Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Mains, Recipes, Soups and Stews

Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup

November 27, 2015
Leftover Turkey Tortilla Soup Recipe

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!! How was it?! I hope you had a good one, full of good food, and nice cocktails, and delicious wine, and lots of laughter, and not too much painful political discussion. I want you to know I counted all of you among the things I am grateful for. All you who comment, and follow me on Instagram, and make my recipes, and tune in whenever I’m on TV fill my heart with joy and I can’t tell how much all of you mean to me. Thank you, thank you! Do you have a gnarly looking turkey carcass in your fridge right now? Or if you’re like me and it is 19°F degrees out, that haphazardly-wrapped thing is

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Guest Post: Almond Buñuelos with Orange-Meyer Lemon Sugar & Amaretto Chocolate Ganache

November 23, 2015
almond bunuelos

Happy Thanksgiving Week!    This is my favorite week of the year and I’m celebrating by having something new for you today!   My fried Susana is here! And she brought buñuelos!!!! Susana is the extraordinarily talented chef behind the holasus instagram feed if you are not already following her, you are going to want to. She also shares her jaw-dropping Mexican recipes as a contributor for Meeexiiicooo, so after you salivate all over your computer here go check her out over there! I’m super delighted that she wanted to share her talents with us today, Thank You Susy! A little bit about myself, I’m Mexicana and I currently live in New York City.  I went to culinary school in Monterrey and graduated from the Instituto

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Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus

November 19, 2015
Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus

Question: Thanksgiving is next week, have you thought about appetizers? No? Well, normally I would be right there with you (as discussed in Monday’s post) but this year I am all over my hors d’oeuvre game. Mainly because I’ll be on live tv tomorrow discussing easy Thanksgiving appetizers like I’m always this organized—tune in, it’ll be fun! Thanksgiving appetizers should be elegant, but they should also be easy and preferably something you can make ahead of time to put out right before your guests arrive. Better yet, if you have children older than 5, have them arrange the appetizers. It will keep them occupied and out of your hair as they endlessly wait for the turkey. Creamy, luscious hummus is a good

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Apps, Comida Latina, Recipes, Snacks

Manchego Chipotle Cheese Ball

November 16, 2015
Manchego Cheese Ball

“What is a cheese ball?” My husband asked me yesterday as I was manipulating a bowl of soft cream cheese into a rounded shape. I think what he wanted to ask me was, “Why would one do what you are doing right now?” I agree, it is a strange, rather retro concept to mold a pile of cheese into a shape and cover it with crunchy things then make it hard again and serve it with crackers and wine, but the cheese ball is one of those things that seems appropriate for this time of year. It has that essence of holiday decadence that I crave come late fall. With Thanksgiving being but a little more than a week away

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Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Mains, Recipes

Mexican Lime-Poached and Roasted Turkey

November 12, 2015
Mexican Lime-Poached & Roasted Turkey

Behold! I give you quite possibly the easiest Thanksgiving turkey recipe ever. Keep in mind I did not say the fastest but the easiest one I’ve ever made, and I’ve made my fair share of turkeys like this one, and this one, and even this one. They were all good but they all took the kind of effort you’d expect for the centerpiece of the year’s most important meal. Let’s go back to one year ago today when I was eternally washing dishes and listening to turkey roasting tips from Ariane Daguin when she said she poached her turkey before roasting it. What the what?!!! In her beautiful French accent she explained how briefly poaching the turkey the night before in a rich broth

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Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Drinks, Recipes, Top

Mezcal Holiday Punch

November 10, 2015
Mezcal Punch Recipe

Okay, if you guys are anything like me then you’ve for sure planned out your Thanksgiving menu by now. And I want to know what it is. Seriously, I love hearing people’s plans for this most wonderful food-filled holiday, so please share if you have a spare second. We are having a small get together, just the four of us plus three more friends but I plan on making enough food to feed you and everyone you know so if you’re in the area feel free to come on over. Here’s what I have in mind: Thanksgiving Menu 2015 This Mezcal Cocktail Green Chile Whipped Goat Cheese and Crackers from 101 Cookbooks Potato, Garlic, and Leek Soup from Two Red

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Popular, Recipes, Sweets

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Vanilla Whipped Cream

November 5, 2015
Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon

As I write this it is snowing outside and I’m heading out to meet my sister in Chicago and I really hope my flight is not delayed and so begins winter. But before I go I want to leave you with this first taste of Thanksgiving. I want to thank the geniuses at KitchenIQ, Dreamfarm, and Casabella for already making my holiday season a little easier with their double-duty baking gadgets. Like these Dreamfarm Levoons that measure and level at the same time! (Do you get it…..Levoons….spoons that level themselves off….isn’t that clever?!) Or hows about a rubber spatula that you can also use to measure with?!!! This Dreamfarm Supoon scoops, measures, scrapes the bowl clean and sits up just

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Weeknight Shrimp Tacos

November 2, 2015
Weeknight lime shrimp tacos

¡Hola! ¡Happy Monday y Feliz Día de los Muertos! How was your Halloween? Ours was, how should I say? Interesting? While I was making dinner on Friday night the kids hacked away at the pumpkins we grew in the garden this summer, resulting in some very scary gourds. Imagine how Freddy Kruger might carve a pumpkin and you’ll get the idea; more stab wounds than faces those poor, poor pumpkins. They also completely removed the top leaving no “lid” which made it a tad difficult for the candle to stay lit in the gusting wind. Apparently tiny saws and young children don’t mix. You’d think I was new to this mothering thing. And then Sunday was the beginning of Día

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How to Make Paper Flowers for Day of the Dead

October 29, 2015
Paper Flowers

Day of the Dead is coming up on Sunday and Monday. We set up our alter last weekend and are beginning to decorate it with candles, incense, and pictures of loved ones who have passed. Today I will place a little jar of salt on the alter to represent the earth and to cleanse the spirit. The final piece will be the colorful addition of large paper flowers. In Mexico, enormous fresh marigolds in red, orange, and yellow are used to decorate the graves and alters but paper flowers are also popular and are often strung together to make elaborate garlands which are draped overhead and along the edges of the gravestones. I am not, not, not a crafter so believe

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Chocolate-Strawberry-Peanut Butter Calaveras for Día de los Muertos

October 27, 2015
Strawberry Chocolate Calaveras

Here’s a fun little treat for Halloween or Day of the Dead. These chocolate, strawberry, and peanut butter filled skulls will make any goblin or ghoul drool. They look very fancy, but they are pretty simple to make. The most difficult part is finding a miniature sugar skull mold. I got mine from Sueños Imports. It is a 6-skull mold, each mold is about 2-inches long. You may need to adjust this recipe slightly if you are making larger or smaller molds, or if you don’t want to hunt a skull mold down you can make this recipe in mini muffin cups, check out this peanut butter cup recipe for details. To add a touch of color and something a bit

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