Agua de Fresa

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It. Is. Hot.  I love sunny, warm days.  It just feels good.  And when the day starts to feel unbearable I know it is time to chug down a coooold drink.  In Mexico that translates to Agua de Fresa (strawberry).  The great thing about strawberries are-well everything.  They have that balance of sweet and tart; they scream “Warm weather!” and they go with practically everything.  Agua Frescas are generally served with meals or as a refreshing way to cool down on a hot day.  So grab a good book, sit outside and drink away.  You don’t have to tell me twice! Continue reading

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Breakfast in a Glass: Strawberry & Oats Liquado

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Waaaaay before the whole smoothie thing even began Latin America was gulping down blended milky, fruity, frothy drinks for breakfast (and as a middle-of-the-day-I-need-something-sweet-to-help-me-savor-the-day kind of drink).  Anyone and everyone used to whip up milk, sugar, oats and any fruit you can get your hands on (strawberries, mango, papaya, banana, pineapple.  If it could fit in a blender it belonged in a liquado). Continue reading

Insanely Good Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding) with Strawberries

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Almost every country and culture has a variation on rice pudding.  Personally I think it is because the stuff is sooooo delicious (Hey, you figure so many people can’t be wrong).  Something about creamy, starchy, sugary sweet yuminess just cannot be beat.  In Latin American countries arroz con leche is usually creamier and runnier, think more oatmeal less tapioca , than the American version.  It usually incorporates cinnamon and condensed milk making it spicier and more on the sweeter side.  This recipe counteracts the sticky sweetness of the condensed milk with the tartness of the strawberries.  It makes for a perfect coupling.  My preference is to eat this cold but some people cannot resist and must eat it the second it is finished.  Can I blame them?  Not really. Continue reading