Thanksgiving Potatoes Au Gratin

potatoesIf you’re looking for a last minute idea to jazz up your potatoes this year, we’ve got you covered.  This is our family traditional potato dish, and we thought we’d share it with you.  Easier than you think it would be, it makes a delicious addition to any dinner!

Potatoes Au Gratin

4 russet potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch slices

1 onion, sliced into rings

1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups milk

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400°.

In a buttered 2 quart casserole, layer the potatoes, onions and cheese, while evenly placing small pats of butter in the layers. Reserve a little cheese for topping.  In a medium bowl, stir the milk, flour, salt and pepper until smooth, and pour over the potato mixture.

Put into the oven and bake until potatoes are tender, about 35 minutes.  Let cool for around 10 minutes and enjoy!

 

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Halloween!

I want to thank everyone for coming to our Halloween party despite the rain and rampaging illness!  We had a great time and got to see everyone all dressed up.  And the contest winner for $100 food credit was Office Stephen Barker – or should I say Lt. Dangle?  Congratulations and better luck next time to everyone else.  We’re plotting something fun again, you can count on it!

“Street” Style Tacos

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Street style tacos with carnitas as the meat option

I’ve had many customers ask about the “Street Style” tacos and what it means.  There’s a little bit of history behind this popular treat, and as with so many American ethnic favorites, it’s theorized it started out as a working man’s lunch.  Silver miners working in Mexico in the 18th century called the charges used to excavate the ore, “tacos”.  After a period of time, this name carried over to their portable meals; easy to carry, tasty to eat, filling and nutritious.

The taco has gone through many transformations since its humble beginnings and continues to change, such as tacos arabes introduced in Mexico City with the arrival of Lebanese migrants back in the 50s, which was changed a little more by the second generation to become tacos al pastor.  (Click on link and read the article!)   Here in mainstream America, the “street” style has enjoyed great popularity amongst Mexican food devotees and casual restaurant patrons alike.  But where did it come from?  Mario tells me that the street vendors in Mexico can not have any dairy on their food because the heat spoils the cheese and makes people sick; so, in order for the vendors to offer their hungry customers a favorite, they simply omitted the cheese.  Clever, huh?  And now you know.

 

And the results are in…

About 3 months ago, we asked our customers and friends to cast their votes for the Best of the Best here in Colfax, and for the second year running, you’ve all showed your love for our cafe  by voting us best in Casual Dining, Catering, Ethnic Food, Lunch AND Restaurant. Best of the best 2016Well, just like the picture says!  LOL!

Our overall philosophy is it’s one thing to have a “business”, it’s another to have a cozy place to eat great food, chat and return to again and again.  We like to think we’ve created that cozy place.  We love our small community and want to give our best!  I mean, isn’t Colfax a great place to live?!

So, thank you, thank you!  We look forward to serving you in the coming year!

A New Addition to the Cafe Luna Family!

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Busy Mario

We’ve been so busy here at our cafe!  With the article in the Foothills magazine – pg 26! and warmer weather, our waiting times for service had sneaked up to an hour.  Gasp!  When informed of this, most of you decided to wait it out – thank you! thank you! – but we knew this couldn’t continue.  Our food is great, but we understand that our customers have busy lives and can’t consistently spend a leisurely hour waiting for their lunch or dinner.

As it happens sometimes, when need reaches a certain point, help comes along from the most unexpected source.  In this case, Mario’s brother, Benjamin Cerecedo.  He is also an accomplished cook and has worked in many Santa Cruz restaurants and most recently

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Mr. Benjamin Cerecedo

opened a new restaurant on the Santa Cruz wharf, Firefish.  The need to be closer to family and see his nieces grow up was the motivation for him to make the move to our small town, and he couldn’t have come at a better time.  He loves Colfax and he and Mario have been hatching up plans for new specials, new menu items and expanded hours.  There will be a lot more for you lunatics to love and there will be more reasons for those who haven’t tried our awesome food to get on in here!

What’s your favorite?

Scrumptious!

Scrumptious!

I was munching on my chicken fajita salad during a lull after the lunch rush, when I thought of a question a customer asked me:  What’s your favorite dish here?  I had to think about it since pretty much everything my talented husband cooks is spot on.  But it came to me while I was eating; the chicken fajita salad, of course!  But when I’m in a burger mood, nothing beats the Blue Moon.  Salad or fries?  Depends on my mood.

So I thought I would ask you all, what’s your Cafe Luna favorite?

And while you’re thinking of that, don’t forget to vote for your Best of the Best 2016!

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You all have a great day and hope to see you soon!