I think most Latinas would agree that the role food plays in our lives is an important expression of our identity and culture, as well as a key difference between us and our gringa friends. Here are 10 food habits that scream "I'm a proud Latina!"
Can you believe that I was well into my 30s the first time I tried arepas? My husband came home one day with a bag full of arepas from a little hole in the wall and he said to me, "You HAVE to try these!" I reached into the bag and pulled out what quite frankly looked like a slightly unimpressive little pancake looking doughy thing and took a bite and it was AH-MAZE-BALLS. All of a sudden those little spheres of dough looked beautiful to me and I wanted to scream at the heavens in anger because I had no idea I could have been eating these my entire life.
Well, since my first encounter with an arepa, I've made up for an arepa-less childhood and early adulthood. I buy them whenever I can, but I'm thinking that perhaps it's time to start making them at home so that my children don't suffer from arepa deprivation in their early years like I did. I found a great and easy arepa recipe that I'm sure will be a hit with mine and yours!
Growing up there were two things you'd always find in my Dominican grandmother's kitchen: Plátanos maduros and at least one jar of homemade sofrito. This delicious combination of sautéed diced herbs and spices added that necessary flavorful kick to all her Latin meals. She'd put it in everything from her beans, sancochos, meats and would even throw it in her moros. Trust me when I say everything tastes better with sofrito!
Oh, I love me a good picnic and so do my kids. What's there not to love about it? We're talking the great outdoors in beautiful weather and with great food. Raising two daughters that are multicultural, I find that a great and delicious way to teach them about their Latino roots is with food. This works great during picnics because it's so easy to Latinize a picnic.
I hate to be the damper on your day, but I have the WORST news for Chipotle lovers out there. The popular food chain may be getting RID of its guacamole and some of its salsas.
Say it ain't so! Not only that but its prices may ever soar in the near future. What is going on?! The answer is quite depressing and I'm praying that mother nature gets her act together. Otherwise we won't have our delicious guacamole for a long time. But what does she even have to do with Chipotle's food situation? A lot, believe it or not!Continue Reading >
You know how they say that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach? Well, that might be the same exact route you need to take to get into his pants. That's right, my dear, if you want to stack the deck in your favor and make sure you get lucky this Valentine's Day, I got you covered.Continue Reading >
Food is amazing. Not only is it necessary pleasure to sustain ourselves with, it is also a wonderful way to learn about and embrace different cultures of the world. Some foods become so popular even outside of their country of origin that they are embraced not as something exotic or foreign, but just as another delicious meal to be enjoyed. Think of all the Latino foods that are popular in the USA. Some Latino foods have become so popular in the U.S. that hardly a thought is given to where they come from, but it's always nice to know where those spectacular flavors first started off, don't you think?Continue Reading >
Rosh Hashanah: Try this brisket chile con carne for a yummy Latin twist on a traditional Jewish recipe
This year's celebration of Rosh Hashanah started on sundown Wednesday September 4 and ends the evening of September 6. Rosh Hashana means "head of the year," which totally makes sense since it is a celebration of the new year according to the Hebrew calendar.
Observing Jews throughout the world will take the time to reflect on the past year and commemorate the new one. As with most celebrations, food is involved. Yay, for any and all occasions that involve delicious food.
This recipe is my re-creation of the lentil soup my paternal abuelita used to cook. She believed, as I do, that there is nothing that a good bunch of cilantro cannot fix. Despite the heat, this soup is so light that goes quite well on these long summer days.
It doesn't take long to cook and is one of those soups that comforts you and reminds you of the flavors, aromas and colors of your childhood. My kids love it so, bingo!
Good news to all those choco-lovers out there: a new study has found that chocolate can help keep your brain healthy and sharp and might even delay diseases that affect your memory, like Alzheimers.
As if we all needed more reason to indulge in a yummy sweet treat!Continue Reading >