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One of my favorite things about Chicago is the food. We have an amazing selection of food choices to suit every palate. I don't have the opportunity to explore as much as I used to so I create foodie moments for us at home.
With a little help from Mariano's tastemakers videos I've learned so much about food preparation and presentation. Recently, I checked out the tastemaker couple Rick and Ashley Ortiz of Antique Taco. The short video is packed with little morsels of info that were very helpful this weekend celebrating E's birthday.
Tips from the Tastemakers
Use citrus juice to shred fish. I love ceviche and never even considered home preparation simply because of the cutting fish part. It makes me a little squeamish thinking about it but shredding fish I can do. Adding homemade ceviche to my foodie bucket list.
Tone down heat with garlic. Great tip since we have the wee one. My husband and I enjoy spicier meals but V not so much. Good to know I can amp up on another one of my favorite flavors to take away some of the hotness from spicier dishes.
What I Made
I wanted to prepare something a little bit more "fancy" than our regular meals so I headed to Mariano's where I knew I would be able to find quality fresh ingredients. It's the main reason I shop there. Also, if it's good enough for some of Chicago's top chefs and tastemakers then it is definitely good enough for us!
Still thinking about the Tastemaker video I watched, I came up with a new way to make salsa -- a salsa salad. It's sort of a hybrid between traditional salsa and kachumbari, a Kenyan salad, that is very similar to salsa but typically served as a side dish instead of a condiment.
1 avocado, halved, seeded and cubed
1 lime, juiced
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced
3 tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced (I ended up using pre minced garlic from a jar -- a followed Chef Rick Ortiz's path and used a short cut)
Mix all of the chopped vegetable together and squeeze lime juice over the salad and done!
Unless you're thirsty. If you're thirsty then maybe you need a couple of rosemary margaritas. Using a quickie recipe from Rick & Ashley's tastemaker page, I purchased rosemary, limes, and freshly squeezed (by Mariano's) orange juice and tequila. Shook it all together with a simple syrup and voila. Now we are officially done!
For more tips and inspiration, you can keep up with Mariano's Tastesmakers on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.