Oct 26, 2014

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Ring in the New Year with a New Latini

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Happy New Year from New Latina!! Let’s celebrate the end of a wonderful year and look forward to 2012! In honor of New Latina I share with you a cocktail filled with the flavors of the tropics. Coconut and guava scream sunny days, bright futures and hope.  I raise my glass to you today our […]

A Latina Christmas Eve – Ensalada de Noche Buena

A Latina Christmas Eve - Ensalada de Noche Buena

Happy Holidays from New Latina!! In Spanish Noche Buena means “Good Night.” In the month of December Noche Buena for Latinos becomes a celebratory part of the Christmas Holiday. Noche Buena means Christmas Eve or Poinsettia and is the final evening of Las Posadas. On Noche Buena families attend misa de gallo (midnight mass).   After mass […]

Easy Latina Sweet – Guava Bars

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Guava Bars!  I love baking.  It’s my guilty pleasure, my selfish indulgence and sometimes my only alone time.  Would I love to bake all day without the distractions of life?  Of course.  Would I enjoy the solitude of early mornings working with yeast, flour and sugar? That would be my dream.  Is it possible to do this?  Of course not.  Many days life […]

Easy Ropa Vieja Recipe con Chipotle

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Easy Ropa Vieja Recipe con Chipotle Ropa Vieja means old clothes in Spanish.  The name gives nod to the shredded results of the meat and vegetable as in old rags of clothes. This Cuban dish is pure comfort. Served over rice along with a crusty hunk of bread to soak up every last bit of the amazing sauce.  I […]

Latina Bites ~ Plátanos Maduros

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Plátanos Maduros! Plátanos maduros are made from ripe (black) plantain bananas, not to be confused with tostones which are made from green plantains.  They are enjoyed in numerous ways; alongside fried eggs, drizzled with sour cream, over ice cream, sprinkled with cinnamon with black beans or rice. I love to eat or should I say devour […]

Latina Craving ~ Quick and Easy Picarones

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I had my first Picarones at a cultural festival in my early 20’s.  I was smitten at first bite. The airy texture paired with a sweet thick sauce made my heart beat in happiness.  The yeast dough consists of either squash or sweet potato and the syrup is made with chancaca (molasses).  Pieces of dough […]

Healthy Sipping-Homemade Soda

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Healthy Sipping Homemade Soda! My childhood summers in Mexico consisted of heavy amounts of dulces y soda.  From Mexico Coke (MexiCoke) to Jarritos with their wide vast of flavors.  I inhaled them.  Of course I was alot younger then and my health was not on the top of my priority list. Fast forward to today. I am a wife, mother of two and cherish every day I am given […]

Celebrate Brunch ~ Coconut Mango Bread

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Spring is here!  With Easter around the corner I wanted to share with an easy brunch idea.  Coconut mango cake is widely popular on our family brunch table.  Bursting with the flavors of spring this brunch cake can quickly be baked the night before and tastes even better the next day. Prepared in a 9×13 […]

Celebrating Cuaresma (Lent) with Enfrijoladas

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The Lenten season is upon us.  In these 40 days, we dedicate time to reflect on our lives, treasure our blessings and help those in need. As Catholics we observe Cuaresma (Lent) the 40 day  (not  including Sundays) penitential season that ends on Easter  Sunday.  On  Ash Wednesday and  every Friday during Lent families abstain from consuming  meat. Growing up […]

Simple Chocolate Mug Cakes for Date Night

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Chocolate Mug Cakes – Your way! I’m not exactly sure of which date I began making chocolate mug cakes, but I know it had something to do with an impromptu date night.  When my girls were younger, date night was not on the top of our priortiy list.  One evening after a busy day the […]

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