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Tamara Lukens

Tamara Lukens
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Tamara Lukens is the founder and editor of T’s Tasty Bits, a recipe and food blog dedicated to Ecuadorian and Latin American cuisine.  Born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Tamara developed a passion for cooking and experimenting in the kitchen at a very young age, inspired by the Ecuadorian cooking show “Día a Día con María Rosa”.  As a young adult, Tamara moved to the United States in pursue of her dreams of a college education and a career, but cooking never left her heart.  Tamara now documents her memories of growing up in Ecuador and her kitchen adventures on T’s Tasty Bits, where she recreates the meals she ate growing up. 

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Empanadas de verde, also known as tortillas de verde, are a staple food in the Ecuadorian diet. Made from green plantains, empanadas de verde are usually eaten for breakfast, accompanied with a cup of cafecito caliente. However, it's common to eat these during the afternoon as a snack or even an appetizer or side dish.Growing up, I had a...
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Green Plantain and Cheese Patties (Empanadas de Verde)
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Empanadas de Verde are a staple in Ecuador as an easy but satisfying breakfast or mid-day snack. Boiled green plantains are mashed with their own starchy cooking liquid and a bit of butter and salt for a delicious, and naturally gluten-free dough. Although you can use a variety of filings, a bit of melty queso fresco is a perfect choice. And no...
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When I was young, one of my favorite desserts to eat was chucula (choo-COO-lah), a sweet and thick plantain dessert from Ecuador.Though chucula is well known in my native country, as you would expect, recipes vary between families. For some, chucula is more like a drink, sort of like a smoothie, without queso blended in. In my case, when my...
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Sweet Plantain Smoothie (Chucula)
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Chucula is a creamy Ecuadorian dessert made from ripe plantains, milk and a dash of cinnamon and vanilla. This dessert is so versatile it can be served as a warm or cold smoothie or a slightly thicker pudding studded with salty crumbled cheese.
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Making escabeche de pollo during a crazy, busy week is one of the best gifts you can give yourself: the gift of both sanity and flavor.Escabeche is a typical Mediterranean dish consisting of a protein, such as a chicken or fish, marinated in citrus or vinegar. The marinade itself is also known as escabeche, which is the case for this recipe I am...
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Citrusy Chicken Salad (Escabeche de Pollo)
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  Citrusy Chicken Salad is not your ordinary salad. Tender rotisserie chicken is scattered over lightly dressed  salad  greens and then topped with a punchy warm escabeche of pickled onions, corn and garlic for a light meal that is as easy to make as it is tasty.
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Encebollados are a very traditional meal along the coast of Ecuador, my home. Encebollados, which mean “in onions”, are salads or soups consisting of potatoes or yuca, some form of protein, and pickled onions. The proteins are often chicken or fish, like tuna, tilapia, or mahi-mahi. A common street food, encebollados can be found...
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   Encebollados, which means “in onions”, are salads or soups consisting of potatoes or yuca, a protein, like chicken or fish, and pickled onions. It is easy to make, healthy, hearty and very flavorful.
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Arroz Verde
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Las Fiestas always leave me tired and feeling full!  Yet, there is something so warm and comforting about eating and celebrating nonstop with la familia, and generally I find it hard to let all that go when it's over. So, I’ve figured out a way to keep the food celebration going in a less filling way, and that's by making Arroz...
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Arroz Verde (Green Risotto)
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Arroz Verde (Green Risotto) is a dish made up partly with Arborio rice, fresh basil, parsley, and spinach. The dish, a staple in blogger Tamara Lukens' family, is both soft and creamy on the outside, and slightly crunchy on the inside. 
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