Upgraded Chili Beans

Chili Beans | Cravings & Crumbs

Last weekend, probably like many of you, I was invited to a labor day potluck.  On the menu  was carne adovada from the most recent issue of Milk Street Magazine with my favorite sonoran style tortillas from Mi Abuelita Bonita.  Keeping with the Tex-Mex theme, I was told I could bring a “pinto bean side dish”.  My first thought was what is a pinto bean side dish besides plain pinto beans?  Keep in mind I’ve spent the past 6 years being indoctrinated into a Mexican family.  For special occasions they may make frijoles charros, a dish stewed with different cured meats and tomatoes, but I didn’t want more meats with the heavy meat main course.  Then my mind drifted to the canned chili beans my dad used to heat up as a quick addition to many Mexican meals he cooked when I was a kid.  They’re a nostalgic food for me and so I decided to recreate them – this time upgraded and from-scratch. Read More

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Peruvian Chicken Wings with Green Sauce

Peruvian Chicken Wings | Cravings & Crumbs

The summer before our last year of college J and I took a summer study abroad trip to Argentina.  In between many choripanes and bondiolas from street vendors, we ate at some really good restaurants.  One that was recommended by our teacher was Chan Chan, a little peruvian restaurant in an alleyway that was supposed to be the best in the city.  Come to think of it, there were a few restaurants that he praised as being lo mas bueno, but Chan Chan really did deserve it.  We had never tried peruvian food before, but between the free cancha (a toasted corn snack) and bistec encebollado we fell in love with the cuisine.

Peruvian Chicken Wings | Cravings & Crumbs

One common peruvian dish that Chan Chan didn’t have was whole roasted or grilled chicken.  Maybe it was just my experience in Buenos Aires, but I only remember having chicken once or twice the whole month – restaurants had all beef and a little pork.  It wasn’t until a little peruvian restaurant opened up near our apartment last year that we discovered peruvian chicken and the cilantro jalapeño “green sauce” they served it with.  The chicken was flavored with paprika, cumin, and garlic, and was tender enough to pull apart into shreds to dip into the sauce that was cool and spicy. Read More

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