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Black Beans {Without the Lard}

This is just one of the ways I make them. You can start from this recipe and shake things up with your own favorite additions. Let me know what you do with your frijoles negroes, without the lard.

A Chocolate Drink Three Ways

One of the first pages I opened in the book Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé, written by Dorie Greenspan, was a recipe for Hot Chocolate with Coffee. On a cold early morning when you need caffeine, but also realize it’s the ‘season’ for hot chocolate, what couldn’t be better? One look at the recipe and … Read more

Sweet Tomato Preserve

I.  Love.  Tomatoes. Being Sicilian, you sort of have to or you may never eat. Ok, that’s a bit extreme, I realize.  All jokes aside,  I really do love all the creativity this wonderful summer food allows me to have in the kitchen as I explore a multitude of dishes, no matter what type of cuisine I’m in … Read more

Tomatillo Salsa (Green Tomato Salsa)

What a difference homemade salsa is from the store-bought counterparts. I recently made this salsa recipe for the first Halal Test Kitchen event where I was able to easily demonstrate the making of this recipe in under a few minutes. Everyone at the event was able to make their own tacos and top with this delicious green … 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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