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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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My abuelita introduced me to chochos at a very young age.  When she came over to visit, she would bring me a couple of baggies with chochos she had just picked up from el mercado.  I thought it was the best treat ever and I would devour the contents of the bag in no time. One of my favorite things was actually to peel the chocho and pop...
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Ají con chochos y queso
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This recipe is always one of my favorites to make when I am in the mood for a crunchy and spicy snack.  In a way, this is almost like a quick salad.  This dish combines the kick from the ajíes with the crunchy texture of the chochos.
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Niños Envueltos: Cabbage Rolls with Rice and Ground Meat Filling
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I recall receiving the surprise of my life at the tender age of 6.  My nana walked in my room and announced, “Tonight, we are having niños envueltos for dinner!”“What do you mean we are eating wrapped children?” I screamed, as I stared angrily at my nana, and then proceeded to bawl my eyes out in complete disbelief....
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Niños Envueltos: Cabbage Rolls with Rice and Ground Meat Filling
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Niños Envueltos are cabbage rolls stuffed with rice and ground meat. An Ecuadorian spring roll, if you will.
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Empanadas Mejido
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Growing up in Ecuador, empanadas were usually my go-to street food.  Street vendors used to line the streets selling hot churros, sliced green mangoes with salt, raspaditos (shaved ice with a slew of sweet syrups and condensed milk) and other goodies.  When my mom ran errands on the weekends and I tagged along, we always gravitated to...
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