According to Danny Trejo, Fried Chicken Belongs in Your Quesadilla

You might know him from movies like Machete and Bad Ass, but these days, you’re just as likely to find Danny Trejo in the kitchen of one of his LA restaurants as on a movie set. In fact, it was at one of these restaurants—Trejo’s Tacos in Santa Monica, California, to be precise—that the actor, cookbook author, and restaurateur walked listeners through his method for making Pollo Frito Quesadillas on the latest episode of Food52’s podcast, Play Me a Recipe. Described by Trejo as “mouthwatering,” these quesadillas aren’t your average after-school snack—they come stuffed with super-crispy fried chicken, slaw made from green cabbage and chipotle crema, fresh chiles, and cheese.

Here’s what we learned cooking with Danny Trejo:

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You might know him from movies like Machete and Bad Ass, but these days, you’re just as likely to find Danny Trejo in the kitchen of one of his LA restaurants as on a movie set. In fact, it was at one of these restaurants—Trejo’s Tacos in Santa Monica, California, to be precise—that the actor, cookbook author, and restaurateur walked listeners through his method for making Pollo Frito Quesadillas on the latest episode of Food52’s podcast, Play Me a Recipe. Described by Trejo as “mouthwatering,” these quesadillas aren’t your average after-school snack—they come stuffed with super-crispy fried chicken, slaw made from green cabbage and chipotle crema, fresh chiles, and cheese.

Here's what we learned cooking with Danny Trejo:

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How to Prevent Freezer Burn Once and For All

Freezers are magical appliances: They allow us to save homemade soups and sauces for months on end, keep ice cream frozen for our daily after-dinner sundaes, and store ice for cocktail parties (a must). As essential as it is to freeze leftovers and fro…

Freezers are magical appliances: They allow us to save homemade soups and sauces for months on end, keep ice cream frozen for our daily after-dinner sundaes, and store ice for cocktail parties (a must). As essential as it is to freeze leftovers and frozen pizzas for zippy suppers, freezers aren’t always our friends. In fact, they can sometimes be the foe—namely, when so-called “freezer burn” infiltrates our supply of frozen foods.

Let’s get one thing clear: Freezer-burned food is completely safe to eat. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “freezer burn is a food-quality issue, not a food safety issue.” The FDA notes that freezer burn often presents itself as “as grayish-brown leathery spots” on the food in question. So even though freezer burn doesn’t always look or taste quite right, it doesn’t mean your food is spoiled or otherwise harmful if consumed.

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Our 52 Best Zucchini Recipes of All Time

On its own, zucchini is a relatively humble ingredient—especially compared to its more popular summer produce peers (see: juicy heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn on the cob, or richly-colored eggplant). But what zucchini lacks in pizzazz, it makes up for …

On its own, zucchini is a relatively humble ingredient—especially compared to its more popular summer produce peers (see: juicy heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn on the cob, or richly-colored eggplant). But what zucchini lacks in pizzazz, it makes up for in versatility and adaptability. We have recipes for savory pies and galettes to breakfast-approved quick breads. And that’s not to mention tons of hearty mains (pasta or paella, anyone?) and potluck-ready sides.

Here are our 52 favorite zucchini recipes—so no matter how you plan on using up your extra summer squash, you’ve got plenty of options.

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12 Best Grilled Shrimp Recipes

Who said hamburgers, hot dogs, and steaks were the only things worth breaking out the grill for? Even delicate proteins like shrimp can (and should) be cooked on the grill. From spicy, pineapple-topped shrimp tacos to updated classics like garlicky sca…

Who said hamburgers, hot dogs, and steaks were the only things worth breaking out the grill for? Even delicate proteins like shrimp can (and should) be cooked on the grill. From spicy, pineapple-topped shrimp tacos to updated classics like garlicky scampi and New England-style shrimp rolls, we’ve got you covered.

Grilling adds a smoky flavor to whatever dish you’re making, but that’s not even the best part: You get to enjoy the great outdoors while you cook, even if that just means hanging out in your backyard. After all, summer isn’t over yet.

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