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“We Are Still Here!” Indigenous Peoples March Is Heading to D.C. this Friday

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MARCH IN WASHINGTON, DC WILL OCCUR ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019 (DAY BEFORE THE WOMEN’S’ MARCH ON WASHINGTON) 8AM GATHERING LOCATION: BUILDING OF INTERIOR AFFAIRS 1849 C STREET NW, WASHINGTON, DC 9 AM PRAYER 10AM MARCH ROUTE: EAST ON C STREET NW , SOUTH ON 18TH ST NW CROSSING OVER ON CONSTITUTION AVE NW TO JFK HOCKEY FIELD (NATIONAL MALL) 11AM – 5PM RALLY LOCATION: 1964 INDEPENDENCE AVE SW, WASHINGTON, DC 20227 WEAR COMFORTABLE AND WARM CLOTHING BRING BLANKETS/CHAIRS FOR RALLY PORTION AND COMFORTABILITY REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE RAIN/SNOW OR SHINE NO CANCELLATIONS THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MARCH IN WASHINGTON DC IS A GRASSROOT EFFORT COMPRISED OF DOZENS OF INDEPENDENT COORDINATORS AT THE STATE AND TRIBAL LEVEL. THE EFFORT IS HELMED BY A COALITION OF ORGANIZATIONS, TRIBAL COUNCILS, ACTIVISTS, INFLUENCERS, MEDIA AND YOUTH LEADERS COMMITTEE TO MAKE SURE THIS MARCH IS A SUCCESS. THE PROGRAM ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019 WILL FEATURE VOICES FROM ALL INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND NATIONS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THE INJUSTICES AFFECTING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. ALSO TO BE FEATURING CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS OF …

Leti’s Carrot 🥕 Cake Recipe

Bienvenidos Mí Genté!! Today I want to share my Carrot 🥕 Cake 🧁 recipe with y’all. Haven’t post anything about baking in awhile so I figured since I was in a baking mood I’d share this with you. Baking gives me a kind of relaxing feeling, I just turn my music 🎶 up and start doing my thing in the kitchen. Food is made different ways but I prefer to make mine with love ❤️. When you cook or bake with love the food just tastes better than if you just cook because you’re hungry or you have to. So, I started with the cake 🍰 mix and mixed everything together as directed but with my own added twist to it. It’s good to follow the directions 🧭 but you can always add your own spin on it. Recipe Calls For: 3 Eggs 🥚 1 1/4 Water 💦 HOT 1/4 Vegetable 🌽 Oil My Spin: 2 TBS Cinnamon or Cinnamon Sugar 1/3 Cup Vanilla Extract Icing: Whipped Butter Créame Cake 🍰 Or Cupcakes: Whether you’re …

How I Stay Healthy

A lot of factors play a role in staying healthy. In turn, good health can decrease your risk of developing certain conditions. These include heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and injuries. Learn what you can do to maintain your health. I am amazed by how many people I meet who are in poor health. Wander around in a crowd at an event or in a shopping mall and people just don’t look good. Worse, talk to people and listen to their long list of ailments. People are out of shape, weigh too much, and have little energy. In this blog I’m going to share with you how I stay healthy. 1) Eat properly Obesity is a huge issue in this country, pun intended.  Over two thirds of Americans are overweight and 36% are obese!  Further 32% of children and adolescents are overweight.  This is unbelievable.  As recently as a generation ago you would rarely see obese people.  For sure, some of this is hereditary.  But most of the issues are due to poor diet and …

Puerto Rican Mofongo Turkey Stuffing

Prep15min Total35min Ingredients8 Servings 8 8 Ingredients 12 ozs of bacon cut into fine pieces Save $ Frying oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 green plantains 4 mashed garlic cloves 1/4 cup green pepper 1/4 cup red pepper Salt and pepper to taste In a pan, stirfry the bacon in oil until crunchy, stirring it constantly to prevent over burning. Remove from heat and cook the onions in the same oil. 2 Peel the plantains and them into one-inch pieces. Fry until soft on all sides. Mash them with the garlic and place them in a bowl. Season and mix with the onions and bacon until unifom, add peppers and stuff turkey. 3 If you choose to serve as a side, keep warm until ready to serve. The onions and oil will keep it moist and prevent it from over drying.

Pumpkin Arroz con Leche

  15 min Total 30 min Ingredients 12 Servings 4 12 Ingredients 3 1/2 cups whole milk 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground 2 cloves 1 cinnamon stick 1 cup Arborio rice 7.5 ozs pumpkin puree 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup packed brown sugar Orange zest for garnish Pepitas for garnish 1 In a heavy saucepan, combine milk, salt, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon over medium heat. Bring to a slow simmer. 2 Add rice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Let simmer, stirring occasionally until rice is tender; approximately 20 minutes. 3 Uncover and fold in pumpkin puree, sugar and vanilla until completely combined. Cook for 5 more minutes. Cover and remove from heat. Discard cinnamon sticks and cloves. Let cool. 4 To serve, garnish with orange zest and pepitas.  

Puerto Rican Coquito Cheesecake

  Prep 15 min Total 1 hr 15 min Ingredients 17 Servings 8 17 Ingredients For the coquito: 12 oz coconut milk 8.5 oz coconut cream 12 oz evaporated milk 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 cinnamon sticks 1 cup white rum (optional) For the cheesecake: 1 1/2 cups Graham crackers, ground 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour 1/2 cup condensed milk 1 cup coquito drink 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground clove 1/2 cup sugar For the coquito: In a blender, process all ingredients. You can make an alcohol-free version without rum. 2 For the cheesecake: Preheat oven to 350°F. 3 Combine ground Graham crackers with softened butter. Pour into a spring-loaded 7-inch mold and press firmly into the bottom to create the crust. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool. 4 In a blender, combine cream cheese, flour, condensed milk, coquito drink, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and sugar. 5 Pour into the mold and bake for 45 …

Puerto Rican Pastelon Lasagna

  Prep 30 min Total 1 hr 15 min Ingredients 12 Servings 6 12 Ingredients 6 ripe maduro 1/3 cup vegetable oil + 2 teaspoons 2 lbs ground meat 1 teaspoon dry oregano 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder (or to taste) Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons sofrito 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 seasoning package 1/3 cup green olives stuffed with pepper 1 cup quesillo or grated mozzarella cheese (optional) 4 slightly beaten eggs   Peel the bananas and slice them length-wise. 2 Heat up 1/3 cup oil in a pan and fry the bananas until they’re golden brown. Drain them on a paper towel and set aside. 3 In another pan, heat a tablespoon of oil and fry the meat until it changes color. Season with the oregano, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. 4 In another pan, use the extra tablespoon oil to fry the sofrito with the tomato paste, the seasoning, and olives. Add the cooked meat and finish cooking. Fix the seasoning if you think it’s necessary. Set aside. 5 Preheat the oven …

Pastelillos de Guayaba

INGREDIENTES 5 oz. de queso blanco ECONO 5 oz. de pasta de guayaba ECONO 1 pqte. de hojaldre para empanadas ½ taza de nueces tostadas PROCEDIMIENTO ¡Convierte tu cocina en una fábrica de sabor para tu familia! Aprende a preparar unos ricos Pastelillos de Guayaba y ¡disfruta el proceso! Calienta el horno a 400 �? F. Con un cortador de galletas redondo de 1¾ de diámetro, corta cuatro círculos en cada ronda de hojaldre (48 rondas). Divide los círculos que cortaste, equitativamente entre las bandejas de hornear forradas con papel de pergamino. Deja una pulgada de espacio entre cada ronda. Hornea hasta que estén ligeramente dorados y soplados (alrededor de 8 minutos). Con la parte de atrás de una cuchara pequeña, presiona hacia abajo los centros de los pasteles calientes (para hacer hendiduras). Coloca una pieza de queso blanco y de la pasta de guayaba, en cada hendidura. Hornea hasta que la guayaba y el queso estén suaves y derretidos, (alrededor de 8 minutos). Transfiere los pastelitos a la rejilla para enfriar. Deja reposar hasta …

Tarta de yogur, parecida al cheese cake 🍰🇵🇷

The story is that a long time ago on a small and enchanted little island, Guava met Cream Cheese. Guava noticed Cream Cheese first and was very taken with how smooth and understated he was, although Guava had heard that Cream Cheese could be a little sour on occasion. Suddenly Cream Cheese looked up and their eyes met. Cream Cheese couldn’t help but notice Guava because of her bright red dress. He walked across the room toward her with a smooth and seamless strut. Cream Cheese took Guava’s hand and introduced himself. She gave him a sweet smile. From then on Guava and Cream Cheese were inseparable. They were the perfect pair of sweet with a touch of sour, and they lived happily ever after. Ingredientes 150 gr. de galletas 60 gr. de mantequilla 3 yogures griegos sin azúcar 1 lata de leche condensada mermelada de fresas Un postre rápido y fácil de hacer, pues requiere pocos ingredientes, a la vez que económicos. Os lo recomendamos para aquellos que no seáis grandes amigos del queso …

Bacalaitos Puertorriqueños 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷

Como hacer bacalaitos Puertorriqueños https://youtu.be/db9C8JjSZTQ Ingredientes 1 libra de bacalao 1/4 pimientos rojos 1/4 cebolla cortada en pedacitos 1 mano de cilantro fresco 3 dientes de ajo fresco machacado 1 sobre de sazon con culantro y achiote 1 cucharadita de pimienta negra 3 tazas de harina de trigo sal al gusto o sazonador de sal 4 tazas de agua o agua dependiendo de como prefieras el bacalaito aceite para freir

Puerto Rican Guava Cheese Appetizer 🇵🇷

I tried this recipe and simply loved the flavor. The cheese and guava paste go very well together. For my guava and cheese recipe, I tend to use Extra Sharp Cheddar because it just gives this excellent flavor to my guava snack that makes you want to eat more and more! Now, let’s go check out these fabulous recipes, shall we?   5 minutes Ingredients ∙ Serves 20 Condiments 1 (22 ounce) can Guava paste Dairy 1(16 ounce) package Cheddar cheese, sharp Other 20Toothpicks Directions Skewer one cube of the guava paste and one cube of cheddar cheese on a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining guava paste and cheddar cheese cubes. Refrigerate until serving time.

In The Kitchen With Chrissy 🇵🇷

Arroz con Habichuela y Tostones 🤗Bienvenido!! Today, I want to share a recipe by my good friend Chrissy. This is an authentic easy to make quick delicious dinner. A little about Chrissy: “I’m from NJ but I was raised in Carolina PR because my parents are from there and I lived between Nj and Carolina PR until I moved to LA.” “I am a Puerto Rican Actress y Singer 🎭. In my free time I’m all about spending time in my kitchen, I love to cook 👩🏾‍🍳. It is actually one of my most favorite hobbies. Cooking is an art. The process of preparing a meal is creative, therapeutic and is a gift to those you share it with.” Below, I have written out everything you need to know and put on your grocery list to make these delicious recipes. I hope you will try them and that you enjoy them as much as we do making them and posting about them. Bien Provecho! Puerto Rican Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas) READY IN: 3hrs 15mins SERVES: 6 …

Puerto Rico Strong Update On What My Isla Is Doing Now 🇵🇷♥️🇵🇷

Hola y Bienvenidos! I’d like to welcome you back today to update you on what is currently happening on my isla. Puerto Rico is truly made of strong people. We are survivors! SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Saddled with economic problems and its own damage from Hurricane Irma, Puerto Rico is taking thousands of refugees from the U.S. Virgin Islands whose homes were destroyed by the storm, with a cruise ship carrying up to 2,000 more which set sail for the U.S. territory on Wednesday. Government-led missions have also been evacuating people from the islands to Puerto Rico. Some 1,200 mostly American citizens, have been carried from Saint Martin and Saint Thomas in six C130 aircraft, and more than 50 patients have been airlifted to Puerto Rican hospitals, officials said. Visibly shaken residents from St. Martin and the Virgin Islands arrived on Tuesday on U.S. military aircraft, bringing tales of terrifying winds and a breakdown of law and order. FAJARDO, P.R. — Puerto Rico, dealt only a glancing blow by Hurricane Irma, has become an …

Puerto Rico’s Hidden Treasure: Gozalandia San Sebastian

Bienvenido! I’d like to thank you for joining me as I take you on a quick tour of one of my islands most hidden treasures. Some call it heaven on earth it is so beautiful! What if I told you there’s a place in Puerto Rico that you’ve probably never heard of or read about? A place that’s so beautiful you want to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming? It’s hard to imagine that there are still parts of Puerto Rico that are off the beaten path. But there are. And one of those places are the Gozalandia Waterfalls in San Sebastian, on the western side of Puerto Rico. Gozalandia or Las Cataratas or El RobleWaterfall in San Sebastian is sometimes called the secret waterfall even though it is actually on a couple of the official Puerto Rico tourism maps. I guess it is not that secret after all! The Double Waterfalls of Gozalandia, both an Upper and Lower Waterfall, make for one of the best waterfall trips in Puerto Rico. You won’t see signs for the Gozalandia Waterfalls …

How To Cut Your Period Short 101

Welcome Ladies to: How To Cut Your Period Short 101 So…..yea grab a seat and get comfy ladies, class is now in session figuratively speaking. I’m sure most of you already know how this is done, but for those of you who don’t you’re about to get schooled really quickly. Why would you want to stop your period for one day or maybe all together? There are lots of good reasons that any woman would consider it. Maybe it is your birthday tomorrow, or you are planning a special evening with your boyfriend, but you can’t enjoy yourself because you are experiencing bleeding and cramps? Maybe you suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and you want to reduce or eliminate your symptoms? There are even ways to consider how to stop your period, permanently. Every woman and therefore every period is different. Not all of the tips will work for every woman. Try a few and see what has the best effect on you. If you are experiencing pain or heavy bleeding, go and see a …

🇲🇽Cinco de Mayo🇲🇽

Bienvenido! Do, you know what Cinco de Mayo stands for or better yet what it represents? Most Americans use this Mexican holiday to drink get wasted and eat Mexican food. But, to be quit frank they have no earthly idea what it means to our Mexican heritage. I’m going to give you a quick history lesson for those of you who have no idea.  So, grab a seat and maybe a cerveza and prepare to have you mind blown. During the French-Mexican War (1861-1867), an outnumbered Mexican army defeats a powerful invading French force at the small town of Puebla de Los Angeles. The retreat of the French troops at the Battle of Puebla represented a great moral victory for the people of Mexico, symbolizing the country’s ability to defend its sovereignty against a powerful foreign nation. Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo Though not a major strategic victory in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s victory at Puebla galvanized Mexican resistance, and six years later France withdrew. Later that same year, Austrian …

La Parrilla Restaurant, Luquillo, Puerto Rico

Bienvenido! I’d like to introduce you to one of the most delicious restaurants in Luquillo PR. La Parrilla, is I’d have to say one of the best spots to get fresh caught seafood and very friendly service! When you walk into this restaurant you’re greeted very warmly and by large salt water fish tanks filled with the largest lobsters you’ve ever seen. Jajajajaja! They say everything’s bigger in TX, nah they haven’t been to Luquillo! The La Parrilla has the best and the biggest lobsters every seen, service is outstanding and I certainly can see why its rated one of the best in the Rio Grande area. Its a must go to and revisit restaurant for sure. This place was highly recommend to me. It’s located in a strip mall of small kiosks shops. I have nothing but amazing things to say about this place. The restaurant seems pricey, but mainly because the portion is huge, their seafood fresh, and other dishes delicious too. I told my waiter the lobster dish I want, how big …

Bienvenido a Flamenco Beach, Culebra, PR

We live in a beautiful world created by a master hand, we can find majesty in many corners of the world.  There are places, that seem to have been sprinkled with special qualities unfound anywhere else on the planet; the tiny island of Culebra is one of those places.  To those that know Culebra, it’s a secret they both love and hate to share.  Culebra offers the solitude and tranquility of a place that even though is not far, certainly feels like a world away. Culebra is located 27 km (17 miles) east of Puerto Rico and 19 km (12 miles) west to Saint Thomas, its dimensions are about 11 km (7 miles) long and 5 km (3.5 miles) wide. Its total area including surrounding Cays is 7,000 acres. This small island is known as “Isla Chiquita” (small island) and “Ultima Virgen” (last virgin). Culebra was founded on October 27, 1880 by Cayetano Escudero. Culebra original names were “Isla Pasaje” and “Isla de San Idelfonso” in honor of Bishop San Idelfonso de la Culebra. Cayetano Escudero was the …

A Very Merry Borikén Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa not a creature was stirring, not even a Coquí. The children were tucked in their beds fast asleep in hopes Papa Noel soon would be there. Christmas in Puerto Rico starts early on, for some it starts right after Thanksgiving, which is the Advent or the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day.  There are many celebrations that make “Navidad en Puerto Rico” such a special time, the most famous traditions?: The “parrandas”or “asaltos navideños” especially on Christmas Eve and “Los Tres Reyes.” The Epiphany is the main celebration. On January 6 “Los Reyes” or The Three Wise Men arrive to bring offerings to baby Jesus. Christmas day, meaning “Nochebuena” is another celebration but not as important as The Three Kings. Here’s a few ways we celebrate: Attend a Misa de Aguinaldo From December 15-24, churches conduct misas de aguinaldo, masses held at dawn featuring the singing of aguinaldos, which are Puerto Rican versions of Christmas Carols. Catch a Parranda A parranda is the local translation of …

Christmas 🎄Spice Rum 🍰Cake

Prep Time: 30 Minutes Difficulty: Easy Cook Time: 1 Hours Servings: 12 Servings Ingredients FOR THE CAKE: 1 box (about 18 Oz.) Yellow Cake Mix 1 package (3.5 Oz.) INSTANT Vanilla Pudding Mix 4 whole Eggs 1/2 cup Cold Water 1/2 cup Canola Oil 1/2 cup Rum (dark Or Light Is Fine)(Bacardi) 1 cup Chopped Pecans Brown Sugar (optional) _____ GLAZE 1-1/2 stick Butter 1/4 cup Water 1-1/2 cup Sugar 3/4 cups Rum (Bacardi) Instructions Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan. If desired, sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar over the nuts. Mix all cake ingredients together. Pour batter into pan over nuts. Smooth out ’til the top is even. Bake for 1 hour, or a little less if the pan is black. Do not overbake! Glaze: While cake has ten minutes to go, make the glaze. Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Turn off flame and pour in rum. …

Budín de Pan 🍮

Ingredients: 1 bag of sliced bread 3 eggs 1-12oz can of evaporated milk 1/3 cup of coconut milk 1 cup of granulated sugar 4 tablespoons of butter 2 tablespoons of condensed milk 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 1/2 cup of raisins (optional) Directions Tear sliced bread by hand and place in a bowl. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Add butter along with all remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well with a mixer until smooth. This La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk is one of my secret ingredients. It helps sweeten it plus helps give the Budín de Pan a smoother texture. used a 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ glass pan and sprayed it with non-stick spray. Bake for 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes depending on your oven. To make sure it’s done use the toothpick method and poke the middle. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Once you let it cool, flip the pan upside down to get the Budín de Pan out. This is what it will look like …

Puerto Rican Rice Pudding (arroz Con Dulce)

Total Time 45mins Prep 45 mins Cook 0 mins Ingredients Nutrition Servings 6-8 Units US 2 cups rice 2 cups water 1⁄2 cup shredded sweetened coconut 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk (pref. Coco Lopez) 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk 6 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 cup raisins Directions Cook the rice with water according to package directions until the liquid has just been absorbed (rice will not be thoroughly cooked). Remove from heat. Warm the three milks with the cinnamon stick, cloves and ginger over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring often. Add the milk, raisins and shredded coconut to the rice and simmer until the rice is soft, about 10-15 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and cloves. Pour the rice into a low serving dish or platter. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired. Can be served warm or cold.

Make It A White Christmas With Eggnog Fudge

Mmm more eggnog deliciousness coming out of the kitchen! I am enamored with the flavor of eggnog being infused into baked goods – all that great flavor, without actually drinking it (it just seems way too thick to me!). Has anyone given the Eggnog Cheesecake Bars a try yet? I could totally see having those for breakfast on Christmas morning   I mean, it’s sort like a Danish, right?? Now onto this amazing fudge… By far the most texture-perfect fudge I have made to date. It’s smooth, creamy and melts in your mouth. Not to mention packed with delicious eggnog flavor, spiked with nutmeg and some rum extract. Definitely a must-add to your holiday cookie trays! Yield: 64 pieces Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Total: 8 hours 30 minutes This is a quasi-easy fudge recipe has a white chocolate base, but isn’t overpowered by the sometimes too-sweet flavor, thanks to a large dose of eggnog, butter and nutmeg. The marshmallow creme gives it a fabulous consistency. Like any fudge, this one involves pretty much …

Vanilla Rum Bundt

Ingredients: Cake 2 cups flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 cup butter, cold 1 (3 1/2 ounce) package vanilla flavor instant pudding and pie filling mix 4 eggs 1/2 cup rum 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup oil 1 tablespoon vanilla Glaze 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup rum 1/2 cup water 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla   Procedure: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray your bundt pan with Pam or oil. Then dust it with flour to ensure your cake comes out of the pan intact In a large mixing bowl stir together your flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and instant pudding. Slice the stick of butter lengthwise twice, rotate the stick and slice lengthwise twice more. looking at the end you should have 9 relatively equal size squares. Now slice the butter crosswise so as to make small cubes of butter. Add these to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. These cubes of butter should not mix in but spread evenly throughout …

Brazo Gitano

  Ingredients 5 separate eggs 1/4 c. flour 1/4 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 4 tbsp. sifted confectioners’ sugar 1 tbsp. superfine sugar* 1 c. heavy cream, whipped 1 1/4 tsp. rum extract or real rum coconut shavings Directions Start by preheating your oven to 350F. Butter a 15 x 8-inch baking pan and line with baking parchment paper or wax paper. Butter well again, and dust lightly with 2 tablespoons of the confectioners’ sugar. Beat egg yolks only and 1/4 cup sugar until thick and smooth. Stir in the flour, and vanilla extract and blend well. Whip egg whites until stiff, but not dry and fold into yolk and flour mixture. Pour batter into the pan and spread out evenly. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then turn onto a cloth to cool. After 10 minutes peel paper off. Combine whipped cream, rum and sugar. Adjust to your own taste. Spread over cake and roll cake like a jellyroll, starting with the long edge. Sprinkle with remaining confectioners’ sugar and add …

Polvorones

Ingredients 2 1/2 c. flour 1/2 c. butter 1/2 c. Crisco shortening 1/2 c. sugar 1 tbsp. almond extract non-pareil sprinkles Directions Pre-heat oven to 350 F. In a deep bowl, cream together the butter and Crisco. Add the sugar slowly to the mix and mix well. Now add the almond extract and mix well. Now add the flour little by little until the mix is hard to stir. Take the dough, form small balls until all is used. Place the small balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and press the center to make a very small well. Place some (grageas)non-pareil sprinkles in the center of the cookie well. Place the cookies in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden. DO NOT over cook. Let them cool before eating them. Tips Try the different toppings including guava and mango small pieces.

☃️Christmas🎅🏼 Stress 🎄Free

The holidays are here, with wall-to-wall shoppers at the supermarket. Who wants to have to join them? Please, don’t everyone raise their hand at once. Right, that’s what I thought you’re probably sitting there reading this and rolling your eyes at the thought of all the Christmas hustle n’ bustle! Makes two of us. Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas, what I don’t love is the horrible traffic, the fighting over a parking space, the long store lines, the rude and pushy shoppers and especially can’t stand the rudeness and lack of customer service from store employees who’d rather be anywhere else than ringing up your purchases! Now on to something a bit less dramatic….as we all know well, The Family Room is the heart of the home, and never more so than during the holiday season.  Am, I right!? The Family Room is the most used place in the house besides the kitchen and the restrooms. We’ll clean and organize this central area of family life as we begin to think ahead to …

Thanksgiving Puerto Rican Style🦃🇵🇷

Even though Thanksgiving was not always a traditional holiday on the island, many Puerto Rican families calling the States home began celebrating it by adding a touch of Sabor Latino. Puerto Ricans weren’t really part of the original festivities, but they have embraced it eagerly. They’ve also put their twist on this classic American tradition. A traditional Puerto Rican Thanksgiving menu will likely consist of Pavochon, Mofongo stuffing, Arroz con Gandules (rice with pigeon peas), Tostones, and Tembleque or dulce de leche. Two Days or One Day Before: To thaw your bird slow you can stick it in the refrigerator two days before or for fast thawing submerge it in it’s wrapping (DO NOT take wrapping off) in your tub or a deep sink in cold water. Make sure the entire bird is submerged. The bigger the bird the longer it’ll take to thaw. A big turkey like the ones I cook usually take 2 days to thaw out in the refrigerator. The Day Before: Season your bird with Adobo, inside and out. Be generous. …

Easy Mini Pumpkin Pies

Prep Time 10 min Total Time 50 min Servings 12 Ready in 50 minutes, these delicious mini pumpkin pies topped with whipped topping are a wonderful dessert – that’s made using Original Bisquick® mix. Ingredients 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) 1/2 cup Original Bisquick™ mix 1/2 cup sugar 3/4 cup evaporated milk 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 1 cup Cool Whip™ frozen whipped topping, thawed, if desired Directions 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray. 2 In medium bowl, stir all ingredients except whipped topping until blended. Pour 1/4 cup of mixture into each muffin cup. 3 Bake about 30 minutes or until muffin tops are golden brown and edges are starting to pull away from sides of pan. Cool 10 minutes. With thin knife, loosen sides of pies from pan; remove from pan and place top sides up on cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes longer, and serve with 1 generous tablespoonful whipped topping.  

Pecan Pie

Total Time: 4 hr 10 min Prep: 20 min Inactive: 3 hr Cook: 50 min   Yield: 12 servings Level: Easy Ingredients Pie Crust: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup vegetable shortening or lard 3/4 cup salted butter, cut into pieces 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar Filling: 1 cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 cup corn syrup (light or dark) 1/3 cup melted salted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 whole eggs beaten 1 cup (heaping) chopped pecans   Directions First, whip up the pie crust: Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the vegetable shortening and salted butter. Work the butter into the flour using a dough cutter until the mixture resembles tiny pebbles. Add the egg, 5 tablespoons cold water and the white vinegar. Stir until just combined. Divide the dough in half and chill until needed. (You will only need one half for this recipe, reserve the other half for another use.) Next make the filling: Mix the granulated …

Thanksgiving….The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Thanksgiving is upon us, and if popular culture is to be believed, many parents and their adult children look forward to the holiday with a mix of pleasure and worry about how everyone will get along.For those still wavering about whether to head home for Thanksgiving (is my family the only group of procrastinators?) or – having agreed to go – are now dreading it, some words of advice: Go on, make the trip. Thanksgiving travel is a nightmare. But it’s worth suffering through. And, once you get there, bury the hatchet. For some families, holidays are just another excuse to get together to eat good food and to have a good time. They’re not looking for articles like this one because they’ve somehow figured out the formula for successful family togetherness with minimum stress.     Sure, your brother-in-law brags too much, your sister whines, your dad is distant and your mom will spend the whole visit harping on you for your myriad shortcomings. But, don’t forget, they each have good sides as well. …

Latin Americas New Year’s Eve Traditions

It’s time say good-bye to the old! But oh, if only it were that simple. Sure, people from all over the world party on New Year’s Eve, but folks across Latin America and Spain have a special set of traditions and rituals to ring in the new year. Sure, we know people like to kiss their loved ones when midnight strikes, and that custom has spread worldwide, but what many don’t know is that us Latinos have a few tricks up our sleeves to guarantee that we have an outstanding new year! While some of the traditions below are unique to specific countries, many are celebrated by various nations, as well as by Latinos here in the U.S. Latin Americans not only bid farewell to another year gone by but make sure the next one will be even better. These traditions vary from family to family, but every Latino has at least heard or done one in their lifetime. From carefully coordinating your underwear to setting lots of stuff on fire (always fun, right?). So …

Cherry Pie Made Easy

Tastes so good makes a grown man cry…..Sweet Cherry Pie! You’ve never had a cherry pie this good—an incredible sour cherry filling, a light and flaky crust, and vanilla ice cream to top it all off. You won’t find another quick easy peasy Cherry Pie recipe! Nothing better than easy, quick and delicious! 25 min prep time 1 hr 10 min total time 4 ingredients 8 servings Ingredients  1 box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box 2 cans (21 oz each) cherry pie filling 1 teaspoon milk 1 teaspoon sugar Steps 1 Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crusts as directed on box for Two-Crust Pie, using 9-inch glass pie plate. 2 Spoon pie filling into crust-lined plate. Top with second crust; seal edge and flute. Brush top crust with milk; sprinkle with sugar. Cut slits in several places on top crust. 3 Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. After 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. …

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

For me no bake cheesecakes are the way to go on most occasions. While I love a good baked version from time to time, no bake is just easier and way less work. That just works better for me. I swear I think cheesecake might qualify as a food group. It’s the perfect food after all. Creamy and light, full of delicious flavors ranging from fruit to chocolate. It’s sheer perfection. Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 1 pan I have to say I like all flavors of cheesecake. Blueberry, raspberry, cherry, lemon, strawberry, chocolate, you name it I’ve made it. In fact I’ve likely made multiple versions of some. Cheesecake is an easy go-to recipe when you have company or want to bring something to an event. It’s easy to make, it goes a long way and it’s a total crowd pleaser. Ingredients 2 cups graham crumbs 6 tablespoons butter, melted 2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup of sugar 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 can (450 ml) cherry pie filling Instructions Line an 8 …

Simon & Garfunkel Stuffing

Makes: 8 servings Prep: 30 mins Bake: 1 hr 10 mins Ingredients 1 1 pound loaf  country white bread, torn into 3/4-inch pieces (about 10 cups) 1 stick (4 oz.) butter 2 onions, chopped 4 ribs celery, chopped Salt and pepper 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 2 eggs 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme Directions Place racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 300 degrees . Divide the bread between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Bake, stirring bread and switching sheets halfway through baking, until bread is toasted, about 20 minutes. Let cool; transfer to a large bowl. Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees . In a skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, 1 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, about 8 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk together the broth and the eggs. Pour over the bread. Add the vegetables and herbs; …

Cranberry Sauce

Serves: Makes 2 cups or 8 (1/4-cup) servings. 5 mins Prep time 15 mins Cook time Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 package (12 ounces) fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel, (optional) 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract Directions  Mix sugar and water in medium saucepan. Bring to boil on medium-high heat. Add cranberries, cinnamon and orange peel; return to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 minutes or until cranberries burst and sauce begins to thicken, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cooking tip Make Ahead: Cranberry sauce can be prepared up to 1 week ahead. Store in refrigerator. Stir before serving. Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce: Prepare as directed, using 1/2 teaspoon each McCormick® Ground Ginger and McCormick® Pure Orange Extract in place of the cinnamon, grated orange peel and vanilla.

🦃All About 🦃

Talking Turkey A golden brown roast turkey that’s moist and savory is truly the centerpiece of the holiday table. Whether you are planning on serving the traditional roast turkey or would like to try something with a creative flavor twist, we’ve got the perfect tips for you. Turkey Flavor Tips For flavorful turkey, brush the turkey breast with oil. Rub a seasoning mixture all over the turkey, as well as under the skin. It’s easy to make your own blend. Try including a combination of flavors, such as Poultry Seasoning, Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, Rubbed Sage, Garlic Powder, Seasoned Salt or Ground Black Pepper. A little Ground Nutmeg will add a warm twist; while a sprinkle of Smoked Paprika will give your turkey a flavor and color boost. Want to add some sweet to that savory bird? Make a glaze with 1 cup apricot preserves, 1/2 cup orange juice and 2 tablespoons honey. Spoon over turkey during last 5 minutes of roasting. When brining your turkey, substitute apple cider, craft beer or Kitchen Basics Chicken …

Sancocho Puertorriqueno

Ingredients: (Servicio para 4 personas) 1/2 libra de carne de res (masa) – sin grasa ni pellejo 1/4 libra de carne y hueso de cerdo – sin grasa ni pellejo 1 1/2 litro de agua 1 cucharada de sal 1 cebolla pequeña 1 aji dulce, sin semillas 1 tomate 2 hojas de culantro 1/2 pimiento verde, fresco y sin semillas 1 mazorca de maíz tierno 1/4 libra de yautia blanca 1/4 libra de yautia amarilla 1/4 libra de batatas 1/4 libra de calabaza 1/4 libra de papas 1/4 libra de ñame 1 plátano maduro 1 plátano verde 1/4 taza de salsa de tomate 2 dientes de ajo   Procedure: Corte las carnes en pedazos. Lave el hueso. En una olla grande pongahervir el agua y 1/2 cucharada de sal. Corte en pedazos la cebolla, eltomate, el pimiento, el aji y la mazorca, agréguelos a la olla, junto con las hojas de culantro, los pedazos de carne y el hueso. Cueza con la olla destapada a fuego alto hasta hervir. Ponga el fuego a temperatura moderada, …

Pavo Salvadoreño

Buen dia! So, if I may I’d like to introduce you to a holiday favorite of mine. Yes, I know what you must be thinking….I thought she was Puerto Rican!? Ok, let me explain my in laws are from El Salvador and it is a yearly family tradition. I think that it’s a wonderful twist on the American holiday. Pavo, or turkey, is a popular Christmas meal in El Salvador. Salvadoran immigrants to the U.S. often serve it for Thanksgiving as well. The Salvadoran version of roast turkey has a variety of vegetables and spices that are roasted along with the turkey in the roasting pan. This tasty mixture is then pureed and served as a rich sauce to accompany the turkey. (Salvadoran roast turkey with sauce) Cold leftover slices of turkey with a little sauce are served in sandwiches called pavo con pan. Other words for turkey in Central America and Mexico are guajolote, chompipe and chumpe. Enough for about 8 to 10 people Ingredients Whole turkey, with giblets — 11 to 13 pounds …

Do You Know How Much Food You Need To Make?

Welcome Back! Thank you for coming. As, you maybe or may not be aware, the countdown to Thanksgiving is on, and though everyone should be totally stoked for it (what’s not to love about a holiday that revolves around stuffing your face?), Turkey Day often brings with it a serious dose of stress. Dreaming of all that turkey, pie, potatoes, and leftovers are ah-mazing in the moment, but they don’t just magically appear on your table. That’s right I said thing you don’t want to hear. But, hey Mami you really need to get up and get started! A lot of blood, sweat, and OK, I admit it, tears, goes into making that feast happen, so I wanted to try to make things a tad bit easier for you, by making this handy chart that totally takes the guesswork out of just how much food you need to make for all your guests. Or perhaps you are trying to figure out how many pies you need, how big of a turkey you need to buy, …

Thanksgiving Is Around The Corner, And The Time To Plan Your Turkey Day Is Now

Now that Halloween is over, all people can think about is the holiday season. If you are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner, you may feel a lot of pressure and still be in the planning stages of pulling off a perfect meal. No sooner did last Thanksgiving end, and then here we are again, deciding what to serve, how to cook it and what to drink. It worked out pretty well in 2015, didn’t it?  And the year before that, and past years. At the time you probably felt like things didn’t go exactly as planned. Am I, right!? Well Girlfriend guess what? It did, and in fact maybe even so without a hitch! Here we are again my friends another Thanksgiving holiday. So, we all know the history of Thanksgiving, right? Well if not here’s a reminder, in 1621 the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by …

Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Salted Caramel Sauce

Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Yield: 10 servings Ingredients For the cake: 3 cups sifted cake flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon. baking soda 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup Plugra unsalted butter 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 4 eggs, at room temperature 1/4 cup bourbon 1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature For the cake soak: 1/2 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoons bourbon For the frosting: 1 cup Plugra unsalted butter, room temperature 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 4-6 cups powdered sugar For the salted caramel sauce: 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons water 4 tablespoons Plugra unsalted butter 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup finely chopped pecans Instructions For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place an oven rack in the center position. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and both sugars …

Roast Turkey with Chestnut-Apple Stuffing

Total Time: 5:30 Cook: 1:15 Level: Moderate Yield: 10 to 12 servings Ingredients Turkey 1 turkey kosher salt 2 stick unsalted butter 2 tbsp. sage 1 small shallot Freshly ground pepper 3 celery ribs 2 medium carrots 1 small onion 2 c. turkey or chicken stock or low-sodium broth Stuffing 1 lb. country bread 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 3 celery ribs 1 medium onion 3 Fuji apples Reserved turkey giblets ¼ c. Parsley 2 tbsp. sage 1 tbsp. thyme 2 tsp. rosemary 2 c. peeled roasted chestnuts 2 c. turkey or chicken stock or low-sodium broth salt Freshly ground pepper Directions Rinse turkey inside and out under cold water and pat it thoroughly dry with paper towels. Season cavity with 1 tablespoon of kosher salt and season outside with 3 tablespoons of kosher salt. Cover and refrigerate turkey overnight. Remove turkey from refrigerator and pat dry with paper towels. In a bowl, blend butter, sage, and shallot, and season with salt and pepper. Starting at cavity end of bird, slip your hand between skin …

Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad

Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 6 cups baby spinach 1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced 1/2 cup pecan halves 1/3 cup pomegranate arils 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese For the lemon vinaigrette 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1 lemon, juiced and zested 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon poppy seeds Directions: To make the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and poppy seeds in a small bowl; set aside. Coupons To assemble the salad, place spinach in a large bowl; top with apple, pecans, pomegranate arils, cranberries and goat cheese. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Drizzle

Yield: any size cake you want Total Time: 3 hours Ingredients: Apple Spice Cake (this recipe makes one 6 inch cake) 1 cup flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp cloves 1/4 tsp allspice 1/2 stick butter, room temperature 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce Vanilla Bean Buttercream 2 stick butter, room temperature 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1 tsp vanilla paste (or extract or vanilla bean pods) 5-7 cups powdered sugar Caramel Drizzle 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 tbsp butter, unsalted 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 6 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp light corn syrup 1 tbsp water Directions: Apple Spice Cake Preheat the oven to 350º F. Using butter, grease the bottom and sides of an 6 inch round cake pan or springform pan and line the bottom with a round piece of parchment paper. To ensure even baking, place a bake even strip around the pan. You can make your own homemade bake even strip by cutting a …

5 Tasty Halloween Treats

Halloween falls this year on Monday 31 October, and people everywhere will be frantically carving pumpkins and icing biscuits. Whether you’re planning to celebrate with a party or you just want to make some fun food at home for the kids to enjoy, these spooky recipes should give you a lot of inspiration. Whatever Halloween event you have in mind, we have you covered. From savoury to sweet, here are 6 bone-chilling Halloween recipes. 1. Mini Mummy Cookie Pops Prep Time 40 min Total Time 2 hr 15 min Servings 48 These mini cookie pops are filled with peanut butter–the perfect size for snacking! Ingredients 1 pouch Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix Butter and egg called for on cookie mix pouch 1 cup creamy peanut butter 1 package (20 oz) vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark) 72 candy eyeballs 48 (4- to 6-inch long) paper lollipop sticks Directions 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Make cookie dough as directed on cookie mix pouch. Roll level teaspoons of dough between hands to form balls. Place balls 1 inch apart …

Double Chocolate Rum Cake with Rasberry Rum Glaze Recipe

Ingredients        Cake: 1 18-½ oz package chocolate cake mix 1 3-½ oz. package chocolate instant pudding mix ½ cup rum Bacardi ¾ cup of water ½ cup of vegetable oil 3 eggs 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips Raspberry Glaze: 1 cup of raspberry preserves ½ cup rum Bacardi chocolate icing Remainder of semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 Tbsp. shortening 1 oz. white chocolate Directions Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cake mix, pudding mix, 1/2 cup of BACARDI Select Rum, water and oil in bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat at a low speed until moistened. Beat for 2 minutes at a medium speed then stir in 1 cup of chocolate chips. Pour batter into pan and cook 50 minutes. In small saucepan, heat preserves and BACARDI Select Rum. Strain through sieve to remove seeds. Place cake on serving plate and prick surface of cake with fork. Brush glaze evenly over cake, until all glaze has been absorbed. In a glass bowl combine remaining chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave on medium high until melted, about …

Apple Cider Mimosas 🍎🥂

Simple and delicious Apple Cider Mimosas are the perfect Fall cocktail! Cheers! I simply love Mimosas.  I love the simplicity.  They’re the perfect way to celebrate, start a day, or just unwind.  Nothing a little bubbly can’t fix. Did, I mention how much I love Mimosas?  I also love Apple Cider! For some reason, I never considered blending the two until now. Apple Cider Mimosas…the perfect cocktail! You only need two ingredients to make these little beauties.  It’s not rocket science.  I can’t believe it took me so long to try it! Such a success.  This is a new favorite! The next couple months are going to be SO super busy.  As you are aware the holidays are a foodies best and busiest time of year. I can’t wait for all the celebrating, baking, family time, and let’s not forget EATING…but first, a cocktail.  A delicious and simple cocktail. Afterall, who deserves it more than you? buen provecho! Ingredients Apple Cider Champagne gold and silver sprinkles for rim of glass (optional) apple slices for garnish …

Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Prep time 15 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 35 mins These one-bowl pumpkin apple muffins include plenty of pumpkin puree and sautéed cinnamon apples. Plus, they’re vegan, ridiculously moist and positively scrumptious. Recipe type: Muffin Serves: 12 muffins Ingredients 1 cup unbleached flour + 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1/3 cup old fashioned oats + extra for topping 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon + more for apples 3/4 cup pumpkin puree 1 cup almond milk 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 Tbsp canola oil 1 flax egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced 1 Tbsp non-dairy butter Instructions Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line muffin tin with paper liners. Prepare flax egg in a large bowl and set aside. Sautee apples in a skillet with non-dairy butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon until soft. Set aside. Add pumpkin puree, almond milk, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla extract to the flax egg. Carefully place flour, baking powder, baking soda, …

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Prep time 10 mins Cook time 5 mins Total time 15 mins Tender, spiced vegan pumpkin pancakes that require just 1 bowl and 20 minutes to prepare. Healthy, simple and perfect for chilly fall mornings. Recipe type: Breakfast Cuisine: Vegan Serves: 2 Ingredients 3/4-1 cup* unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 1 Tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar 1/3 cup packed pumpkin puree 1 Tbsp vegan butter (such as Earth Balance), melted (or sub grape seed or coconut oil) ½ tsp pure vanilla extract 3 Tbsp brown sugar 1 Tbsp maple syrup or agave (or sub honey if not vegan) 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp baking soda pinch salt 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (sub up to half with oat flour if desired) Instructions Preheat electric griddle to medium heat (or about 350 degrees F), or a large skillet on medium to medium-low heat on the stove stop. You want the surface to be hot but not screaming hot – oil shouldn’t burn when it hits …

Pasteles Puertorriqueños

Yield Makes 25 pasteles Ingredients For the Seasoning Base (_Recado_) 6 large tomatoes (about 3 pounds), coarsely chopped 1 medium green bell pepper (about 6 ounces), cored, seeded, deveined, and coarsely chopped 1 medium yellow onion (about 8 ounces), coarsely chopped 8 garlic cloves, peeled 20 Caribbean sweet peppers (ajíes dulces), seeded and cut in half 1/2 cup tomato sauce 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro 2 broad-leaf culantro leaves 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar 1 teaspoon dried oregano For the Cooking Sauce (_Sofrito_) 1/4 cup achiote-infused extra-virgin olive oil 8 ounces slab bacon, rind removed, cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder or butt, cut into 1/2-inch dice 1/4 cup chicken broth For the Masa 1/3 cup whole milk 1 1/2 pounds malanga, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 1 1/2 pounds green bananas, peeled and thickly sliced 1/2 green plantain, peeled (see Cooks’ notes) and thickly sliced 8 ounces calabaza (West Indian pumpkin) or Hubbard or kabocha squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes 1/4 cup achiote-infused extra-virgin olive oil …

Mallorcas

Fluffy, eggy, buttery, sweet, coiled like a snail’s shell and generously dusted with powdered sugar, Pan de Mallorca is named for its land of origin, in Spain. serves 6 Ingredients 1 (1⁄4-oz.) package active dry yeast 1⁄2 cup milk 16 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten 2 1⁄2 cups flour 1⁄4 cup sugar 1 tsp. kosher salt 6 eggs 18 slices deli ham 12 oz. sliced cheddar cheese Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting Instructions Make the rolls: Combine yeast and 1⁄4 cup water heated to 115° in a bowl; let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in milk, 4 tbsp. butter, and egg yolks until smooth. Add flour, sugar, and salt; stir until dough forms. Transfer to a work surface; knead until smooth, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Transfer dough to a floured work surface and, using a rolling pin, roll into a 18″ x 8″ rectangle. Brush with …

Mofongo con Salsa de Tomate

Mashed with bacon and garlic, this plantain dish is served with a quick tomato sauce. serves 6 Ingredients Canola oil, for frying 5 plantains, peeled, cut into 1″ chunks, soaked in hot water 3⁄4 cup chicken stock 8 oz. bacon, cut into 1⁄4″ cubes 7 cloves garlic, minced 1⁄2 cup olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 small yellow onion, minced 1 (28-oz.) can whole, peeled tomatoes, drained and crushed Shredded iceberg lettuce and tomato wedges, to serve Instructions Pour canola oil to a depth of 2″ into a 6-qt. Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 325°. Drain and dry plantains; fry until tender, about 6 minutes. Finely chop plantains in a food processor with stock; set aside. Cook bacon in a 10″ skillet over medium heat until browned, about 15 minutes. Stir bacon and fat into plantains with half the garlic and 5 tbsp. olive oil; season with salt and pepper; set mofongo aside. Heat remaining olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add …

Coquito (Puerto Rican Eggnog)

  Coconut and rum flavor tropical eggnog. makes 5 Cups Ingredients 2 cups coconut milk 2 cups Puerto Rican rum 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten Ground cinnamon and sticks, to garnish Instructions Blend milks, rum, and yolks in a blender until frothy; chill. Pour into glasses, sprinkle with cinnamon, and serve with cinnamon sticks. But, if you’re anything like me and have never made it before, or maybe never had the chance to try it, or maybe you’re just not in the Coquito making mood you can always go about it the easy way. I, recently found some Boricuas who are main land and make the tasty island egg nog! Empire Drinks is on IG ONLY. They don’t have any other SM outlets just IG. So, if you’re craving Coquito for your holiday celebrations call Empire Drinks @ 1(512)788-3188……hurry or you might find your holiday Coquito-less….. They also do Vegan Coquito!! Hurry while supplies last! Friend them on IG and tell them Beautiful Boricua Styles sent you. Feliz Navidad …

Coquito French Toast

serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 (1-lb.) loaf challah bread, sliced crosswise 1″ thick 2 cups coquito 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into 1⁄2” pieces, plus more for greasing Confectioner’s sugar, ground cinnamon, and maple syrup, for serving Instructions Heat oven to 400°. Grease a 9″ x 13″ glass or ceramic baking dish and arrange bread slices in a single layer, overlapping slightly. Pour coquito over bread; soak, flipping once, until almost all the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes. Dot with butter and bake until puffed and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon, and drizzle with maple syrup before serving.

Piña Colada Cake

Moist, delicious and easy 1 box yellow cake mix 1 box instant vanilla pudding & pie filling mix 1 can Coco López Cream of Coconut ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons Puerto Rican rum 1/3 cup cup vegetable oil 4 eggs 1 can crushed pineapple, well drained *Garnish with any of these. . . whipped cream, pineapple slices, maraschino cherries, or and toasted coconut. Mix the cream of coconut and rum together and set aside. Preheat oven to 350º. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, ½ the coconut cream and rum mixture, oil, and eggs. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Stir in the drained pineapple. Pour into a well greased and floured 10-inch bundt pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Cool slightly. Spread some of the remaining cream of coconut and rum mixture on the surface of the cake (which is the bottom of the cake) before taking the cake out of the pan. Remove from pan and using a table knife, skewer, or ice pick poke holes about 1 …

Mojito Cake

1 box (18 oz.) white cake mix. 1½ oz. Lemon Jello 1½ oz. Lime Jello 4 eggs 3/4 c. vegetable oil 3/4 c. water. Mix all ingredients together well, then pour into a greased Bundt pan. (use cooking spray with flour to grease the pan). Bake at 325 for 45 minutes Cool slightly. Pierce lots of holes all over the cake using a long tool such as a wooden skewer, or a chopstick Glaze: 2 tbsp. rum 1 tbsp. Crème de Menthe (mint-flavored liqueur) fresh lime juice (see below) 2 cups powdered sugar Put rum and Crème de Menthe in a measuring cup then add fresh squeezed lime juice to make ½ cup. Combine the lime juice mixture with 2 c. powdered sugar and stir until smooth. Pour over the holes and let the lime sugar mixture saturate the cake. Invert the cake onto a platter, Serve with limes and fresh mint. Dust with powdered sugar.

Island Pineapple Upsidedown Cake

So easy . . . . 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 can pineapple slices, drained maraschino cherries 1 box yellow cake mix ½ cup Puerto Rican rum ½ cup coconut flakes eggs (as called for on cake mix box) oil (as called for on cake mix box) Grease a cake pan (size called for on cake mix box). Spread the brown sugar on the bottom. Arrange pineapple slices on top of brown sugar. Place maraschino cherries around pineapple. Prepare a box of yellow cake mix following the directions, but switching ½ cup rum for water. (If cake mix box calls for 3/4 cups water, then use ½ cup rum and ¼ cup water – you can use pineapple juice instead of water), and add coconut flakes, and mix according to cake mix box directions. Pour the batter over pineapples and cherries. Bake according to cake mix box directions (350 degrees, etc). When the cake is done, loosen the edges with a butter knife. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before flipping unto a serving …

ENSALADA DE ALMENDRAS Y FRESAS

Ingredientes 3 tazas de espinacas frescas ½ taza de fresas frescas en rodajas ¼ taza de miel y rodajas de almendras tostadas 1 cucharada de vinagre de sidra 1 cucharada de miel 1½ cucharaditas de azúcar Instrucciones En un tazón grande, combine las espinacas, fresas y almendras. En un tazón pequeño, combine el vinagre, la miel y el azúcar, agitar bien. Rociar sobre la ensalada y mezclar bien. Ingredients 3 cups fresh spinach ½ cup sliced fresh strawberries ¼ cup honey and toasted almond slices 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1½ teaspoons sugar          

ENSALADA DE MANZANA

Ingredientes 3 manzanas 1/4 crema ácida 1/2 taza de leche condensada 1/4 de pasas 2 rebanadas de piña en almibar Nuez picada al gusto Apio (opcional) Preparación Todos los ingredientes deben picarse, de forma homogenea Mezclar la crema y la leche y vaciar a las manzanas junto con todos los ingredientes, refrigerar Ingredients 3 blocks 1/4 sour cream 1/2 cup condensed milk Raisins 1/4 2 slices of pineapple in syrup Chopped walnuts to taste Celery (optional ) preparation All ingredients should be chopped , so homogenea Mix the cream and milk and apples empty with all the ingredients, cooling  

ENSALADA DE POLLO

INGREDIENTES 1 pechuga de pollo 1 cubito de caldo de pollo 1 diente de ajo 1 trocito de tallo de ajo porro 4 papas grandes 3 zanahorias grandes 1 lata de maíz en granos enteros (opcional) 1/2 lata de guisantes 1 huevo Mayonesa Salsa inglesa Zumo de limón al gusto Sal y pimienta al gusto El primer paso que debemos llevar a cabo para aprender Cómo hacer ensalada de pollo es lavar bien todos los vegetales que vamos a utilizar, al igual que la pechuga de pollo, asegurándonos de que no tenga huesos y de quitarle bien toda la piel. Para darle un toque más especial a esta ensalada, puedes mezclar la mayonesa con un par de cucharadas del caldo en el cual conicaremos el pollo. En esta receta no añadimos cebolla, ya que es un sabor bastante fuerte que puede terminar suprimiendo el sabor del resto de los ingredientes, aunque si deseas agregarla, recomendamos usar poca cantidad. Tomaremos una olla con agua y añadiremos el cubito de pollo y el trocito de ajo porro, …

Tacos de lechuga y atún !

Ingredientes 8 Hojaslechuga 3 latasAtún 3Tomate 1/2Cebolla al gustoChile verde Unasramitas de cilantro al gusto 1 pizcasal 1 cucharaditamayonesa 2limones Chiles en vinagre + Pasos Lavo y desinfecto mis 8 hojas de lechuga junto a los tomates , cebolla , chiles , cilantro y limones ! + Lavo las latas del Atun por aquello de que tengan polvo o algún residuo no bueno para nuestra salud incorporó su contenido en un recipiente ! Ingredients 8 Hojaslechuga 3 latasAtún 3Tomate 1 / 2Cebolla green gustoChile Unasramitas coriander to taste 1 pizcasal 1 cucharaditamayonesa 2 lemons Pickled peppers

TACOS DE ZANAHORIA

Ingredientes 3ZANAHORIAS RALLADAS CRUDAS 1/4 KGQUESO 10TORTILLAS ACEITE PARA FREIR 1LECHUGA 2TOMATES Pasos REVUELVA LAS ZANAHORIAS RALLADAS CON EL QUESO, COLOQUE LA MEZCLA ANTERIOR EN LAS TORTILLAS PARA HACER LOS TACOS. FRÍALOS EN ABUNDANTE ACEITE, PIQUE LA LECHUGA PARA ENSALADA Y COLOQUE ENCIMA EL TOMATE PICADO.

PIÑA LOCA

(RECETA DELICIOSA) Si tienes alguna reunión con los amigos, con tu pareja, o simplemente te quieres dar un gusto personal, esta es la ocasión, prepara tu estómago ya que es muy ácido. No te recomendamos que lo hagas muy seguido, pero disfrútalo mucho mientras lo comes. Escribiendo esto ya se me hizo agua la boca, ¡mejor vamos a los ingredientes para cumplir el antojo! Ingredientes (sugeridos) : -1/2 Piña -1 Mango -1 Pepino -1 taza de sandia -1 taza cacahuate japonés -Dulces de tamarindo (rielitos) -Paletas de tamarindo, chamoy o chile ( rockaletas, miguelito, paletas de sandia con chile o mango con chile ) -1/2 taza de jugo de tomate con almeja -2 limones -Chamoy o salsa picante -Chile piquín (tajín) -Chile Miguelito Tú puedes agregar o quitar los que tu quieras, y va a quedar igual o mejor de deliciosa que la que vemos aquí. Así que pon atención a los pasos y ojalá que lo disfrutes.

Pastel de Tres Leches 😍🎂

Necesitarás estos ingredientes. Son para 8 porciones: -1 taza de harina para hot cakes (ver nota) -1/2 taza de azúcar -6 huevos, separados -1 limón persa, su ralladura -1 lata (397 gramos) de leche condensada -1 lata (378 gramos) de leche evaporada -1 lata (225 gramos) de media crema -2 o 3 duraznos en almíbar, en gajos -1 chorrito de amareto o ron añejo -1 taza de crema para batir Modo de preparación: 1.- Precalienta el horno a 180° C. Engrasa y enharina un molde de 23 centímetros de diámetro. 2.- Bate las claras de huevo a punto de turrón: hasta que estén bien esponjadas, secas y formen picos firmes. Agrega 1/4 de taza de azúcar y sigue batiendo hasta que ésta se haya disuelto. 3.- Bate aparte las yemas de huevo, agrega 1/4 de taza de azúcar y sigue batiendo hasta alcanzar el punto de listón: cuando la mezcla esté pálida y bien espesa, formando un listón al dejarla caer con una espátula o las aspas de la batidora. 4.- Envuelve las yemas en …

Cheesecake de Limón (Sin Horno)

Ingredientes: 1 paquete de galletas tipo María o similares 120 gramos de mantequilla 500 gramos de queso tipo Philadelphia o cualquiera para untar 400 gramos de leche condensada El zumo de un limón La ralladura de un limón ¿Cómo se prepara? 1-Tritura las galletas usando un mortero, un robot de cocina o descargando tu furia (con cuidado no vayas a lastimarte) colocándolas en una bolsa plástica y golpeando con un rodillo. 2-Derrite la mantequilla al baño María o en el microondas y mezcla con las galletas para formar una pasta arenosa que será la base de la tarta. 3-Pon en un molde desmontable presionando bien con los dedos para que quede bien compacta y lleva a la nevera. 4-Ahora es momento de preparar la capa de queso. Para ello, en un recipiente echa la leche condensada con el queso de untar. Bate a velocidad mínima con varillas eléctricas o a mano, hasta que quede bien homogéneo. Recuerda que el queso tiene que estar a temperatura ambiente. 5-Coloca la ralladura de limón a la preparación y …

History of Puerto Rican Food

Mofongo, tostones mashed in a pilón, was introduced with the slave trade, is often served with caldo, or as a side dish The history and development of Puerto Rican cuisine begins with the Taíno Indians, the natives Columbus found at discovery. Some Taíno foods still used today include yuca, peppers, and corn. Taínos invented the barbacoa and used a pilón to mash their ingredients and paints. The Spaniards brought a variety of new ingredients including, olives, garlic, bacalao, and cilantro. The various culinary specialties of the Iberian peninsula also had an important role in the development of the Puerto Rican food. Other foods native to Latino America were brought to the island with the Spanish trade, such as cocoa from Mexico. African slaves influenced the Puerto Rican kitchen greatly introducing the use of plantains, coconuts, and their favorite method of cooking, frying. These plus early Dutch, French, Italian, and Chinese immigrants influenced not only our culture but our cooking as well. This great variety of traditions came together to form La Cocina Criolla. Today the …

Vocabulary of the Puerto Rican Kitchen

Acerola: West Indian Cherry, a fruit Achiote: Annatto seed Adobo: seasoning (see recipes) Ají caballero: hot chile pepper about 1″ long and the only hot chili traditional to Puerto Rican cooking. It is used to make pique. Ají dulce: sweet chili pepper Alcaparras: capers Alcapurrias: a fritter made from grated yautía and green bananas, stuffed with meat. Amarillos: ripe plantains “A Caballo” – a folkloric expression that means a plate of rice and beans with a fried egg “mounted” on top. The olive most used in Puerto Rico is the manzanilla, which is a pitted green olive stuffed with pimiento. Acelga-Swiss chard. Used to make caldo Gallego (Galician Soup). Acerola-West Indian or Bardados cherry. This fruit is best known for its high vitamin C content. Traditionally it was used to make refresco de acerola, or acerola juice. Achiotera-a container used to store annatto oil with its seeds. The oil is heated every time it is needed so the seeds can release their yellow color. Adobo-The basic seasoning combination of Puerto Rican cooking. Agua de Azahar-orange …

Bacardi Rum Pound Cake

Say WEPA for this delish dessert!! Rum Pound Cake (Easy recipe) 1 cup chopped pecans 1 pkg yellow cake mix 1 pkg instant vanilla pudding 4 eggs ½ cup cold water ½ cup vegetable oil ½ cup Puerto Rican rum/dark (Preferably: Bacardi) Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease and flour bundt cake pan. Sprinkle pecans on the bottom. Mix all other ingredients together for 2 minutes. Pour batter into pan. Bake for one hour. Invert on serving plate after it cools (10 min). Glaze: ¼ lb butter ¼ cup water 1 cup granulated sugar ½ cup rum Melt butter and stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes stirring constantly. Stir in rum. When cooled drizzle and brush glaze evenly over the cake top. Decorate with maraschino cherries and whipped cream or you can drizzle lightly with cream cheese icing. Delicious! ¡Buen provecho . . . !

Bacardi Rum Balls

Bacardi Rum Balls 1 box vanilla wafers, crushed 3 tbsp. cocoa 1½ c. finely chopped walnuts 4½ tbsp. corn syrup 1/3 c. rum 1 c. confectioners sugar (also extra for rolling balls) Mix together wafer crumbs, cocoa, nuts and confectioners sugar. Add syrup and rum. Mix well and form into balls. Roll balls in confectioners sugar. Finely chopped coconut may also be added if desired. Makes 50 to 60 balls.

Piragua de Crema de Mango con Vainilla (Mango Vanilla Cream Shaved Ice)

Rich in tropical flavor, mangoes pair naturally with creamy condensed milk and vanilla. Let the others scream for ice cream: we would rather yearn for a luscious Mango Piragua. Ingredients 1 pound ripe mangoes, peeled, pits removed 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 8 cups shaved ice Directions Put the mango, both milks and vanilla in a blender. Puree until smooth. Divide the shaved ice between 4 tall glasses and pour mango syrup over each glass.

Salvadoran Pupusas con Curtido

Makes 8 pupusas For the curtido (makes about 4 cups): 1/2 head cabbage, shredded 1 large carrot, grated 1/2 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican) 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes For the pupusas: 2 cups masa harina Pinch of salt 1 1/2 cup warm water 1 cup grated cheese: quesillo, queso fresco, Monterey Jack, or mozzarella Vegetable oil First, make the curtido: Combine the cabbage, carrot, and onion in a large bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and then pour over the cabbage mixture and stir. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and preferably at least a day before serving. Make the pupusas: Combine the masa harina, salt, and water in a mixing bowl. Knead to form a smooth, moist dough with a playdough-like consistency. If the mixture is too dry, add more water, one teaspoon at a time. If the mixture is too sticky, add more masa …

Salvadoran Pupusas con Curtido (Masa Cakes with Cabbage Slaw)

As I learned, the best part about El Salvador’s national dish isn’t just the warm, savory masa filled with melty cheese (or meat or beans), but its brilliant accompaniment called curtido. Like a sauerkraut or kimchi, this zippy cabbage relish balances the heaviness of the pupusa and makes it a simple yet satisfying meal for any time of day. Pupusas are incredibly simple and inexpensive to make, requiring little more than masa harina (a form of corn flour) and a stuffing, like cheese or refried beans. Curtido, the accompanying slaw, is a combination of cabbage, carrots, and onions in a vinegary, spicy brine. Traditional curtido is fermented, but the recipe here is simpler, requiring just a couple of hours to lightly pickle (although the longer you let it sit, the better it will be). After mixing the masa harina with water to form a dough, roll it into balls, make an indentation with your thumb, and fill with cheese or other ingredients. (I especially like the combination of cheese with loroco, an herbaceous flower bud.) …

Horchata

Horchata Total Time: 3 hr 45 min Prep: 15 min Inactive: 3 hr 30 min Yield: 6 to 8 servings Level: Easy Ingredients 1 cup long-grain white rice, rinsed 1 cinnamon stick, preferably Mexican, broken into pieces, plus more for garnish 1/2 cup sugar, or to taste 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, preferably Mexican, for garnish Add Checked Items To Grocery List Combine the rice and cinnamon stick with 4 cups water in a blender; pulse to coarsely grind. Transfer to a large bowl and add another 4 cups water; soak at room temperature for 3 hours. Puree the rice mixture in a blender in batches until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve into a pitcher. Mix in the sugar; chill. Stir the horchata well before serving. Pour into ice-filled glasses; garnish with cinnamon sticks and a dusting of ground cinnamon.

Coquito Cupcakes

Ingredients 2 1/2 cups cake flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 stick butter, at room temperature 1 1/4 cups milk 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon coconut extract 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 eggs Directions Preheat oven at 350 F. Sift flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda into bowl. In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs (one egg at a time) until mix is fluffy. Fold in flour mixture. Do not over mix. Evenly distribute the mixed batter into cupcake pan. Place cupcake pan in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove cupcakes and let cool for about 30 minutes. Once cupcakes have cooled, inject each cake with about 2 ounces of the coquito drink. *If you do not have an injector, a good alternative is to gently poke each cupcake with a fork (so as not to break up the cake) and then baste it with the coquito. Allow cupcakes to sit in the fridge for at least an hour.

Coconut Pudding (Tembleque)

  A classic Puerto Rican dessert – smooth and warm and a holiday staple. For a festive presentation, pour the templeque mixture into fun martini glasses and set.    Ingredients: 2 cans coconut milk (14-ounce each) 2 1/4 cups sugar 1 cup cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt *ground cinnamon for dusting Directions: In a saucepan, combine coconut milk with sugar and salt. Bring to a full boil, and cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a bowl, combine cornstarch with 3/4 cup of water, and with a whisk, mix well into a slurry. Immediately pour slurry into saucepan and cook for 2 minutes, continuously whisking until mixture thickens into a pudding. Remove from heat. Pour mixture through a colander, and transfer the strained pudding into a nonstick 12-inch by 6-inch deep dish or into individual martini glasses. Smooth out the surface, and set aside to cool. Refrigerate for 2 hours to completely set. Dust surface with ground cinnamon, slice, and serve.

Sofrito Secrets 101:

  Sofrito is one of the many foods or food ingredients that identify us and set us apart as Puerto Ricans. But many of us don’t know that sofrito is used widely in the Caribbean and often goes by the same name. The term ‘sofrito’ was brought to the island by Spanish colonizers who prepare it in a tomato base with paprika. Sofrito is an Italian term and it means the same thing, except Italian sofrito has a few different ingredients than our own. In the New World, traditional sofrito mutated under the influence of new ingredients. The biggest change was the color, from reddish to deep yellow, thanks to achiote seeds – which were commonly used by the native Taínos. Achiote, or annatto, gives margarine its distinctive golden hue and is a common commercial coloring. Most homemade sofrito today is completed in a food processor or blender. In the old days our abuelas sofrito looked much like the picture above. It was chopped by hand and you could see, identify, and taste the ingredients. …

Sofrito

Here’s a recipe you can start with. . . . 1 bunch Cilantro 1 bunch recao 1 head of garlic 3 large onions 1 lb. ajíes dulces 2 cubanese peppers or 2 large bell peppers ½ cup olives with pimientos 1 sm jar roasted red peppers 1 tbsp. cappers 2 tbsp. crushed oregano 1 tbsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. cheyenne pepper (optional) 1 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) Prepare the ingredients – peel, wash, seed and coarsely chop, what needs to be and just dump it all in the blender or food processor, in batches. Dump in a bowl and mix well. Freeze in ice-cube trays, then dump in a double freezer bag. That’s all! * Note that thyme, rosemary, celery and tomato or tomato sauce are not a traditional ingredient in sofrito. Tomatoes might be called for in a recipe but are a separate ingredient. I always have canned Italian Style tomatoes to use in rice and beans. You might not find all the ingredients, just use what you have, …

The Gran Meliá Golf Resort, Puerto Rico | Travel Review

  The Gran Meliá Golf Resort in Puerto Rico was our stop on a week-long vacation for our family of two. This is our experience staying seven days at the Gran Meliá Golf Resort. I received no compensation for this review. The Drive: The Gran Meliá Resort is in Rio Grande, about 30 minutes by car from the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport near San Juan. You can rent a car at the airport, take a taxi or schedule a hotel transport. We rented a car with Alamo car rental company so we could freely travel around the island. Puerto Rico is notorious for unreliable service from Google Maps, and sure enough, I couldn’t bring the resort up on my iPhone. Luckily, Samsung’s work. The drive was easy enough, with only a few “can you believe that guy?” moments brought on by erratic Puerto Rican drivers. (Lol, those are my peeps though!) Once we passed the gate into the resort property, we were amazed at how large—and stunning the grounds were. The rolling green golf …

A Gentleman’s Guide to Dallas

You don’t need a British accent to be labeled a “gentleman” (although it doesn’t hurt). Instead, take a note from the greats of past and present—Lord Byron, Sir Richard Branson, and David Beckham included—and realize that distinct manners and style can make the man. Here’s how the modern gentleman would spend an ideal day in Dallas—and prove to the world that chivalry indeed isn’t dead. Morning: Start you day out right by feeling the burn at The Gym of Social Mechanics. The cross fit-style classes will keep you toned but not bulky—ideal for fitting into a slim tailored suit. Post-schvitz, head to Deep Ellum’s High and Tight Barbershop, where you can get anything from a straight-razor shave or brow trim to that perfect fade that is both office and night out appropriate. Next, a stop at Dallas Vintage Car Wash is a must. You’ll be able to multitask while you’re here—having your ride detailed and getting your shoes shined (and maybe even catching up on the day’s news) simultaneously. A modern gentleman knows that the world is his …

State Fair of Texas 2016

State Fair of Texas • September 30 – October 23 OMGEE!! The State Fair of Texas is coming! The year has been whipping by us & it’s almost that time again! I’m super excited! Aren’t you? And, you know what that means right? Lots of food, fun, attractions, games, livestock & rides. Oh, & before I forget to mention there are 24 days with over 75 concerts to attend while @ the Fair. There’s so much to do & not enough time to do everything…unless you’re one of those who can afford to go every day. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-timer or a long-timer, one of the new State Fair guided itineraries presented by Dallas Child will help you make the most of your visit to the annual exposition. Choose one of four adventures for your visit: Animal Encounters, Arts & Entertainment, After 5 p.m., or Foodie. If, you love football…. And, who doesn’t love football; you should make sure to attend the Texas vs OU College football game. Even, if you can’t attend …