Adriana Martin

Adriana Martin

Adriana Martin, Adriana’s Best Recipes

I’m a Latina, born in Mexico, immigrant with a story and US citizen as a choice. I’m a wife, friend, step mom, grandmother and an animal lover. My profession is marketing strategist but I’m a chef at heart. I have tremendous respect for food I serve to my family and friends and every day I learn different flavors and tricks to include in my food repertoire.

I love to read about food, recipes, and trends as well as to experience new restaurants and watch famous chefs prepare food, and then I go back to my kitchen and then I start my
cooking adventure.

My recipes are based on inspiration, a flavor, a spice, the smell of fresh fruit or an herb, what I have available in my fridge or simply a walk in the local farmers market to check out the fresh ingredients that will inspire my dish of the day. Really simple flavors can create masterpieces.

My cooking is also inspired by my grandmother’s legacy; when growing up I shared very special moments with my dear grandma Doña Alicia, named by me in a loving way Mamá Licha (Alicia) who taught me the passion for making people happy putting out delicious dishes. She owned several restaurants and catered for the Mexican socialité, great teacher Doña Alicia now my angel companion and to whom I dedicate my recipes.

Let’s cook!

Grilled Pork Chops with Hibiscus BBQ Sauce

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Pork chops are a great option for a flavorful meal. You can find thin and thick cuts as well as bone in or without the bone. My family prefers no bone which is why I chose that cut for this recipe. Although if you like to use bone in, you can — it is actually […]

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Grilled Butternut Pumpkin Squash Soup

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You know it’s fall when you start seeing all the many types of pumpkins and winter squash in the farmers markets. Pumpkin and winter squash are all related. It can be confusing, since there are many different kinds, like the “pepo” commonly used for carving Jack-O-Lanterns; acorn and spaghetti squash and my favorite: the butternut […]

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Grilled Apples and Pound Cake

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Fall is the time of the year when you can indulge in wonderful desserts using fresh seasonal ingredients like apples. You can find many kinds of apples in the marketplace, like golden delicious, snow apple, gala apples, and the ones known as Gravenstein apples with green yellow color and hints of red. This apple is […]

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Kabob Recipes: Grilled Lamb

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Lamb is a very popular meat in many countries in Europe and in Australia, in kabob recipes and a variety of other dishes. Here in the United States, it is commonly served in many Greek and Mediterranean restaurants in a popular sandwich wrap called a “gyro”. This meat is tender and is perfect for grilling. […]

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Grilled Eggplant Salad Recipe

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Grilled Eggplant Salad Eggplants are meaty and satisfying, hearty and versatile; they go nicely with almost everything. This berry is related to the tomato and the potato and it is not considered a vegetable; originally harvested in India and later adopted in Arabic, Mediterranean, and European cuisine. How to Grill Eggplant Eggplants come in different varieties, […]

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Grilled Fish Tacos

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How to Make Grilled Fish Tacos Hola, welcome to my outdoor kitchen! Fish tacos have become very popular here in the US but the first time I had them was in a little roadside town on a trip through Baja California. Locals put together these small restaurants alongside the beach where they grill the catch […]

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Grilled Shrimp Salad

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I don’t know about you, but shrimps are my guilty pleasure and I enjoy cooking them on the grill. It’s an easy and fast way to serve a great meal to your family and friends. I just got this beautiful Kenmore grill that has porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grids to reduce sticking – very helpful […]

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Recipe Video: Grilled Guacamole

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This Sunday is a very special day because we are celebrating Cinco de Mayo, a great chance to sip margaritas and eat delicious guacamole. In this video, I will show you how to make easy grilled guacamole. In Mexico, the Cinco De Mayo holiday commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army […]

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Grilled Pork with Mexican Spices

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Mexican cuisine uses many kinds of peppers, either fresh or dried. Dried peppers are what I enjoy the most for rubs and sauces, particularly the combination between chile de arbol and chile ancho. One is very spicy and the other is sweet and smoky, and when you add cumin and salt, this rub comes alive […]

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Grilled Blood Orange Mahi Mahi

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Blood oranges are one of those fruits that have become trendy in the foodie world and they’re one of my favorites due to their acidity and berry notes. This type of orange makes a perfect pairing for fresh grilled Mahi Mahi fillets, which coincidentally are a locally-sourced product in Florida, where I reside. You might […]

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