notes from the mexican kitchen
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Street Corn and Scallops: A Match Made in #TacoTuesday Heaven


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 […]

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A Fiery Feast: Grilled Catfish Tacos with Habanero Mayo


It happens this time every year. My habanero plant is LOADED with those fiery, floral  chiles — way more than anyone could reasonably consume. It might happen to you, too. Well-intentioned neighbors drop by with a basket full from their own gardens. Heck, even if you bring back a big handful from the grocery store, that’s […]

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The Perfect Steak Taco


Let’s say it all together: Summer taco party. Your friends are over, the beer is flowing and everyone’s hungry. And, like it or not, they’re expecting something good. They’re probably expecting steak tacos. So … what kind of steak tacos are you going to make? You have several options — skirt steak, or flank steak or minute […]


XOCO is Celebrating the Height of the Summer Season!

This time of year, deliveries into XOCO from local farmers simply drive our chefs wild. Seriously, the look on their faces is amazing. Even better is what they do with all of those beautiful, fresh-from-the-farm fruit and vegetables. And therein lies the inspiration for our latest seasonal menu celebrating the height of the growing season. […]


Frontera’s Summer Menu is a Family Affair


The dishes on Frontera’s latest seasonal summer menu have migrated from The Library (our private dining room) into the main dining room, but you might say they really originated in Veracruz. “A lot of these dishes are inspired by my family in Veracruz…this menu is a chance to showcase these dishes to a wider audience,” […]