New Year Easy Recipe – ‘4 Spices’ Dry Rub Skillet Chicken

This is my last post for 2013. To welcome the New Year, I am sharing this family favorite:  ‘4 Spices’ Dry Rub Skillet Chicken recipe. Juicy and tender, the secret to this easy recipe is the ‘4 spices’ dry rub. Start by adding salt and pepper to uncooked chicken. Ingredients for the dry rub are generous amounts of:…

Chiles en Nogados, Mexican Christmas traditions.

  My Mexican friend Dionicia shared her home-made version of what she calls ‘Chiles en Nogados’ with me last week. She told me this is a popular Christmas tradition in Mexico now. My friend explained that this recipe originated back in 1821, when the victorious Mexican General Augustin de Iturbide stopped in Puebla, and a…

Colombian ‘Pasteles de Arroz’, a Christmas and New Year’s Tradition

Many Latin American countries, including Colombia, share “Pasteles de Arroz” on Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. This recipe has been in Cartagena de Indias (my home town), for a very long time. Families get together around this wonderful recipe. I can remember the smell of Pasteles on Christmas eve, as well as the excitement the…

Ponche de Navidad, a Mexican Christmas tradition.

Buñuelos and ‘Ponche de Navidad’ [with or without Tequila], guests of honor at Mexican Christmas family gatherings. This week we celebrated a Posada with Norma and her family. She prepared this warm, inviting drink, gave me the recipe and shared some of this tradition’s story. Common Mexican middle of the road knowledge says this tradition started…

Little Annie’s. Aspen, CO.

Their Motto: “We’re Open Year ‘Round, Serving Locals and Travelers from Around the Globe.” From Little Annie’s Favorites Lunch Menu: “BBQ Beef. Shredded beef brisket mounded on an onion roll with Annie’s own BBQ sauce. You’ll need a fork for this sandwich.” I substituted the fries for mashed potatoes with gravy. I figured I needed to taste the…