Free Range Nurse

Cooking therapy from a former travel nurse

Viva Mexico May 23, 2010

Filed under: appetizers,seafood — freerangenurse @ 3:37 pm

A new shipment of cookbooks arrived from Amazon a couple of weeks ago.  One of the new books I was eagerly awaiting was Fonda San Miguel: Thirty Years of Food and Art.  The first time I went to Fonda San Miguel restaurant was back in 1981 (I think) when I was a flower girl in a wedding.  The rehearsal dinner was held there and I remember thinking the food was really good, but I don’t remember much else.  Several years later, I went back as an adult and this time I took in the vibrant surroundings, the art on the walls, the intricately cut papel picado (or cut paper banners) hanging from the ceiling, the peaceful entry courtyard area, and of course, the food.

The food at FSM is not typical TexMex, but rather interior Mexican food full of flavor and texture.  There is a variety of seafood selections such as ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime juice) and enchiladas suizas de jaiba (crab enchiladas) as well as regional delicacies such as quesadillas de huitlacoche (corn fungus – which is just starting to gain following as Mexican truffles), which has a nutty, earthy flavor.  The queso is not a liquid mixture to be scooped up with tortilla chips, but rather a thick, gooey serving of melted cheese served with warm tortillas.  Mmmm, delicioso y sabroso (delicious and flavorful)! (more…)

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Conquering Your Fears and Following Your Instincts April 25, 2010

Filed under: appetizers,dinner,lunch,seafood — freerangenurse @ 2:30 pm

I have a confession.  Artichokes have always intimidated me.  These big thistles are covered with spike tipped leaves, have a center choke that will make you do just that if you eat it, and have always seemed like a lot of effort to basically serve as scoops for mayonnaise or butter sauce.  Yet, with all these obstacles, I do enjoy artichokes and their tender hearts, so when I saw this recipe for shrimp stuffed artichoke bottoms, I couldn’t resist getting over my fear of artichokes.  Another fantastic reason to conquer my fears were the beautifully photographed step by step instructions in Fine Cooking Magazine for preparing artichokes in a number of different ways.

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Salsa Rookie February 8, 2010

Filed under: appetizers,condiments — freerangenurse @ 4:03 pm

As I mentioned in the last post, I received a number of recipe requests when I solicited suggestions on facebook.  One that intrigued me was red salsa.  What is so intriguing about red salsa?  The fact that I’d never made it, never tried to make it, never thought about making it, but absolutely could eat it by the gallon!  How had I managed to never try to put together my own?  Honestly, I didn’t really know where to begin.  Then, along came Ree, aka, the Pioneer Woman.  Just a few short days after I received the suggestion, she posted a recipe for salsa that looked like what I’d like, so I used it as a jumping off point. (more…)