Tortilla Chip Shrimp with Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salad

I pretty much make the same two New Year’s resolutions every year. Of course I have the usual good intentions of drinking less, eating more brown rice, and reading more non-fiction. Yeah, yeah, yeah. But the two big ones, the two I take seriously are:

1. Floss Everyday

2. Be More Free-Spirited

The main goal I have in mind is happiness. How can one be a good mother, wife, role model, and person if one is not happy?  But just saying I want to be a happier person is much too vague. It’s a big world out there and if you don’t have specifics in mind you could easily get off track and end up somewhere pretty weird. Like at a drum circle at Little Beach. (Unless that’s your thing, then by all means- drum away!)

So it’s important to have action steps to stay focused.

Flossing everyday is pretty straight forward, but you can’t be happy if your teeth hurt…so I keep that one on the list.

Being more free-spirited ironically takes some planning. [Read more…]

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Do you ever play the “if you could only have one thing for the rest of your life” game?

You know, when you have to choose between 2 things you really love.

Wine or Beer?

Coffee or Tea?

Rice or Potatoes?

Jeans or Skirts?

This is a hard game for me and it is not often you will get me to make a decisive choice. But I can say with certainty that if I could only eat Mexican food for the rest of my life, I would be happy. As long as I could still have both beer and wine and it didn’t involve tequila! Don’t ask what happened last time I drank tequila. Just know, if you get married in Mexico and have Patron shots as your party favor you are kinda asking for it… (Not my fault, love you Skyler!)

So as you will see in the years to come, I love love love Mexican food. To me, Roasted Tomatillo Salsa is like a building block for fine Mexican cuisine. It is packed with flavor, smells amazing in the oven, and tastes great on everything (except brownies).

So what should you eat with this? Here are a few ideas if you want to take it beyond just chips and salsa. [Read more…]