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Colombian-Style Seafood, Chicken, and Pork Rice
Colombian-Style Seafood, Chicken, and Pork Rice

It’s no secret that I love rice. I cook and eat rice daily; I can’t even begin to imagine serving a meal without a side of requisite arroz. But hey, I’m a Latina, what can I say?


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Colombian-Style Seafood, Chicken and Pork Rice (Arroz Mixto Colombiano)
Colombian-Style Seafood, Chicken and Pork Rice

This is a delicious and popular dish around Colombia and some people consider it the Colombian version of Spanish Paella. Filled with chorizo, ham, seafood, chicken and pork and not to mention seasoned rice, it is a hearty dish with a little bit of everything for everyone.


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Pernil Asado (Colombian-Style Roasted Pork Leg)
Pernil Asado (Colombian-Style Roasted Pork Leg)

Almost every Sunday afternoon while growing up in Colombia, my family would get together at my grandmother's house. Cousins, uncles, aunts, and my immediate family would all gather and enjoy Mamita's cooking. There were times that those family gatherings would be for something special, like birthdays, holidays, or to celebrate an achievement. That’s when Mamita would pull out the best and most festive Colombian recipes. This Colombian style Pernil Asado is one of those dishes.


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Pernil Asado (Colombian-Style Roasted Pork Leg)
Pernil Asado (Colombian-Style Roasted Pork Leg)

Colombian-Style Pernil Asado, is pork leg, marinated in a sauce made with beer, onion, garlic, scallions, red bell pepper, achiote and cumin, then slow roasted in the oven for hours. A few minutes at the end of the slow roasting time crisps up the skin and you will have a hard time deciding if you like the tender meat or the crackling skin better!


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Shrimp, Chorizo, and Yuca Hash
Shrimp, Chorizo, and Yuca Hash

Breakfast in Colombia is a big deal, and I mean that both figuratively and literally! When I was growing up, my mom would cook a large, hot breakfast for the entire family almost every day of the week. The meal usually consisted of some combination of arepas, eggs, cheese and meat, along with hot chocolate, and on some days, there would even be rice and beans! Years later, nothing has changed. Whenever I go to Colombia to visit my family, my mom makes the same warm, filling, and comforting breakfast every morning.


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Shrimp, Chorizo and Yuca Hash
Shrimp, Chorizo and Yuca Hash

Shrimp, chorizo, yuca and potatoes in this hash recipe provide a fantastic mix of flavors, textures and color. Topped with a fresh fried egg this hearty dish is perfect for breakfast or dinner.


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Lime Popsicles Main
Lime Popsicles

What's more fun and satisfying on a hot day than a frozen treat on a stick? It's time to get into the spirit of the season with cool paletas!


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Paletas de Limón (Lime Popsicles)
Paletas de Limón (Lime Popsicles)

Paletas may come in a wide variety of flavors but this recipe for Paletas de Limón (Lime Popsicles) has everything you could want all in one paleta. A creamy sweet blend of sweetened condensed milk, cream and milk gives a silky rich texture to the pops while a hefty dose of fresh lime juice and zest make them mouth-puckeringly perfect.


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Quinoa, Salmon, and Avocado Salad
Quinoa, Salmon, and Avocado Salad

It seems everyone is talking about and cooking with quinoa these days, also known as quinua in Spanish. The name is derived from the Quechua Spanish word "Kinwa" or "Qin-wah" and originates from the Andean region of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia.


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Quinoa, Salmon and Avocado Salad
Quinoa, Salmon and Avocado Salad

Quinoa, Salmon and Avocado Salad is a dish full of heart healthy ingredients. Nutty warm quinoa is mixed with tomatoes, red onion, herbs and a tangy lime vinaigrette before being topped with rich salmon and creamy avocado.


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