Comida Latina, Recipes, Sweets

Flan de Jamaica {Hibiscus Flan} + a Pairings Box Giveaway

October 12, 2015
Hibiscus Flan

As we enter into the gift-giving season may I make a suggestion? Be cool. Give gifts that make the recipient exponentially cooler and in turn making yourself look pretty swank too. A really cool gift is one that just keeps on giving. No lie. I bring this up because I have probably the coolest gift you can give anyone….and I’m giving you the chance to win a preview, so you can be like, “Oh, your welcome. I’ve been getting it forever.” Say it very nonchalant for maximum affect. Ok, here it is. It is called a Pairings Box and it is put together by my friends Kasey and Matthew over at Turntable Kitchen. It is a monthly subscription service that

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Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Recipes, Snacks, Sweets

Butternut Maple Empanadas with a Coconut Cornmeal Crust

October 5, 2015
Butternut Maple Empanadas

I tried my hand at growing butternut squash this year. By late summer I’d realized that vine borer worms had lived up to their name and indeed bored a new home for themselves deep in my pumpkin vines…..for the second year in a row (tear drop emoji face). I was pretty positive they had set up shop in my butternut squash as well, but to my joy and amazement the squash vines seemed as green and vibrant as ever (not to mention creeping their way into every square inch of the garden). Open-mouth smile emoji face!! So while my pumpkins didn’t live to be hacked into scary Halloween decorations, my squash will be gladly eaten until at least Christmas, if

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Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Drinks, Recipes

Apple Blackberry Hard Cider Sangria

October 1, 2015
Apple Blackberry Hard Cider Sangria

If you have recently felt something missing in your life like, I don’t know, a signature autumn cocktail well, mis amigos, I’m here to help. This morning I found myself on live TV talking about just that very thing. This morning I also found myself at the gym with my shirt on inside out and backwards. See? Stars are just like you. That’s right, I was featured on North Dakota Today today, with two of the seriously nicest hosts in the world (Hi! Chris and Andrea), and made us some drinks! Like…. all my fall favorites including the Pomegranate Paloma, La Bruja and this Blackberry-Apple Hard Cider Sangria. This appley take on the traditional red wine cocktail is a boozy, fruity punch

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Comida Latina, Condiments and Salsas, Mains, Recipes

Chiles en Nogada

September 22, 2015
Chiles Rellenos with Walnut

The most recent episode of my over-reaching life finds me two weeks ago sending The Professor and my kids off on the hour drive to the nearest decent grocery store to buy, fresh poblanos, ground pork, peaches (which I didn’t end up using), and pomegranates (which he couldn’t find). I was determined to make Chiles en Nogada, the classic Mexican Independence Day meal, for you prior to Dies y Sies de Septiembre—the 16th of September, similar to our 4th of July. You see, I’d been planning it since last year. I’d been dreaming about the recipe and then all of the sudden it was a week out and there were no pomegranates within 100 miles and, oh yeah, we were going out

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Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Mains, Pasta and Noodles, Popular, Recipes

Heirloom Tomato Guajillo Pasta with Tuna

September 5, 2015
Heirloom Tomato-Guajillo Pasta

Is it strange I feel things have slowed down a bit since everyone went back to school? Maybe it’s because they’ve all left me (even little Hiro) and there are moments of silence during the day that this house hasn’t experienced since early May. But Louisa will start swim lessons soon and we are leaving in a couple days for Michigan to take The Professor’s work to ArtPrize (!) and before I know it things will ramp up significantly. So its best to start stocking up on some pantry staples that can be thrown together last-minute-style for easy weeknight dinners. This simple pasta is a riff on one of my favorites from Pati Jinich’s cookbook Pati’s Mexican Table. The list of ingredients are

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Comida Latina, Condiments and Salsas, Dairy Free, Mains, Recipes

Grilled Fish Tacos with Sweet Corn Salsa

September 1, 2015
Grilled Fish Tacos with Corn

Hi! Should we talk about school starting? Or maybe the weather? I could go on and on about the fact that it’s going to be in the 90’s all week. Or have you noticed my little site re-design? I’m very excited about it and would happily discuss. All these are very worthy subjects but I’d much rather talk tacos. In an attempt to hold on to the last remains of summer we’ve been grilling practically every single night. I normally don’t grill white flaky fish—it can quickly overcook, fall through the grates, you name it—but last night I decided to grill this lovely piece of cod we had and man the goodness of that char was lost on no one. Marinating meat is

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Breads, Breakfast, Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Recipes, Snacks, Sweets

Zucchini Avocado Bread

August 15, 2015
Zucchini Avocado Bread

There was a squabble the other night over what to have for dessert. We had made grilled chicken for dinner, so naturally the kids wanted s’mores (as they do anytime there are open flames around) and The Professor and I wanted brownies (with vanilla ice cream for me, thankyouverymuch). Sides were immediately chosen, parents against kids, with no one budging an inch. The Professor announced that whoever could answer two questions of the opposing team’s choosing could get their desired dessert. We went first. “Louisa, what is the name of the first Latina Supreme Court Justice?” I realize this may seem a little far reaching for a child of 7 but we had just been discussing this mere seconds before the

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Comida Latina, Mains, Popular, Recipes, Salads

White Cheddar Cornbread and Bacon Panzanella

August 5, 2015
Cornbread Panzanella

We are back from Dallas. It was…..I don’t know, hot. Like holy crap, hot! You Southerners have an intense heat tolerance, I bow down to you. I was sweating the moment I stepped out of the airport, I’m pretty sure it was 110°F at midnight. What do they call that? Oh yeah….sultry. No, it was fun. For the first time ever Louisa got to celebrate her birthday with all of her 13 cousins—that water balloon fight was on. We ate amazingly delicious burgers at Rodeo Goat—I had a little sweet corn-guajillo mayonnaise-cotija number that I’ll be recreating at home with a quickness, aaaaand got in tons of family time, so all-in-all it was a solid vacation. Now we’re back and my

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Apps, Comida Latina, Mains, Recipes, Soups and Stews

Cindy Pawlcyn’s Green Grape and Almond Gazpacho

July 21, 2015
Green Grape and

As anyone who takes a great deal of pleasure from cooking can tell you, your palate is equal parts nature and nurture. You learn to cook by following the lead of others, whether that be by the apron strings or by the book (or nowadays, the internet) and then over time break away to create your own style through experimentation, trial, and error. I’ve had a series of influencers in my quarter century of cooking but none that has shaped my style so distinctly as Cindy Pawlcyn. She gave me my first big break—hiring me at 22 to be the Sous Chef at her famous Napa Valley restaurant, Mustards Grill—and I was an avid student. After working 18 hour days six

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Comida Latina, Recipes, Sandwiches, Snacks, Sweets

Mexican Hot Chocolate Waffle Iron Sandwich

July 14, 2015

My son shoved a wad of gum in his eye the other day. We were about halfway into our road trip from Grand Forks when I noticed my normally rambunctious but all the sudden curiously quiet child making pulling motions from the top section of his face. I turned around to see his eye sealed shut by a spider web of pink bubble gum. I pulled over at the next exit and got out of the car. The Professor (who happened to be following us) pulls up behind and got out too. “What’s going on?” he asks. I will preface my response by saying as a parent you find yourself saying a lot of sentences made up of words you

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