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Wear Red Day – Friday, February 1st

Wear Red Day is here… Go Red with us! Do you know what you’re wearing on this year’s Wear Red Day? Show  off your favorite Red outfit, your cute Red shoes, stunning Red lipstick, or even your whole office showing off their Go Red spirit to help bring awareness to the number 1 killer of women – heart disease and stroke. Together we can save the lives of women we love by preventing heart disease and stroke. It’s a concept we can all get behind AND it’s also the theme of this year’s Go Red For Women Conference. Learn practical tips from local experts and survivors how you can reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Heart disease takes the life of every 1 in 3 women, in fact 41 women will lose their lives TODAY, due to heart disease and stroke.

Nuevo Ano 2019

feliz año nuevo 2019!! Bienvenido Mi Gente, It’s that time of the year again! New year is knocking on the door with just a couple of hours left before we enter 2019. The New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new calendar year. It falls on January 1, and is the day on which the year count of the specific calendar used is incremented. New Year, new resolutions and a fresh new start. Every year we pledged to learn something new, then why not start it from today.   “Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and auld lang syne?” If you’re like most people, you probably aren’t totally sure what you’re singing about when you join in for the group rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.” What do these words mean? “Auld Lang Syne” was originally a Scottish poem that was later set to music. The phrase “auld lang syne” translates literally to “old long since” in English and means something akin to “times gone …

History Of The 4th Of July

Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4? The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June …

Christmas with an ex boyfriend?

Happy Holidays Mi Gente! Holidays are meant to be spent with the people you love, right? Well, this year is a lil different for me I’m not celebrating this year. But for those of you who are celebrating happy holidays to you! Holidays with a twist! How do you decide whether to keep an ex — or merely someone you dated — in your life after the spark has gone out? Very good question. Sometimes you don’t get much of a choice. When I broke things off, I cut off all communication. If you have kids together, you might be co-parenting or at least communicating especially around the holidays. As for me, I don’t have kids so I don’t have those problems.   Whether or not the breakup was your call, cutting a person out of your life—someone with whom you’ve shared secrets, dreams for the future, a bed, or even a home—is really, really tough. And there’s no formula for breaking up with someone. But even after the hard part is over, it’s never …

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 …

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 …

2017 Turkey Day Outfits

Quick confession: I’ve been dreaming about turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce for awhile now. Thanksgiving is about kicking off the holiday season with family, friends and of course, delicious food. But whether you’re traveling or hosting the holiday at home, you’ll want to be cozy and warm for the big day. This outfit is not only stylish but unbelievably easy to style. Instead of playing it safe with your basic oversized sweater, try something with unusual proportions layered over distressed denim and striking heels or ankle boots. Pair with some eye-catching hoops and large clutch. No matter what your Thanksgiving plans are this year, the key to the perfect ensemble is pairing pieces that work together to form cute AND comfy outfits. No one wants to be fidgeting with too-tight pants as they collapse onto the couch to sleep off the Thanksgiving feast. But then again, sweatpants and tees aren’t exactly the most flattering option to sport at the holiday get together. Instead, consider wearing one of these cute and comfy outfits to feel good …

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 …

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.

Giving Tuesday 2017

What’s #GivingTuesday? Unlike the two big shopping days, #GivingTuesday is a day for charity. Rather than thinking about saving money on the best gifts possible, we think about giving money to the best cause possible. Rather than feeling the stress and chaos of the holidays, we feel the peace and joy that comes from contributing to a good cause. #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live. We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back. Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar. #GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season: a reminder of the “reason for the season.” Black Friday. Cyber Monday…all great things in the realm of getting your holiday shopping completed. But you keep hearing about …

Black Friday Is Coming…

Bienvenido! Today, I want to talk about one of the most notorious shopping holidays of the year. After the turkey has been eaten, the football games have been watched and digestion is fully under way, millions of Americans turn to another holiday tradition: planning their Black Friday shopping spree. That’s right! It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and that means it’s time to shop. Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving in the United States — signals the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Although it’s not an official holiday, millions of employers give their employees the day off, and many people use that day to get a jump-start on their holiday shopping. In the 1950s, people began calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving, essentially giving themselves a four-day weekend. Since stores were open, as were most businesses, those playing hooky could also get a head start on their holiday shopping — as long as the boss didn’t see them. Rather than try to determine whose pay should be cut, and who was legitimately sick, …

🇲🇽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 …

Junio Eventos 2017

Calendar of Events This calendar contains a sampling of events scheduled across the island. All are open to the public. Most require no reservations. Many are free. You can plan on attending at least one of these events during your visit to Puerto Rico so that you can get a sampling of the culture. You will likely find local food and music at almost all of these events. And where there’s music, there’s bound to be singing and dancing! Double-check before going The dates and times in this list are accurate to the best of my knowledge. But dates and times sometimes change at the last minute without any notice. I suggest calling ahead to make sure that the event you plan on attending is actually being held as published. We have Lots of Holidays in PR I’ve also included a list of holidays observed in Puerto Rico. On some holidays (Good Friday comes to mind), the island virtually shuts down. If you’re planning on taking a tour or visiting an attraction on one of …

Feliz Nochebuena From Me To You

(Play Me And Happy Reading…..It Just Goes Together)  Hola y bienvenido BBS Family! It’s finally almost here December 24th 2016 is: 0 years 0 months 1 day 11 hours 44 minutes 14 seconds And counting….. (The kiddos in our family look foward to this very moment) I wanted to wish all my readers a Very Feliz Navidad y Buenas Fiestas! For those of you who aren’t sure what I just said, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! So, I’m sure some of you are wondering what Nochebuena and Navidad mean. They are Spanish words referring to the night of Christmas Eve and celebrated on December 24 every year. Holiday season is here, and Christians from Puerto Rico to Peru will be ringing in Nochebuena, the most important Christmas celebrations for members of Spanish-influenced cultures. Alternatively known as Noche Buena, La Cena de Nochebuena or Navidad, Nochebuena means “Good Night” in Spanish and refers to Christmas Eve, the biggest Christmas fete for most Latinos. Some families have adopted a more American take on the family meal in …

How To Survive Christmas

“Ahhh… Christmas!” *Slouches into the arm chair with a cup of tea and a tin of Roses* – this is what we dream about when it comes to Christmas, but in reality we tend to spend 99% of our time doing the opposite. Running around doing the shopping, stressing over our budgets and most of the time forgetting half of the things we actually need to do! But I guess that’s just part of Christmas! Hang out with the fam they’re your nearest and dearest but when you have to spend the whole of Christmas day with them, your family can start to get a little irritating after a while. If it’s not your Abuela telling you about how things were ‘back in her day’ then it’s someone moaning that their presents aren’t what they wanted.Either way, it can be hard to hold your tongue when it comes to the big day. It can be difficult for us all striving to create a memorable Christmas year after year especially when $$$ is in the back of …

Winter White

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas card I write. May your days be merry and bright; and may all your Christmases be white! (Wearing: The White Company & Asos) Seasons Greetings, ya’ll! Yea, I know I’m a bit Texan… But, who out there hasn’t wished for a white Christmas? Or if you’re like me and you live somewhere with four seasons, you’re likely already bracing yourself for winter. Crisp temperatures, early sunsets, and an overall chill quickly take hold once these months arrive, but your wardrobe doesn’t have to reflect this gloominess. In fact, what better time to infuse your outfits with a poppy print or, in today’s case, winter white than when you need it most?   (Above: Circle 1- Papaya & Asos/ Circle 2- Mixed Blanket Scarves & Sweaters; Old Navy_Banana Republic_Lily & Chloe/Circle 3- White House Black Market_LuckyJeans_Valentino) Some of ya’ll maybe having a white Christmas while others of us are wishing for it. Whatever the case maybe, you can always make a statement in winter white. Who else …

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 …

🇨🇺Cuba Libré🇨🇺🥃

Ingredients A big glass with ice 1/4 glass of Rican Rum like Don Q, Bacardi etc. juice of a 1/2 slice of a small lime Coke or store brand coke-like soda Directions Fill glass with ice and pour 1/4 of the glass with Rican rum Add juice of 1/2 slice of a lime, Coke or store brand coke-like soda and stir well Garnish with a slice of lime and decorate with a small umbrella Tips In Rican terms, what does, “Estas jalao” mean? Go find out in “El Boricua.” This is a Rican newsletter that I recommend to all.

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 …

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 Pie Punch

Apple Pie Punch is the perfect drink for fall/Thanksgiving! Easily made into a non-alcoholic version! 5 minPrep Time 5 minTotal Time Ingredients 1 apple, chopped or sliced 1 quart apple cider 2 cups pear nectar 24 ounces ginger ale Apple Pie Vodka Instructions Combine apple cider, pear nectar, and ginger ale. Stir well. Place apple slices inside pitcher. Pour over ice and serve! If you’re wanting to serve it warm, heat all of the liquid ingredients in a pot over a stove on low heat. Simmer for a few minutes until warm, place apple slices in the pot, and serve in mugs. **If you’re craving an alcoholic drink, add one shot (1.5 ounces) apple pie vodka to each individual drink, or 1 – 1 1/2 cup to entire pitcher   Recipe Type: drink/cocktail

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 …

All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day how do we celebrate them?

Hello All, today I’d like to talk about two other holidays that may or may not get much acknowledgement. That’s correct these maybe overlooked by many of us yearly. Everyone celebrates Halloween, right? Well, did you know that the two days afterward aren’t just for binge watching Hulu and eating candy! The day after Halloween is known by many different names… All Saints’ Day, All Hallows’ Day, Hallowmas.   Whatever you call it, November 1 every year is a day for remembering Christian saints and martyrs and celebrating them with festivals and church services held in their honour. All Souls’ Day meanwhile is held on November 2 (or November 3 if that date is a Sunday) and is a date to remember those who are deceased, those who might be in purgatory awaiting to atone for their sins. Here is everything you need to know. What is All Saints’ Day? By now, I sure you’re probably wondering what All Saints’ Day is, right!? Well here goes please follow along. Both Anglicans and Roman Catholics  celebrate All …

Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead is an interesting holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones. They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. In most Indian villages, beautiful altars (ofrendas) are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock’s combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and …

Halloween DIY Wreaths

Love the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas? If so, this Jack Skellington wreath is for you. Greetings Friends! As, you may or may not know I LOVE Halloween! It is my most favorite holiday. I could walk through the Halloween section in any store for an hour or more. I don’t know about you, but for most holidays I really enjoy a nice wreath on the front door. But, if you are anything like me…..you really don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a nice fancy wreath. Am, I right? Wreath Supplies Well, never fear! If, you have at least 20-30 min a day down time you have time to create any of these beautiful Halloween wreaths. No one says you need to finish it all in one setting. Remember ladies, Rome wasn’t built in a day. The slideshow above shows you everything you will need to make your very own personalized wreath. Depending on where you go to get your supplies the price will differ. Here are the best places to …

The Perfect Halloween Costumes For The Curly Girl

Have you found a costume for Halloween yet? For those of us with curly hair, it can be hard to dress up for Halloween. We’ve all been told a million times to be a lion or Merida. Now, there’s nothing wrong with either of these costumes, but you can only don these outfits so many times without being dreadfully bored.  For those of us who want to keep our curly locks out this Hallow’s Eve, check out the costumes below.  You’ll be sure to be the best dressed at any party you hit up. If not, here are 10 simple, easy and cheap halloween costume ideas for curlies!    1. Diana Ross Yesss! Very few women hold a candle to the sheer glamour of Diana Ross. If you love big hair, glitter, and bold makeup this is definitely the look for you! Channel Miss. Ross with giant diva hair, a sequin gown (this can be easily thrifted) and follow the fab makeup tutorial above.  The most important parts of this costume are bling and and huge, …

Fall Fun in Dallas

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. As the days cool off and the leaves start to change colors, everyone knows that fall is just around the corner. I know, what you must be thinking. “What do you mean!? It is Fall.” Yes. I know, but I also live in Texas. Fall colors I love you and can’t get enough of you! Autumn in Dallas, why does it seem so inviting? Thanks to my Texas roots nothing makes me happier than spending an afternoon outside, especially when it is one of those “perfect fall days”, taking in the beautiful colors! What is a “perfect fall day” you may be thinking???? Perfect fall day: Those fall days where the weather is the right mix of sunshine with a bit of nip in the air, ideal for spending the day crunching leaves and taking in the changing colors. Do you see those colors?! Gosh they are spectacular! (Pictured Above: Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, TX) There are many beautiful places to visit during the …

Cocktails to Make the Transition Into Fall

Fall is in the air, the days are getting shorter and Oktoberfest and Pumpkin spice lattes out in full force. But on those days when summer’s warmth lingers, acting like it’s the middle of October just don’t feel quite right to me. There is a time of year when, even before the first leaf falls, you can feel the seasons click. The air is crisp, the summer is gone.  I’ve always been an advocate of a gradual transition to seasonal eating and drinking. After all, the seasons don’t change overnight. You don’t go from eating watermelon one day to butternut squash soup the next. With that in mind, here are four ideas for cocktails that have flavors that evoke autumn, but are still refreshing enough to sip on a warm Indian summer day. Cooler-weather drinking season is upon us. Although every season is a great cocktail season, fall may be our favorite with its punches, whiskey concoctions and apple brandies. If I need to tell you to drink Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and Hot Toddies in …

Bobbing for Apple 🍎 Cocktails 🍹

Got a hankering for apples? Have I got the barrel for you! Apple bobbing, also called bobbing for apples, is a game often played on Halloween, usually by children. Well, we’re adults so our version is much better and you will stay dry. That’s right, step up and get bobbing with a Vasco de Gama! In this cocktail, black peppercorns, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and chiles flavor a Garam Masala-inspired syrup, while bourbon and single malt warm from the inside out.  Ingredients: 2 oz. bourbon (Terry and Louie use Buffalo Trace) 3/4 oz. Garam Masala-spiced apple syrup 1/2 oz. single malt (Terry and Louie use Caol Ila 12 year) Tools: barspoon Glass: Old Fashioned Garnish: apple chip (optional) Pour all ingredients into an Old Fashioned glass. Add 4 ice cubes, stir and garnish. Garam Masala-spiced Apple Syrup 2 Tbsp. coriander 1 Tbsp.cumin 2 cardamom pods 2 tsp. mustard seeds 2 tsp. black peppercorn 1 tsp. cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 1 red chili 2 bay leaves 3 cups unsweetened apple cider 1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar Toast all the …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Los Reyes Magos

December 25? For some Puerto Ricans, that’s merely a prelude to what they feel is really the important day of the marathon Christmas Season inPuerto Rico. I should point out that the Three Kings, or Los Reyes Magos, are not only venerated in Puerto Rico but throughout the Latin World. If you are Puerto Rican then you have to celebrate Los Reyes. After Christmas put a Reyes statue as a centerpiece on your dinning room table so the kids know – it’s no over yet “faltan los Reyes.” Celebrate it Puerto Rican style, that is…. have the kids cut grass or greenery on January 5th and put it in a box under their bed. The Reyes only come if the child has been good all year and if the children are awake they bypass the house. On this night children sleep lightly listening for any strange noises, whispers, or maybe sounds of the camels’ hooves, or any tale-tale signs of the Kings’ arrival. Sometime during the night Los Reyes arrive and quietly leave their gifts for the …

Puerto Rican Public Holidays in 2016

As a U.S. commonwealth, Puerto Rico observes the traditional holidays of the United States and also observes nine local public holidays. On these observed holidays, most banks and state agencies are closed. Check with the establishment for specific schedules. January 1 Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day) January 6 Día de los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day or Epiphany) January 11 Conmemoración del Natalicio de Eugenio María de Hostos (Eugenio María de Hostos Birthday) (second Monday in January) January 18 Conmemoración del Natalicio de Martin Luther King, Jr. (Martin Luther King Birthday) (third Monday in January) February 14 Día de San Valentín (Valentine’s Day) February 15 Día de los Presidentes (Presidents’ Day) (third Monday in February) March 22 Día de la Abolición de la Esclavitud (Emancipation Day) March 25 Viernes Santo (Good Friday) March 27 Domingo de la Resurrección (Easter) April 18 Conmemoración del Natalicio de José de Diego (José de Diego Birthday) (third Monday in April) May 8 Día de las Madres (Mother’s Day) (second Sunday in May) May 30 Memorial Day (last Monday …