Chicken Chilaquiles Verdes

I grew up in San Antonio, Texas and lived for many years in San Diego and I never once came across the common Mexican breakfast of chilaquiles. How did that (not) happen? The first time I had ever even heard of the dish was when I was watching The Best Thing I Ever Ate on Cooking Channel. Marcella Vallodolid described chilaquiles she ate at Talavera Azul in Chula Vista, Ca (a town where where I once lived) and I was obsessed. Tortilla chips for breakfast? Tortilla chips bathed in a zingy tomatillo salsa with chicken and cheese? Tortilla chips FOR BREAKFAST?! So obsessed was I, that most of a vacation that The Boy and I recently took to San Diego centered around going to the same restaurant and eating the same chilaquiles as Marcella. True story.

Today, The Boy and I are 2,807 miles away from the Chicken Chilaquiles Verdes of our (my) dreams and I have no choice but to recreate them. The recipe is easier than you’d think and can be on the table in 60 minutes, start to finish. Let’s do this!  (Read more… )

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Hello from my Pandemic Pantry 👋  I know that on an average day in a normal world we all do our best to “eat right.” We try to include more fresh fruits and vegetables in our diet, consume less (or no) meat, decrease our carbs, and eat more whole grains.  But these days are not average days, the world is far from normal, and we all just want to eat something comforting. Besides, finding fresh anything can be challenging right now, and when is the last time you felt comforted by a bowl of farro? By now most of us have given up on even pretending to live a low carb lifestyle. Carbs have not only crept back into our lives, we have embraced them with the enthusiasm of greeting a long lost friend. For instance, here is my old chum the potato 🥔  Not a fancy guy, he’s kinda drab and earthy looking, but take the time (now that you have so much of it) to really look deep inside and get to know his fluffy and  tender heart. Then layer that  fluffy tenderness with cream, and cheese, and butter, and throw some ham and onions on it… okay, you get it. Right now, I just need a little comfort.  Is that so much to ask?  (Read more… )