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  • GORDITAS DE PILONCILLO
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    Gorditas mean “little fat ones” in Spanish, and during the holidays Santa may not be the only one who fits in that category. Calorie counting aside, gorditas are a great traditional Mexican dish that is made year round in Latino households. Cousin to the chalupa, sope, Salvadorean pupusa, and the Colombian/Venezuelan arepa, these corn meal cakes are typically flattened by Continue Reading...
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  • GALLETAS de COCO — COCONUT COOKIE RECIPE FOR A TROPICAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
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    Better than just a regular old sugar cookie. Galletas de Coco or Coconut Cookies bring a little bit of the Caribbean Islands to your kitchen. How does a furry, brown, hard shell ball when cracked open transform into yummy goodness? Yes, I just said the word yummy to describe these cookies because they are addictive. You can’t stop with just Continue Reading...
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  • Brigaderios: Brazilian Chocolate Truffles for Christmas
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    In our home, the holidays are not complete without chocolate: mole, tamales, champurrado and plenty of chocolate desserts. Despite our arsenal of flourless chocolate cake, chocoflan, chocolate sugar cookies, chocolate biscotti, and homemade chocolate mousse, there is always room for a little more chocolate decadence. This year we have made Brigaderios, or Brazilian-styled chocolate truffles. Typically, I would stick to Continue Reading...
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  • Thinking of My Mama… Chocolate Churros con Cafecito
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    I was not one of those kids cooking with my mama in the kitchen. She was the “master chef” and the kitchen was her domain. And, it still is today. Like most boys growing up, I always enjoyed my mom’s cooking and stories (really it was family chisme). Many years later I find myself classically trained in French cuisine and Continue Reading...
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  • CHOCOLATE FOR THE WIN: SNICKERS® CINNAMON APPLE EMPANADAS
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    This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. With preseason underway, it’s time to suit up for a new season of football and tailgating. With football coursing through my husband’s veins, it’s important to have a game plan for entertaining and feeding hungry armchair quarterbacks. Lucky for me Sam’s Club has a Continue Reading...
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  • DIP & DRIZZLE WITH WILTON CANDY MELTS
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    I know this is a Latin food blog, but for those of you who know me, know that I am a baker at heart.  I was over the moon to join a group of bloggers for a Wilton Candy Melts Dip & Drizzle Party.  Wilton has been around for 85 years to help bake and decorate cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more.  Wilton Continue Reading...
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  • CALIFORNIA FIGS FRANGIPANE TART
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    A flesh sweet like honey and raisins. Skin soft and velvety. It’s fig season and we couldn’t be happier. The varieties of California figs that roll across our tables from about mid-May through December each year include Brown Turkey, Black Mission, Calimyrna and Kadota. We recently tasted an assortment of figs at an afternoon soiree presented by California Figs. We ate everything from tarts, figs Continue Reading...
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  • BRAZILIAN GUAVA SOUFFLÉ (SUFLÉ DE GOIABADA)
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    It can be tough trying to find Latin desserts to replicate in our kitchen when many of the ingredients are not readily available to us. Luckily this recipe for Brazilian Guava Soufflé, or Suflê de Goiabada, calls for guava jam, which can be found in most markets these days. Yes, I said Soufflé. Relax, this recipe calls for 3 ingredients and about Continue Reading...
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  • Mix it up with Pink Moscato this Summer
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    Disclosure: Gallo Family Vineyards provided LatinoFoodie a bottle of Moscato wine in order to facilitate this post. However, all opinions are our own. Warm summer months call for cool summer wines, and nothing beats a glass of chilled Moscato wine. Moscato is a light-bodied and refreshingly sweet wine varietal that nobody will look twice at if you drop an ice Continue Reading...
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  • HOMEMADE CAJETA: A Silky Goat’s Milk Caramel
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    Cajeta (pronounced cah-heh-tah) is a silky smooth Mexican caramel similar to dulce de leche.  The one big difference, and the thing that sets cajeta apart from regular caramel and dulce de leche is the type of milk used.  Most traditional caramels use cow’s milk, while cajeta is made from goat’s milk, or even from half goat’s milk and half cow’s Continue Reading...
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  • Happy Birthday to Us! Here’s Our Top 3 Posts
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    This week marks the third anniversary of the LatinoFoodie blog. We looked back and found our top 3 posts to share with you. It feels amazing to turn one of our life’s passion into a hobby and now a source of pride, like watching a chocolate souffle perfectly rise in the oven. Chicken mole, chorizo con papas, chile verde stuffed Continue Reading...
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  • Tequila Roasted Mango Fool Dessert Recipe
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    I had been reading about local chefs and restaurants serving fruit-infused tequilas and mescals and immediately started to think about how I can use that flavor in a dessert. That was the inspiration for this Tequila Roasted Mango Fool Dessert. A fruit fool (or foole) is a traditional English dessert made with custard and pureed stewed fruit.  Modern versions skip the Continue Reading...
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  • Braided Italian Easter Bread, A Festive Addition to Holiday Menu
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    I was this close (pinching fingers together) to becoming a baker. But the 2 a.m. start times did a lot to sway me into a culinary tract in school. Still, those two baking courses at Le Cordon Bleu aroused within me a yearning to bake. The soft, fluffy sifted flour. The rich creamed butter. The yeasty smell of warm, fresh Continue Reading...
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  • Capirotada with Rum Soaked Raisins and Apples
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    One of the most beloved desserts to eat during the Lenten season is Capirotada.  It was brought over by the Spaniards and quite possibly had its roots in Roman cuisine (remember that Spain was part of the Roman Empire), but it seems Mexican home cooks have perfected Capirotada, especially since it has so many variants, depending on the region where the cook Continue Reading...
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  • Tequila Lime Chile Caramel Popcorn
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    We can’t wait for this year’s 86th Academy Awards because the competition is fierce. Unlike most years when Hollywood insiders have a clear idea of who will take home that handsome boy named Oscar, this year the race for best picture is quite close between the space movie “Gravity,” historic biopic “12 Years a Slave” and comedy “American Hustle.” Nail Continue Reading...
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  • Heat Things Up This Valentine’s Day with Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes
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    Love is in the air, so why not in our bellies? Two years ago we hosted a Valentine’s Day party for some family and some close friends.  The five course tasting menu was designed around our love for each other.  The fifth course, the dessert course, was our take on the classic red velvet cake.  I added a combo of chili Continue Reading...
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  • Recipe for Nutty and Delicate Mexican Wedding Cookies
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    Lifting a lyric from The Sound of Music, “These are a few of my favorite things!”  Mexican Wedding Cookies crumble and the powder sugar makes a mess, but they are oh so good, especially with cafecito or Mexican hot chocolate. This recipe uses pecans, but I’ve also made them with walnuts or almonds. The small, white snow ball cookies are Continue Reading...
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  • Fall For Forelle Pears and Raspberry Pie
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    Love this time of year, when we immerse ourselves in mulling spices, squashes, pomegranates, persimmons, and pears!   Let me introduce you to the Forelle pears.  The light green pears with red freckles are an heirloom variety with roots in Germany.  Lucky for us, we can get these little pears from farms in the Northwest from October through March. Or, Continue Reading...
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  • Apricot Almond Cake
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    The combination of apricots and vanilla will always remind me of the warm, poached apricots and saffron dessert recipe I got from a publication on Ferran Adria of elBulli — yeah, that Ferran, you know the Godfather of gastronomic cuisine in Spain. In this recipe, pure Madagascar Vanilla extract perfumes the cake with a delicate floral spiciness, while the toasted Continue Reading...
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  • A Recipe to Make Summer Memories with Your Family; Balsamic Strawberries and Honey-Ricotta Cream
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    The kitchen table has always been a good place for families to connect and hear from each other. As your littles ones get older, you may have to do more cajoling to get them to sit down and open up with you.  Building and maintaining trust may seem like a “unicorn” to your kids, but opening the lines of communication is Continue Reading...
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  • Loquat Upside-down Cake, So Moist and Sweet
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    If you live in Southern California, you merely need to look out of your kitchen window to know that loquat season is here.  Loquat? Yup folks, we live among these small, yellow, egg-shaped fruit. Before last spring, I had never seen one.  I guess I wasn’t paying attention because on our block alone, five of our neighbors have trees dripping Continue Reading...
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  • Show Your Teacher Appreciation With This Baked Spiced Mango-Apple Pastry
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    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  Educators have done much for us and continue to do much for the children of our communities.  Take a moment and say thanks to one or all of the teachers in your life.  This year, skip giving an apple to the teacher and get creative by baking this warm, spiced, sweet apple tart with a buttery pastry.  The tropical twist of Continue Reading...
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  • Cinco Recipes for Cinco de Mayo
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    Happy Cinco de Mayo from our kitchen to yours!  Here are CINCO recipes to make your fiesta memorably delicious. Click on the photos below to get the recipe. Carne Asada Ensalada de Nopalitos Fiery Shrimp with Avocado Chicken Tinga Slow Cooked Shreded Pork with Chile Verde And here are Cinco more recipes to round out the festivities! Sweet Corn Bundt Continue Reading...
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  • Not Your Traditional Pan de Elote, This Sweet Corn Bundt Cake Delights
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    Pan de elote can be good, but corn pound cake can be divine.  We recently had a small dinner party where corn was the focal point of our menu.  With a traditional Elote en Vaso, or Corn in a Cup, as an appetizer, our green chile stuffed poblano peppers with a sweet nutmeg-spiced corn sauce as the entrée, and this Continue Reading...
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  • The Perfect Pear: Tequila Poached Pear with a Cactus Pear Coulis
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    With the Super Bowl in the rear-view mirror, it is time to turn off football and turn on a sexy dessert.  Valentine’s Day is upon us, but this recipe for Tequila Poached Pears with a Cactus Pear Coulis cannot be restrained to the short month of February.  Poaching pears is a surprisingly easy affair and a delicious seductive treat. This Continue Reading...
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  • Sweeten Your Valentine with Peruvian Alfajores de Amor
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    There’s no better way to woo the love of your heart than with sweet delights. The popular Peruvian Alfajor cookie, a dense and crumbly sweetened biscuit, has a number of sweet fillings. Some are dipped in chocolate and rolled in crushed nuts. Others are triple stacked or served in “log” form.  Whichever version you prefer, we have a fairly easy recipe that will Continue Reading...
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  • French Hearts From a Latin Kitchen: Palmiers
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    You may know them as: French hearts, pig’s ears, butterflies, palm leaves, elephant ears, glasses, or simply as Palmiers, this little treat will have your Valentines’ heart aflutter.  Whether you are busy planning the perfect 12 course meal to seduce your Valentine or pondering peddling your soul for the most exclusive Valentines Day dinner reservation for two, why not skip the hoops and roll Continue Reading...
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  • Guest Post: Rochelle Palermo Shares Her Pan Dulce Recipe
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    Editor’s Note: We cannot say enough how honored we are to have recipe developer and food editor to some of best and brightest chefs in the world share exclusively with LatinoFoodie readers her pan dulce recipe. I  had the opportunity to work with Rochelle Palermo during and after culinary school.  At this point Rochelle has tested, written, and developed recipes Continue Reading...
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  • Orange Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
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    Biscotti?  On LatinoFoodie?  Sure!  This twice baked Italian bread is perfect for any time of the year, but they are especially suited to holiday gift giving.  For the second year in a row we baked off dozens of scrumptious biscotti as gifts to our friends and family.  The Italian cookie is ideal for packing and shipping off.  If you are feeling Continue Reading...
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  • Abuelita Chocolate Enhances Flavor of Traditional Buñuelos
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    Making buñuelos during the holidays warms up the kitchen and home perfectly. What I like about the soft doughy pillows is how they fluff up when you fry them. Don’t worry about the shape. It is not worth fretting about, believe me. At first I tried to make them perfectly round, but quickly gave up. There are bigger things to worry about during the Continue Reading...
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  • Chocolate Walnut Rum Ball Recipe — Don’t Skimp on the Booze!
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    These dense, moist treats are irresistible. Wrapped in a pretty box, they make a great gift, too. We recently served these at a holiday party and people gobbled them up. Like the headline reads, don’t skimp on the booze. You want these little balls to be potent. Chocolate Walnut Rum Balls Makes about 40 Ingredients 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips Continue Reading...
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  • Calabaza en Tacha — A Candied Pumpkin Treat
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    Calabaza en Tacha or candied pumpkin is a popular dessert during the holidays for many Latino families. The sweet aroma from the pumpkin, brown sugar and cinnamon while baking in the oven permeates the entire home of its goodness. It’s a great way to use up the pumpkin you had from Halloween and enjoy the harvest. The following recipe and Continue Reading...
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  • Skillet Pumpkin Custard Pie — A Quick, Creamier Alternative to the Old Standard
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    This time of year is easily consumed with the smells of Autumn: apples, pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, pine cones and wood fires.   Even if the cool temperatures have yet to show themselves in Southern California, fall is here. Changing leaves, crisp fall air, migrating honking geese, and jumping into piles of freshly raked leaves may seem foreign to many Angelinos, but Continue Reading...
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  • Gingersnap Cookies and Milk Make Bedtime a Sweet Time
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    Sending your kids to bed early with a glass of milk may help them to be more awake and alert the following morning, so we hear from the California Milk Processor Board. To heck with the kids, a restful night’s sleep is what we ALL need to tackle, and conquer the day.  So why not enjoy some homemade cookies with Continue Reading...
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  • Blueberry Granita
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    With the sun beating down our house with its Southwestern exposure, it seemed there would not be any time to make dessert for dinner. But the ripe blueberries nesting in the refrigerator, graciously provided by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, were begging to be eaten, and I decided on a cool, frosty treat for dessert.  With the kitchen on the top Continue Reading...
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  • Sensational Strawberries — Sweet and Good For You
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    California strawberry peak season is officially here and last night Art and I had an opportunity to sample all of the red berry’s deliciousness. Thanks to our good friend Yolanda Machado from Sassy Mama in LA and the California Strawberry Commission for inviting us! Did you know that eighty-eight percent of the strawberries in the United States are grown in California by more than Continue Reading...
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  • No Bake Cup Cakes: Keeping You Cool with a Summer Treat
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    With the temperature rising, it is getting harder to stay in the kitchen for any length of time. The blazing sun fills our LatinoFoodie kitchen with its warmth to the point of broiling our potted house plants. The doggies pant for relief as the kids slowly disintegrate into the couch. Just because the heat threatens to cook your brains doesn’t mean you Continue Reading...
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  • Dulce de Leche Cocada Recipe (Coconut Macaroons)
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    A few weeks back, fabulous food bloggers banded together, creaming, mixing, baking, and frosting their baked goods for Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry campaign.  In one of the richest countries in the world, one in five children faces hunger.  Visit http://nokidhungry.org/  to take the pledge and add your voice to the national movement of people committed to ending childhood Continue Reading...
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  • Celebrate National Zucchini Bread Day With This Diabetic-friendly Recipe
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    Calabicitas (zucchini) are fantastic on the grill or cooked with a creamy white cheese and corn in a delicate chicken broth. However, we wanted to honor National Zucchini Bread Day by using the calabacita in a delicious loaf. We know that to a diabetic, dietary constraints are a constant concern. Latinos continue to get hit hard with the chronic disease. This zucchini Continue Reading...
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  • Easter Egg Rice Krispy Nests — Delicious Fun for the Family
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    Confetti eggs. Jelly beans. Easter Baskets. It’s a fun time this week for the family to enjoy yummy goodies while being thankful for their blessings. These nifty Easter egg nests are made with rice krispies. The gooey, marshmallow mixture makes a perfect dessert to take to the park for your family picnic. Best of all, they are easy to make and easier on the family Continue Reading...
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  • Take a Break from Traditional Capirotada with These Spiced Apple-Mango Bars
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    First, who doesn’t love capirotada? Piloncillo melted into a thick syrup, layers of raisins, nuts, and cheese all being soaked up by bolillo bread. Seriously, what’s not to like? But after making capirotada over the weekend, we were looking at the left over ingredients hanging around our pantry. We swear they were crying to us saying, “Please! Use me to Continue Reading...
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  • My Foodie Valentine — A Special Tasting of Five Courses Inspired by Nestle Products
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        LatinoFoodie hosted its first “My Foodie Valentine” at our home with a special five course tasting menu inspired by Nestlé products. Nestlé Kitchens graciously underwrote the cost for the Tasting. We invited a small group of friends, family and fellow food and wine bloggers to spend a Sunday evening sharing love, laughter, and good food and wine. Make sure to Continue Reading...
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  • Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: Red Hot Velvet Cake
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    Valentine’s Day is upon us!  It’s not too late to surprise your love bug with this red velvet cake.  It has some spice but it’s not hot.  The chili powder adds a unique layer of flavor.  We made this cake for our My Foodie Valentine Tasting with help from the Nestle Kitchens.   Red Hot Velvet Cake Ingredients: 1 tbsp Continue Reading...
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  • I Heart Valentine’s Sugar Cookies: From a Love Affair to a Family Affair
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    I heart sugar cookies and these soft pillows of sugary goodness are not just for Christmas.  These cookies are so easy and yummy you’ll never use another recipe again.  Using orange zest is what gives this cookie an extra special flavor. The best part about sugar cookies is decorating them.  Grab your kids and let them have some fun with Continue Reading...
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  • Mexican Chocolate Tofu Pudding
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    4 servings Ingredients: 1 package (12 oz.) silken tofu 2/3 cup (about 1 tablet) Abuelita Mexican chocolate, finely grated in a food processor (if you don’t have one, use a box grater) ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract Over a double boiler, melt chocolate.  Set aside to cool slightly.  Drain the tofu and place in a blender and purée until smooth.  Slowly Continue Reading...
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  • Mexican Chocolate Tamales with a Kick; Yummy Fun for the Whole Family
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    As part of reviving the holiday traditions that have defined our families and communities for years, LatinoFoodie set out to make tamales this season with a sweet twist. Earlier in the month, we gathered with our primas and primos for a family tamale making party. There’s nothing better than several generations coming together sharing stories of times past and laughing Continue Reading...
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  • No Guilt Holiday Treat:Spiced Pumpkin Muffins
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    For most of us, pumpkin is something we only cook with at Thanksgiving so make it count.  While pumpkin pies and cheesecakes may be yummy, this year do not limit yourself.  Pumpkin biscotti or scones?  Maybe pumpkin & Mexican hot chocolate?  Pumpkin cinnamon rolls?  How about this recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Muffins?  The spices will help flavor your muffins, and Continue Reading...
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  • Día de los Muertos – Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration
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    Día de los Muertos brings back many fond childhood memories for me — from the making of sugar skulls to the annual bus ride to Evergreen Cemetery in East Los Angeles for the night time procession.  Sometimes, when people of other cultures hear for the first time about the celebration of the Day of the Dead, they mistakenly think it Continue Reading...
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  • Strawberry Icebox Pie
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    Strawberry Icebox Pie Okay LatinoFoodie Nation, I love to bake, but I’ll be honest with you: I’m still learning the science of baking.  Make no mistake, the temperature of your kitchen, the moisture in the air and the type of flour used all determine the outcome of your final product.  So the highly anticipated oohs, and ahhhs, can quickly turn Continue Reading...
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  • No Bake Bliss
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    I love to bake, but the last place I want to be in this heat is baking in a hot kitchen.  But I still gotta eat dessert, right?  The time of year when the leather bar stools at your breakfast bar brand your derriere, it is time to reconsider those “no-bake” dessert lists that crop up every time the temperature rises.  We could do Continue Reading...
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