Calientitos, or Ponche Navideño, is a drink commonly prepared during the holiday season specifically Christmas. The aroma of this punch while is simmers on the kitchen stove is hypnotizing.  With the blend of exotic fruits, cinnamon, clove, and sugarcane, this punch is sure to entice your guests and is the perfect drink to serve after a holiday feast. Set some aside for the children; they will love digging into the cup to… Read More

Empanadas can be made in many different ways to compliment various stuffings. Here, I skipped the sugar in the dough and prepared a savory chorizo and potato filling with cheese. Ingredients for empanadas: 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. salt 2  tbsp. cooking oil                                           2 1/2 tbsp. vodka 1/2 cup… Read More

Locro de Zapallo, a classic dish from beautiful Peru, is a hardy vegetarian dish perfect yearlong but especially satisfying throughout the winter months. Although some may choose to add chicken, fish, or shrimp, the traditional Peruvian locro, or stew, is composed of zapallo macre, or pumpkin, potatoes, cheese, vegetables, and spices. While some of the ingredients are difficult to find in U.S. supermarkets, there are many online stores that offer them at… Read More

Buñuelos, a traditional Mexican dessert popular during the holiday season, are crispy, flaky, and topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. They are also very easy to make. Give them a try! Here is what you will need: -Makes about 26 buñuelos 1 kg. of white flour or 2.2 lb. (approx. 7 1/2 cups) 1/2 cup vegetable oil for dough and 1 cup for frying 2 1/4 cups warm water pinch of salt… Read More

If you’re a fan of chipotle peppers then this dish is for you. If you are entertaining a large crowd, it can be made ahead of time and stored refrigerated until it is time to eat. Ingredients: Serves 2 2 medium chicken breasts, diced 1/2 white onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves. minced 1 tomato, diced 1/4 cup fresh cilantro 3 tbsp, fresh oregano 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped,  plus 1 tbsp. of… Read More

Ingredients: Serves 4 small bowls 2 large boneless, skin-less, chicken breasts, cubed 1 large avocado, cubed 1/2 cup cubed white cheese 4 corn tortillas, cut into long strips 1 cup chopped carrots 1 cup chopped celery 4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 large, white onion, finely chopped 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced handful cilantro 3 cups water 3 cups low sodium chicken broth 2-3 tbsp chicken bouillon according to taste 1… Read More

You can find corn gorditas on the menu of practically every Mexican restaurant walk into. They can be stuffed with chile colorado, beans with cheese, and just about anything else your heart desires! These taste just like the ones I ate growing up at the street festivals in Mexico. Hope you try them. Makes 12 gorditas Dough: 4 cups corn flour 1 tbsp salt warm water ( 2 cups more or less)… Read More

It doesn’t get simpler than chicken and rice! Here is what you’ll need: Serves 2…or 3 or 4 depending on how much or how little you eat! 4 pieces of brown meat chicken: thighs, legs, or a combination of the two. (rub for chicken: salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder) 1 cup, uncooked white rice 2 1/2 cups chicken broth 1/2 white onion, sliced 4 garlic cloves, minced 3 small tomatoes, cubed 1/4… Read More