Ropa Vieja

  Ropa Vieja or “Old Clothes” is a favorite of mine. I mean let’s face it, most of these recipes are my favorite and that’s why I share them with you. I grew up eating meat, rice, a side of salad and fried plantains. This is the perfect Sunday night dinner or meal prep dish…

Mexican Style Yellow Rice

My dad is a great cook. This is totally a recipe inspired by him. I remember the first time I remember cutting all the ingredients for this recipe, how meticulously I cut the jalapeños, prepared the tomatoes and onions. How it all came together to make this tasty rice. Sofrito is not a step to…

Kale Pesto w/ Rotini Pasta

If you haven’t noticed by now, I really love kale. This time it’s kale pesto. Since pine nuts are super expensivo here in Colombia (and everywhere, really), I subbed walnuts and sometimes use almonds instead. Still really tasty, still has that nutty flavor, and as long as you have a few good pieces of fresh…

Liquid Smoke Black Beans

Black Beans can be so hit or miss if you don’t know how to season them properly. After my recent trip back to the US, I picked up some liquid smoke and it made such a difference, I’ve been making them like this ever since. I don’t know what I’ll do when I run out! I…