Pepino con Chile Paletas (Cucumber & Chile Popsicles)

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Paletas are a gift from the heavens. Nothing is better on a warm day (but let me tell you they are not too shabby on a cold day either). Paletas are made using either a milk or water base, fruit and sweetener. Just like that. It really could not be any easier. Mix everything together, pop in the freezer and a few hours later you have an amazing treat. Continue reading

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Mexican Capirotada

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Mexican style bread pudding, capirotada, consists of a mixture of veggies and fruits such as onions, tomatoes, apples and raisins on top of stale bread, nuts and cheeses. It is a staple during lent. The day old bread is moistened with a simple syrup infused with several warm spices. Capirotada is a balance of sweet and savory; although this recipe lends more to the sweet side. For this recipe I used apples and apricots and a bit of mild Monterrey jack cheese in order to keep it more on the sweet side (that’s how I like it) but some recipes involve sharper flavors like onions and cotija cheese. The ingredients are up to you. I am sure there is no way to ruin bread pudding! Continue reading

Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

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Agua de Jamaica is a classic drink throughout Mexico (and for good reason).  It is this delicious combination of tart and sweet.  Agua de Jamaica is normally served with meals or as a refreshing way to cool down on a hot day.  As an added bonus it is said that Agua de Jamaica aids in digestion and is loaded with vitamin C.  So not only is it delicious it might also be healthy.  Score! Continue reading

Spinach, Pineapple and Lemon Agua Fresca

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There are all kinds of agua fresca throughout Latin America.  It is simply just water, fruit and sugar blended up and as the name states: it is very refreshing (agua fresca=fresh water) and very delicious if I may say.  Standard flavors for agua fresca include strawberry, cantaloupe, mango and watermelon. 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

Vegan Condensed Milk

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A popular ingredient in many dessert recipes, condensed milk offers a luxuriously creamy, sweet addition to any dish.  I created a simple substitute for this dairy classic.  Simply by swapping almond or soy milk for cow’s milk you get a vegan alternative to condensed milk that works perfectly in any recipe that calls for condensed milk. 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

Atol-atte (Dark Chocolate and Coffee Atole) & Buñuelos

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Traditional Latin American Christmas favorites vary from country to country.   However, almost all Latin American countries have some sort of sweet, hot beverage and crispy, crunchy, sugary desserts perched on the stovetop ready to go during the month of December.  Atole reigns throughout Mexico and Central American countries.  Continue reading