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Bruschetta con Tomates Secos al Epazote
Bruschetta con Tomates Secos al Epazote

Last summer, I was fortunate enough to get a gift of organically grown, perfectly ripe cherry tomatoes that were harvested by the horticulture students at my local college. I was so excited! For a chef, you see, that is one of the most beautiful gifts you can get!


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Queso Flameado
Queso Flameado

Queso flameado is one of the most beloved dishes in Mexico, both in restaurants and homes alike. There's something indescribably delicious about a mound of melted cheese, but when you top it with spicy chorizo and sautéed onions, then it just


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Cilantro Mousse
Cilantro Mousse

The first time I had this retro cilantro mousse I was still living in Mexico. Back in the 70s and 80s recipes involving gelatin were all the rage, you wouldn't have a cocktail party without a sweet fruit or nut gelatin on the table.


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No Fry Jalapeno Poppers
No Fry Jalapeno Poppers

Over the years, jalapeño peppers have gotten larger. It used to be that the only jalapeño peppers on the market were the canned variety, pickled with onion, carrot and occasionally mushrooms.


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Empanadas Mañaneras
Empanadas Mañaneras

Empanadas are plump little turnovers, stuffed with savory or sweet fillings, and are devoured daily throughout Latin America and Spain.


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Yuca Balls Stuffed with Cheese
Yuca Balls Stuffed with Cheese

Yuca or cassava is an extremely versatile ingredient and can be cooked in so many different ways.


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Peach Sriracha Hot Wings
Peach Sriracha Hot Wings

You can feel the excitement in the air. American football season is here! Fans from all over the country are pulling out their team jerseys and firing up the grills for a good old fashion tailgate. For some, September is the happiest time of the year because football is back.


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Chorizo Topped Potato Skins
Chorizo Topped Potato Skins

Potato skins are known to have a place in the royal court of bar and pub appetizers. Loaded up to your liking, piled high with cheese, bacon, chives, sour cream and a few tablespoons of butter, these appetizers can be more like a full meal than a starting bite.


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Avocado Polenta Bites
Avocado Polenta Bites

Florida has nearly 60 varieties of avocado. I didn’t realize that until my husband and I moved into a house that had two avocado trees, in a neighborhood filled with them, and began noticing many differences between ours and our neighbors’.


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Spring Fritters
Spring Fritters

Looking for a sweet tiny bite for your next party? Why not try fritters? Sweet corn and fresh peas are added to a fluffy pancake batter and fried until golden brown.


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