Maddie’s pico is perfect for parties, Bachelorette viewings, and these steak tacos
Get to know Maddie in this Q&A, and get her “Steak tacos with pico, chimichurri and cilantro lime rice,” TUESDAY (6/11) from 6-8PM!
Q: What’s your cooking background?
Maddie: I first learned to cook from mom. My parents were extremely frugal, so we didn’t go out to eat that much. Instead, my mom would cook dinner every single night. She had a lot of cookbooks and food magazines that we would look through to find what we wanted to make that night. I loved trying new things and making a variety of dishes so that we never got tired of any one meal.
Q: What can you tell us about the dish you’re making and what inspired it?
Maddie: The first dish that I decided to make is steak tacos with chimichurri, pico de gallo and cilantro lime rice. First the tacos are filled with spice rubbed top sirloin steak in a white corn tortilla that has been lightly pan fried. Next, I added my ‘famous’ pico de gallo. I make this pico for every event I attend, and it never disappoints. Finally I topped it all off with my homemade chimichurri. The first time I made this sauce, I was amazed at how much flavor was packed into such a simple sauce! The tacos are served with a side of cilantro lime brown rice that brings everything together. Queso fresco will be provided on the side.
Q: Who do you think about when you make this dish? What does it remind you of?
Maddie: This dish reminds me of various get-togethers with friends. I make my pico de gallo for almost every event from bbq’s and parties to Monday nights watching The Bachelorette.
Q: Where did you grow up and what kind of food did you grow up with?
Maddie: I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. My parents are both from German families so we ate a lot of meat and potatoes, however my parents also loved food from different ethnicities, especially Thai and Indian.
Q: Anything else we should know about you and your cooking?
Maddie: My cooking is simple – I make what I want to eat! I don’t stick to any specific ethnicity or type of food, I just make what sounds delicious to me. My favorite things to make are Mexican, Indian, Thai, or simply Eastern European.