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Tito’s Tacos’ All Meat Burrito

Tito’s Tacos’ All Meat Burrito

I went to school just down the road from Tito’s Tacos in Culver City and it became a lunch time and after school destination for us to get something good and cheap enough for our allowance. It became a habit and like almost everything that you grow up eating, it became as much of a comfort food as mom’s cooking. I have been living out of state for a long time now but every time I … Read entire article »

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Chili Lime Steak Fajitas

Chili Lime Steak Fajitas

It has been a blissfully blistering summer and especially when the girls were away on vacation, my husband and I depended on fast and easy meals like plain ol’ steak and potatoes. As good as it is though, that soon gets old and one of my favorite ways of sprucing up a steak dish is to create a fiesta out of it! My husband loves fajitas because of the intense flavors. I love the flavors … Read entire article »

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Recipes to Rival: Tamales!

These tamales were delicious! I love tamales, but I don’t usually order them when we go to restaurants. Why? because restaurant tamales usually suck. They are dry and taste like cardboard. The best tamales I’ve had were homemade ones; the kind someone’s mom or grandma made. And growing up in California, I didn’t have a shortage of friends with tamale making moms and grandmas. I always knew what I was going to get for a gift on the holidays So if the only tamales you’ve tasted is from a restaurant and you’ve sworn to not like them, I suggest making these and maybe you’ll change your mind. This month’s challenge for Recipes to Rival is Tamales! and it is being hosted by The Healthy Vegan Kitchen. Since the ‘meateatarians’ I … Read entire article »

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Spinach Quesadilla

I got a call at work one day from Jade who asked if I’m coming home for lunch. I hadn’t really planned on it, but when she said she was making lunch, I jumped right on it. It’s against my principles to turn down a free lunch 😉 When I got home, this is what was waiting for me, prepared by chef Jade herself. The main attraction is the spinach quesadilla which she paired up with sliced of grilled steak and some cherry tomatoes with slivers of sweet onions. It was a delicious lunch which was just perfect for filling my hunger but not making me too sleepy to go back to work. Making quesadilla is very easy and my girls learned how to make them early on, as soon … Read entire article »

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Mexican Pizza

I try to avoid buying processed foods and mixes but I’m a sucker for a good bargain, so that’s how we ended up with a couple of boxes of Mexican Pizza kits. We saw them on sale at Costco for 99 cents a box. Who can resist a sale like that? And since when do you find anything priced at 99 cents in Costco where everything comes in bulk and costs an average of $10? … Read entire article »

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This is one of the girls’ favorite snack and they have become quite adept at making this snack themselves. We like to make our own tortilla chips by frying up leftover corn tortillas. They taste so much better than the store bought ones, we think. For best taste, we like to make everything from scratch from the tomato salsa, the guacamole to the melted cheese. … Read entire article »

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We are currently on vacation in Wilmington, NC. Today, after touring Screen Gems Studios where the One Tree Hill series is shot, we got hungry from all that walking and went to Fajita Express just for a quick and cheap lunch. We had our doubts walking in because of name and the fact that it has drive through service, but what the heck, we were hungry. The usual fare like fajitas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, were passable enough. Asi had fish tacos which were quite good, but the surprise for me was this huge bowl of steaming menudo!I have seen pitiful immitations of menudo, but this was the real thing. It was full of tender tripes and ligament floating in a spicy and savory soup. It came with a platefull of … Read entire article »

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Mexican chicken, chili & potato pot

This dish was cooked by Jade sometime ago. She got the recipe from a cookbook that she gave me for my birthday last year, One Pot – simple & delicious easy to make recipes. She knows I just love one-pot meals that are also quick and easy. This dish, she cooked for us one day. It was so nice to come home and do nothing but eat dinner. Thanks, Jade 😀 INGREDIENTS:2 TBSP vegetable oil1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed1 onion, chopped1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped1 potato, diced1 sweet potato, diced2 garlic cloves, chopped1 or 2 green chiles, seeded and chopped7 oz (1 can) canned chopped tomatoes1/2 tsp. dried oregano1/2 tsp. salt1/4 tsp. pepper4 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro2 cups chicken stock Heat oil in a skillet and lightly brown … Read entire article »

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