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Estofado de Cerdo Main
Estofado de Cerdo y Yuca (Pork and Cassava Stew)

During the cold winter months, I love making my grandmother's Pork and Cassava Stew to warm from the inside out. The pieces of pork loin are simmered in a tangy tomato sauce, flavored up with some of my favorite Colombian spices. Estofados are at the top of my list of favorite comfort foods, while the pot simmers and the sauce thickens, the house begins to smell irresistible and inviting, chasing away the chill in the air.


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Pork and Cassava Stew (Estofado de Cerdo y Yuca)
Pork and Cassava Stew (Estofado de Cerdo y Yuca)

Boneless pork is marinated with scallion, garlic and beer before being simmering until fall-apart tender with tangy tomatoes, yuca and carrots. Serve this estofado over hot white rice to soak up all the flavorful broth.


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Chicken Croquettes Main
Chicken Croquettes (Croquetas de Pollo)

Colombians are a party people, always looking for an excuse to get together, eat, drink, and dance. What's better than spending time with friends and family, while sharing good music, food, and drinks? Not much in my book!

Our home was always a meeting place when I was growing up in Colombia. My parents loved to entertain and my mom loved to cook. Many a party happened on extremely short notice in my house, especially when my father would bring friends home from work. 


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Chicken Croquettes (Croquetas de Pollo)
Chicken Croquettes (Croquetas de Pollo)

 Chicken Croquettes are a perfect make ahead party snack. Store your rolled croquettes in the fridge in sealed plastic bags and all you have to do when your guests arrive is fry them until crispy and golden brown.


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Pasta Main
Pasta with Avocado Sauce and Garlic Shrimp

Love it or hate it, fusion cuisine is here to stay. Latin food, known for its varied flavors, wide use of spices, root vegetables, exotic fruits, and of course, rice and beans, is a popular choice for a variety of fusion dishes. While each country in Latin America offers its own traditional variety of food, flavors, and style of cooking, Latin dishes prepared outside of their countries of origin are often an adapted fusion of the two cultures.


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Pasta with Avocado Sauce
Pasta with Avocado Sauce and Garlic Shrimp

There are a lot of flavors coming together in this pasta dish, but they all harmonize perfectly with each other. The entire meal leans heavily on the Latin cuisine with a hint of Italian influence. The avocado sauce is rich and creamy, and goes well with the pasta, and the garlicky shrimp harmonized the entire dish.


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Black and White Bean Salad
Black and White Bean Salad

Beans are an important part of the Colombian diet, providing plenty of protein, while making for delicious and comforting dishes. Colombians use beans to make  a variety of dishes including stews, soups, fritters, cakes, salads, rice dishes, and more! Now, I don’t know about you, but during the holiday season, I’ve stuffed my body with rice pudding, cookies, pies and empanadas. I need a least a month or two for a healthy recovery and nothing is more cleansing than a light salad recipe to get my body back on track.


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Black and White Bean Salad
Black and White Bean Salad

Black and White Bean Salad can't be easier to make and boasts many flavors, including cilantro, tomatoes, cucumber, and to spice it up, some red onion. A sprinkling of cumin powder works well against the lime dressing, while the cilantro added a beautiful fresh taste perfectly rounding out the dish. 


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Shrimp in Tamarind Sauce Main
Shrimp in Tamarind Sauce

Pucker up, it’s time for a sweet and sour treat: tamarindo.


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Shrimp, Coconut and Plantain Soup (Sopa de Coco)
Shrimp, Coconut and Plantain Soup (Sopa de Coco)

If you're looking for a flavorful soup to warm you up on a cold day, a bowl of creamy Shrimp, Coconut and Plantain Soup may be just what you need. This traditional Colombian dish is easy to prepare and has a wonderful combination of flavors. Silky and rich, with a hit of spice from habanero, this soup is a sunny combination of island flavors.


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