Going back to Ohio this year at the cusp of summer's end and the start of fall was a really blessed opportunity to appreciate what's so beautiful about rural communities, ethnic neighborhoods and simple, all-American living. I was born...
I've been really enjoying my time in Ohio among all the backyard gardeners in my family and in our neighborhood. Needless to say, I have been overwhelmed with the amount of produce people have gifted us, but found that...
If you live in Chicago, Los Angeles, anywhere in Mexico or near a large Mexican population you've probably heard of paletas. If you haven't heard, they are some of the most delicious summer treats one can enjoy. Made with...
A great summer dish to leave you satisfied and refreshed all at once this hangar steak can be grilled indoors or out. Prepare the salsa first so the steak isn’t waiting t0o long to be accompanied by its sweet &...
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.
  Restaurant recommendations can go a long way, but I always take them with a grain of salt. One never knows how another person’s taste buds are guided or what price range is acceptable to another. I like good...
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...
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...
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...
The word ‘escabeche’ comes from the Arabic word ‘sikiube’, which means ‘acid’, and is a method for light pickling. In Mexico, escabeches combine vinegar with citrus juices, bay leaves and other herbs. This is a Mayan recipe, so it...

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