Mexicrave ~ Adriana Torres

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Camarão na Moranga, or Pumpkin with Shrimp is a classic Brazilian dish that I have grown to love. It is very different from any Mexican dish I’ve ever eaten and unlike any other Latin dish I’ve come across! It consists of a baked pumpkin filled with sautéed shrimp, onion, garlic, and tomatoes, blended together in a flavorful sauce. You can serve it over white rice and the presentation will wow your guests…. Read More

There’s nothing better than homemade pumpkin puree. Not only does it taste similar to mother’s empanadas, but knowing exactly what goes into the preparation of my food is priceless. Now, I know –  it’s only September. But the stores are stocking their shelves with Christmas decorations and so I thought I’d jump on the holiday season bandwagon. What I love about this pie (and other desserts in general) is that both, the… Read More

Patacones, or fried green plantains, are very common and popular throughout Central and South America. Every country, state, town, and person has their own variation and special way of preparing this dish. In my opinion – they’re all amazing! This recipe is similar to Peruvians’ version of the dish as it incorporates evaporated milk, a staple in kitchens in Peru. Makes 6 patacones 2 green plantains, each peeled and sliced into 3… Read More

Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish and one of my favorite dishes to have for breakfast on special occasions. They taste great with a sprinkle of queso fresco and finely chopped onions but I in my home, we always top ours off with an over-easy egg. You can’t go wrong with that! The sauce is made from roasted and dried red chile pods and is the same sauce you use for other… Read More

  Like potato salad, chicken salad can be prepared in a variety of ways. This recipe calls for fruit like grapes and green apples but you can add any other fruit your heart desires! The dressing is composed of mayonnaise and media crema, or table cream. It is very common in Mexico to mix media crema and mayonnaise to obtain a velvety and lighter dressing for the salad. You can find media… Read More

So perhaps a hot soup is not as appetizing in the spring as it is in the winter, but if you love turkey, potatoes, and pasta, does the weather even mater? The broth is light, buttery, and full of flavor. This dish is a hit in my home time after time. Ingredients for meatballs: 1/2 lb. ground turkey 1 garlic clove,  minced 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon chopped, fresh dill 3… Read More

If you are a fan of lemonade, perhaps you’d like to try this version. It is fresh tasting and delicious. Use your favorite sweetener and serve over ice. Ingredients: 1 large cucumber, ends removed 1/4 cup water (to facilitate the blending process) 1 cup, fresh squeezed lime juice 1 1/2 cups sugar or sweeten to taste according to your preference. 8 cups cold water Instructions: – Blend the cucumber and 1/4 cups… Read More

  Tostones are very popular in Central and South America and are served with a variety of dipping sauces. My favorite one is simple to make. Serve tostones as an appetizer or alongside your favorite Latin dish like Pavellon Criollo, a traditional Venezuelan dish. Tostones: 2 green plantains, peeled and sliced into 1 inch thick slices cooking oil for frying Dipping Sauce: 1/4 cup light olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1… Read More