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Tangy Tomatillo Salsa with Chile de Árbol

I love making salsa and in Mexico learned that the three main techniques when preparing chiles for salsa are roasting, toasting, and boiling. With a few simple ingredients, this particular salsa is one of the easiest to make, but is loaded with flavor. Read More…

Spicy Pineapple Jam with Manchego Cheese

Many thanks to Dole and #WeAllGrow Latina Network for sponsoring this post; recipe and opinions are my own.

Last week I was in California preparing for the holidays, surrounded by friends and family. Whenever I’m in town, I enjoy getting together with the girls for a night of cocktails and cooking. My dear friend Nadia offered her cocina so that we could host a Girls’ Night: Holiday Entertaining Cooking Class. We mostly caught up over a drink and learned some fun and easy drink and appetizer recipes that take the stress out of entertaining. We also took the opportunity to collect a new toy, book, or pajamas for Junior Foundation Charities as a way to give back to others in need. Read More…

Salsa Bandera (Pico de Gallo)

Today marks the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month and commencement of Mexico’s Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day festivities). The national holiday always includes a delicious spread of food with colors that pay tribute to the country’s flag: verde, blanco, y rojo. Read More…

Homemade Chipotle-Orange Salt

Margarita Week is just around the corner and I’ve been experimenting with some fun infused salts because let’s face it, what’s a ‘rita without that salty rim? Stay tuned for a fun Cali-Mex inspired margarita recipe and for some other delicious recipes my friend Kate will be sharing on her blog, ¡Hola! Jalapeño from April 28 – May 5. For now, sprinkle this sassy salt on your fruits and veggies for a hint of smoke and spice — I love it on cucumbers, jicama, and oranges!
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DIY Chipotle Sage Butter

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In November I hosted an Edible Gifts for the Holidays Workshop where students learned to make homemade vanilla extract, infused booze, and prepared sweet treats that made perfect gifts for friends, family, and coworkers. We also made this chipotle sage butter and it was all the rage.

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