Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mexican Quinoa Salad

It helps to have friends in all the right places!  For me, that is my friend Anamaria.  Anamaria was born in Peru and visits her family as much as possible and always has such great stories to tell from her travels.  Whenever she goes back I ask her to post pictures of the amazing cuisine and landscapes from her travels.  I'm grateful that she often sends me a little treat from her trips to have a "taste" of her native Peru when she comes back.  Usually, it's the coffee chocolates that are to die for and that I hide from my kids.  This time, she sent me that as well as a bag full of Black Quinoa!  Black is her favorite and it is quickly becoming mine!  I knew I wanted to make a latin infused salad with it but wasn't quite sure about the combination until today.  Check it out, I will definitely be making this again and again!  And it keeps my wife Samantha's personal trainer happy too because it's healthy!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Chipotle Chicken, Bacon and Corn Chowda

Yes, I'm giving this divine bowl of heaven a name with a Boston accent because it contains all the goodness of home!  Welcome to my Chipotle Chicken, Bacon and Corn Chowda!

Cheese...good....Chicken....good....Corn....good....Bacon.....Damn good!

Last night was a chilly brisk night (ok, it was 65 degrees, but we live in California so that was brisk for us, go with it!) and therefore the perfect night for soup!  I wanted something warm and stew like that has all the comfort food feeling to it but with a kick!  Ok, I'll tell you the version I made definitely has a kick!  While I'm an Italian wannabe, I think I must have some Mexican in me as well because this was definitely caliente!  I will give you the recipe as I made it with a less spicy option if you are serving those with a milder palate!  Either way, it is delicious!