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 >
As you may know, I was born and raised in Venezuela. Mi bisabuelita was Bogotana and in Caracas we all grew up with the flavors and aromas of the Colombian Caribbean coast, and the seasoning of those wonderful women with dark skin and wide hips who did everything singing.
The best part was those women loved us as if in that transmuted love, they loved the children they had left behind in Riohacha, Santa Marta, Barranquilla, Cartagena and Coveñas, where the daily bread is fried arepas, empanadas, patacones and sancochos, where they drink agua de panela (piloncillo) and tamarind juice and where guayabas, marañones, zapotes, nísperos, guanábanas and anones are picked from patios and solares.
So today, the Independence of Colombia, I could not help thinking about Erica Dinho and her cooking blog My Colombian Recipes, and therefore share one of her recipes: this delicious flank steak in creole sauce.
It's hot! Uncomfortably hot. Your clothes stick to your body. You sweat while doing nothing and you pretty much feel like doing nothing. The last thing you want to do at the end of a HOT day is head into your kitchen and fire up the stove to cook something up for dinner. Don't worry, you don't have to.
You could order out, but you don't have to do that either. You could head into your kitchen and make something that does not require heat to be delicious. No-cook meals are a great way to beat the heat in your kitchen while still putting a delicious dinner on the table because no matter how hot it is, you still gotta eat.Continue Reading >
Easy to make and filling, you will LOVE this tortilla española. It's delicious either as a side dish or alone for lunch. With only a handful of ingredients, it's inexpensive and my family loves it. What could be better than that? After all, this quintessentially classic Latin recipe has become a classic in my home as well!Continue Reading >
My children always love eating rice with sausage. So when they start with the same old story that they don't want to eat vegetables, I trick them with this filling dish that comes packed with everything I have on my fridge. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. This is my own version of mi abuelita's recipes. Abuelita was not only the best house manager ever. She also had the gift of the perfect seasoning and she knew how to make us eat rice, sausage, onion, garlic, celery, tomatoes, peppers, carrots--you name it--in just one dish.
Today's recipe is made with what I had in the refrigerator too: in this case pork Polish sausage (kielbasa), carrots and zucchinis. Sometimes I put peas, corn, hot dog sausages and I swear my children forget that they do not like this or that and devour one or two dishes in the blink of an eye.
Don't tell me this salad doesn't look delicious. Besides that, it's nutritious and full of our Latino flavors, colors, and ingredients: black beans, corn, red bell pepper, tomato and onion, with a lot of fresh cilantro.
I have to confess that my favorite thing about summer is that cooking becomes so easy, among other reasons because recipes are simpler. Take for example his giant lima bean salad: It's an excellent source of carbohydrates, fiber, energy, and flavor. I love cooking with these legumes because they are nutritional powerhouses that deliver tons of fiber and protein for pennies. Dried or canned, they make filling additions to soups and salads.Continue Reading >