Category: family recipes


Experimenting with El Yucateco Habanero Sauces in Traditional Recipes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. In this house a lot of cooking happens. Sometimes it’s me making jam and the family recipes IContinue reading

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Ewww Cactus!

Ewwwwwwww cactus! Is that what you are thinking?  It’s a reaction I get often when I speak longingly of cactus in salads, or in scrambled eggs, or in red mole sauce with pork or, oneContinue reading

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Aiden’s Midnight Fig Jam

Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner are teaming up to inspire families everywhere to roll up their sleeves and get cooking together. Starting today, people can join in the Frigidaire Kids’ Cooking Academy ( to get greatContinue reading

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The people on my altar for day of the dead are all very special. They were loved, are loved still and are missed profoundly. With each one of them there is a recipe or dishContinue reading

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How Tía Lola Makes Rice the Dominican Way: A Guest Post by Julia Alvarez

Doña Lupe’s Kitchen is again graced and honored with a lovely guest post by author Julia Alvarez. Thank you so much Julia for sharing your family recipes and stories! ************************************************************************************************* You’d think that white riceContinue reading

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How Tía Lola Cooks Her Beans the Dominican Way: Guest Post by Author Julia Alvarez

Habichuelas from our farm in the Dominican Republic <> Photographs courtesy of Julia Alvarez and Bill Eichner In How Tía Lola Learned to Teach, one of Tía Lola’s favorite sayings is “En todas partesContinue reading

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I haven’t made gorditas in years and I’m not quite sure why.  I always loved them as a kid and their open faced counterpart, the sope or sopito.  Thick corn tortillas cooked on a griddle,Continue reading

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A Pumpkin, Some Figs & Some Apples Walk Into a Bar: A Day of Baking Empanadas

Well, they didn’t walk in and there was no bar, it was empanadas.  I had about 12 pounds of figs left from the last few days of fig harvest on our tree, bought some applesContinue reading

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Papa’s Papas: My Grandfather’s Potatoes

My grandfather (Papa Chava) was one of my favorite people and biggest influences in my young life. To me he was the strongest man in the world and the kindest. He was a sobador (traditionalContinue reading

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Squash Blossom Quesadillas (Quesadillas de flor de calabaza)

The other day, I was out shopping at Superior with my roommate David who had disappeared down one of the aisles while I shopped for produce. I was after veggies for my caldo de resContinue reading

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