notes from the mexican kitchen
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Make Cheesy Shrimp Tacos, Make Everyone Happy


It’s a simple fact. We all need a little cheesy goodness in our lives. Enter encamaronadas, a crispy, cheesy shrimp taco-slash-quesadilla inspired by a legendary beachside shack in Puerto Escondido. There’s much to love here: Fresh-made salsa mexicana. Unexpected seasonings. Kid-friendliness. Rapid prep-to-table cooking time. But mostly, it’s about that cheese. On that note, encamaronadas are a perfect place to use a good […]

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#TacoTuesday Goes Old School


For this week’s Taco Tuesday, I’m reaching into the wayback machine, back to when I was a student in Mexico City. Oftentimes, I’d have a quick lunch at an impromptu service counter in a garage, where this not-so-friendly woman unveiled dozens of homemade taco fillings in cazuelas — just pick you want and she’d scoop […]


Dinner Like No Other 2016: Tickets on Sale Now!


It’s time once again for Dinner Like No Other, our annual fundraising bash for the Frontera Farmer Foundation. Bring your party shoes, because it’s going to be our biggest, best year yet. This year’s event takes place 6 p.m. Sunday, October 16. Reserve your spot by calling our Hospitality Center at 312-661-1434. The rundown: $475  VIP […]


XOCO Proves There’s Beauty in Simplicity


The days are still hot, yet there’s the faintest hint of autumn in the air. Around here, that means it’s harvest season for local produce — and our chefs are making the most of it with Xoco’s seasonal menu items. Inspired by his own home garden and farmers’ markets, Chef Julio De Leon has made a Yucatecan […]

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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 […]