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  • CALABACITAS: CHEESY COMFORT FOOD
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    Calabacitas, or “little squash” in Spanish, is a Mexican dish of cooked squash often served as a side dish, but substantial enough for a hearty vegetarian main.  The dish can be made as a casserole, but is often made as a thick, chunky vegetable dish served with some of the cooking liquid. In my kitchen, making calabacitas is often a very cheese affair, Continue Reading...
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  • Klondike Goldust® Molo: Ecuadorian Mashed Potatoes with Peanut Butter
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    This is a sponsored post for Klondike Brands but all opinions are my own. Although mashed potatoes are a year-round favorite for many Latinos, this recipe is an Ecuadorian treat. This velvety Ecuadorian mashed potato dish, or molo, is usually made to celebrate religious holidays, but it is a new favorite in our home. We used creamy Klondike Goldust® for this molo. This Continue Reading...
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  • SOPA DE FIDEO: MEXICAN COMFORT FOOD
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    Cultures all over the world have enjoyed a form of pasta for centuries, and while this humble noodle has roots in Moorish Spain, fideo is a staple in most Mexican pantries. In Spanish, fideo means noodle. This noodle is typically found in a bag of short dried pasta or in little nests of dried noodles, which will typically be broken 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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