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  • POBLANO GRILLED CHEESE PLEASE!
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    Tired of boring lunches?  It can be tough finding new ways to use familiar ingredients. So you have to try this easy lunchtime Poblano grilled cheese sandwich with Oaxaca cheese and Spanish chorizo. The rajas or strips of charred Poblano peppers provides a mild heat to this hearty grilled cheese sandwich while the smoked Spanish chorizo adds a rich savory element 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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  • Pasilla Meatloaf with El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Habanero Hot Sauce
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    This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. With two cooks in our kitchen, it is usually a duel between sweet and spicy.  While we both cook, I love to bake anything sweet.  And my husband has a way higher tolerance for heat than my mild taste buds typically enjoy.  Luckily, we Continue Reading...
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  • MACHACA CON HUEVOS – A FAVORITE MEXICAN BREAKFAST
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    Eating a Mexican breakfast is probably one of my favorite meals of the day. You can go with something sweet and simple like pan dulce or something spicy and savory like Machaca con Huevos. The latter dish is a mixture of dried shredded beef, eggs, onions, tomatoes and chile peppers. In Mexico, there are a number of breakfast foods that Continue Reading...
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  • QUESO FRESCO
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    Queso fresco, or “fresh cheese” in Spanish, is a soft Mexican cheese that is traditionally made with raw goats milk or a combination of goat and cow milk. Pasteurized versions of this cheese can be found in many markets throughout the country. The flavor profile of the cheese is milky with a slight salty-sour undertone. The mild cheese is not Continue Reading...
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  • CACHAPITAS DE JOJOTO: CORN PANCAKES
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    Right now ears of sweet corn are in abundance at grocery stores and farmers markets. We wanted to do something different and stumbled upon this dish in our research during the World Cup as we were looking for South American recipes. Popular among Venezuelans and Colombians, cachapas de jojoto are slightly lumpy corn pancakes that can be as large as 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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  • 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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  • CHIPOTLE POTATO SALAD WITH GRILLED HOT LINKS
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    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Farmer John. The recipe and opinions are my own. It’s hard to know how my parents exactly influenced me, especially in adulthood. But this I know for sure. My mom and dad attended many weekend afternoon fundraisers in Pico Rivera called “tardeadas.” Tardeadas are an afternoon spent with good friends laughing, dancing, drinking and 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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  • Red Onion Escabeche or Yucatán Styled Pickled Onions
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    Everyone should learn how to make red onion escabeche, or Yucatán styled pickled onions. You know what I’m talking about. They are there when you go to your favorite Mexican restaurant or taco cart. Magenta tinted, vinegary and slightly sweet, these pickled onions go with your tacos, tortas, enchiladas, huevos rancheros, quesadillas, carne asada, etc. I am not trying to Continue Reading...
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  • BRAZILIAN CHAYOTE “XUXU” SALAD
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    With the World Cup on every television, computer, smart phone, magazine and newspaper, it is only natural for a Brazilian recipe to turn up on our little blog. For the last few weeks, we’ve been researching (this really means eating) our way through Brazilian dishes. We absolutely loved this chilled Brazilian Chayote Salad for its simple flavors. The soft garlic kissed Continue Reading...
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  • GRILLED WATERMELON SALAD WITH BALSAMIC CHERRY TOMATOES
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    What’s a Fourth of July celebration without a sweet, big wedge of dripping watermelon? Taking this sweet flavor note, we thought why not grill the fruit to add some lovely smoky flavor? Grilling the watermelon takes two minutes. Once you grill the watermelon, place it in the fridge, covered, until your ready to eat. The idea is to have a 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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  • 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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  • GRILLED TOMATO GUACAMOLE
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    Tomatillo, or “little tomato” in Spanish, is only related to the tomato by being in the nightshade family of flowering plants, but tomatillos are more closely related to ground-berries and Cape gooseberries. With that in mind, tomatillos like Cape gooseberries and Chinese lantern berries, have a paper-like husk which the berry grows into. The husk is easily removed and the Continue Reading...
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  • EASY CHORIZO MEATBALLS: So Spicy, and Oh So Good!
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    *This is a sponsored post for Olive Garden’s Cucina Mia menu. All thoughts and opinions expressed are our own. Hosting friends and family can be an intimidating task. You primp and preen, tweak and tease, hustle and flow just to provide a fun atmosphere and a delicious meal, so that you and your guests can enjoy your time together around Continue Reading...
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  • BRAZILIAN CAIPIRINHA COCKTAIL Kicks-off World Cup 2014
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    Today kicks-off the 2014 FIFA World Cup and what better way to start the worldwide celebration than with a delicious and classic Brazilian cocktail — the Caipirinha. The sugar cane rum, Cachaca, is mixed with a lime and some sugar and poured over ice. Super easy and tasty! Brazilian Caipirinha Yields 1 cocktail Ingredients: 1 lime, quartered 4 oz. Cachaça 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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  • TEPACHE: A Lightly Fermented Pineapple Cider
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    Cool off in this warm weather with this recipe for an effervescent and refreshing Tepache, a lightly fermented pineapple drink. Tepache has similar qualities to a light alcohol cider. Although Tepache comes from the Mexican state of Jalisco, various types of fermented beverages have been drunk throughout Mexico since the creation of dirt. Luckily, Tepache has made its way up north. While it 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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  • WATERMELON AGUA FRESCA
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    Heaven. That’s how I felt when I sipped the watermelon agua fresca today. The drink is so refreshing, sweet, and brings a smile to my face every time. Beautiful in color and taste, Aguas frescas are a refreshing beverage and mostly found in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the southwest of the United States. Some of the more common 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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  • 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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  • California Figs
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    California pepper fig salsa spears.  Quinoa salad with roasted cauliflower and figs.  Mission figs sausage sliders.  Grilled cheese with fig-onion jam.  Griddled fig and prosciutto.  Filet mignon with spiced fig Not Ketchup.  Lamb daube with orange zest and California Figs.  Hot damn! Clarissa Dickson Wright, of Two Fat Ladies fame, wrote, “I’m often in a situation that I have to 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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  • 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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  • Sopa de Ajo, or Sweet Garlic Soup Recipe
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    Due to our warmer than normal California spring weather, it is crazy and unfathomable to picture anyone standing over their stove making soup.  However, there are parts of the country that are still under a blanket of snow or in the midst of a cold snap, like our familia out in Colorado Springs.  I made this Sopa de Ajo recipe 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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  • Jicama and Cabbage Slaw — A Perfect Side Dish for Seafood
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    Spring has sprung, but in sunny Southern California we have always enjoyed our endless summers.  Whether we are crashing waves  or firing up the grill, we never need an excuse to soak up the sun and dine alfresco.  With that in mind, we recently had some friends over for a day of lobster.  We fried a couple lobsters, Puerto Nuevo 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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  • A Tale of Two Lobsters with LatinoFoodie #Giveaway #Spon
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    UPDATE: Contest is now closed. We finally had our Julia Child moment as we prepared lobster two ways to celebrate Red Lobster’s #BestLobsterFest happening now until April 13, 2014. The restaurant chain sent us four, live, one-and-a-half pound lobsters, allowing us to experiment with different recipes. Did I mention these lobsters were LIVE? While we enjoyed preparing our own dueling Continue Reading...
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  • Birthday Braised Kale & Brussels Sprouts
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    We are still busy planning our double birthday as they fall on March 18 (Art) and 19th (Stephen), and it looks like a “quiet” romantic trip to San Diego is in the works.  So much to plan and so much to do before we celebrate our first birthdays as a married couple.  So baking a cake is probably out of Continue Reading...
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  • Darling, have you seen my pearls? Cherry Balsamic Glazed Pearl Onions
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    Being a professional cook has meant coming home reeking of onions and garlic on an almost daily basis. Sometimes flaking off fish scales or peeling off an octopus tentacle or two. And while I do not mind much when I have to shake off thin slices of prosciutto after a deli slicer “incident,” sometimes I really enjoy simple, easy home Continue Reading...
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  • Traditional Irish Colcannon, A Creamy Mashed Potato with Kale
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    My mama once told me that if I had been born eight hours earlier, my name might have been “Patrick.” Eight hours earlier and I would have been born on St. Patrick’s Day. Not that there is anything wrong with the name Patrick, but I could have gone through life as “Pat.” Despite those eight hours, I have had many 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lentil Soup with Chorizo
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    For some reason I’ve been craving lentils lately as I have been searching for meals that have more fiber and less carbs. I wanted to create a heartier dish that would feel more like an entire meal than merely a side dish. The heat in this soup from the toasted New Mexico chiles and crumbled Mexican chorizo takes your ordinary Continue Reading...
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  • Score a Touch Down with LatinoFoodie’s #SuperBowl Sunday Appetizers
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    Ready for the Big Game this Sunday? Since the Rams aren’t playing (no heckling) Art and I had to figure out who to root for this game. Considering he is from Colorado and it is the Year of the Horse we chose the Broncos. That’s right, we are jumping on the Bronco Fanwagon and we have no shame. Let’s face Continue Reading...
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  • Pom Poms and Potato Salad — All You Need for a FAB Super Bowl Sunday
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    Another season passes and my poor Rams just couldn’t muster up enough wins to even make the playoffs, forget about the Super Bowl. The Big Game is on Sunday, making it the biggest tailgate party of the year. The past few years we have been invited to our friends’ John and Albert’s house in Venice Beach. Just picture it. About 15 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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  • Menudo Rojo — From Peasant Food to a Mexican Classic
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    A traditional Mexican dish, menudo rojo is a spicy soup made with beef tripe. You either love it or hate it. Luckily, I grew up loving the red menudo my mom would make. I guess people are thrown off with the tripe ingredient. Makes them a little leery about the soup. Making homemade menudo in my family typically signifies a major Continue Reading...
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  • Buchanan’s Offers Easy Ways to Entertain at Home “A Lo Grande” on New Year’s Eve
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    Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year David Rios from Spain shares tips for creating a perfect holiday punch to celebrate with family and friends Special gatherings call for special beverages and nothing makes a party more festive than punch. A New Year’s Eve punch satisfies your guests, relieves some party planning stress and saves you time and money. David Continue Reading...
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  • Chicken Soup with Roasted Vegetables
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    At the Chavez-Rodriguez household, we’re in recovery mode. Thankfully, a hearty chicken soup with roasted vegetables came to the rescue! Sometimes all of the hullabaloo of Christmas wears a body down. Not to mention the increased interaction with people (and their germs) in stores, malls, and countless parties. It’s bound to happen. People get sick during the holidays. I think Continue Reading...
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  • Best Holiday Horchata Recipe for the “Cha Cha” in All of Us
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    This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are our own. Who remembers that old disco tune, “Another Cha Cha” from Santa Esmeralda? This holiday season Art and I are getting our cha cha on with a new drink – Horchata. Every holiday party needs a great 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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  • Blueberry, Rosemary, and Almond Stuffing
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    It is not quite Thanksgiving without the stuffing.  Whether you are stuffing your foul or serving  it alongside your bird,  making your own stuffing for the holidays is easier than you think.  Here we have used old cornbread cut up into small cubes, but any bread will do.  Simply dice your bread, spread on a cookie sheet, and bake at 225°F Continue Reading...
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  • Simple Savory Side: Asparagus with Warm Bacon Shallot Vinaigrette
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    With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, and everything in-between, it’s easy for anybody to feel the overwhelming flush of despair in the kitchen and give in to store bought sides for that first, next, and last holiday potluck. Here is a quick and simple savory side dish. The blanched asparagus will maintain their snap and vibrant color while the spicy mustard 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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  • Café Tres Leches
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    This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Who doesn’t need a boost of energy during the upcoming hectic holidays? Rather than picking up a can of soda or downing a glass of wine, take five minutes to make this delicious, creamy Café Tres Continue Reading...
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  • Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic — A Creamy Low-Carb Alternative
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    I absolutely love the holidays, just hate all the carb-loaded foods I inhale, from cookies, tortillas, potatoes, dinner rolls, pan dulce, and sugar-laden dessert after dessert. Don’t even get me started on the egg nog! The Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic is creamy, smooth, and rich in flavor with roasted garlic, cream cheese and fresh rosemary. Creamy Low Carb Mashed 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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  • Butternut Squash Soup with Golden Beets and Crumbled Mexican Chorizo
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    The chill in the fall air beckons for a night of warm soup and cuddling. This butternut squash soup has a complexity of flavors with the golden beets, white wine, and cream. Yet, it is the Mexican-style chorizo crumbled on top for the finishing touch that makes it a crowd-pleaser. Your loved ones will thank you for making this dish. 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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  • 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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  • Tangy Three Bean Salad from Goya Foods + Tacolandia Ticket Giveaway (UPDATE: Contest Closed)
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    It has taken many years of behind-the-scenes work for Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA to plan and create the first-ever “Tacolandia” Sunday, June 23 at the Hollywood Palladium (the event is sold out). Presented by L.A. Weekly and curated by Esparza, more than 30 food vendors, some as even far away as Baja, Calif., are bringing their “A” game Continue Reading...
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  • No Need to Puzzle Over This Rubik’s Cube Salad
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    By popular demand, here it is!  The Rubik’s Cube Salad I posted on Facebook a few days ago.  Now, I fussed over whether to write a post because this little salad does not really have a “recipe” with measurements, other than the measurements I used to cut and stack the fruit and cheese. But, it is a creative way to impress 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jalapeño Deviled Eggs
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    Here’s my Easter story: When I was about seven-years-old my  mom thought it’d be a smart idea to hide the Easter eggs in the backyard before the family trotted off to church. All throughout mass I fidgeted, anxious to get home for the annual egg hunt. When we got home I got my empty egg carton and stood by the backdoor 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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  • National Margarita Day Should Be Everyday! Try Our Margarita de Tamarindo
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    The headline says it all! It’s National Margarita Day and it’s Friday — time to kick off the weekend and break out the cocktail shaker. We have tamarindo candy and tamarindo paste. Why not a tamarindo margarita? The sweet and sour flavor of the tamarindo pairs wonderfully with the tequila to create a flavorful evening cocktail. Go to the frozen section of 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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  • 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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  • Tomato Bisque with Bacon Crumbles Recipe
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    This tomato bisque recipe is luscious, velvety, and will hit the spot every time. A few friends have commented that they “don’t like” tomato soup.  Stephen was the same way. Yet, he found the creaminess and flavors of butter and bacon in this bisque changed his mind. Where tomato soup is thin and watery, this bisque is thick enough to “chew” in your 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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  • Passion Fruit Dressing
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    Art and I absolutely love the tropical, sweet tartness of passion fruit. We found this recipe in the new cookbook “50 Best Plants on the Planet,” by Chef Cathy Thomas and Melissa’s Produce. The dressing has chipotle chile in it. Chipotle chiles are ripe jalapeños that have been dried and smoked. The spicy kick from the chile will bring back Continue Reading...
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  • What’s A Super Bowl Party Without Guacamole? Try This Fool-Proof Avocado Dip Recipe
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    I am so fed up with Los Angeles not having its own football team. The NFL season wraps up this Sunday with the Super Bowl and I can’t help but be bitter. So instead of cheering for a team, I am rooting for the food being served during the Big Game. Move over chicken wings, quesadillas, bean dips – The 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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  • 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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  • Hot and Thick Champurrado Warms the Soul During the Holidays
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    Mexican hot chocolate or Champurrado? Believe it or not, growing up that was a major decision for me. I preferred Mexican hot chocolate as I was always leery from the thickness of Champurrado. Oh, how times have changed. And, on holidays like Diá de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) celebrated on January 6, Champurrado is a great companion to the 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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  • Chorizo and Bean Fried Plantain Cups Will be a Hit on New Year’s Eve
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    During the holidays we make a lot of pinto beans for our tamale dinners. I always freeze the left-overs for future use like when I am looking for appetizers to serve our New Year’s Eve guests. The fried platano cups have the flavor, weight and heartiness of a fried potato skin. You can find these, plus the queso cotija and 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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  • Apple and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
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    The first time I tried to make sweet potatoes, I made chips.  I did not know what I was doing.  The slices where unseasoned, too thick, and raw.  I felt awful when my good friend Sabby spit it out, after she spit out my roasted eggplant.  My sweet potatoes were a far cry from my mamas decadent syrupy camotes con 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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  • 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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  • Sangrita — Sweet and Spicy
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    As you’re throwing together your menu for a wicked Halloween party, don’t forget the Sangrita. We’re not talking about the wine and fruit drink. No, Sangrita is a traditional Mexican drink served with high-end tequilas. Unfortunately, it is not as widely known in the United States. It does not contain alcohol, but rather it is a simple mix of juices and spices 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Homemade Sofrito Adds Perfect Flavor to Many Dishes from Around The Latin World
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    As diverse as the U.S. Latino community, so, too, are the recipes for sofrito. Whether you are from Cuba, Mexico or Colombia, every country and region has its own version of sofrito, one of the basic flavor foundations for many traditional Latin dishes. And, if you ask anyone from those countries about who has the best sofrito, well, you know 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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  • 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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  • Avocado and Yellow Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho
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    In Extremadura they do it with bits of ham.  In Cordoba they do it with hard-boiled eggs.  In La Mancha they cook it with rabbit.  In Cadiz, during times of drought, they make it creamy with less water.  Gazpacho has many faces, and with the rise of Spanish cuisine, and the temperature, it’s time we consider this cold soup.  Gazpacho 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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  • Don’t Let Summer Pass Without Trying This Grilled Peach Salad with a Ginger-Lime Dressing
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    We have two weeks (longer if you’re lucky enough to live in sunny California) to smell the roses,  soak up the sun, jump into waves, and grill, grill, grill!  With peaches at their peak seasonal ripeness, we  have easy access to the sweet and fuzzy stone fruit.  Entire volumes have been written on the search for the perfect peach.  The warm, 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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  • 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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  • National Tequila Day — Enjoy This Fabulous Margarita Recipe
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    Today is National Tequila Day, a wonderful reminder to enjoy a tequila beverage. Sure it is mid-week, but who cares?! A margarita would pair nicely with your Taco Tuesday menu for dinner tonight. Here’s a margarita recipe we featured a while back that is sure to get you singing to Chente tonight.   Grapefruit Margarita Yields 2 cocktails Ingredients: Wedge of lime 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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  • Fourth of July with a Bang: Greek Yogurt With Chipotle For Your Grilled Corn on the Cob
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    Beyond the fireworks, Fourth of July brings wonderful memories of childhood. One of my favorite side dishes included grilled corn on the cob. Today, some of our gringo friends look in bewilderment when they see us eat corn on the cob with all of the Mexican-style fixings. We roll the ears in melted butter, then spread a good dollop of mayonnaise and sprinkle with cotija cheese, 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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  • 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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  • Fiery Shrimp Cocktail with Avocados from Mexico
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    We were recently asked to create a recipe using avocados from Mexico. Below is one of our favorite shrimp cocktail recipes that has just the right amount of heat and zest. Here’s a snippet of information that our contributing writer Norma Vega posted a few months back about the delectable avocado: Yet another fruit from the Americas! First the sinful Continue Reading...
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  • A Mother’s Day Brunch Made with Love
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    Mother’s Day. A time of year to honor the gifts and love your mother has unselfishly offered you all these years. Latinofoodie would like to acknowledge our mothers — Norma Rodriguez and Cecilia Chavez — two powerful and loving women who gave their love unconditionally in a grand way to us. We’re lucky to still have Art’s mom around and Continue Reading...
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  • Cinco de Mayo: A Moment in Time to Celebrate Food and Culture
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    There are some who see Cinco de Mayo as somewhat of a joke because they feel their culture is being exploited by U.S. beer and alcohol companies. I see it a bit differently and let me explain why. You see, I grew up in Pico Rivera, Calif., a mostly working, middle-class, Mexican-American community that commemorated the holiday with parades down the main 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Just In Time For Spring: Farmer John’s Baked Ham Cornbread Recipe
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    Cornbread is food for the soul and the cornerstone of Soul Food.  Tex-Mex has made adding jalapeños, fresh corn kernels, and shredded cheese a popular accessory in the hearty bread.  Cornbread in a skillet, or skillet bread, made with lard or bacon drippings can be bliss.  If you want to forego the heart palpitations, bake it in the oven.  Spring into 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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  • 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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  • Lent Friendly Hearty Lentil Stew Recipe
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    This one pot meal is fast, easy, and versatile, which will either remind you of your prom date or become your best friend this Lent season.  On a serious note, you can toss almost anything into the pot of lentils to make this even more enjoyable and healthy — fennel, jalapeños, apples, spinach, etc. Get creative and stay away from 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ensalada de Nopalitos Recipe
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    Every so often I crave a fresh salad with a mixture of flavors and textures. Nothing can beat a homemade Ensalada de Nopalitos. In our journey this year to eat healthier, this dish is one of our favorites. You can’t go wrong with all the health benefits of eating nopales. The nopal is full of essential nutrients. It contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C, in 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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  • Ring in the New Year Carribean-style With This Creamy Coquito Recipe
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    Before your guests arrive and before the big countdown, mix up a batch of our special New Year’s Coquito.  We got this recipe from an old colleague who says she got it from her Puerto Rican grandmother.  We thought, “Hot damn, it must be good.” And, sure enough, it was delicious!        Holiday Coquito Makes about 8 to 10 servings 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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  • Diabetic Friendly Thanksgiving Side Dish to Consider this Holiday
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    Growing up in El Paso, as I did, the only time I ate cabbage was as a garnish for pozole or in overly sweet coleslaw.  Red cabbage…olvida te!  I never got the chance to appreciate cabbage, or even taste the red stuff.  In culinary school I made my first dish with red cabbage: coleslaw. Not terribly exciting.  When I got 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • This Summer Gussy Up Your Beer Michelada Style
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    It’s 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning. My eyes burn, stomach turns and even my teeth hurt. The only audible sound is the leaf blower from my neighbor’s gardener. Anything past 2 a.m. is a blur. Slowly, I crawl out of bed to wake up friends who are sprung out in the guest rooms. We gather in the kitchen for breakfast. No 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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  • 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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  • Around the World in 8 Guacamoles
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    With the delectable fruit drooping from trees, we’d be fools to let avocados go to waste this season.  The simplest thing to do would be to make vats of guacamole and buy Costco-sized bags of tortilla chips and go to town…with a few of your closest friends of course.  But to change it up this summer, we’ve dug up a 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. Waking up to the aroma of Continue Reading...
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  • Ahh, the Tomato-based Salmorejo (Gazpacho from Córdoba, España)
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    Submitted by: Norma Vega I must give credit to my friend, Francisco López Castro, who’s from Espejo, Córdoba, for this recipe. Spanish gazpacho has a looser consistency, whereas salmorejo is creamier and smoother. Preparation: In a large bowl place about 5 large (2 lbs.), VERY ripe red tomatoes. (preferably the kind you see at the Farmer’s Market). Peeled, Cut into chunks. Shredded day 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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  • Time for Happy Hour Libations To Kick-off Memorial Day Weekend 2011
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    I have a good friend who always says, “It’s happy hour somewhere in the world.”  LatinoFoodie loves that care-free spirit. When all the work is done and you’ve braved the traffic home, there’s nothing better than to kick off your shoes (or heels) and enjoy a tasty libation.  It’s Memorial Day Weekend. Time to relax and enjoy. We are featuring an easy to 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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  • Make Your Corn POP with Ancho Chili & Lime Butter
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    Memorial Day is the grilling gateway to the summer with fresh fruits & vegetables to grill all summer long…but it all starts here with corn.  While you’re busy packing up the beach chairs for a day on the sand, or loading your ice chest with cooling libations for a backyard Memorial Day celebration, don’t forget the corn!  Come on, it wouldn’t be a grilling 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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