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Melissa Guerra

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Melissa Guerra is an 8th generation Texan, born and raised on a working cattle ranch in South Texas. She is a self-taught culinary expert and food historian, specializing in the Americas, especially Texas regional, Mexican, and LatinAmerican cuisine. Her cooking show, The Texas Provincial Kitchen, was produced in San Antonio at KLRN, and aired on PBS. Guerra has worked as a bi-lingual spokesperson for Kraft, Coca-Cola, Goya and Mazola. A cooking course instructor and public speaker, Guerra owns andoperates a website and storefront, The Latin Kitchen Market, dedicated to providing top quality Latin American kitchenware and ingredients. Her newest store at the Pearl Brewery in San Antonio—also the location of the new Culinary Institute of America’s Center for Foods of the Americas—was designated as the #1 shopping destination in San Antonio, the #3 shopping destination in the United States by Lonely Planet Guidebook (2011). Guerra’s cookbook Dishes from the Wild Horse Desert: Norteño Cuisine of South Texas (Wiley, 2006) was a finalist for a James Beard Award in the category of Foods of the Americas, and an International Association of Culinary Professionals award in the same category.

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How to Make Your Own Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
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I remember the first time I had Nutella, during a visit to England. My friend’s mother was serving breakfast, and brought a jar of the deep, dark chocolate paste to the table. “It’s for your toast,” she said, and placed it next to the jar of English orange marmalade. Frosting? For breakfast? Why hadn’t I visited Europe sooner?Related: Are You...
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Raise a glass!
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Sugar Skulls
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Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated throughout Latin America on November 1st and 2nd as a remembrance of the dearly departed. Also known as Dia de Todos Santos (All Saints Day) or Dia de los Fieles Difuntos (Day of the Faithfully Departed), families gather to remember their loved...
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How to Make the Best Guac Ever!
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Breakfast Cookie
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Is there a superlative for the word “commuter?” If so, in my family, we are the commuter-est. Driving to school, driving to work, driving to visit family…we spend a lot of time in the car. And frankly, I will give up a nice, tranquil breakfast at the kitchen table for a few extra minutes of snoring face down in my warm pillow....
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Breakfast Cookie
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Breakfast cookies are a great solution to single-handed dining and they're pleasant enough to get your morning started right. Scented with cinnamon, sweet without overdoing it, and loaded with fiber and super fruits such as blueberries and cherries, homemade breakfast cookies beat stale packaged granola bars any day.
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Spicy Quick Pepper Jack and Shrimp Chowder
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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. Soup made with cheese can turn out like a cheese sauce, but by layering the flavors we can keep the heaviness in check while keeping the yum factor high.We...
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Spicy Quick Pepper Jack and Shrimp Chowder
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Cream soups are delicious, but sometimes they can veer off the soup category, and into the gravy or sauce category. We adore this Spicy Quick Pepper Jack and Shrimp Chowder, it's loaded with savory goodness, but you can change the ingredient of cream to lower fat milk if you like. Granted, this is not a low calorie recipe, but we cut...
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Guatemalan Jocón de Pollo
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Chicken… again? Ugh. If your meal menus sound more like a broken record than a tempting treat, maybe it’s time to look at some new recipes. Jocón de Pollo is a delicious, hearty stew from Guatemala that might just be the ticket.Similar to a Mexican style green mole, or pipian, the jocón sauce is...
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