Food and Food: Home Cookin'11 Apr 2008 09:18 am

Two of the things I miss the most when I go traveling and come home again are good Mexican cuisine and bagels. Sweet sweet chewy delicious bagels.

I have yet to find a decent Mexican restaurant in town, so my family and Mike and I often just cook our own – my dad makes a killer flank steak perfect for burritos.

I find the basics are easy to do; steak fajitas, adobo pulled pork, but it’s the extras that make things great. Tomatillo salsa verde is a great addition and doesn’t take much work to make…and tomatillos are even available at Safeway!

However, when I made fajitas last night I didn’t make any salsa verde, instead doing a quick baja cream and pico de gallo to use up some grape tomatoes.

Pico de Gallo

Mince 1 clove of garlic, a quarter of an onion (I used red), and some tomatoes. If you remove the seeds, it will not get as watery. Toss it all together, squeeze in some lime juice and sprinkle with salt. I also added some cilantro, but I don’t know if that’s traditional or not.

Baja Cream

1 tablespoon of sour cream, 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise. Grate some lime peel, toss in some cilantro and squeeze the juice of half a lime in.

These condiments really add to a pretty simple meal of what is essentially grilled peppers, onions and steak, and are good for chips and snacking on, too.

One of my favorite restaurants here in town is the New York Bagel Cafe. The service is leisurely, but the coffees and bagel platters are amazing. (However, you gotta try the hala french toast.) Like many of my favorite places, I don’t get back there often, so I improvise when at home.

I haven’t been able to find a decent place for authentic bagels in the city (the NYBC uses Bon Ton Bakery Bagels, though) so my fall back is Safeway. Pick up some cream cheese, sprouts, smoked salmon…

$12.95 versus approximately $2.50.

Their platters and Cafe Borgia are still amazing though. They have a $99 caviar platter!

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