notes from the mexican kitchen
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Put the Lime in the Coconut (Ice Pops)


One of Chicago’s most iconic sounds rises from the pushcart paleta vendors jingling their bells around public parks, reminding both young and old the imminent possibilities of cold refreshment—mostly sweet, but sometimes a little savory, too, and spicy. Out of all those flavors, one of my favorites is coconut, a creamy cold treat that always […]


A Tropical Party Playlist to Fuel Your Fiesta

Beach Party

It’s (finally) HOT in Chicago, so we felt like releasing some cool old school vibes with the first of our Frontera playlists. Here we have about two hours of my handpicked tropical grooves from Beny Moré to Sergio Mendes. I find it swings in a nicely mellow way without calling too much attention to itself. In other […]

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Is the Queso Fundido Burger the Best Burger Ever? We Think So


Now, it’s not like I’m the world’s biggest burger fanatic.  So when I decide that I just have to scratch that burger itch, I want to make it count. Seems like everywhere I turn, restaurants are loading up their burgers with crazy ingredients in some sort of (dare I say “misguided”) attempt at thrilling the palate. Fried chicken breast in place of buns? […]


Prepare Your Next Fiesta with Rick Bayless Cookware


A lot of you have asked me for years about where you can get a great comal (flat griddle) or a really useable molcajetes (mortar) or the right pot to cook mole in or steam tamales. Today, I have your answer … and getting it into your kitchen is just a click away. Today, I get to tell you about […]

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Great Grilled Fish is Easier Than You Think


OK, it’s summer, the grill’s hot and you reach for the …  You can fill it in with any of the standard tropes, but you shouldn’t. You should go somewhere that’s got trustworthy fish (if you don’t know that place, you should) and buy a piece of Alaskan halibut.  Or tile fish (Never heard of […]