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Yellow Rice With Beans and Salchicha

Yellow Rice with Beans and Sausage Recipe.

This is a great dish to make if you have leftovers of any kind that you don't want to throw away.  You can put pretty much any type of leftover into Spanish rice and it will come out tasting delicious.

Yesterday my husband, Mr. Cipote, ate bean soup made out of black beans and Kielbasa Polish sausage.  Today I looked at the leftover soup in the bowl and thought, I do not want to eat these cold mushy leftover beans and sausage.  But I knew what to do with it! Throw it into rice! Soup base is full of flavor and makes a great base to cook rice in.

Here's my recipe for Yellow Rice with Beans and Sausage.  The sassafras in the Goya seasoning is what turns the rice yellow.


Carne Guisada Recipe

Easy Recipe for Authentic Carne Guisada.

Carne Guisada is one of my favorite things to eat and is a great dish for fall when the weather starts to turn cold. This dish has recently been on my mind since I went to my sister-in-law's house a few weeks ago.  My sister-in-law Marilyn is a fantastic cook and everything she makes tastes delicious.  

I was recently at her house for a birthday party and she made carne guisada for the guests.  The meat was super tender and the potatoes were so flavorful.  I thought to myself, I need to make this stuff at my house more often!  I made it a few days later but my meat was not as tender as hers was.  I asked her about it and she told me I was using the wrong type meat.  After learning her secret meat, I knew I had to share it with you guys and do a post.


National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 -October 15


National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Did you guys know that September is my favorite month of the year?? It's my favorite month for two main reasons.

First, because September is the start of fall, and I love everything about fall.  I love the cooler weather, I love the fun activities - such as fall harvests and pumpkin picking, and I love making fall scented soaps and candles.  You can view my post on how to make fall scented soap on my beauty blog here: Easy DIY Fall Soap Recipe, and how to make homemade candles here: Homemade DIY Scented Candle Gift

I also love to wear fall themed makeup - you can view my post on my favorite Colourpop eyeshadows here: 6 Must Have ColourPop Eyeshadows

Second, September is my favorite month because it is National Hispanic Heritage month - Mes de la Herencia Hispana!!

I did a post on Hispanic Heritage Month a few years back - you can view it here: 15 de Septiembre, Dia de la Independencia El Salvador , but I think it's definitely time for a new post since it's been a while.



Spanish Rice


Recipe for Authentic Spanish Rice.

Do you know that I just realized that I do not have a recipe for standard Spanish rice??!  I don't know how this happened since rice is such a staple of all Latin food and definitely comida tipica from El Salvador.  Rice is almost always served with lunch or dinner and most mommy's have a pot of cooked rice in their kitchen on a daily basis just in case somebody gets hungry and wants some.  Traditional "Spanish Rice" is honestly  really easy to make.  You just need to know a few secrets that will make it taste authentic just like abuelita's.  Once you know the secrets, making Spanish rice will take you no time at all.


Elotes Locos

What Elotes Locos Are.

Hey everyone! Hope you guys are all staying cool during this heat wave ! We've been in triple digits for about a week now, it has been very hot!  What has everyone been doing to stay cool?  We've been in the pool almost everyday even thought it pretty much feels like bath water now.

Over the weekend my father gave us a bunch of fresh sweet corn from a neighbors farm.  The heat was going to ruin the corn so the neighbor had too much left over and needed people to come pick it.  So naturally we had to make elotes locos, translated as crazy corn in English, out of them.  There is a picture of the elotes locos we made up at the top (pardon my kids pirate Legos in the picture!).  And here is a picture of my son eating the corn down below.


The Secret Seasoning

Find Out What The Secret Spanish Seasoning Is.

It's funny how your thoughts change as your circumstances change.  

I have known Mr. Cipote for a looong time.  I wish I had known him for longer actually, but that was impossible I guess because when we were kids we were thousands of miles apart in different countries.  He came to the United States when he was a teenager.  He lived in a neighboring state, so I didn't get the pleasure of going to the same school as him, though he is four years older than me, so we probably wouldn't have gone to the same school anyway.  I finally met my future husband when I was 19.  He was working for a company that sent him to my state, and I just so happened to be working for the exact same company and at the exact same location he was sent to.  Trouble was brewing...


Summer of 2016




Summer of 2016.

Well heyyy!! How is everybody's summer going?? 

We've done lots of eating out when we got the craving for some authentic comida Salvadorena. And the good news is that we have found some amazing restaurants What types of foods have you been eating in the hot weather?  We have made a few trips to the ocean and some lakes and been enjoying a lot of pescado frito.  There is nothing I enjoy more than taking in the ocean breeze and watching the waves crash while eating some fresh fish.  What is it about the ocean that is just so relaxing?  


FROM BLONDE TO RED, WHICH RED HAIR COLOR FOR BLONDE HAIR

How To Dye Blonde Hair Red Yourself.

Have you been thinking about going red but aren't sure where to start? Want to also do it yourself and not pay a fortune at the salon?  If this is you, then you need this post!  And if you like what you see here, please check out my beauty and cosmetics website for all my hair color and makeup tutorials and tips: The Makeup Equation.


Bistec Salvadoreno


Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12th this year.  In honor of all the extremely hardworking mamas out there, I'm going to cook an easy and favorite dish of many a mama - Bistec Salvadoreno.  Anytime I've had a hard day, my husband knows he better walk through the door with a plate full of Bistec Salvadoreno and some Arroz Negrito.  Bistec simply means "steak" in Spanish.  Usually the word "bistec" is paired with the word, "encebollado".  Bistec encebollado basically means "steak and onion stew".  The onions are sauteed and placed on top of or near the steak.  I'm not a huge fan of onions, so I just make bistec. 

Although bistec means steak, this type of "steak" is much thinner than a real piece of steak meat.  In fact, bistec is very similar to another popular meat, fajita, in that they are both very thin cooked meats.    The only difference is that  fajita is generally grilled and not cooked in oil.  Scrambled eggs are also frequently served with bistec salvadoreno at the end of the cooking process.


Tamales Pisques

Tamales Pisques

Tamales Pisques

Recipe for Tamales Pisques.

Tamales pisques are quick and easy tamale that pack a hearty flavor punch and fill you up quick!  Their name "pisque" indicates that they are tamales made with a bean filling.  Tamales pisques are generally a little drier and saltier than traditional Salvadoran chicken tamales.  The drier masa is simply achieved by using less water in the masa, the quantity of seasoning remains the same as for other tamales.  



Pollo Guisado con Papas Al Estilo Salvadoreno


Easy Recipe For Pollo Guisado Con Papas - Stew Chicken- Salvadoran Style.

I have had a lot of requests to do more meat and chicken dishes so today I am going to do a recipe for a delicious pollo guisado.  Pollo guisado is essentially just stewed chicken.  Many different countries have their own variation of pollo guisado.  The primary hallmark of Salvadoran pollo guisado is that the chicken is cooked in a tomato-based broth.  Not too many other countries add tomatoes to the their meat broths, but Salvadorans almost always cook chicken or steak in, or with, tomatoes.  Another thing that characterizes Salvadoran pollo guisado is  the large amount of papas, or potatoes, that are served with the chicken.  The papas, potatoes, are added to the pot towards the end of the cooking process and come out with a fantastic "stew-y" flavor.  


Pupusas Revueltas

Easy Recipe for Pupusas Revueltas.

There is nothing more Salvadoran than pupusas.  

Pupusas = El Salvador and El Salvador = Pupusas.  

And that's it. 

I don't think I have ever met anyone that doesn't like pupusas, whether you have Salvadoran blood in you or not.  If you take a good look around your city, you are bound to find a few tiendas selling pupusas, no matter what city you live in.  Pupusas are quickly becoming as popular as the now heavily commercialized churro which you see in all the fast food chains nowadays.

Let me start off this post by dispelling a few myths about pupusas that are floating around out there:


Tamales de Elote

Easy Recipe for Sweet Corn Tamales - Tamales de Elote.

I have had a lot of requests for a post on tamales de elote, also known as sweet corn tamales.  As it is already mid August and corn will be out of season soon, I knew I was running out of time.  When I saw that my local Walmart had white corn yesterday, I realized there was no better time to do this post than now.  So, due to popular demand, here is the post I know you have all been waiting for - my recipe for making delicious tamales de elote!  This recipe was taught to me by a very sweet and godly woman named Senora Doris.  Thank you, Doris!  You have been a blessing to me!
 
I must admit that this is truly one of my favorite Salvadoran eats, maybe because I love corn, or maybe because I love sweets even more.  Although the name sounds daunting, once you make it, you'll see that tamales de elote are really pretty simple to make.  In fact, I always feel that the most time consuming part of this recipe is really just picking out the corn. 

When you pick your corn for tamales de elote, there are a few things you want to remember:


Arroz Curtido

Easy Recipe for Purple Rice.  Arroz Curtido Receta.

It doesn't get more Salvadoran than this dish right here!  Arroz curtido, also called "purple rice", refers to a rice that has been cooked in water used to cook red beans.  Not just any red beans are used.  Only "frijoles rojo Salvadorenos", or small, red Salvadoran beans, are used for this dish.


Tamales Salvadorenos

Easy Recipe for Making Tamales Salvadorenos - Chicken Tamales.

New Year's Eve is upon us, and in Latin households, that means it's time for tamales!!  Tamales are a special treat generally reserved for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, (which is Christmas for Latin families), or New Year's Eve.   If you have ever eaten a tamale, you probably thought two things:  One, they are delicious, and two, you would never be able to make them!  


Tortillas de Maiz

Easy Recipe for Tortillas de Maiz - Homemade Corn Tortillas, From Masa Flour.

The process of making tortillas de maiz is a subject dear to my heart because although tortillas appear to very easy to make, they are actually very difficult for anyone that did not grow up making them.  And if you are married to a Latin man and did not grow up making these, you have probably endured tons of jokes and snide comments about not being able to make them.  Because, after all, he will callously remark, tortillas are just "so easy"!  Why, "how can anyone not know how to make them?!"  If it were only that easy!


Churros Easy Recipe

Churros Easy Recipe

It seems like you see churros just about everywhere now a days.  Little Caesars has a version of churros that is pretty close to the original.  Taco Bell has a version of churros that they call "cinnamon twists".  It's a crunchier version of the original churro but is still very tasty.  Pollo Campero, the McDonald's of the Latin world, also has a doughier version of churros that I love to eat as well.  Japan even has a churro cartoon series!


Orejas - Elephant Ears

Easy Recipe for Orejas - Elephant Ears.

This is one of the easiest and yummiest fried desserts to make. Called by a variety of names, elephant ears, also known as orejas, literally "ears", or bunuelos, if you are in Mexico, are a crispy fried dough that is coated with sugar and cinnamon.  Orejas are usually sold at fairs and other outdoor events.  Orejas are very similar to funnel cakes, which is another yummy fried treat sold at state fairs, except that they are traditionally made much thinner and crispier than funnel cakes.  Orejas are also usually topped with granulated sugar and cinnamon, whereas funnel cakes usually come covered with confectionery sugar. 

Because I prefer doughy pastries to crispy pastries, I like to make my orejas thicker so that they will be doughier, as you can see in my first picture at the top of this post.  This recipe will make a crispy or doughy elephant ear, it just depends on how thin or thick you make the dough when you roll it out.


Steak & Cheese & Hawaiian Homemade Pizza

Recipe for Steak and Cheese Pizza and Hawaiian Pizza.

If you know anything about Salvadorans, you probably know that they like their pizza. But really, who on this planet doesn't like a good slice of pizza anyway?  I am up for a tasty piece of pizza whenever, just the smell gets me salivating.  The pizza that I make consists of my husband's two favorite toppings - steak & cheese and ham & pineapple.  Not the easiest two toppings to make, but in his opinion, the very best ones.  I divide the pizza into two and put the two types of toppings on their own half.  If you have kids, this helps to ensure that everyone will get a topping they like.

Despite the fact that pizza is no doubt a whole lot of trouble  to make, sometimes my household is just in dire need of a switch up from our usual dinner food.  

Here is a picture of what a typical Saturday evening dinner looks like in my house, just so you can see what I am up against on a daily basis as a naturally inclined baker:


Magdalenas de Banana



While at the grocery store over the weekend, I saw that bananas were on sale for a great price. They all looked a little over ripe, but as any baker knows, only over-ripe bananas will do if you want to make a great banana dessert.  I grabbed a bunch of them, wrapped up my shopping, and headed home. 

I already had a great recipe for pan de banana, (banana bread), and budin de banana (banana bread pudding), but I wanted something that I could make in kid sized portions as we were having a few children over to the house tomorrow.  Banana muffins, or magdalenas de banana, would no doubt be the perfect thing!  Now to just figure out a recipe for them! Although I must admit that I was completely playing when I came up with this recipe, using whatever I had laying around in the fridge, I have to say that these things turned out absolutely fantastic, a rare thing when I experiment for sure!  These magdalenas de banana may be one of my most favorite muffins ever, as they are not too sweet or banana-y, and are very soft and cake-like.  These are borderline quequitos, or cupcakes, and if you want to ice them, my cream cheese icing would make these even more beyond amazing if you happen to have any cream cheese laying around in the fridge.  You can substitute millet flour or sorghum flour for the white flours to make these muffins gluten-free also.


Magdalenas de Coco


My husband isn't really a magdalena, muffin in English, type of guy, but he goes crazy for these!  He claims that these magdalenas de coco are "one of the best" things that I make.  This recipe makes a super light and fluffy muffin that is just bursting with coconut flavor and topped with a delicious and tropical coconut key lime icing.  This is a must-have recipe if you have any coconut lovers in your family!


Madeleines




Madeleines are those very small sponge cake cookies with the characteristic shell shape and indentations.  Madeleines are native to northeastern France.  The batter used to create madeleines is called a genoise cake batter, a type of Italian sponge cake batter that does not use any sort of chemical leavening.  Genoise batter is used to make a variety of sweets in French cooking.  To learn my recipe, keep reading.


15 de Septiembre, Dia de la Independencia El Salvador

Th3 r3@l El Salvador flag! Pictures, Images and Photos

On the 15th of September, the country of El Salvador will celebrate their independence from Spain, which was granted to them in 1821 after months of fighting.  Four other countries in Central America - Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua - will do the same.  Mexico will celebrate their independence from Spain on the 16th of September.  Chile will celebrate their independence from Spain on the 18th of September.  The 15th of September also kicks off National Hispanic Heritage month, which runs until October 15th.


Crepe Recipe


Easy and Simple Recipe For Delicious Crepes.

After five full days of heavy down pours, my household needed something to lift their spirits.  I needed to cheer myself up as well!  Since food cheers everyone up in my household, I needed to find a dish that we all loved.  One of those dishes was my crepas!  My mom used to make these things for me when I was growing up.  She didn't make them too often, they were a lot of work, but when she did, my brothers and I would eat our full of them, often to the point of making ourselves feel sick!

Although crepes technically are French, almost every country in the world has their own variation of this food.  In Latin America, crepes go by a variety of names, the most common one being crepas, not very original, I know.  In Argentina and Chile they are called panqueques, and in Spain, primarily in the Galicia region, they are known as filloas.  In Italy they are referred to as crespella, and in Jewish cuisine they are known as a blintz.
I find the crepe filling just as delicious as the finished crepe, and I often end up eating almost half the filling before I have even filled my first crepe!  Fillings vary just as much as the crepe name does.  To give you an idea of how many variations there are of crepe filling, there are entire restaurants specializing in, and serving up, nothing but crepes (such as Crazy Crepes, whose sign is pictured at the top).  In Latin America, the most common type of filling is dulce de leche, or caramelized milk.   If you are in Mexico, the filling usually has some cajeta in it, which is similar to dulce de leche except that it's made out of goats milk, not cows milk.  In El Salvador, although I cannot say that crepas are a traditional food, they are still heartily enjoyed throughout the country and are usually composed of some sort of white cheese, such as cuajada fresca, and a little fruit.  I like to make my crepas out of a mixture of ricotta cheese, which is extremely similar to cuajada fresca cheese, and cream cheese.  If I have some cottage cheese laying around I always throw that in too.  If you do not have ricotta cheese, you can actually make the kind used for crepes out of milk, heavy cream, and lemon juice, and I have placed a note at the bottom of this post discussing how to do this.
Here's my recipe for an exceptionally easy crepa filled with ricotta and cream cheese.  I first cook all my crepes, then I fill them, fold them, and recook them.  Although my household usually eat crepas for dinner, many people eat them for breakfast or just for a snack.  This recipe makes about 25 crepes and you may want to double the recipe if you have a family full of crepa lovers.


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