What to do with that beautiful bounty? If you’re unsure, let Rick guide the way with our next installments of Farmers Market Mexican. This time around, we’re away from the Frontera test kitchen and in Rick’s backyard, […]