Jackfruit & Nopales Sandwich

This is a variation on a sandwich a local restaurant serves here in Phoenix and one of my students asked me to do a version of it, so now I am sharing it with you. It’s an easy to make sandwich and if you’re worried about working with cactus paddles (aka nopales,) don’t worry. There’s […]

Enchiladas Verdes with Tomatillo-Jalapeno Sauce

Enchiladas verdes (enchiladas cooked in a tomatillo-chile sauce) are the peppy cousin of more traditional red enchiladas. I recently taught these in a class and they were a huge hit. Then I served them to a group of friends who come over for games and food every month, and they were an even bigger hit. […]

Tandoori Sweet Potatoes

Tandoori, although more popularly associated with chicken tandoori, is actually a style of cooking using a tandoor, which is a clay oven that looks like a jar. It’s a type of cooking most closely identified with Punjab cuisine. The fire is placed at the bottom of the oven so that food cooks three different ways: […]

Tostadas with Black Beans, Chile Seitan, and Avocado (with Video)

I created this late one night when I was craving Mexican food. I had a bag of older masa in my refrigerator that I was getting ready to toss and then I hit upon the idea of crisping it into an unfried tostada directly on the griddle. Add some black beans, ancho flavored seitan, avocado, […]

Tortas Ahogadas (with video)

This is a favorite Mexican sandwich of mine and one of my staple lunches. It only takes about five minutes or so to make, it’s super hearty, and the flavor is intense. The star of the sandwich is a chile arbol sauce made with handfuls of chiles arbol, white vinegar, a few spices, and some […]

Enfrijoladas (with video)

This traditional Mexican breakfast is one of my go-to recipes. Enfrijolada basically means “in bean sauce,” and it’s comprised of a couple of corn tortillas smothered in a chipotle black bean sauce topped with avocado, tomato, and pine nuts or pepitas. It’s full of flavor and soul-satisfying. Absolutely one of my favorite recipes. If you […]

Misr Wat Wrap

Misr wat is one of my top Ethiopian dishes. It’s a simple stew of lentils suffused with berbere, that hot aromatic spice mix that is found throughout the cuisine. Traditionally, this is served with injera, but that usually isn’t commonly available, so I make mine into a wrap and serve it with a garlic mint […]

Spicy Coffee

I came up with this drink after rehydrating some chiles. I was wondering what to do with the water, and then I hit upon the idea of using it to brew coffee in my French press. It needed a touch more flavor to balance out the chiles, so I took the chile water and added […]

Gnocchi in Spicy Pumpkin Sage Sauce

This is one of my favorite holiday recipes and that goes for my family, too. This recipe is comprised of gnocchi (a cross between potato pasta and dumplings) bathed in a pumpkin puree flavored with roasted garlic, chile flakes, and topped with crispy sage. It’s satisfying, flavorful, and fairly easy to make. Ingredients 8-10 cloves […]

Spicy Watermelon

This is a simple Mexican snack that packs a lot of flavor with just a few simple ingredients. Spicy, sweet, and salty, all in one bite. Make sure you get a seedless watermelon. Otherwise, it can be a pain to eat! Ingredients 4 cups of chopped, bite-size watermelon pieces 1 tsp. of chile powder 1/2 […]