Spanish Rice

2 cups white rice 1/4 cup butter 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 cups boiling water 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper 10 ounces fresh tomatoes, cut into quarters 4 pieces, bay leaves Rinse and drain the rice, set aside. Melt the… Continue reading Spanish Rice

Crunchy Fried Fish Tacos

1 1/2 cups cake flour 2 tablespoons paprika 2 teaspoons black pepper Kosher salt 3/4 cup beer (plus more as necessary) 1 large egg 3/4 cup mayonnaise (see note) 2 tablespoons sriracha or other chili sauce (see note) 2 quarts peanut oil 1 pound white fish (such as cod, hake, or halibut), cut into eight… Continue reading Crunchy Fried Fish Tacos

Ropa Vieja

2 pounds beef flank steak or sirloin flap, cut crosswise into 3- to 4-inch sections, or pork butt, cut into 3- to 4-inch steaks against the grain Kosher salt and black pepper 1 tablespoon grapeseed, vegetable or canola oil 1 recipe Braised Peppers and Onions (about 3 cups) 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes or whole… Continue reading Ropa Vieja

Braised Pepper and Onions

2 tablespoons grapeseed, vegetable or canola oil 3 large bell peppers (a mix of colors), stemmed, seeded and thinly sliced 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons ground cumin 2 dried bay leaves Kosher salt and black pepper Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium until shimmering. Add… Continue reading Braised Pepper and Onions

Turkey Chili

1 tablespoon olive oil 2 pounds ground turkey, white and dark combined 2 cups coarsely chopped onions 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 1 large sweet red pepper, cored, deveined and coarsely chopped 1 cup chopped celery 1 jalapeno pepper, cored, deveined and finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped, or 1 tablespoon, dried 2 bay leaves… Continue reading Turkey Chili

Ground Beef Chili With Chocolate and Peanut Butter

2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium yellow onion, diced (about 8 ounces) 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed 3 canned chiles in adobo, finely chopped 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Mexican 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon… Continue reading Ground Beef Chili With Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Beef Barbecoa

3 lbs good quality beef chuck roast or bottom blade roast – one piece of meat 1/4 cup cider vinegar 4 cloves garlic 1 tsp Mexican oregano – optional but don’t substitute regular oregano 1 tsp cumin powder 1/4 cup pure mild chili powder – I like New Mexican Red or Ancho 1-3 chipotles in… Continue reading Beef Barbecoa

Carne Adovada

4 lbs pork stew – e.g. pork shoulder or riblets, cut into fairly large (one inch plus) chunks 1 large white onion 4 cloves garlic 3/4 cup New Mexican red chili powder 2 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp mexican oregano (optional) 4 cups chicken stock 3 Tbsp rendered pork lard or vegetable oil salt to… Continue reading Carne Adovada

Pressure Cooker Carne Asada

1 1/2 lbs flank steak or skirt steak 1 medium lime juiced 2 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free 2 Tbsp tomato sauce 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 tsp minced garlic 2 Tbsp chili powder 2 tsp cumin 1 tsp oregano 1/4 tsp cayenne optional 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2… Continue reading Pressure Cooker Carne Asada

Hearts of Palm Ceviche

1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin juice from 1–2 limes (start with one, more to taste) 1/2 teaspoon salt 14 ounce can hearts of palms, drained, rinsed 1 cup cucumber, sliced 1 cup tomatoes, diced 1/2 a jalapeno, finely diced 1/4–1/2 cup cilantro, chopped 1/2 teaspoon coriander 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 avocado (optional) Serve… Continue reading Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Perfect Pot of Beans

1 pound dried beans, picked over and rinsed Water 1/2 yellow or white onion, peeled 3 garlic cloves, peeled 2 bay leaves One (5-inch) strip kombu (dried seaweed, optional) 1 tablespoon kosher salt, or more to taste STOVE TOP: In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot set over medium-high heat, combine the beans… Continue reading Perfect Pot of Beans

Robin’s Slow Cooker Brisket

3-4 pound Beef Brisket 1/4 tsp celery salt 1/2 tsp of garlic salt 1/2 tsp of onion salt 1/4 tsp of salt 1.5 oz bottle of liquid smoke 1 and 3/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce Place thawed brisket in slow cooker or large bowl. Sprinkle on dry salt(s) and pour over liquid smoke.… Continue reading Robin’s Slow Cooker Brisket

Chile Relleno Casserole

1 pound ground beef, preferably 90/10 blend 1 cup (4 ounces) chopped yellow onion 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon fine salt, divided 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Unsalted butter, for greasing 1 (27 1/2 ounce) can whole poblano peppers, drained (may substitute 6 large fresh poblanos; see NOTE) 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded… Continue reading Chile Relleno Casserole

Lemony White Bean Soup With Turkey and Greens

3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, diced 1 large carrot, diced 1 bunch sturdy greens, such as kale, broccoli rabe, mustard greens or collard greens 1 tablespoon tomato paste 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin, plus more to taste 1/8 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more to taste 1/2 pound ground turkey 3 garlic cloves, minced 1… Continue reading Lemony White Bean Soup With Turkey and Greens

Cucumber-Avocado Salad

2 scallions, trimmed then sliced crosswise 1/4-inch-thick Ice 1 pound cucumbers (such as 6 Persian or mini seedless, or 1 English) Kosher salt 2 very ripe avocados 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice, or unseasoned rice vinegar, plus more as needed Red-pepper flakes or hot sauce, for serving Transfer the scallions to a small… Continue reading Cucumber-Avocado Salad

Pressure Cooker Birria

3 lbs stew meat (beef, lamb or goat) cut into 1- 2 inch pieces 1 tablespoon salt pepper to taste 2 cups chicken or beef broth 4 dried guajillo chile (see notes) 2 dried Pasilla chilies (optional) 1–2 tablespoon olive oil 1 large onion, diced 6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, preferably… Continue reading Pressure Cooker Birria

Pressure Cooker Smoky White Bean Soup

1 lb dry white beans, soaked 8-12 hours ( 2 cups dry, 5 cups soaked) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, diced 6 garlic cloves, rough chopped 1 1/2 cup carrots, chopped 2 cups celery chopped 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme) 1/4 cup white wine (or skip it) 14 ounce can… Continue reading Pressure Cooker Smoky White Bean Soup

Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Beans

3 tablespoons olive oil 2 onions, diced 2 bell peppers diced (red and yellow are nice) 1 ancho chili, diced (optional, not traditional) 6 garlic cloves, rough chopped 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons oregano 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/8– 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or chipotle (optional) 1 tablespoon tomato paste… Continue reading Pressure Cooker Cuban Black Beans

Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean Soup

1 tablespoon oil 1 large onion, chopped 2–4 (6 oz) or a generous cup chopped poblano peppers (or green bell peppers) 4 cloves garlic coarsely chopped 2 teaspoons Ancho chili powder ( or sub regular chili powder) 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon coriander 1 yam, yielding approximately 3 cups cubed 1 ½ cups dry pinto… Continue reading Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean Soup

Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Roasted Garlic

1 large head of garlic 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Salt and black pepper 2 pounds sweet potatoes (see Tip) 1/2 cup heavy cream 4 tablespoons unsalted butter Heat oven to 350 degrees. Turn the garlic head on its side and carefully cut off the very top end to expose the cloves. (Discard the top.)… Continue reading Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Roasted Garlic