tableside guacamole

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While we were vacationing in California this past April, we visited one of our favorite Mexican restaurants located at the end of Santa Monica Pier. It’s called Maria Sol, and they serve this over-the-top, beautiful, delicious tableside guacamole. Tableside guacamole is prepared right at your table, and it’s as fresh as guacamole possibly gets! It’s…

easy homemade corn tortilla chips

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Making homemade tortilla chips takes a little time, but it’s totally worth it for the flavor reward! They’re so much better than store bought. They’re the perfect vehicle for homemade nachos, pico de gallo, salsa, and guacamole. Crumble them over taco salad or tortilla soup, or add them to lunchboxes for a sandwich accompaniment your…

carnitas tacos

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We gearing up for a little Cinco de Mayo celebration and I’ve been busy in the kitchen testing taco recipes. My favorite! These delicious carnitas pork tacos are made by simmering the meat in water and then browning it. This creates a super tender, crisp and flavorful taco filling, and it’s sooooo easy you’re not…

book review ~ ally’s kitchen : a passport for adventurous palates

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Ally’s Kitchen ~ a passport for adventurous palates is a compendium of exotic flavors, rich textures and virtual destinations where the reader is transported “on the magic carpet ride” of gourmet cuisine. What I first noticed upon opening the cookbook were the colorful pages and unique layout. It’s simple, elegant format make following the recipes…

cedar planked rosemary veggie kabobs

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Using rosemary sprigs as skewers for grilling veggies/pineapple is such a fun idea! They’re a beautiful addition to an al fresco meal, and the rosemary and cedar planking add beautiful, depthy, flavor layers to the vegetables. For even more awesome flavor, marinate your veggies in a combination of olive oil, spices, sugar, chopped garlic, salt,…