• taco dip
    Appetizer

    Taco Dip

    Taco Dip is the quintessential McKeown family party staple. I think this has made an appearance at almost every party regardless of the season or event. Engagement party? Yep. Thanksgiving? Yep. Christmas? Definitely. The best part is that Rob loves it too; he almost immediately took to this dip. It is dangerous at parties since its so easy to eat; people can pretty easily forget that its so filling. The best part of this dip is how simple it is. It has three ingredients: cream cheese, salsa, and taco cheese. Once you have those three you simply layer them in that order. Its best to microwave the cream cheese for…

  • steak tacos
    Dinner

    Flank Steak Tacos with Corn-Avocado Salsa

    Its almost Cinco de Mayo and that obviously means its time for a taco post. Flank or skirt steak remains one of my favorite taco meats. Its flavorful and easy to cook. For this one, I went with a pretty traditional fajita mix for the seasoning. I have gotten this spice mix down and didn’t really feel like messing with a good thing. The real highlight of these tacos is the Corn-Avocado Salsa. Roasted corn and avocado provide a really nice flavor and textural contrast that really enhances the taco experience. This was also the first time we tried queso blanco as our cheese topping instead of Cotija. I am…

  • roast corn mole
    Side Dish

    Roasted Corn con Mole

    I will start by saying that this is probably not a true Mole sauce. It is definitely strongly inspired with warm Mexican spices and the essential dark chocolate. Mole sauces are really interesting but definitely a little intimidating. In general, I am a little nervous to try very authentic, traditional foods. More often than not there is a subtlety to the technique or the recipe that recipes sometimes just don’t capture. So I stuck to the inspiration. Corn is easily one of my favorite spring-summer side dishes. Its versatile, fun, and a great way to introduce children to cooking. I always remember growing up and shucking corn in the summer.…

  • Salsa Verde
    Side Dish

    Salsa Verde

    Who doesn’t like salsa? Not may people I am guessing. A Salsa Verde is a really great way to mix up your salsa game. It tends to be really bright and the flavor is a little different than a traditional tomato salsa. Tomatillos provide that difference. Tomatillos are a lot of fun to use. They look really funny when they have their husk on them. Tomatillos comes from the “ground cherry” family of plants. The fruit is enclosed in a papery husk that needs to be removed before use. Something else to look out for is that tomatillos is that under that husk is a sticky, waxy residue that you…

  • Fish Taco
    Dinner

    Seared Blue Fish Tacos

    Well, if you are Catholic, its Lent and you know what that means: no-meat Fridays!!! (There is a hilarious joke in 30 Rock about this being because the Pope owns Long John Silvers) So that basically means cheese pizza or fish. Growing up, my mom HATED fish with a passion; so it was mostly the pizza option. Rob grew up eating fish and is helping me get used to it. I think I am really starting to work out the kinds of fish and preparations that I like. I definitely prefer a firmer fish texture and I like it with a good crust to provide a nice textural contrast. I’ve…

  • glazed salmon taco
    Dinner

    Taco Tuesday: Glazed Salmon Tacos

    For this addition of Taco Tuesday, I am bringing my first set of fish tacos!! While I am not a huge fan of salmon, I loved the flavor of these Glazed Salmon Tacos. The glaze is a spicy-sweet mixture that really helps to offset the fishiness of the salmon. Fish tacos can really add an interesting dimension to tacos mainly because of the texture. A flaky fish like salmon makes for a nice light taco that can be perfect in the summer months. On the other side of the spectrum are fried fish tacos. These are great as they add a really nice crunchy textural element to the taco which…

  • Chipotle Salsa
    Side Dish

    Chipotle Salsa

    If I could eat chips and salsa everyday, I would be a happy girl.  I could easily polish off an entire basket of chips and salsa from Chili’s given the opportunity; which is dangerous since they are bottomless.  To erase any doubt, NO, this recipe is not inspired by the restaurant Chipotle.  I use canned chipotles to add a delicious smoky spice to the salsa.  I just love the flavor the peppers provide it contrasts so nicely with the typical brightness of salsa. Print Recipe Chipotle Salsa Prep Time10 minsTotal Time10 mins Course: SnackCuisine: Mexican Servings: 8 People Ingredients1 can tomatoes whole peeled2 large chipotles in adobo sauce1 lime juiced and zested1/4…