Culinary / Appetizer

Salsa Casera Recipe – Super Hot and Delicious

Salsa Casera or House Salsa is one of the simplest and most flavorful salsas that brings a robust heat and a smokey flavor from the charred tomatoes and chile peppers. Beware! I like heat and so this recipe has one dried Scorpion pepper added to the mix. Scorpion peppers are one of the hottest chiles in the world, with a mean heat of more than 1.2 million Scoville heat units (SHUs).

Using a...

Stephen Chavez
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Digging the Idaho Potato Harvest 2015

Digging the Idaho Potato Harvest 2015

Towards the end of summer, while Los Angeles was baking, I took a trip to Idaho. Yup, Idaho. The Idaho Potato Commission invited a group of bloggers and food professionals to experience the Idaho Potato Harvest firsthand. Short of driving a tractor, we got to tour farms and processing plants, we meet with some farmers, and even got to dig up some spuds of our own.

While the experience in summer...

Latino Foodie
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SHRIMP AGUACHILE WITH SPICY HASS AVOCADO SAUCE – Diabetic Friendly

SHRIMP AGUACHILE WITH SPICY HASS AVOCADO SAUCE – Diabetic Friendly

This is a paid campaign with DiMe Media and Hass Avocado Board. However, all opinions are our own. #SaboreaUnoHoy

It has always been a part of our family. An unwanted dinner guest who just wouldn’t leave.

I am talking about Diabetes.

Diabetes is an urgent health problem not only for my family but the entire Latino community. The rates of diabetes among Hispanics are almost double those of...

Latino Foodie
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QUESO FUNDIDO WITH PORK SAUSAGE

QUESO FUNDIDO WITH PORK SAUSAGE

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Farmland® and Latina Bloggers Connect but all opinions are all my own.

When Queso Fundidocomes to the table bubbling hot, my eyes open wide and my mouth begins to water. It’s my automatic response to cheese. Top it off with crumbled pork sausage and I’m forgetting this dish is an appetizer. I am scooping up all that gooey mixture and making...

Latino Foodie
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Bacon Dijon Deviled Eggs

Well, readers, here we are: one day past the week where few could escape the notion, or practice, of hard boiling and dyeing eggs, and one week further into spring where, at least in the Northeast, the days have finally been warming up a little bit. On Saturday, I walked around without my coat on for a solid 30 minutes until the sun ducked behind a cloud and I, miserably, trudged back to the car...

Femme Fraîche
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Fiery Shrimp Cocktail with Avocados from Mexico

We were recently asked to create a recipe using avocados from Mexico. Below is one of our favorite shrimp cocktail recipes that has just the right amount of heat and zest. Here’s a snippet of information that our contributing writer Norma Vega posted a few months back about the delectable avocado:

Yet another fruit from the Americas! First the sinful orb-the tomato-then the dirty orb-the potato-now the testicular one: the avocado! Yes, avocado in náhuatl, the language of the Aztecs is , ahuacatl, which means testicle or ball sack, a direct reference to the way avocados hang –at many times as a pair of orbs- that evidently reminded the ancient Mexicans of the male anatomy! It’s easy to see why Aztec society thought avocados were an aphrodisiac and a fertility fruit.

Stephen Chavez
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Celebrate The Chinese New Year With This Recipe for Wontons and a Spicy Habanero and Mango Dipping Sauce

 Happy New Year…again!  The Lunar New Year is upon us, and with it a chance to explore another culture as rich in traditions and foods as our own.  The Chinese New Year is one of the most important traditional Chinese holidays and has always brought out our Chinese and Chinese-American brothers and sisters for a 15 day celebration of good luck, prosperity, health, fortune, and longevity.  Chinatowns all over the world are alive, bustling places of business, food, community and culture.  Here in Los Angeles, Chinatown shares a storied past and border with Olvera Street.  Here is your chance to rediscover Chinatown and Los Angeles.  This weekend we’ll be attending the 113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival.  To help you celebrate we’ve included a quick recipe for our version of chicken and mushroom wontons with a spicy Habanero and mango dipping sauce.

Stephen Chavez
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Around the World in 8 Guacamoles

With the delectable fruit drooping from trees, we’d be fools to let avocados go to waste this season.  The simplest thing to do would be to make vats of guacamole and buy Costco-sized bags of tortilla chips and go to town…with a few of your closest friends of course.  But to change it up this summer, we’ve dug up a few guacamole variations from around the world.  The California Avocado Commission is a great resource for anybody with an avocado tree or a local store that sells them at a good price because of all the free recipes that’ll allow you to go beyond your standard guacamole.  Not that there’s anything wrong with guac…in fact, it’s easily one of our favorite things in the world!  Without further ado, we give you eight terrific guacamole recipes you can enjoy all season long.

Art Rodriguez
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