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bbqgrilledpizza-22

I first learned about pizza grilled directly on the BBQ during one of those marathon Food TV watching sessions I had when I pregnant with Cole. I can’t remember if it was Bobby Flay or Top Chef Masters (or maybe both) but I always wanted to try it. It’s the closest thing you can get to wood smoked pizza without investing in a clay fire pit for your home, and despite the fact that you’re flinging wads of fresh dough at your roaring BBQ, it’s actually kind of fool-proof. I couldn’t get the pizza dough to make anything like a…

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We were eating out this weekend and my friend noticed that they had Chocolate Avocado Pudding on the special’s board. He tried to order it, but the staff were like, “um, the guy who makes that isn’t here, but we could try?” To which my friend wisely passed. But it got me thinking. Obsessing maybe. Chocolate. Avocado. Pudding. WHAT IS THAT? When we got home I googled it, and found the first recipe here. Oh holy crap, it’s really easy. In fact it’s probably faster than making regular pudding from scratch because it requires no cooking. And except for the…

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This is my favorite salsa. The sweetness of the pineapple plus the spicy habanero kick is amazing on meat or fish. It’s super easy to make too. We get the sweet pineapples, here in Mexico it’s piña miel (honey pineapple). You dice it up into little cubes, about dime-sized. One pineapple will make about 6 cups of pineapple. Then you chop up 1/2 of a red bell pepper, one habanero pepper and 1/2 of a red onion. Mix it together with the pineapple, chop about 1/4 cup of cilantro and mix that in and let the whole thing sit in the refrigerator over…

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Agua fresca is one of my favorite things about Mexico. It’s basically flavored water and you find it everywhere. There’s a rice version (they’ll just call it arroz for short) that has a little cinnamon in it, you’ll find tamarind versions, cucumber and pineapple versions, but my absolute favorite is Jamaica. If you’ve never tasted Hibiscus tea before, it’s almost like cranberry juice but lighter and a little tart. It’s packed with vitamin C and it’s a natural diuretic, there’s all kinds of studies on the health benefits, but I just like it for how it tastes. They sell big…

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  Mexican food has baffled me. Beyond the tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos and empandas – there’s this whole other world of Mexican dishes that are all new to me. I know how to make most standard Mexican fare, the comfort food I’m used to ordering as take out back home — but what I’m really curious about is everything else. Tonight I made birria. There are signs all over town for it, and usually there’s a big clay pot on a stand, perhaps with some plastic chairs and assorted accompaniments. It’s street food that only comes out only in the…

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With the baby came a second delightful change: I could end my pregnancy-induced salt restriction! We had only spent two weeks in Mexico when my ob-gyn had pulled the no-salt card (and later she cut out fat and carbs, it was rough) so I’ve been dying to start cooking again and to try out some real Mexican recipes. I’ve been drooling over this Spanish language cookbook that I picked up here in Mexico: For my first back-to-normal-food recipe, I knew it had to be tortilla soup, the first dish I had in Mexico and something that beyond being insanely good,…

drew_carne_recipe1-1

Hey guys! Drew here, sharing what small culinary wizardry I have been able to create here in Mexico. Let’s get to it. I haven’t been able to go a full year of my adult life without hearing someone tell me all about how great their food tastes since they removed salt from their diet. “After awhile, you start to taste the actual flavors of the food. It’s really delicious!” Oh come on. You know what’s really delicious? SALT, DAMMIT. Salt is delicious. So anyway, Christine? She can’t eat the salt. In an effort to get her to like me more,…