Stuffed Avocado and Chicken Tortillas

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stuffed chicken and avocado tortillas

Yep, I’m on a cilantro and lime kick lately. Hey, better than a Spam and peanut butter kick, right?

So the newest passengers on the cilantro-lime train are these Stuffed Avocado and Chicken Tortillas. They’re hot and cheesy and limey and oh so satisfying. This recipe is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s “Jamie’s America” book, and it’s a pretty one.

It’s also my go-to “take-a-meal-to-the-family-with-a-newborn” dish. As long as Mom and Dad can stumble to the oven and crank it up to 400 degrees, they’re halfway to a tasty and comforting meal!

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Crispy Panko Fish Tacos

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fish tacos

Okay, confession. I HATED the idea of fish tacos for a long while. Fish? And tacos? Like, TOGETHER??? No thank you.

And then in my 20s, I went to Hawaii. And had fish tacos for the first time (from a kinda-sketchy-kinda-cool food truck/van thing).

And yum.

They were grilled fish tacos, which I liked. But this midwestern gal loves her foods fried, so I gave this recipe from Guy Fieri a whirl. Good idea. I like adding a little crunch to the softer textures of the salsa and sour cream dressing. It’s a good thing.

Eat ’em up. Nom nom nom!
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Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde

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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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Lemon Fusilli

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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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Buffalo Chicken Sliders

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buffalo chicken sliders

Sometimes I get a hankerin’. A hankerin’ for BUFFALO.

But hold on: I’m not a buffalo wing fan. I’m an anything-buffalo-besides-buffalo-wing fan. Buffalo mac and cheese, buffalo wing dip, and these tasty little gems: Buffalo Chicken Sliders. Mmmmmm…..

This recipe is a mish-mash of two of my favorites. I marinated, breaded and fried my chicken a la OnceUponAChef.com, and followed the remainder of Paula Deen’s Buffalo Chicken Slider recipe.

I shall tell you why. I fell in love with this simple yet flavorful recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders from Jenn Segal at OnceUponAChef.com long ago. The buttermilk and spices combine to create a flavorful and tender fried chicken. I haven’t yet found a better recipe for fried chicken tenders, so I’m sticking with it.

Celery adds the crunch, mayo adds the creaminess, and blue cheese adds the flavor. An excellent team.

Celery adds the crunch, mayo adds the creaminess, and blue cheese adds the flavor. An excellent team.

Jenn’s chicken pairs perfectly with Paula’s fun Buffalo Chicken Slider recipe, and the result totally handles my buffalo hankerin’. I hope it handles yours. Enjoy!

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