It doesn’t rain often in San Diego, CA, but when it does I like to pretend it’s a cold, dreary, Midwest afternoon. I imagine myself bundled up in front of a fire place, with a book in my lap and cup of tea in my hand. I start craving a warm, comforting one-pot meal. Pork chops, apple sauce, the flavors of home.
I elevated my desire for comfort food by using pork tenderloin, and adding anise-flavored fennel to offset the sweetness of the pork and squash.

Chicken Poblano Street Tacos

I usually cook my meals from scratch, no matter how effort-filled. But when you are cooking for a crowd, you must know your limitations. The night I “invented” the Chicken Poblano Tacos, I was already making two other tacos from scratch: Carne Asada Street Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema and a Halibut Fish Taco with Cilantro Lime Crema.

Enter the humble rotisserie chicken. It’s pre-cooked, pre-seasoned, and ready to go in pretty much any recipe that calls for slow cooked, pulled chicken. Add that to Frontera’s taco skillet sauce, and your taco night will pack on heck of a punch.


In January 2017, I visited Chicago to celebrate the birth of my beautiful niece, Virginia Abbe Strange. I arrived at the airport to find the entire city hibernating against the cold (-20 with windchill!), and found myself determined to bring my SoCal sunshine to the
The key to a juicy and flavorful skirt steak is in the marinade. Do not fast track the marinating time, and give this pedestrian meat all the TLC it deserves

Creamy Tortilla Soup

We went to Costco the other day not for groceries, but for the free samples. Don’t pretend like you don’t do that too!

Carrot Latkes

We went to Costco the other day not for groceries, but for the free samples. Don’t pretend like you don’t do that too!

A Very Smietana Thanksgiving

We go through our days so focused on the task at hand, at our to-do list, that we often forget to look back on all we have to be thankful for. I too am a victim of this monotonous trap. When I think back on the past year, I know I have much to be…

Poached Lemon Chicken

Raise your hand if you’re sick of chicken! I am completely, utterly, and emphatically over chicken. Now, chicken and I have had a good long run. Grilled chicken summer salad, lemon herb chicken, chicken noodle soup, stuffed chicken breast, Moroccan chicken bake….and the list goes on and on and one…

The “Perfect Yogi”?

This yogi’s post so accurately disproves the assumption that there is a “good yogi”. Read and see that yogi’s are not all vegan, barefoot, ethereal mystical beings.