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Slow Cooked Satisfaction: Green Chile-Braised Beef with Potatoes and Caramelized Onions

Practically anything from my slow cooker sings with a soulfulness that engages anyone within range of its arresting aroma, and this green chile beef braise is all that with the volume cranked up. It’s meaty, spicy, sweet, herby, all fused through slow cooking into the flavor of a comforting embrace. Serve it in deep plates … Continue reading Slow Cooked Satisfaction: Green Chile-Braised Beef with Potatoes and Caramelized Onions

Spaghetti Squash “Fideos” For Your Family

I’ve eaten those iconic Mexico City fideos secos for years and loved every last bite: toasted vermicelli pasta simmered with roasted tomatoes, smoky chipotle chile, chorizo sausage, plus dollops of crema, cubes of rich avocado and, oh yeah, that final punch of umami: Mexican añejo cheese. OK, so that’s not exactly an everyday dish. But when you replace the … Continue reading Spaghetti Squash “Fideos” For Your Family

Squash Soup For Your Trick-or-Treating Brood

With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, it’s a good time to make a big batch of soup that can feed your brood as they trickle in from a night of trick-or-treating. Here’s one that’s seasonal, nurturing and really good — no steaming iron cauldron required. I’m calling for kuri squash here — it matches so well … Continue reading Squash Soup For Your Trick-or-Treating Brood

Let’s All Fall for Butternut with Bacon, Tomatillo and Chipotle

Deep breaths, everyone. It’s probably time to start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner. What will you bring to the table? Allow me to make a special seasonal suggestion. This tangy, sweet-and-smoky, soul-satisfying butternut braise is remarkably easy to make but special enough for a nice weekend gatherings, and yes, it’s the perfect (if unexpected) Thanksgiving side … Continue reading Let’s All Fall for Butternut with Bacon, Tomatillo and Chipotle

Now That’s a Spicy (Chipotle) Meatball

It’s no secret that I love cooking up a big batch of these traditional chipotle meatballs. I mean, I’ve included some version in no less than three of my cookbooks. But I don’t want you to even have to consult a cookbook. I want you to file this one away in the recipes (and proportions) … Continue reading Now That’s a Spicy (Chipotle) Meatball