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Blue Ribbon Chili
Written by Frontera   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00



Frontera’s Guajillo Salsa —one of our original five salsas and a staff favorite, helped us win first place in a chili contest at The Backyard Barbecue Store in Wilmette, IL·this past weekend. Grilled pork shoulder and grilled beef short ribs simmered in the salsa along with fire-roasted tomatoes until tender. We added cooked ayocote blanco—white runner beans from our friends at Rancho Gordo (check out their amazing variety of dried beans at·


Finally, we garnished the chili with aged Mexican cheese, cilantro and our favorite indulgent topping: crispy Nueske's applewood smoked bacon. A winning combination indeed! We're planning on making a ginormous potful for Halloween. Trick or treaters in our neighborhood are in for a real Frontera treat!


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We're Number Two!
Written by Carrmichael   
Monday, 12 August 2013 15:53


10bestWinnerReaders of USA Today and voted on BEST AIRPORT FOOD and Tortas Frontera at O'Hare International did not win but we came in a close 2nd.  Check out the full list of winners at


While we'd love to have Harry and Izzy come on up to Chicago for a short-rib-poblano torta and a few hand-shaken margaritas, we have to agree that this top ten list is a wonderful group of top-flight eateries and it's a great snapshot of the airport culinary upgrade that has taken hold across the country.



Behind-the-Scenes Oaxaca: Episode 13
Monday, 22 July 2013 00:00



"Quit your horsing around, we've got work to do"....I jokingly quipped at our venerable director, Scott Dummler, as he attempted to ride a horse, in a regularly mounted saddle, in REVERSE. In doing so, he would've had to look back, constantly removing his focus from filming in order to maintain the speed and direction of his horse while filming Rick....He opted to ride the horse regular mount (for comfort and safety), but then had to shoot reverse over his shoulder using the viewfinder on his camera as his focus and framing guide, whereby everything he had to adjust to was opposite of what was natural (essentially the "mirror affect")......


In the end, all the viewing audience will see when you watch the show, is an absolutely flawless piece of directing and the steadiest of traveling shots.


By the way, that's just what Scott had to deal with, Bob our sound man had a multitude of things to focus on himself as he had to maintain sound levels, whilst keeping his horse on track.


A lot of what you see on this show is never as easy to shoot as it may appear....especially considering nothing is scripted.

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