Cinco de Mayo Supper

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the batalla de Puebla when the native Mexicans defeated Napoleon’s army on May 5, 1862. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday than to prepare and feast on traditional Mexican fare. My friend, Maria Concannon, owner of Don Juan’s Restaurant in Chicago, tells me there is a […]

Mexican Restaurants to Spice Up Your Life

There’s nothing more festive than a Mexican restaurant for a fun get together or special occasion. And whether you’re toasting with a margarita, sangria or limonata, you can’t help but feel happy, knowing that guacamole will most likely be involved.  Enjoy these North Shore and Chicago Mexican restaurants: Chicago Frontera Grill/ Topolobampo/XOCO, 445 N. Clark St., […]

Stacked Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde

This is enchiladas prepared casserole-style.   I loved the look of this dish in Bon Appetit so much that I saved it for 4 years before I actually made it! When I finally did, I found out that it’s quite easy, especially if you buy a jar of salsa verde from Trader Joe’s and a […]

Moms and Margaritas Rule

Sure—for many, Mother’s Day is best spent hanging out with the family. So why not squeeze in a little girlfriend get-together earlier in the week?   If you need to give the husband and kids an excuse, here’s one: Cinco De Mayo. That’s right, it’s time to celebrate the Battle of Puebla—really! If you and […]

Bacon-and-Tomato Guacamole

Serves: 8 to 10 as a nibble 5 strips medium-thick bacon 3 medium-large avocados 1/2 medium white onion, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces 2 or 3 canned chipotle chiles en adobo, removed from the canning sauce, stemmed, slit open, seeds scraped out and finely chopped 1 medium-large round, ripe tomato, cored and copped into 1/4-inch pieces 1/4 […]