Pulled Pork Shoulder

Garlic is the make or break in so many dishes. This is one of those dishes where, if it says 1 whole bulb of garlic, best to use one whole bulb.

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…

Maple Glazed Donuts

I’ve only ever had donuts 3 times in my life. The first time was so heavenly and special, I had to experiment with them. Thus was born the maple glazed version. This recipe is so awesome because it’s made with coconut milk and the hint of nutmeg makes them smell just like the real deal….

Not so average Tuna Sandwich

I had some basil in the fridge that was about to go, a French baguette I didn’t want to get hard and a hungry belly. When lunch needs to be quick, this is a great fix with plenty to fill you up. Now I was either so hungry I ravaged it or it was that good….

Empanada Dough (Baked Version)

My nickname is Empanadita. Little Empanada. I love these. Ever since my mom made them when I was a kid and even our next door neighbor would snag a dozen or more, I knew these were delicious. I mean, super easy to make, baked or fried, whatever filling you like. You couldn’t ask for a…

Soy Marinated Flank Steak

  When you find a good piece of beef, the less you do the better. In Argentina this cut is called Vacio. I found it here in Bogota while I was searching for different cuts and a butcher recommended it to me. It translates to flank steak in the US however the cuts are much…

Sundried Tomato & Onion Focaccia

There’s something about focaccia bread that keeps me coming back. There are so many possible topping choices, the olive oil and saltiness. I just can’t get enough. Be sure to use the best possible olive oil you can. It makes a difference. Better yet, use some of the oil from the tomatoes. This recipe is…

Broiled Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts get a bad rap. Yes they can taste awful, but it’s all in the execution. Salt, pepper, olive oil and cayenne pepper can go a long way with this dish. Season liberally! These baby cabbages are crispy, crunchy, smelly and delicious. They start on bake and end on broil. Each time I find…