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  • KIKKOMAN ARROZ CON POLLO RECIPE
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    This is a sponsored post for Kikkoman, but all opinions are my own. From the 17th century to your 7 p.m. dinner, Kikkoman Soy Sauce has endured the test of time and taste.  With Japanese roots, Kikkoman Soy Sauce weaves its way comfortably in many cuisines and has found a home in our Latino kitchen. This naturally brewed flavor enhancer Continue Reading...
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  • SAUTÉED SHRIMP WITH SHALLOTS AND CHAMPAGNE GRAPES
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    If you never had champagne grapes, then you are in for a real treat. These tiny, tightly clustered seedless grapes possess a deep plum-black color when ripe. And do not let their size fool you because these petite grapes are bursting with bold sweetness. We love their highly decorative look. They’re perfect to drape a small cluster from your Champagne Continue Reading...
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  • HATCH GREEN CHILE WITH PORK
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    Hatch Green Chile with Pork is absolutely one of my most favorite dishes in the world. The tender, slow cooked pork roast melts in your mouth while the spicy Hatch green chile sauce brings it all together. Warm up flour tortillas and serve with a side of fresh pinto beans and Mexican rice and you’ve got the perfect meal. You Continue Reading...
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  • Grilled Salmon with Red Chimichurri Sauce Inspired by Olive Garden’s Lighter Fare Menu #SPON
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    Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies in our lives!  Between writing the cards and sending the flowers, make sure mama has something good to eat, too!  If you plan on cooking for your darling mama this weekend, here is a simple and light grilled salmon recipe with red chimichurri sauce. We were inspired by Olive Garden’s Lighter Italian Fare item, the Continue Reading...
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  • Easter Ham with Pineapple Chile Glaze
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    Although our family’s Easter dinner consists of BBQ steaks, beans and rice, I still love a good ham for breakfast with eggs over easy during the holiday weekend. Most of the grocery stores have great deals this weekend on hams. Plus, the Easter Ham turns into so many other delicious dishes during the week: torta sandwiches, empanadas, and of course, Continue Reading...
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  • Enfrijolada Recipe
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    It is breakfast time in my kitchen and this Enfrijolada recipe is definitely one of my top three quick breakfast dishes. What is an “enfrijolada?” It’s a beans and tortilla dish. Yep, that simple. Enfrijoladas were an essential part of farmhand living in Mexico. This rustic dish helped to fortify rancheros, field workers through the morning hours of hard work, Continue Reading...
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  • Huevos Rancheros
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    With Stephen gone for an entire week in Miami attending the Hispanicize conference (I’m not bitter), I found myself eating crap.  Without my other half to eat with/cook for/to cook for me, I found myself at three fast food joints in a single day, ordering the same dull burger and fries…in the drive thru of course, and wearing my pajamas.  Continue Reading...
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  • St. Patrick’s Day Slow Cooked Corned Beef Tacos Recipe
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    Oh, how I love me some Corned Beef Tacos. I know. I know. I don’t have a tad of Irish blood in me, but for some reason I absolutely love celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. As a kid, I liked to avoid being pinched by wearing green or funny leprechaun hats, and looking for four-leaf clovers on the playground at my elementary school. Continue Reading...
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  • Fat Tuesday Recipes: Guiltless Indulgence
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    It’s FAT TUESDAY or MARDI GRAS, where people live it up one last time before strict rituals of fasting during the Lenten season. This year, Stephen says he is to eliminate white sugar and bread, which he says means he can still eat corn tortillas. Let’s see how that one lasts. We have two great recipes to share with you Continue Reading...
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  • Oscar Night Menu Takes Cue from Movie Theater Snack Bar
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    Many Americans are living in sports limbo right now. Sochi Olympics came and went and Baseball’s Opening Day is around the corner. But for LatinoFoodie, this weekend is the most exciting sporting event of the year – The Oscars! This year the competition is fierce and we can’t wait to see who wins. The Academy Awards are like the Super Continue Reading...
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  • Red Enchiladas Stuffed with Mushrooms and Onions
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    Sometimes we take for granted where we live and the foods we eat. Growing up in a typical Mexican-American household, my mom would make red chile enchiladas on a regular basis. We ate them so frequently that honestly I “could take them or leave them.” That was until I moved out of Los Angeles. In my early 20′s, I moved Continue Reading...
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  • Introducing the Terra Flame by Princess House: GIVEAWAY
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    The holidays are the perfect time to indulge.  For LatinoFoodie that means treating ourselves to new cookware and plenty of new kitchen gadgets.  Our friends at Princess House have a stunning array of gourmet cookware that made us yearn for a bigger Christmas tree.  We got to try out the new Terra Flame by Princess House.  It is the ultimate grill, Continue Reading...
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  • Quick and Easy Steak Picado — A Favorite Comfort Food
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    It’s a dish my mom whipped up como nada. Steak Picado, a spicy beef stir fry that melds together beautifully onions, green peppers, garlic and other seasonings and transforms even the toughest cuts of beef into mouthwatering bites. This dish is also popular in Guatemala, Panama and Cuba. Differences among countries are slight. In the Mexican version, fresh tomatoes are used Continue Reading...
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  • Mole Inspired Pulled Pork Recipe
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    Over the years, I’ve made mental notes of interesting recipes I’ve read for pork shoulder rubbed with various combinations. Since our wedding where we served a beautiful mole negro, I’ve been craving various kinds of moles and thinking of different ways to enjoy it. In this recipe, I wanted the pulled pork to have a hint or “inspiration” from the Continue Reading...
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  • Peach Sriracha Hot Wings
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    For a light zesty snack or a swingin’ spicy meal, hot wings hold a special place in the heart of many Americans.  From basketball to baseball to football to underwater basket weaving, competitive sports have long been a pretext for consuming finger-licking chicken wings smothered in hot sauce.  This time of year you can find amazingly sweet stone fruits this Continue Reading...
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  • Lomo Saltado Recipe + Chef Merito Giveaway
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    Don’t you hate when you try a dish from a new cuisine and you always end up ordering the same one every time? That’s me with Peruvian food. I was first introduced to Lomo Saltado, a classic Peruvian-style stir-fry of steak and onions (and sometimes bell peppers), a few years ago while at a food truck festival. Today, although I Continue Reading...
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  • Ah, Fried Pork Fat How We Love Thee; Chicharron Crusted Fried Chicken
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    I joined a group of friends for a potluck lunch in early May and one of them brought chicken tenders made with fried pork rinds. Yes, you heard it right! CHICHARRON CRUSTED FRIED CHICKEN. Her father, she says, turned this American favorite upside down with the chicharron crust. So amazingly sinful, you’ll be begging KFC to start making it. In 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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  • Slow Cooked Shredded Pork with Chile Verde
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    Pork shoulder cooked so slow that it falls off the bone. Chile Verde that has the tartness from the tomatillos and limes and just the right amount of heat from the jalapeños and Serrano chiles. Add garlic and onions to the sauce with some chopped cilantro, marry the meat and sauce together, and you have magic in your mouth. It’s Continue Reading...
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  • Springtime Lamb Burgers with Rajas and Grilled Onions
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    Last week a reporter from TheBigTino, a new online news magazine covering Latino food, entertainment and arts, asked if he could come to our house to interview us for an upcoming feature story. We’re media whores so of course we said, yes, and “we’ll even cook you lunch!”  Since Easter is quickly approaching, we tossed around a few ideas — deviled egg Continue Reading...
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  • Artichoke Risotto
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    Artichokes are here!  Well, these green globes are available year round but they are at their peak during Spring and Fall.  We received a half dozen Globe Artichokes from our friends at Melissa’s Produce.  We immediately thought about steaming them and dipping the leaves in melted butter before scraping the flesh off with our teeth.  With an ample supply, we Continue Reading...
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  • Nopales and Fried Tofu in Red Chipotle Sauce
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    Lenten season is upon us and I am always scrambling to figure out how to have a meatless day. I’m a true carnivore. I can’t help it. Without meat in my meal I often find myself feeling deprived. Nopales (cactus paddles) is one of the first places I go to create a new recipe or re-create a tried and true one. Often found Continue Reading...
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  • Sopa de Lima with Black Limes: This Aint Your Mama’s Chicken Soup
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    With cooler weather and influenza settling in for the season, it is time to pull out the comfort food big guns.  One of my ultimate Mexican comfort foods, Sopa de Lima, can definitely hold its own among my other heartier and heavier soup recipes.  Don’t be fooled. This soup is not just another chicken soup.  The limes make this soup Continue Reading...
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  • Quit Loafing Around; Wake up Your Meatloaf Recipe with Roasted Pasilla Peppers
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    Believe it or not, sometimes Art and I don’t agree on the food we like. He doesn’t care for meatloaf. He feels it’s boring, plus he has an aversion to ketchup. He remembers his mom making it once or twice and each time it was dry (sorry mama Rodriguez, his words not mine). Personally, I like meatloaf. I like meatloaf Continue Reading...
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  • Veracruz-Style Tilapia Embraces Full Flavors of Sauce
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    The other day I was at the grocery store and they had whole tilapia on sale. Typically, I purchase fillets, but have always felt that tilapia is so mild in flavor that if I cooked it with the bones and skin still intact, the fish flavor would be stronger. Admittedly, I was a little intimidated with the whole fish. But, once I got over the Continue Reading...
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  • Chicken and Apple Empanadas
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    Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my mom and other loved ones dear to me that have passed. I’ll catch glimpses of them in other people’s smile, the flowers, the wind, and the stars at night. Still, I enjoy the idea of having one day where we outwardly show our love for those who have moved to ”the other Continue Reading...
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  • Stacked Red Enchiladas Inspired by the Muy Bueno Cookbook
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    Last week we received our copy of the “Muy Bueno Cookbook – Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor.” From the beautiful food photography to the simple, easy to follow recipes, we enjoyed reading the stories of Evangelina Soza, Veronica Gonzalez-Smith and Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack. This dynamic mother daughter trio bring their love for cooking and their abuelita’s recipes to kitchens across America. Continue Reading...
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  • It’s Tailgate Time! Habanero BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches with King’s Hawaiian Bread
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      YAY! Football season is finally here! Hey, I know what you’re thinking…Really, Stephen ? Football? Yes! Believe it or not, I love football. It’s the one sport out of the year I can root whole-heartedly for my teams (Rams and UCLA Bruins). Art, on the other hand, is not the biggest fan of the sport. Art sits in a sports Continue Reading...
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  • Mexican Picadillo Recipe
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    The best part of writing a food recipe blog with someone is that you can sit and compare family recipes. Both of our moms were tremendous cooks, but rarely used written recipes. Most of the meals came from what they learned growing up. Recently, we were talking about Mexican Picadillo recipes.  We started to laugh because we both had similar stories. Beef Continue Reading...
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  • Just in Time for Father’s Day: Grilled Steak with Chimichurri
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    Got a taste for grilling this Father’s Day? We certainly do. Art and I are hosting my family this Sunday for Father’s Day, giving my father, brother and sister-in-law a break from cooking and cleaning. Our menu will include an assortment of salads, corn on the cob, fresh fruit, a signature cocktail and, of course, grilled steak. This year, we Continue Reading...
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  • Chicken Tinga Recipe; A Versatile Chicken Dish to Top Tostadas, Tacos, Tortas and More
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    The other day we were listening to a podcast where the host interviewed a chef and they mentioned Chicken Tinga. I love the way that sounds!  Now, I don’t think  I’ve ever made Chicken Tinga. I’ve seen it at fiestas especially during Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Independence Day festivities, and also while in Cuernavaca, Mexico with street vendors. It’s Continue Reading...
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  • Chile Rellenos: Pasilla Peppers Stuffed with Supremo’s Queso Chihuahua
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    Recently, the kind folks over at Supremo sent us some fabulous cheeses, chorizo, and cremas.  We ate most of the cheeses in sandwiches, with eggs and chorizo, in beans, in quesadillas, on sopes, with fruit, etc.  We made some devilishly delicious Red Chilaquiles using some Queso Asadero, a LatinoFoodie spin on Strawberries and Cream using Mexican Ricotta, and these Chile Rellenos with two Continue Reading...
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  • Red Chilaquiles: A Favorite Mexican Breakfast Dish
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    This morning I woke up hungry and craving red chilaquiles: fried corn tortilla strips that are crispy to the crunch, red chile sauce that burns on the way in and on the way….well, you get the point, onions, and cheese. I’m talking lots and lots of cheese. Now, typically for chilaquiles people use more pungent cheeses. I have even heard Continue Reading...
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  • Quinoa and Grilled Shrimp: Orange You Glad We’re Cooking with Cara Cara?
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    Recently, Sunkist invited a group of Los Angeles-area food bloggers to a cooking demonstration at the Sur la Table Kitchens with Chef Robert Dahni to celebrate the Cara Cara orange harvest.  We made a pico de gallo, a champagne and brandy cocktail, and a grilled orange, rice noodle and crab salad.  All these recipes, and more,  are available on the Continue Reading...
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  • Everything but Your Kitchen Sink, Homemade Veggie Pizza
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    Do you ever go to your refrigerator and see small pieces of vegetables that by themselves would not make a meal? I’m talking about half an onion in a plastic sandwich bag, a peeled zucchini that has already been diced, a half cup of spinach sitting lonely in a bag that you didn’t use the night before. I always have great, lofty intentions Continue Reading...
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  • Frittata de Nopalitos — A Delicious Meatless Friday Breakfast Choice
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    LatinoFoodie has been determined to incorporate more vegetables, especially nopales, into the dishes we prepare.  This breakfast frittata is the perfect way to do just that. Plus, we’re now officially in Lent and we know many folks are looking for meatless meals on Fridays. Why not start the day off right with this delicious Frittata de Nopalitos?   Frittata de Nopalitos  Continue Reading...
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  • Green Is The New Color Of Love: Recipe For A Peruvian Tallarin Verde Using Nestle’s Carnation Evaporated Milk
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      In 2012, Peruvian food has emerged as one of the hottest food trends for the U.S., especially right here in Los Angeles. While searching for a recipe that we could make in our own kitchen, we stumbled upon the Tallarin Verde. Interesting to note the Italian immigrant influence of pesto to Peru. The creamy pesto sauce made with fresh spinach and basil Continue Reading...
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  • Celebrate The Chinese New Year With This Recipe for Wontons and a Spicy Habanero and Mango Dipping Sauce
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     Happy New Year…again!  The Lunar New Year is upon us, and with it a chance to explore another culture as rich in traditions and foods as our own.  The Chinese New Year is one of the most important traditional Chinese holidays and has always brought out our Chinese and Chinese-American brothers and sisters for a 15 day celebration of good Continue Reading...
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  • Tortilla Encrusted Tilapia with a Sweet and Spicy Twist on the Traditional Black Bean & Corn Salad
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    We were walking through Costco the other day and saw a package of frozen tilapia with a corn tortilla crust. We looked at each other and said almost simultaneously in our best hoity-toity voice , “We can make that, but better.” Below is our LatinoFoodie version of the recipe. It’s a wonderful way to incorporate more white fish into your family’s diet. The well-seasoned corn tortilla Continue Reading...
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  • Ohh-la-la, Chef LaLa Shares Her Recipe for Chiles en Nogada
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    Chef LaLa has graciously shared this recipe with LatinoFoodie for stuffed poblanos in a walnut sauce as part of our call out for pork dishes. While the ingredient list may look daunting, most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. So for dinner this week indulge in these Chiles en Nogada from our friend Chef LaLa. Not only is she an amazing cook Continue Reading...
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  • Bud Light Lime Braised Shrimp
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      Over the Labor Day weekend, many will celebrate the end of summer with friends and family. So as you say goodbye to the heat and hello to football tailgating season, how about trying this great recipe from Anheuser-Busch’s master chef Sam Niemann? Offer your guests the following dish and send them home smiling. Also give them a breath mint as Continue Reading...
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  • Ever Try Tlayudas a.k.a. Oaxacan Pizza?
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    I came across a great little article in the June 2011 issue of Psychologies Magazine, about Thomasina Miers and her passion for Mexican street food.  Thomasina Miers emerged as an authority in Mexican cuisine by winning the UK cooking game show MasterChef in 2005, and later by opening four Wahaca Restaurants and has plans for a Mexican food truck.  So what Continue Reading...
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  • I Love Me Some Papas con Chorizo!
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    As the weekend approaches my stomach begins to growl with different food cravings, especially for breakfast. Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy a beautiful spread of fresh fruit, eggs benedict, pancakes, bagels and lox, you name it. But there is nothing, I mean nothing better than good old-fashioned papas con chorizo on a Saturday morning. Mmmmmm… Waking up to the aroma Continue Reading...
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  • Real California Hispanic Dairy Products Bring Authentic Flavor and Flair to All Dishes
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    We received a news release recently where the lead said, “Bring on the authentic flavors of Mexico, Spain and other Latin American countries; Americans are ready!”  And at LatinoFoodie, we couldn’t agree more.  According to a recent report on Hispanic food and beverage trends released by Companiesandmarkets.com, non-Hispanic Americans have developed an increased appetite for Latino cuisine. The rapid growth in Continue Reading...
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  • Garlic Shrimp with Grilled Tomatillo Sauce
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    The Los Angeles Times featured this recipe and we have to give two thumbs up! Here’s another grilling recipe for you to try this Memorial Day Weekend. By the way, have you thanked someone in the military today? Recipe courtesy of the LA Times: Total time: 25 minutes  Servings: 2 to 4  1/2 pound cleaned, peeled large tail-on shrimp  Olive Continue Reading...
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  • It’s all in the Marinade! Grilling the Perfect Carne Asada
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    In many households on the west coast this Memorial Day Weekend, many families and friends are gathering for not a BBQ, but as we like to call it, a “Carne Asada.” And, although other items are featured on the grill, it is the flank steak marinated in citrus juices and other spices that takes center stage. Carne asada marinades vary from household Continue Reading...
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