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Ana Sofia Pelaez

Life on the High Line with Fany Gerson

Fany Gerson had already begun selling ice pops at her popular La Newyorkina stands when she learned Manhattan’s High Line park was adding food vendors to their 2011 summer season.  Gerson, an acclaimed pastry-chef and author of the James Beard nominated My Sweet Mexico, knew the competition would be fierce, but applied anyway and was quickly accepted.  I imagined all these people walking around with their colorful and delicious paletas

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Elote con Crema

Fresh corn, gently steamed, and served with crema, chili, and cheese also known as esquite.


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Guava and Lime Ice

Frozen guava and lime shaved off into fast-melting grains of ice is a refreshing summer treat.


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Tortilla de Papas y Chorizo

The chorizo in this Spanish tortilla makes this recipe special.  

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Potaje de Garbanzos

Chickpeas stewed in a pepper and onion sofrito with added chorizo, ham, and blend of root vegetables is a healthy and comforting meal.

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Arepitas Dulces

Venezuelan arepitas dulces, also known as arepuelas or anisitas in Colombia, are small arepas sweetened with melado de papelón and fried for breakfast or dessert.

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Five Essential Items for a Latin Kitchen

Choosing the essential items for a Latin kitchen is difficult, but narrowing it down to just five is impossible.  This round-up focuses on the workhorses.  Always at the ready, they rarely get put away because they’re used every day.  Whether it’s starting the morning with your favorite espresso, grinding out spices for an intricate mole recipe, roasting chilies or producing perfectly fluffed rice for a last minute pot of beans, they always come through, which makes them indispensable when it really counts.


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Host a Bright, Festive Easter Celebration—No Bunnies Required!

Not only does Easter signify rebirth and the promise of spring, it’s also a terrific day for entertaining. Ana Sofia Peláez, the blogger behind hungrysofia.com, counts it among her favorites. “There’re not the pressures of Christmas or travel or the other anxieties” that inevitably accompany many other holidays, she says. Here, Peláez offers suggestions for hosting a festive Easter brunch.

1) Go all out with color

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