Parmesan Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing with Parmesan

Parmesan Ranch Dressing is our answer to store bought dressings. If I’m going to use a bottled dressing, some form of ranch is often high on my list of favorites. The problem is that often bottled ranch can taste chemically, overly sweet, or just not have the kind of creamy texture that I’m craving.  This easy … Read more

Chicken Empanadas

chicken Empanadas

 Chicken Empanadas are one of our favorite choices when looking for a filling snack or light meal. Who can resist these savory turnovers with their flaky pastry exterior and savory juicy filling? Making empanadas from scratch can be a labor intensive project, but there are plenty of shortcuts that can bring you from prep to … Read more

Salsa Chile de Árbol

chile de arbol hot sauce

Salsa chile de árbol is a spicy sauce that we first discovered in an Argentinian restaurant in Mexico. It has since become one of our favorites. It’s nice slathered on bread or served with tortilla chips, piled on top of a baked potato, rubbed on a hot ear of corn. It’s also perfect alongside your … Read more

Tirokafteri – Spicy Feta and Red Pepper Dip

Spicy Greek Feta Dip

There are many versions of this popular easy Greek Feta Dip, known as Htipiti or Tirokafteri. Some use sweet red bell peppers and cayenne pepper, others use spicy red pepper flakes or fresh spicy red peppers. Different varieties of vinegar (such as red wine vinegar or plain white vinegar) or added oregano or Greek yogurt … Read more

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese and Orange Zest Frosting

Receta Pastel de Zanahoria

Carrot cake is probably one of our all-time favorite cakes. Maybe the idea of a cake that contains a high amount of vegetables gives the impression of a healthy snack rather than a dessert. As you can see from the nutritional information, the carrots don’t do a lot to offset the sugar and butter. But … Read more

Sausage and Corn Chowder

Corn and Chorizo Chowder Recipe

This easy sausage and corn chowder recipe takes the traditional creamy corn soup to a whole new level. We use pan-toasted Spanish Chorizo in our chowder to give it additional depth of flavor and a slight smokiness that pairs perfectly with sweet corn. Another cured smoked sausage, such as Andouille, will also work well if … Read more

Spicy Molcajete Salsa Verde with Tomatillos

Molcajete Salsa Verde (green salsa) is a tangy, bright salsa that is quite different from traditional tomato salsas. Making it using a molcajete, a traditional Central American mortar and pestle made from lava rock, imparts additional flavor and texture.  The green color (verde) of the salsa derives from the use of tomatillos rather than the … Read more

Spicy Mango and Habanero Chutney

Adding a tangy chutney to a plate is a wonderful way to elevate a dining experience to a new level. This condiment has its origins in Indian, which is known for its intensely flavored and complex cuisine. We love to add a chutney to a meat and cheese platter to balance the fatty savory flavors … Read more

Aguachile Verde

Aguachile verde is a traditional Mexican seafood dish. It is made with shrimp that are marinated (cooked) in chili peppers, lime juice, salt, cilantro, and mixed with slices of cucumber and onion. The origin of aguachile lies in the state of Sinaloa, on the western coast of Mexico. It was originally made with boiled water … Read more

Tortiglioni alla Vodka with Sausage

Tortiglioni alla vodka with sausage

Pasta in Vodka Sauce (Pasta alla Vodka) is an Italian-American dish whose primary ingredients are tomato sauce, vodka and cream. I was initially reluctant to try this dish when I found it on menus, vodka? Really? While wine is most often used in making Italian sauces, the vodka in this dish actually adds a little … Read more