Queso fundido on a pizza? In a cast iron pan? Oh yes.

We love a lot of things. Gooey/spicy queso fundido with chorizo and roasted poblanos is one of those things. Pizza is even higher on the list. And we love our cast iron pans to a somewhat ludicrous degree as well. So it was probably preordained that we would bring them all together in a queso…

Tender, flavorful Instant Pot adobo short ribs

One of the main reasons to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon is to shorten the time it takes to make something like these tender, juicy adobo short ribs. Instead of an all-day crockpot cook — which is great if you start early enough — you can put these together a few hours before dinnertime…

Need a new go-to breakfast? Then you need Migas

Weekend breakfast at our house is usually more like brunch, because our teenage kids sleep late. So by the time they shuffle down the stairs, we’re all pretty much starving and looking for something substantial. When they’re lucky, they get Migas. Migas is basically a stovetop fritatta Tex-Mexified. By that we mean you add fried…

These chipotle-dusted scallop tacos will fuel your tacomania

Tacos are a thing with me. Anyone will tell you, from my closest family to the guy I met on an airliner five minutes ago. (Sample opening conversation: “Hi, I’m Dave. Got any tacos?”) It’s an issue, judging by my wife’s uncontrollable eye rolls when I reflexively reach for the corn tortillas, or my daughter’s…

Basics: roasted tomatillo-avocado sauce

Confession: I used to love the avocado sauce at El Pollo Loco, a fast food Mexican chicken chain. It’s creamy, smooth and a great complement to their roasted chicken tacos. So we set out to come up with something like it. Rick Bayless has a recipe with tomatillos that sounded similar, so we adapted this recipe…

Dominate Sunday breakfast with these huevos rancheros

Weekend breakfast is a big deal at our house. During weekdays we’re often too busy to do much for breakfast, but weekends are different. It’s a good time to relax as a family over a good meal to start the day, but honestly, it’s mostly about having the extra time to make something a bit…

Basics: Guacamole

Doesn’t it feel sometimes like guacamole is similar to dancing? Because everyone does it their way, and most are pretty satisfied that their way is the right way. I’m the exception: I’m pretty convinced that my dancing is the wrong way, so when it’s required, I keep it simple. I feel better about my guacamole…

My daughter is so tired of my taco fixation — but she still loved these

There was recently cause to celebrate in the SSS household. The Rick Bayless newsletter announced that it was relaunching its “Taco Tuesday” recipe feature. If you haven’t tried any of Bayless’ cooking (in his restaurants or from his recipes), then you’re really missing out. I can hardly think of another cookbook author who is as…