Category Archives: Latin flavors

Beef empanadas

Definition: Empanadas are fried or baked pastries stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. These pastries are known throughout Portugal, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Philippines. Empanada comes from the Spanish verb empanar, which means to wrap in bread. An … Continue reading

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Fish tacos with chipotle sauce

Fish tacos. I have a weak spot when it comes to fish tacos. They are easy to get here in Southern California, but. Oh but. My family and I are about to complete three adventurous years in Los Angeles and when we write 2012, it won’t be so … Continue reading

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Beany chili con carne with cocoa

This may seem like a long list of ingredients, but most of it is spices. If there is one you don’t have, simply use more of another. See one you don’t care for, skip it. This is just the combo … Continue reading

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Spiced beef tortillas with fresh salsa

  I like Mexican food. A lot. It is fresh, fast and flavorful. This salsa was inspired by the state of my refrigerator and the stir fry beef was spiced Mexican style. Serve with corn or flour tortillas and maybe a few lime … Continue reading

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Mexican cantaloupe water

I have had agua frescas in Mexico several times. It is the best natural thirst quencher. Fortunately our local farmers market has a stand with an amazing variety of agua frescas. By the end of the summer, we have usually tried … Continue reading

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Spicy shrimp tacos with avocado cucumber salsa

When we eat at our local Islands Burgers, I always end up ordering a fish taco with cabbage. This is very out of habit for me, because I usually order something new, something I have never or would never cook at home. This is the … Continue reading

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Corn salad

This is a classic Mexican corn salad with lime, olive oil and cumin dressing. You can add roasted vegetables and queso fresco (fresh cheese) or feta cheese. The first time I had it, was 2 years ago when my Italian neighbor brought it over for a Mexican bbq we … Continue reading

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Roasted tomato salsa & quesadillas

Who would have thought that homemade salsa was so easy to make?! This is the first time I have made salsa, but definitely not the last. Here is a recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens magazine. They had a … Continue reading

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High protein tortilla omelette

This is the week of Cinco de Mayo and I will celebrate by featuring some Mexican dishes  and then I’ll go back to posting every 3-4 days next week. Starting out with one of my current favorite lunches. Heidi Swanson from … Continue reading

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Mexican chocolate muffins

I got the idea for these muffins last night after dinner. I then watched the movie “Inception“, which is pretty thought-provoking and impressive. Crazy wild special effects. Well, the idea of a naturally sweetened chocolate muffin with a hint of … Continue reading

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