Cuba Cuba – Havana-Cartagena Culture Connections

A native from the Caribbean cannot help but look for any evidence of his/her colorful, unique culture, even if it’s in a sandwich bite along the Rocky Mountains. With that in mind, I had to visit Cuba Cuba. Simply, a Cuban Sandwich place. I was gladly surprise to see ’empanadas’ and ‘tostones’ (or ‘patacones’) in their…

In case of emergency… Kids White Pizza! :)

My youngest kid was feeling a bit sick earlier this week. To make him feel better I promised to make home-made pizza (his favorite!) Sadly, I spoke too soon. I only had a few (2 or 3) cherry tomatoes and no tomato paste. 😦  What could I do? White Pizza! My kids had never had…

Old-Fashioned Home-made Crackers

  Little “tiendas” (corner home-based food stores) in Cartagena still carry old-fashioned home-made crackers. When I travel back home, I definitely make an effort to get them… Indeed, they bring back wonderful childhood memories! Four simple, affordable ingredients (at hand in most kitchens), and a straightforward recipe yields anywhere from 32 to 42 crackers, depending…

Home Cooks and Culinary Schools? Cast your vote!

Should home cooks go to culinary school?  Regardless of the reason (more skills, more fun recipes, meeting acclaimed Chefs, or going into food business), I have thought about this a lot. I have also read and researched the topic. In the end there seems to be some ‘common ground.’ Culinary schools recognize that home cooks…

BBQ and ‘Other’ Bold Flavors

A friend recently shared an article on BBQ flavored chips and their history. I have to say that BBQ chip flavor is familiar and appealing today, but that was not the case years ago. Far more interesting than history, I was impressed with a discussion on how food brand marketing companies take the taste introduction process…