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Xico on SE Division

Xico, SE Division, Portland, OR

Yes, as you’ll be able to tell from the photos here, we went to Xico early last month, back when there was this thing called…the sun, hanging bright in the sky. Even though it is all cold and rainy now, I suggest going to Xico and getting yourself a margarita — that will definitely lighten up the evening.

During our visit, we sat in the back patio area and enjoyed a very good meal. But really, the actual inside of the restaurant looked super cozy too. I’d imagine it will . . . → Read More: Xico on SE Division

Asian-Fusion Tuna Tacos

tuna tacos

This was a delightfully odd mix of a meal. I saw the original recipe and thought it sounded somewhat interesting but both jwa and I really, really liked the resulting dinnerc. I am always a fan of tacos and these were no exception. I got some local Oregon coast Albacore Tuna Loin from Flying Fish and went to work with my grill pan.

And bonus! During one of the very few, very hot days we’ve had so far this Summer — the grill pan is only heated for about 5-6 minutes total! Yay!

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Veggie & Cheese Enchiladas with Chili Gravy

Enchiladas with Chile Gravy

Okay, this is one of those recipes that I saw during the day and went, “OH MY GOD!!!” And then when I got home I immediately made it for dinner. The original recipe is awesome but it’s also one of those recipes that is super-easily adapted to anything you feel like sticking in there. In fact, the first time I made these, I did so as written, except that I just about a tablespoon of defrosted, squeezed-out, chopped spinach per each enchilada for Spinach and Cheese Enchiladas*.

This dish below, however, might . . . → Read More: Veggie & Cheese Enchiladas with Chili Gravy

Black Bean Soup with Cumin and Jalapeño

Black Bean Soup

This marks the return of Thursday soup nights. For awhile last Winter, I was coming home from work on Thursday nights and making a big pot of interesting soup. I decided to start up the tradition again this year and the first experiment was this cumin-y, black bean soup. I thought it had great flavor and while I didn’t include all the seeds from the jalapeño, it was spicy enough for me. jwa, of course, opted for a little hot sauce.

The original instructions said to not drain the beans, but I wanted . . . → Read More: Black Bean Soup with Cumin and Jalapeño

Braised Chicken with Tomatillos and Jalapenos

Braised Chicken

It seems like I hardly ever sit around on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon anymore and watch cooking shows. I used to do that all the time. Now, meh. I should really try to get back in the habit of doing that, as I feel like I’ve been in a little bit of a food rut lately.

Now this recipe…this is what happens when I actually see something on a cooking show and right then, go out and get what I need to make it. Except, in this case, I forgot limes. Thankfully, . . . → Read More: Braised Chicken with Tomatillos and Jalapenos