Grilled Cantaloupe Salsa for Father’s Day

The start of summer brings so many fresh produce varieties to stores and farmer’s markets, including melon. Cantaloupe is one of the sweet varieties of melon that I love and pairs nicely with spicy, lemony flavors. For tips on how to pick, prepare and store cantaloupe, check out the Produce Tips page.  At home, grilling season is our favorite time...

Mother’s Day Tropical Smoothie

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and there is nothing better than to bring her breakfast in bed and offer her a wholesome tropical smoothie made with pineapple, papaya, mango and clementine juice from Florida. Pampering the one we love is good but better when we can prepare for them fresh food with real, in-season fruit. I personally love to buy...

Tuna Vizcaina for Easter Brunch

Easter is one of my favorite celebrations and every year I cook home-style favorites, like Tuna Vizcaina inspired by the traditional Spanish Style Cod, but using canned tuna for an easier and more economical way to feed a crowd. When I entertain at home for Easter, the whole family joins in. At least 25 people come to my home to...

Mexican-Style Pasta Soup for Kids

Pasta soups are a classic dish and a tradition at the Mexican family table. My mom used to make this Mexican-style pasta soup with vegetables for us, and would normally use pasta shapes like stars and letters. Inspired by those childhood favorites from my mother’s table, I decided to prepare this Mexican-style pasta soup for kids but that will also...

Kumquat Papaya Salad with Honey Citrus Mint Dressing

This Valentine’s day pamper your loved ones with a fresh, seasonal Kumquat Papaya Salad with Honey Citrus Mint Dressing. This fruit salad is not only tasty but a good, healthy option to nourish the body while enjoying something sweet. Pairing papaya, honey and citrus is a classic combination that we Latinos enjoy for breakfast or as a snack. Papaya is...

Yuca Salad for Christmas

We latinos love to celebrate eating traditional foods like this boiled yuca salad for Christmas. Yuca is a root also known as cassava. This root is very common in the Cuban cuisine and it is prepared in many several ways. Yuca can be mashed, fried, boiled and garnished with an olive oil-based garlic lime mojo, or served in salads. Yuca...

Caribbean Style Turkey “Pavochón” for Thanksgiving

Being part of a Cuban family has added a new set of flavors and spices to my style of cooking. And making Caribbean Style Turkey “Pavochón” for Thanksgiving has become a tradition in our home. My husband is Cuban and in his culture eating “lechón” for the holidays is a standard dish that never fails in the family table. But...

Pumpkin Empanadas for Día de Muertos

Pumpkin is a fall staple and an ingredient that is easy to find at any supermarket. That is why I am suggesting to make Pumpkin Empanadas. A perfect treat to celebrate Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos. This celebration dates from centuries ago and is a Mexican tradition. In my Mexican culture, the same way we celebrate life...

Mexican Corn Cups or “Esquites” for Hispanic Heritage Month

The Mexican Corn Cups or “Esquites” is a Mexican treat I grew up with and a recipe that I want to share since Hispanic Heritage month celebrations start today, September 15. Preparing Mexican corn cups could be a nice treat to offer if you are planning a Latino heritage party at home or if celebrating Mexico’s independence, as both are...