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Warm Up With Mexican Braised Beef and Cabbage Stew

A while back I was visiting my family in Monterrey, Mexico. One of my favorite activities is to chat about food because I always learn something new. At that time, I was talking with a friend who grew up in a small town just outside Monterrey. 


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Cozy Up to Puchero: Fall’s Perfect Soup
Cozy Up to Puchero: Fall’s Perfect Soup

Puchero, or Mole de Olla, is a popular Mexican dish. A salty broth studded with vegetables, chunks of tender beef, and bone marrow, it's a satisfying yet light meal, perfect for those Fall days.


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Spicy Quick Pepper Jack and Shrimp Chowder
Soup-er Recipe: Spicy Pepper Jack & Shrimp Chowder

Cream soups are delicious, but sometimes they can veer off the soup category and into the gravy or sauce category. Too heavy, or downright fattening, most of us elect to skip them altogether.


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Mexican Meatball Soup
Mexican Meatball Soup

I have made Sopa de Albondigas, or meatball soup, every Christmas Eve since my husband and I began dating many years ago. We were both in the restaurant business then, so the days before and after Christmas were reserved for working.


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Canary Bean and Chorizo Soup
Canary Bean and Chorizo Soup

Beans are a big part of Colombian and Latin American cuisine. Growing up in my house we ate beans at least three times per week, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


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Guisado de Berenjena con Ajo Asado
Guisado de Berenjena con Ajo Asado

Siete Modos de Guisar Berenjena is a traditional Sephardic song from Spain. It’s a favorite song of mine: mystical, modal, and curious, since it’s an ode to stewing eggplant. Here’s the first verse:


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Healthy Lentil Stew
Healthy Lentil Stew

Ah, being a new mom. The exhilarating and exhausting days and nights of parenthood! So much to do and so little time and yet… one thought keeps fighting it’s way back into our minds: the weight.


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Crema de Coco con Camaron
Crema de Coco con Camaron

Coconut doesn’t have to be sweet to be spectacular. We discovered this recipe for a savory coconut seafood stew on an Ecuadorian menu, and immediately fell in love!


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Chipotle Chicken Soup
Chipotle Chicken Soup

A few mornings ago, I felt my first chill of the season. Actually, it’s probably the first chill I've felt since I packed my bags in July of 2012 and bought a one-way ticket to Guatemala. Fast forward to my new address in Portland, Maine.


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Quibombo
Quibombo – Cuban Okra Stew

For me, dishes with history are always just a bit more delicious.


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