Yucca al Mojo de Ajo (Yucca in Garlic Sauce)

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Yucca, or cassava, is a cousin of the potato.  More commonly used in tropical cooking, yucca is very versatile and can be used in numerous preparations.  Just because yucca does not get as much attention as the almighty potato does not mean it is not as delicious.  Trust me.

This Cuban recipe takes yucca from yummy veggie to extraordinary side dish.  This garlic sauce makes it.  The sweet garlic flavor complements the rich olive oil.  The addition of the lime cuts through the sauce and helps balance it out.  The end result:  Creamy yucca and a sweet garlicky sauce with a hint of citrus.  Yes, please. Continue reading

Locro de Papa (Potato Cheese Soup)

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It is soup season.  Time to whip up a hearty, satisfying soup to help keep the cold at bay. What a better way to heat up those tummies then with some potato soup.  Creamy goodness is just a few minutes away.

Ecuadorian Locro de Papa is a rich soup made of potato, cheese and corn.  Meant to keep you warm while in the Andes, this soup screams comfort food.  It is creamy, starchy, cheesy and full of flavor.  The soup is usually garnished with avocado which makes it even more decadent.  All I can say is be prepared to be blown away. Continue reading

Croquetas de Papa with Chimichurri

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Croquetas are Latin Americas version of croquettes.  Although croquetas can be made from just about anything, standard croquetas usually include potatoes, ham, tuna and cheese. They are very versatile.  This version uses potatoes and cheese because, let’s face it potatoes and cheese make for a superstar pair.  Mashed potatoes are formed into little nuggets, stuffed with cheese, breaded and then fried.  The end result is a crunchy outside with a creeeeeeamy inside.  And what to dip them in?  Well how about some chimichurri.  The fresh herbs really cut through the heaviness of the fried croquettes.  Man oh man these are good. Continue reading

Potato Soup

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Potatoes-Can they do no harm?  They are tasty, hearty, cheap, filling and did I mention tasty?  Although there are many dishes that include potatoes I think one of my favorite ways to prepare them is in a simple soup.  A warm bowl of soup.  A steamy pot of earthy goodness. It is just really simple but really delicious.  Just some potatoes and tomatoes.  A few spices and voila!  A masterpiece is created. Continue reading

Porotos Guisado (Argentinean Bean and Vegetable Stew)

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Hearty vegetables will always yield a delicious meal and this stew is no exception.  Good stick to your ribs veggies like potatoes, sweet potatoes and zucchini are simmered with a little sofrito (tomatoes, onions, garlic, spices).  Then beans and peas are added to the stew to create the ultimate in one-pot meals.  Did I mention the creation only takes about thirty minutes to make?  Can’t go wrong. Continue reading

Potato and Pea Samosanadas

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Samosas and Empanadas: fraternal twins, long-distance family members or brothas from a different motha? Who knows? But both sure are tasty traditional treats.

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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

I’m Cheating! Potato and Mushroom Mole

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I admit it.  I cheat sometimes.  Not everything can be made from scratch.  It stinks but that is just life.  So it is okay to take shortcuts and fake dishes.  So what!  One shortcut I take is mole sauce.

Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce made with roughly 30 ingredients including nuts, chocolate, spices and chilies.  It normally takes hours to prepare and several pots to create this fantastic sauce.  Although I am sure it is well worth it to spend all that time and effort on creating mole, it may not be part of everyone’s reality.  So yup I’m cheating.  Because I have a small kitchen.  Because I have to work.  Because I do not have a great crinkled, yellowed, hand written hand me down recipe.  It is okay to cheat.
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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

Veggie Caldo

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Caldo is common among many Latin American countries.  It is one of the simplest things to make and one of the most satisfying.  Although most caldos use meat as the main source of protein this caldo uses beans as a base.  It is a rustic soup often identified by its hunks of meat and large pieces of vegetables.  It can be a bit messy to eat when the ingredients do not even fit on the spoon.  I never understood why everything had to be so big so I cut the vegetables a bit smaller, making this soup very easy to eat. Continue reading