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Homemade Sofrito and Recaito

If you come from a Puerto Rican family, you understand that Goya products are permanent fixtures in our kitchen cabinets- without them it seems like a part of the family is missing. Why are we so dependent on them? Maybe it’s because Goya is one of the few brands on the market completely catering to an Hispanic consumer … Read more

Shrimp Taquitos

I can’t think of anything better to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon than to spend time learning how to make traditional foods from our wise and deeply-rooted abuelitas (grandmothers). My hubby’s abuelita, who I’ve adopted as my own, is always more than happy for us to help preserve what is culturally significant- her Mexican … Read more

Mexican Dulces (Candies)

One of the best things about other people traveling instead of you is that they usually bring back some lovely samplers of the local culture they’ve just visited.   When my in-laws returned from Mexico recently, a beautifully wrapped box of Mexican candy was our souvenir, but we weren’t sure we would be able to … Read more

Halal Tamales by Mari

I owe my husband the credit of pursuing the creation of this totally dhabiha (meat slaughtered in the Islamically correct way) halal chicken tamale. We met a Mexican woman, Mari, from the southern part of Mexico City who now lives in Chicago’s Little Village. Mari stays with Abuelita, my husband’s grandmother, and makes the tamales … Read more

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