Spring Cocktails

Spring Cocktails

May 2018 | “Like many people, I prefer different drinks in different seasons. Spring and summer drive me towards white and rose wines and gin cocktails, while fall and winter are for red wine and brown liquor. But through every season, tequila is king.” Recipes: Mad Mex Perfect and Grapefruit Basil Margaritas

Asparagus. Ramps. Morels. Rhubarb.

Asparagus. Ramps. Morels. Rhubarb.

April 2018, Originally published April 2006 | Those quintessential spring gifts from the ground: asparagus, ramps, morels, rhubarb. Recipes include Grilled Local Asparagas with Shaved Parmesan and Lemon, and Local Rhubarb Crisp

Sage advice from big Chef Bill Fuller

Sage advice from big Chef Bill Fuller

March 2018 | Spices are the key to making delicious food. Chef Bill Fuller is particularly picky about the spices we use in our restaurants, as Mad Mex, Kaya, Soba and Casbah all draw from cuisines where spices figure predominantly. Recipes: Lamb and Pear Tangine

Big thoughts

Big thoughts

February 2018 | “Living in Pittsburgh has always felt to me like living in a city constructed by—then abandoned by—giants. The massive bridges with huge arches and grand sculptures seem fit for armies of giants marching back from war. Tunnels, bored through the thick base of Mount Washington at the cost of much sweat and blood feel un-creatable in this modern era of local governmental fiscal paucity. The cavernous mills, open structures four stories tall suspending massive cranes for hauling the huge machines these giants constructed, whisper silently of the ages of giants dwindling to fairy tale. The city is haunting and beautiful.” Recipe: Carnitas Tacos, Pineapple Habanero Salsa, Avocado-Citrus Salad

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This year, we will be celebrating the Silver Anniversary of Mad Mex! Twenty-five years of great food, delicious margaritas, crazy Rick Bach art, (too) loud music, and lots of fun. Recipe: Super Mad Mex Portabello Burrito

Nacho Nacho Man

Nacho Nacho Man

Chef Bill Fuller recalls his formative experiences with nachos, and offers some suggestions for your own nacho adventures. Curious what “nixtamal” is? Read on…. Recipe: Turkey Nachos with Winter Cocktails

Thanksgiving recipes and strategies

Surprisingly to most people, I look forward to cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Autumn cooking is so satisfying. Roasting and braising. Butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, short ribs, pork, duck. Rich flavors and full bellies. Thanksgiving is the Superbowl of the season. I make pretty much the same meal every year.