Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde


chicken tacos with salsa verde

Salsa Verde: There’s just something special about it.

It’s tangy, spicy, creamy and limey. It has a depth of flavor that I can’t beat with any ol’ red salsa. And this recipe, based on J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s fabulous Chicken Green Chile Tacos, is my favorite salsa verde. (My husband even said, “Best salsa verde I’ve ever had.” Oh yeah.) 

So what do you do after you whip up this delish salsa verde? You add in some shredded chicken thighs, and let this happy mixture bubble along on the stove. Spoon into your favorite tortillas with cilantro, avocado, cotija cheese and a generous squeeze of lime, and you’ll have some drooling diners at your table.

Let’s get this party started. This Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde party.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake



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PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE. It ticks all the important boxes:

√ It’s easy.
√ It’s impressive.
√ It’s pumpkin-y.

Count me in. I took this to a fall get-together last weekend. When I opened the cake holder to reveal this glorious dessert, I was asked, “Now what is that?” When I responded, “Pumpkin Cheesecake,” I received a coveted response:


And that makes my heart happy. I don’t know why, but it sure does. Nothing better than cooking for people who love what you make.

“You MADE that?”

Then the sudden shyness takes over and I just nod and smile.

Because I am (typically) not one to gloat and brag. (I am the wallflower, the introvert, who wants to quietly please your taste buds.) And although this pumpkin cheesecake looks like something masterful, something skillful, something hard… it’s totally not.

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Lemon Fusilli


lemon fusilli cover photo 4Cooking for a family is a balancing act.

You must please the adults.

You must please the kids.

This can be a monumental task. Everyone has flavors and textures they prefer.

Enter Lemon Fusilli. This flavor-bomb from Ina from Ina Garten is just one of those dishes. Yes, you will sample it repeatedly during preparation. Yes, your husband will give the official sound of approval: “Mmm.” (Double eye squint.) “Mmm, that’s good.” Yes, you will notice that after 15 seconds, your 5-year-old daughter’s pasta helping has disappeared. (Check the floor, because that’s where half of Cora’s food accidentally ends up. But it won’t be there.)

I love love love this dish. It simply makes good, sensible use of flavors and textures.

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