Red Tomato Sauce

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This is an easy, quick sauce.  A few minutes and you are done.  This flavorful sauce has a great balance of sweetness, spice and just a hint of heat.  It is not meant to be spicy but if the heart desires the heat index can be revved up with just a few more peppers or something spicier, like serranos or even habaneros.  Pour it on enchiladas, tamales, eggs.  You name it it works. Continue reading

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Canelita

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Spiced tea.  A nice warm, spicy beverage to soothe any ailment you may have.  It is especially good when dealing with a case of the sniffles.  The warmth of the cinnamon really helps calm any cough while the star anise lends a great licorice flavor.  Although this tea is pretty tasty on its own a little sweetener doesn’t hurt. Continue reading

Iced Cajeta Coffee

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It is iced coffee season.  Yes it is.  What a better way to celebrate then to prepare a special iced coffee treat.  This special treat includes lots of classic flavors.  Cajeta, a decadent goat’s milk caramel, is added to warm coffee.  Cocoa powder gets thrown in the mix because who says you can’t have caramel and chocolate together?  Yum.  The end result: A creamy, chocolaty, sweet, velvety iced coffee.  What a great way to sit back and relax. Continue reading

Huevos a la Mexicana

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Huevos a la Mexicana are simple to make.  The traditional recipe calls for eggs, tomatoes, onions and jalapenos, scrambled together.  Nothing fancy just a hearty and fresh breakfast dish.  However, I decided to take it up a notch.  Incorporate a little more veg and a lot more flavor.  For starters I added some red bell pepper for sweetness and green chilies for tanginess.  Then I added some salsa to give it an extra kick.  Finally my secret weapon: always add spices to the beaten eggs.  Always.  The spices always make eggs taste better.  Not much to it and quick to make as well. Continue reading

Frijoles Charros

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Frijoles Charros roughly translates to cowboy beans.  These yummy beans originated out on ranches as a way for cowboys to make a hearty, warm pot of beans.  Glad someone thought to do this because they are yum-my.  The key ingredient to frijoles charros (aside from the beans) is good old fashioned bacon.  It helps give it a smoky zing.  I have substituted it with vegetarian bacon but the salty smoky flavor is still there.  Add some onions, tomatoes and chilies and you got yourself one filling bowl of beans. Continue reading

Spicy Tofu Gorditas

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Gorditas, the Mexican brother of Salvadorian Pupusas, are pretty easy to make and can be enjoyed anytime of the day. Fillings for gorditas differ and there are definitely no set rules as to what you can use to fill these little corn pockets of joy. For this recipe I have marinated tofu in a spicy tomato sauce then sautéed with onions and peppers to create a great filling. The warm, steamy pockets get filled to the brim with the tofu filling and topped with cheese and lettuce. So simple yet so delicious Continue reading

Peruvian Quinoa Soup

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Quinoa.  What is there to not love about it?  It tastes delicious; it is full of protein, fiber and minerals.  It has a great nutty texture and can be placed in just about any recipe out there.  Sure, in recent years it has seen a surge in popularity but to South Americans quinoa has been a tried and true staple for centuries.  And for good reason. Continue reading

Chorizo Hash

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When all you want to eat is a plate full of comforting, magnificent vegetables all you need to do is make hash.  Oh how tasty hash is!  Bunch of fresh veggies tossed together to make a lovely plate of delicious, crisp, bright flavors.  This recipe takes it up a notch with the addition of vegetarian chorizo.  The spicy chorizo (Mexican chorizo is spicy) is a great complement to the veggies’ sweetness.  This dish is a little bit sweet a little bit spicy and a whole lot flavorful.  Add an egg on top and breakfast/lunch/dinner is served.  Nuff said! Continue reading

Pumpkin Empanadas

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Why is there this misconception that pumpkin is only a fall time favorite?  It is always time for pumpkin.  And pumpkin empanadas, or turnovers, of course.  Oh they are sooo good.  Buttery, flaky and soft on the inside.  I especially love how fragrant they are.  Be ready to have a kitchen filled with aroma of pure deliciousness. Continue reading

Café de Olla

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Coffee is coffee.  Wrong!  This old school method is very different from that of the tried and true coffee maker.  When drinking coffee is meant to be relished this is the way to do it.  This is definitely not an I’m-late-and-running-out-the door kind of coffee.  It is an I-have-nothing-but-time-on-my-hands-let-me-sieze-the-opportunity-to-slowly-enjoy-my-coffee coffee.  The rich, sweet, spiced aroma leaps out of the mug and entices you to sit down.  It grabs you by the hand and gently reminds you to savor the moment.  Enjoy it.  Continue reading