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Migas Tacos- An Austin, TX Favorite..

May 17, 2010

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I made these tacos for the New York Times, Local a few weeks ago. It was right after my daughter and I returned from our trip to Austin. We go there almost every year to visit family and really enjoy the Mexican food- it tastes a lot more authentic and it is available almost everywhere.

One of the things I really enjoyed was something called migas tacos. Eggs were cooked with onions, jalapenos, tomatoes and topped with cheese. The one ingredient that makes these tacos different are the tortillas chips- yes thats right- crunchy tortillas strips are added to the eggs while cooking. The chips provided a great texture and flavor to the eggs. The cooked eggs are placed on a tortilla and topped with cheese- what could be better than that? Well, how about a roasted poblano and avocado crema…

I made this yummy, creamy sauce to complement the tacos. It was delicious on top of warm, savory tacos.

Overall, the meal was a big success. I made some vegetarian refried beans and roasted potatoes on the side. I made them for dinner and everyone loved them- including my daughter. For her, I skipped the jalapenos and tomatoes. She had some of the beans but doesn’t like potatoes.

Try these tacos for a brunch or dinner – you will love them.
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Chicken Cheese Steak

May 2, 2010

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I made this sandwich after I reviewed a local eatery in Maplewood- Maplewood Deli and Grille. My friend and I had a quick meal including a chicken cheese steak sandwich and an order of fries. I love eating fries but never end up ordering them- too much fat. These fries were incredible with some kind of a flour coating- oh my, talk about carb heaven!

The sandwich was delicious as well. One of the best things about it were the crispy potatoes topping the chicken and the green peppers.

As I thought of replicating this sandwich, I knew I would make it healthier, but how? I used white meat chicken pieces for the filling and paired fresh green peppers and onions for the sandwich.  To replicate the potatoes I diced them up small and roasted them in a very hot oven with a bit of olive oil. You can also cook them on the stove in a skillet- as shown below. It resulted in really crispy potatoes- yum!

The sandwich was delicious- a whole meal. It had the meat, veggies and potatoes- what more do you want? It was fresh tasting and crispy and crunchy. I served it for dinner with beer for my husband and wine for me. That’s right, I had a glass of wine with the sandwich- I like my wine and it was delicious!
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Potato Cakes with Cheddar Cheese and Dill

April 12, 2010

Potato Cakes with Cheddar Cheese and Dill1I made these potato cakes for get together a friend was having. She was expecting about 7 to 8 women and wanted me to make some snacks for the ladies. My initial thought was to make some chicken tikkas but then we realized some of the women were vegetarian. Instead of making two separate dishes, I decided to do a vegetarian one.

After doing a lot of thinking, I came up with these potato cakes. I grew up eating these on the streets of Delhi, India. They are called ‘Aloo Tikki‘(aloo means potatos and tikki is like a cutlet or croquette). The typical ones include boiled potatoes, onions, cilantro, etc and are served with a green chutney.

I decided to make a potato mixture with onion, ginger, green chilies as well as some bread crumbs and a sharp cheddar cheese. The cheese made the cakes soft and gooey on the inside. I also added flavorful dill and cilantro into the mix.

These cakes are great to serve as appetizers or a light meal. A nice salad and green chutney on the side is an ideal lunch.
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