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Mango Pineapple Salsa

I made this version of Mango Pineapple Salsa as an accompaniment to Pulled Duck Tacos for my pre Cinco de Mayo taco party recently.  It is a bit sweeter than the recipe Natalya used when she made her Cajun Chicken with Pineapple and Mango Salsa (the original recipe actually only called for pineapple but she added it for more … Continue reading

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! May 5th commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the US, this date is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, which in present day loosely translates to people drinking a whole lot of tequila and cerveza. … Continue reading

Super Chili

I made this chili for Super Bowl Sunday, and while I am a bit sad the 49ers aren’t playing today, this deliciously hearty bowl of chili has made my stomach very happy! I found two super easy chili recipes on AllRecipes.com that I decided to combine to make my chili: Debdoozie’s Blue Ribbon Chili and … Continue reading

Pebre & Chancho en Piedra (Chilean Salsa)

When Natalya and I were recently traveling through Chile, we found the two most popular condiments restaurants served with their starter bread were a roasted red pepper purée and and Chancho en Piedra (Chilean salsa).  We were huge fans of the salsa as it complemented any foods, such as bread, empanadas, grilled meats, fish, and so on. The base … Continue reading

Christmas Eve Eve

While Jen absconded to her family’s home in sunny California, I decided to host a little holiday dinner for the friends who were still in New York. Most of the dishes had been featured in this blog before, some were new. I baked a cake for the first time in probably a decade. And a … Continue reading

Cajun Chicken with Pineapple and Mango Salsa

Jen and I were having a few guests over for dinner on a weeknight and needed a delicious, but quick recipe to cook. I found this in my new What to Cook and How to Cook It book, which by the way, is awesome and has amazing food photography. The recipe calls for whole chicken … Continue reading

Salmon with Pomegranate Orange Salsa

In typical Jen/Natalya fashion, I was trying to search for recipes that could incorporate leftover ingredients from previous meals. This time the ingredient du jour was pomegranate. I had used it for the Turkish-Spiced Chicken Kebabs with Pomegranate Relish and had leftovers. So I searched the web and saw this South-American inspired recipe (courtesy of … Continue reading

Spicy Bean Salsa

As Jen and I brainstormed the menu for our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, we wanted (for the lack of a better word) to spice up a normal salsa recipe. So we found this and it turned out to be very easy to make, refreshing, delicious, with just the right amount of kick. We had also … Continue reading

Pico de Gallo

Pico de gallo, also known as salsa fresca “fresh sauce”, is a simple Mexican condiment made primarily of chopped tomatoes, onions, and chilies.  Cilantro, lime or lemon juice, cucumber, radish, or mango can be added.  Pico de gallo, which means “rooster’s beak” in Spanish, is a raw salsa in the sense that nothing is cooked, … Continue reading

3-Ingredient Quesadilla

I love pepper jack cheese. It goes especially well with a good salsa and crispy tortilla. That’s it, just three easy ingredients and you have the tastiest snack ever. Salsa & Pepper Jack Quesadilla (first discovered from Trader’s Joe’s sample food booth) medium tortilla (any type – wheat, flour, brown rice) your favorite salsa shredded … Continue reading